He Hoa Pūmau focuses on a group of four friends, Wai, Kuini, Kapua and Hare, all aged between 9 and 10. They find a strange object like a chunky sea slug with kōwhaiwhai patterns etched into it. It has magical power, as it fills them with a sense of warmth when they hold it. The friends take the object to the beach and submerge it in water. It opens to reveal a taonga that separates into four magical pieces, and they each take one. The wear their taonga to a kapa haka competition, and they feel its magical power giving them confidence as they perform.
He hoa pūmau a Wai rātou ko Kuini, ko Kapua, ko Hare. Ka kitea e rātou tētahi taonga rite nei ki te ngata moana tōna hanga kua whakairohia ki te kōwhaiwhai. Mōhio tonu rātou he taonga ātahu, he taonga whai tūmatarau tēnei. Ka heria e rātou ki te moana, ka tukuna ki te wai. I konei, ka pakaru mai ki ngā wāhanga e whā. Ia wāhanga he ātahu. Mau ana i a rātou ēnei taonga, kua uhia rātou ki te mauri o taua taonga ātahu. Kua tū māia, kua tū pakari te tokowhā nei i roto i ā rātou mahi kapa haka.
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