A family showed their grandpa all the love by performing a beautiful haka on his special day.
Posted to TikTok by Latasha Takimoana, the family’s celebration for their grandfather has gone viral, attracting over 800 thousand views and more than 100k likes. It shows the tamariki performing a powerful haka as the man of the hour stands opposite and watches proudly.
“Raw emotions as they dedicate this haka to their grandfather, Papa Richie,” the caption reads.
Commenters are pointing out that the grandfather must be feeling all the heart-warming feelings there are.
“I can just imagine how proud and loved he feels,” wrote one person.
“Gave me goosebumps!” said another.
“The amount of mana is stunning,” a third added.
“Love how they are so proud to dedicate this to him and how he is so proud and to watch them,” one more wrote.
This isn’t the first time this whānau has gone viral. Last year Latiyah, the daughter in the black dress in the middle row of the haka, racked up over ten million views with her beautiful Māori waiata.
Latiyah’s amazing voice and expressive kapa haka dance moves were accompanied by her father’s guitar playing behind her. The end result was something magical.
Back in 2022, a kapa haka group caught attention worldwide with their rendition of Adele's 'Easy On Me'.
During Tāmaki Herenga Waka, Herenga Tāngata Hakangahau, a kapa haka competition, the group 'Angitu' performed the British singer's song as their whakawātea (farewell). Their efforts managed to gain over 125k views on Facebook and it's easy to see why.
Seeing all these talented people embracing their culture is truly heartwarming and makes me damn proud to be a Kiwi.