Heipua Teariki Bordes

Te Ora Hau is located at on the beach at Afareaitu, facing Motu Ahi and the island of Tahiti across a protected maritime area. This land has been passed down through our family for generations. That explains why I am so attached to the island of Moorea and it’s a place I constantly keep in my heart due to its beauty, people, traditions, history and environment - all of which are exceptional. For me, culture and art are the two beacons of inspiration that have guided and enriched my life.

Past generations have taught us of the fusion between the people of Moorea and its eight mountains which rise up around the caldera. They also taught the value of the “Pahu” (or drum) made of Vaiare stone - a sacred drum belonging to Vahine ‘Ura, the guardian who provides the rhythm of time. Then there is the coral ”Te maru o Tohi’e’a” at Afareitu, where the whale and her calf seek refuge before returning to the Great South… Our traditions have been passed down by oral history and our children have always been the privileged inheritors of our knowledge. The passing on of our traditions has, over the course of history, become an art form where words acquire both power and their ability to sustain and support our culture as well as revealing the history of Moorea.


Completely immersed in and shaped by the legendary tales of my island, I interpret my cultural legacies in my own way through painting, poetry and photography. Painting has helped me deal with themes that are dear to my heart, such as lineage, fire, the guardian, Hina the moon goddess, Maui the son of the Sun and others – through these I have rediscovered colours, shadows, light, collages, sanguine sketches and I have tried to express our belonging to the Earth, the ocean and the stars with my brush.
I have always been a poet and my poems have inspired our Moorean dance troupe when preparing for the Heiva (an annual festival). My published poems appeal to the imagination of curious readers, who are often inspired to explore my two published books to discover more. One of those is woven around the theme of water and entitled “Hō mai te Ua “ (“Offer us rain”) and the other written with whales in mind, “Te ‘Una’Una “ (“Majesties”). "Ei Hau" is the last poem , dedicated to Peace, which inspired Heihere our Moorea dance troupe.
Through photography I try to offer another perspective of our island and our special and almost unknown universe. Knowing and understanding a little of our culture in advance helps the visitor arriving here to respect both our values and our sacred places. Guests will leave here knowing they’ve had a once in-a-life-time experience and most importantly, they’ll return home enlightened by having met “the people of the canoe” who discovered and love the isles of the Great Ocean.