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I can do ya one better, Borepatch ;-)

Rugby, while not as bizarre as cricket, remains a mystery to me. But I’ve always gotten a kick out of the New Zealand AllBlacks and other Pacific Island rugby teams performing fierce, tribal hakas at each other before games.

Today I learned from Borepatch that — srsly? — the good Mormons of Brigham Young University also perform a haka before rugby games. Yes. I agree it’s mind-boggling, Borepatch. Mormon haka.

But I can do ya one better.* 😉

This is one of several (wouldn’t you know it) Mormon missionary hakas on YouTube:

So yes. Mormon haka. Still boggles the mind, though, dunnit? How’d you like to open your front door to a couple of guys doing that?

And now I do ya two better. The world’s cutest haka. Performed by three-year-olds. Embedding is disabled, so it’s off to YouTube for that one.

(Just because it seemed time for a little lightening up around here …)


  1. EN
    EN September 1, 2013 7:25 pm

    I loved this one for three fallen NZ soldiers who died in Afghanistan. That’s how I want to go out, not in some stuffy church with people waiting for it to be over so they can have a drink.

  2. Claire
    Claire September 1, 2013 7:32 pm

    Yeah, pretty impressive …

  3. GregT
    GregT September 2, 2013 12:13 am

    Well I’ll be damned, someone else pays attention to a good Haka.


  4. LiberTarHeel
    LiberTarHeel September 2, 2013 6:06 am

    “Rugby, while not as bizarre as cricket, remains a mystery to me.”

    Simplistic explanation: rugby is what American football would be if it weren’t neutered by corporatism and regulation.

  5. Joel
    Joel September 2, 2013 8:46 am

    If I opened my door to those missionaries, I’d be a little more polite.

    TXCOMT September 5, 2013 10:58 am

    That’s nuttin’…lots of Walmart associates do somethin’ similar before each shift!

  7. Claire
    Claire September 5, 2013 11:12 am

    Walmart haka??? Yikes! I’m trying to picture all those tired retirees and underemployed college grads doing that. Not getting it.

    I did enter “Walmart haka” at YouTube & found a couple interesting results. But probably not quite what you mean. Boggling.

  8. Claire
    Claire September 8, 2013 7:22 am

    LOL! I loved that — though I guessed during their strong, handsome silence what the Scots’ “haka” was going to be. Well done.

  9. Borepatch
    Borepatch September 11, 2013 1:28 pm

    Been off the grid pretty much all last week and just catching up. The 3 year olds are adorable. Probably not legal teaching your kid to do that in Massachusetts ….

  10. Claire
    Claire September 11, 2013 1:47 pm

    Hey, Borepatch. Good to see you here. I knew from following your blog that you were on the road and dealing with family. But I’m glad you eventually saw this post. (Tried to post the link in your Mormon haka comment section, but your blog is pretty fussy about who’s allowed to comment and it doesn’t approve of the likes of me.)

    Yeah, I guess pre-schoolers performing haka is right up there with biting Pop-Tarts into the shape of guns for Pure Evil and would get the kidlets put on mood-altering drugs and on a Permanent List.

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