|Granted, these and bicycles are more common|
than cars and trucks on Maupiti.
|Maupiti Heiva traditional Polynesian games: These guys|
line up with their spears, aiming with great concentration.
|The coconut on a pole they aim at in traditional Polynesian games is a
tough target! This was a Maupiti Heiva event.
Maupiti Heiva fire pit oven just before it’s
unburied at Maupiti’s Heiva event.
We happened across the event on a cycle ride around the island. We dallied a while and to watch the banana bunch relay races, the coconut spearing competition and the unearthing of the fire pit meal.
|Maupiti Heiva Unearthing the oven pit…|
first dirt, then burlap, then banana leaves.
|This cage of food was cooked in a fire pit|
at Maupiti’s Heiva event.
|Visiting kids check out the just emptied fire pit at|
the Maupiti Heiva event, a traditional Polynesian meal.
|Locals and visitors pitch in to serve up the just cooked fire pit|
meal -- red bananas, breadfruit, roasted pork, and
tapioca mixed in coconut milk.
Of the several events we’ve attended in French Polynesia, Maupiti’s was the best blended of local and visitor involvement.
|Maupiti Heiva meal buffet line: red
possion cru coco au lait, roasted pork, and tapioca
mixed in coconut milk.
We hope Maupiti continues to offer these kinds of events which are sure to encourage more visitors to come by and appreciate the gifts Maupiti has to offer. Like Huahine, we prefer laid back less touristy islands where locals are quick with a welcoming smile and wave.
Note: Banana races and fire pit meal unearthing videos to be added later to this blog post when there’s faster wifi in American Samoa.
|How we got around Maupiti when not|
walking, kayaking or taking our dinghy.
Written in Maupiti, our last stop in French Polynesia (S16.26.838 W152.14.690) and set to post while we’re underway on an 1,100+ mile passage to Pago Pago, American Samoa. We hope to stop for some R&R at Suwarrow in the Cook Islands along the way, though we expect no wifi in that remote location.