TUA | Homecoming – Part 4: Tua Tagovailoa and teammates take over Oahu’s Polynesian Cultural CenterOn February 11, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
That was sick. (singing) It’s good to be back, you know. I means, it’s all about the little things with me and my family. Our culture is something that a stands firm in our lives today. I mean it just makes me feel, you know, kinda more comfortable that we’re in a place where my friends can
see, you know, how things should be in my culture and other cultures as well, while
just experiencing it. Tua: “And now I believe we’re about to go and check out the villages…” I’m from Hawaii… But I’m not Hawaiian. I am full Samoan. Tua: “And where are we at?” “This is where we’re at, and this is where
we’re from.” My family comes from American Samoa. You know, and my last name is Tagovailoa. Announcer: “This is exactly how we get rid of all the big mosquitos in Samoa, ladies and gentlemen.” A lot of people don’t realize what Hawaii’s made of, you know… and what the families are like and the difference between the different
cultures in Polynesia. I just think it was a good experience for
them to see a good mix of cultures… how much love they have for one another and their people, and how much pride they take within their culture. Announcer: “Hawaii, we’re going to try something a little bit different, alright?” “I’m going to teach you how to play the drums, at the same time speak the Tongan language.” “So, you play and repeat after me. Alright?” “We’re gonna start with this…” (Yelling in Tongan) Tua: “WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?” Audience: “WHO! WHO! WHO! WHO!” WHO LET THE DOGS OUT? WHO! WHO! WHO! WHO! WHO LET THE DOGS OUT? WHO! WHO! WHO! WHO! WHO LET THE DOGS OUT? (audience cheers) Now the world gets to see just a little
glimpse of why our kids play for more than just themselves. They represent not only their families, but the entire Polynesian culture. (Announcer) “So, I got just one question for all of you up on stage…” “ARE YOU READY?” The culture here is diverse, you know… Joshua Casher’s funny about it. He just loves to learn. So, I just think it was a good experience for them to you know, see what kind of people we really are, and to kind of see what I’ve been raised with, and raised by.