Christina Thompson is the author of Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia and Come on Shore and We Will and Eat You All. She is the editor of Harvard Review and teaches in the Writing Program at Harvard University Extension. She received one of the very first NEH Public Scholar Awards in 2015.
Tauwhitu Parangi (aka Seven) is a member of the Ngati Rehia hapu of the Ngapuhi tribe. He grew up in New Zealand and has worked as a foundryman, bike and motorcycle courier, bicycle builder, machinist and toolmaker. He is an avid tennis player and a keen cyclist, who enjoys traveling in Polynesia whenever he can.
Aperahama (aka Abraham) is our eldest son, he is now 27, but was 19 when this blog was written. He was then a sophomore at Cornell University, where he majored in computer science. He now works at the 3D printing startup MarkForged.
Matiu is our middle son. At the time of this trip he was 15 years old and had just finished his sophomore year at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. Matiu is a good artist who spends quite a bit of time skateboarding. He has studied Japanese, computer science, and fine art.
Dani is our youngest son. He was 11 years old when we made this journey and was just about to start sixth grade. Dani was, even then, a fierce soccer player and general sports enthusiast. He went on to play both soccer and rugby in high school, and competed on his school’s wrestling and track teams. He is now 19 and a sophomore at Cornell University.