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The Haka Dance
University of Hawaii - Haka Dance
During a hugely successful 2006 football season, it became tradition for the University of Hawaii
Warriors football team to perform the Haka. It was introduced to the team by Tala Esera, who
had performed tha haka as a member of the Kahuku "Red Raiders", high school football team.
Typically, the Warriors performed their version of the "Kapa O Pango" haka 20 minutes before
the opening kickoff. After home wins, the team also performed a post-game version. However,
before its final regular season game against Oregon State, the team was alerted by a university
professor that the team may be infringing upon a copyright by performing the dance. The team
ended up doing a 'variation' of the Haka before the Oregon State game, and planned on unveiling
a 'new haka' before the team's Hawaii Bowl appearance against Arizona State on December 24.
The All-Blacks rugby team does their Haka with permission from the Ngati Porou iwi.
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