Two iconic, indigenous tourism operators are joining forces with the iwi trust that runs Te Puia hosting the boss of Hawai’i’s Kualoa Ranch.

Kualoa Ranch is a 4000 ha outdoor adventure facility and it's also been a set location for a number of blockbuster movies. They are the 11th largest tour operator in the US.

Te Puia who turns over $25 million dollars a year is collaborating with them.

The business has half a million visitors a year with the powerhouse known for its backdrop in films and TV series such as Lost, Jurassic Park and Kong: Skull Island.

Kualoa Ranch turns around $40 million a year employing 300 locals.

John Morgan is of Tainui descent and the CEO of Kualoa Ranch and says through working with Te Puia, they are considering a new project.

“With the Māori people we decided instead of just building a group facility, we're going to build a Hawaiian version of a Māori marae.”

In a few months’ time, Morgan will know when this marae will be built.

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