We say goodbye to Henri with Leslie and Eric of svKandu (who became a real part of the Taiohae community) and will be departing a few weeks after us.
We occasionally hung out at the Hiva Oa Pearl Lodge for a luxurious day of swimming, lunch and internet. Thanks Jean Jacques and the gang!
The reopening of the small Protestant church (most Marquesans are Catholic) coincided with Linda's birthday so the community festivities felt almost like a personal celebration! Linda drummed with the women musicians (Tahuata is the only island where the women play the drums).
The older kids paddling during their va'a practice. We became sponsors of a new program for the younger children.
Two new pint-sized va'a we helped sponsor for the young children of Nuku Hiva. our friend Philippe is the program director
Moetai looking at this square rigger is a poignant sight - what did the original Marquesans think when the European explorers arrived in these strange vessels?
When Dave and Kim went to the US for 2 weeks, we watched their boat and they let Linda use Maluhia as an art studio. A lot of creativity going on here in the artistic mess of their transformed salon
Returning from our US family visit in December, we overnighted in Papeete, Tahiti and went to see a wonderful annual dance competition with our visa agent's aunt, Corinne.