About Our Community
Tokelau is a group of small coral atolls that lie north of Samoa, about half-way between Hawai‘i and New Zealand. About 1,500 people live in Tokelau today, though there are many people with Tokelau ancestry in Hawai‘i and around the Pacific.
Of the approximately 10,000 Tokelauans currently living in the homeland and overseas, roughly 10% live in Hawai‘i. Many in Hawai‘i are descendents of Tokelauan natives with roots in the southernmost island of the Tokelau group, Olohega. Today, Tokelauans are part of the rich multicultural community of Hawai‘i while maintaining family ties to Tokelau and honoring Tokelauan traditional culture in everyday life.
About Our Organization
Guided by Tokelauan values and the knowledge passed from our ancestors, we are mindful of the contemporary reality in which Tokelau families in overseas communities live, work, and raise their families. Te Taki aims to navigate the damaging effects of forced resettlement by cultivating and promoting activities and lifestyles that enhance the social and economic self-sufficiency of Tokelauans and their host communities in the United States.
Te Taki believes that many solutions for our collective problems can be found in the ancient wisdom and practices of our ancestors. It is a journey that begins by bridging the present to our ancestral past.