Le Petit Village

The village of Hanavave on the island of Fatu Hiva gives many edenistic impressions to the casual observer fresh from a long ocean passage. 


We began our investigation of this community in the small but heavily attended Catholic church on Sunday morning.

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There was lots of guitar and uke playing, with strong vocals from the packed pews.

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The entire service was in Marquesan except for a spicy Marquesan-French message about the habits and pitfalls of unmarried couples.  This part was very entertaining for the young people, including our new friend Marie.

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Marie brought us home to check out her husband’s carvings and then loaded us up with free bread fruit, lemons, and starfruit even though we didn’t initially buy anything. She had an awesome fruit picking net …


and a groovy turtle tattoo.

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We gave her kids some stickers and lifesavers. Candy was in high demand among the village kids, one enterprising 8 year old had set himself up as a godfather in the local Bonbon Mafia. They shook down S for half a bag of Jolly Ranchers and then came back for more after performing an inventory audit that showed  irregularities in the distribution.  Other kids were normal. Bobo and his sister both liked lifesavers without extremism.

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There were lots of cute kids in the village.

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On Sunday afternoon the local tots were turned out into the boat basin to frolic among the dock lines.

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We strolled into the suburbs and began to appreciate daily life in this place.

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The houses were all lightly built, off the ground in the standard Polynesian style.

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Everyone had a banana rack and a boat out back.


Some of the boats were beautiful outriggers that don’t see much use anymore.


We passed pigs, chickens, copra drying sheds and at least one candidate for “What Not to Wear.”

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We put down an offer on this one room retirement home (it’s within our projected budget)

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and made our out way out of town and into the bush.

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10°27.80’S 138°39.75’W 10-Apr-18 12:30 PDT

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