The History of Cannabis in Polynesia by Me Fuimaono-Poe

The History of Cannabis in Polynesia by Me Fuimaono-Poe


February 3, 2024    
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Neil Blaisdell Center
777 Ward Ave, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96814

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Title: The History of Cannabis in Polynesia
Speaker: Me Fuimaono-Poe
Duration: 45 minutes 15 min questions and answer
Date & Time: February 3rd at 12:30pm,  February 4th at 12:30pm
Location: Speaker Room # 2


In “The History of Cannabis in Polynesia,” Me Fuimaono-Poe invites participants on an enlightening journey through the cultural, historical, and socio-economic dimensions of cannabis within the Polynesian context.

The lecture begins by setting the stage with an exploration of the deep-rooted cultural significance of cannabis in Polynesia. Me Fuimaono-Poe delves into ancient practices, rituals, and traditions where cannabis played a pivotal role, offering attendees a unique lens through which to understand its historical prominence.

Moving chronologically through time, the lecture navigates the evolution of cannabis in Polynesia, tracing its path from traditional usage to encounters with early European explorers. Me Fuimaono-Poe skillfully interweaves stories of cultural exchange and adaptation, shedding light on how cannabis became entwined with Polynesian societies over the centuries.

The narrative then extends to the colonial and post-colonial eras, exploring the impact of external influences on the perception and use of cannabis in Polynesia. Through historical anecdotes and sociological insights, Me Fuimaono-Poe paints a comprehensive picture of how cannabis has shaped and been shaped by the region’s intricate cultural fabric.

As the lecture concludes, the focus shifts to the contemporary landscape, examining the challenges and opportunities of changing attitudes towards cannabis in Polynesia. Attendees gain a nuanced understanding of the ongoing discourse surrounding legalization, cultural preservation, and the role of cannabis in the region’s economic development.

“The History of Cannabis in Polynesia” is not merely a historical overview but a dynamic exploration that offers participants a deeper appreciation of the complex relationship between Polynesian cultures and cannabis. Me Fuimaono-Poe’s expertise and cultural insights promise a captivating and informative journey through the evolving cannabis narrative in Polynesia.