Planting our pampelmousse tree with the help of Henri's son and friend
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.
Christmas under the Polynesian Mistletoe
Dinghy raft up! Oh la la!! Make sure the French cruisers come with their apple tarts and pastries!
An archeological site that was one of the performance venues during the Matava'a Festival
Christmas with good friends on svMaluhia
Cape courtesy of Nicole on svNaoma
New Years Eve at the Hiva Oa Pearl Lodge
Internet with a view
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!
Our outdoor shower facility - nice to cool down on a hot summer day
Dinner on Jacaranda
School festival at St. Anne's (Kermesse)....the school was around when Paul Gauguin lived in Atuona
School festival (Kermesse) at St. Anne's School
Rainy days bring out the waterfalls (Photo: svNaoma)
Protestant Church rededication
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).
Typical Marquesan food cooked in a traditional underground oven (umu) is delivered!
Let the feast begin!
Solange teaching Benjamin how to do the Haka Manu (Bird dance)
Women giving flowers to visitors on Valentine's Day
Lunch with Cyril and Hemana. Linda learned how to make her breadfruit fritters
A pelagic baby octopus living on our anchor chain
A dolphin escort
Gourmet lunch prepared by master chef Tipiero at his restaurant
Henri's cafe was a social gathering place for us cruisers - good food and free internet!
18th century engraving of Resolution Bay, Vaitahu, Tahuata
The older kids paddling during their va'a practice. We became sponsors of a new program for the younger children.
Va'a gliding past Jacaranda's stern every afternoon
Two new pint-sized va'a we helped sponsor for the young children of Nuku Hiva. our friend Philippe is the program director
The smiling faces say it all!
Our sponsorship of this program in Nuku Hiva was a great source of pride to us.
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
Moorish Idol Fabric Mosaic (WIP) resulting from Linda's Studio Maluhia
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.
Dancers at the Hura Tapairu
One of our last Marquesan sunsets in Hanamoenoa Bay (we nicknamed it "Green Flash Bay" ) where we made landfall almost one year earlier. (Photo by Lynn Dorning of svAmurula)