R.J. Ropata Hemi
President & CEO
Producer / Director
Native of Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Ngati Kahungunu iwi (tribe)
I arrived at the Miami Airport from Tokyo, Japan August 1989
for 2 days. 200 U.S Dollars in my pocket, a one-way ticket from
L.A to Sydney, my Taiaha & Fire Knife in hand, nowhere to
stay, just a few phone numbers of friends of friends of people
I had met once through my Backpacking Travels and the hope of
someone letting me sleep on their floor or in their Backyard.
With my hopes of Backpacking Europe for a year or two before returning
to New Zealand. I had to really find work first to feed my face
before I could even purchase an Air-Ticket. So again my Taiaha,
Fire Knife and having my Maori and Polynesian Culture Stage Experience
behind me, cleared a Pathway with many obstacles and sweat to
where I am today 10 Years later.
After leaving Te Aute College in the mid 80's and dancing my
way around the world, being here in Miami for 15 years, we as
People and a Culture have become my way of making my income. Drums
of Polynesia Productions has developed in the Florida area and
the East Coast of the Continental USA, to be one of the most well
known Production companies in Polynesian Entertainment. With my
background being in the Investigation field, spending 8 years
as a Private Investigator here in Miami, I came to realize I did
not like spending all my days watching and following people for
a living (criminal and civil). I realized that we as a people
have so much to offer with our Culture, appearance and mannerisms
it is a package that is unique, demanded and uncommon but dreamt
of. I have realized here in America, not only in business, but
also in morals and in our upbringing this has been taught.
Some people go to schools or are taught their whole life to learn
these things, where we as a people have these three things embedded
and never ever realize it; Rich in Culture, Rich in Appearance
and strong in Morals, (You know that smack in the ears Aunty or
uncle would give you when you were young, for not listening and
the rest) moulds us into the rich and respected people we are
today. This all revolves around our Culture and Respect to our
Elders that has made me able to offer to our young people Employment
opportunity from the South Pacific. With a little Teaching, guidance,
sweat and determination anything can be conquered as the foundation
of Life has already been laid, from where we come from.
I encourage those of you interested to look at our Application
and the hope that we will meet one day. Nothing comes easy in
this world only to the lucky few; I hate to say I am not one of
them few. I look forward to having you here in Miami.
Thanks for your interest!!
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS
WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY NOW ! !
DRUMS OF POLYNESIA PRODUCTIONS
1031 N.E. 45th Street
Oakland Park, Florida 33334