Tombes des Marins de l’Uranie

In January 1846, the inhabitants of Huahine fought a group of French soldiers and sailors of the ship Uranie. The bodies of twenty-four of the dead soldiers and sailors were buried near the bridge that connects the village of Maeva to the nearby motu. Just across the bridge, several ancient fish traps are still in use.

Tombes des Marins de l'Uranie 1

Tombes des Marins de l’Uranie 1

SOURCE: Tombes des Marins de l’Uranie 1 (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Tombes des Marins de l'Uranie 2

Tombes des Marins de l’Uranie 2

SOURCE: Tombes des Marins de l’Uranie 2 (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Fish Traps 1

Fish Traps 1

SOURCE: Fish Traps 1 (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Fish Traps 2

Fish Traps 2

SOURCE: Fish Traps 2 (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

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Marae Tetano

On Huahine, just inland from the fare pōte’e in Maeva, there lies a hiking trail. The trail passes a large mango tree before leading uphill to Marae Tetano. There, at one end of the ahu (altar), a huge banyan tree dominates the scene. The marae itself has been somewhat swallowed by the forest, but the ahu can still be seen.

Mango Tree (Mangifera indica)

Mango Tree (Mangifera indica)

SOURCE: Mango Tree (Mangifera indica) (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Marae Tefano from Below

Marae Tefano from Below

SOURCE: Marae Tefano from Below (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalensis)

Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalensis)

SOURCE: Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalensis) (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Ahu at Marae Tefano

Ahu at Marae Tefano

SOURCE: Ahu at Marae Tefano (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

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The Marae at Maeva

Adjacent to the fare pōte’e in Maeva are several Marae. Like the marae on Raiatea, these marae were sacred and social spaces. Each marae includes a row of standing stones and a paved courtyard. The marae served as places for the people and the gods. Sucessively to the left of the fare pōte’e (seen to the far right in the first photo, below), are Marae Vai-‘ōtaha, Marae Fare Tai, and Marae Fare Ro’i. Land crabs (Cardisoma carnifex) make their homes in burrows in the soil of the marae.

Marae Vai-'ōtaha

Marae Vai-‘ōtaha

SOURCE: Marae Vai-‘ōtaha (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Marae Fare Tai

Marae Fare Tai

SOURCE: Marae Fare Tai (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Marae Fare Ro'i

Marae Fare Ro’i

SOURCE: Marae Fare Ro’i (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Land Crab (Cardisoma carnifex)

Land Crab (Cardisoma carnifex)

SOURCE: Land Crab (Cardisoma carnifex) (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

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The Fare Pōte’e of Maeva

Maeva was the old capital of Huahine. There, in Maeva, a huge fare pōte’e was reconstructed to house a museum of artifacts unearthed during excavations of archaeological sites in Maeva. The fare pōte’e itself is typical of traditional housing on Huahine, its size reflecting the importance of its inhabitants.

Fare Pōte'e Exterior

Fare Pōte’e Exterior

SOURCE: Fare Pōte’e Exterior (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Fare Pōte'e Interior - 1

Fare Pōte’e Interior – 1

SOURCE: Fare Pōte’e Interior – 1 (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Fare Pōte'e Interior - 2

Fare Pōte’e Interior – 2

SOURCE: Fare Pōte’e Interior – 2 (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Fare Pōte'e Interior - 3

Fare Pōte’e Interior – 3

SOURCE: Fare Pōte’e Interior – 3 (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

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Scenes of Huahine

One of the less visited of the Society Islands, Huahine is a gem that most people never see. Today, I’m just showing some of the beauty of Huahine.

Huahine 1

Huahine 1

SOURCE: Huahine 1 (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Huahine 2

Huahine 2

SOURCE: Huahine 2 (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Huahine 3

Huahine 3

SOURCE: Huahine 3 (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Huahine 4

Huahine 4

SOURCE: Huahine 4 (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

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Underwater in Raiatea

Today, I’m just posting the last of my underwater photos from Raiatea.

Scissortail Sergeant Damselfish (Abudefduf sexfasciatus)

Scissortail Sergeant Damselfish (Abudefduf sexfasciatus)

SOURCE: Scissortail Sergeant Damselfish (Abudefduf sexfasciatus) (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 April 2016.

Saddled Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ephippium)

Saddled Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ephippium)

SOURCE: Saddled Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ephippium) (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 April 2016.

Fivebar Flagtail (Kuhlia mugil)

Fivebar Flagtail (Kuhlia mugil)

SOURCE: Fivebar Flagtail (Kuhlia mugil) (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 April 2016.

Checkerboard Wrasse (Halichoeres hortulanus)

Checkerboard Wrasse (Halichoeres hortulanus)

SOURCE: Checkerboard Wrasse (Halichoeres hortulanus) (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 April 2016.

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Snorkeling in Raiatea

I went snorkeling in Raiatea, although snorkeling was not officially part of the excursion I was on. The time was scheduled as a beach break on a public motu. My guide told me there wasn’t much to see snorkeling. As it turned out, I saw plenty, including schools of Yellowfin Goatfish which, apparently, can change their color to pink.

The Public Motu

The Public Motu

SOURCE: The Public Motu (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 April 2016.

Surge Damselfish (Chrysiptera brownriggii)

Surge Damselfish (Chrysiptera brownriggii)

SOURCE: Surge Damselfish (Chrysiptera brownriggii) (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 April 2016.

Yellowfin Goatfish (Mulloides vanicolensis)

Yellowfin Goatfish (Mulloides vanicolensis)

SOURCE: Yellowfin Goatfish (Mulloides vanicolensis) (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 April 2016.

Yellowfin Goatfish (Mulloides vanicolensis) Pink Shade

Yellowfin Goatfish (Mulloides vanicolensis) Pink Shade

SOURCE: Yellowfin Goatfish (Mulloides vanicolensis) Pink Shade (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 April 2016.

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Scenes of Raiatea

Just some views of Raiatea from the lagoon.

Raiatea 1

Raiatea 1

SOURCE: Raiatea 1 (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 April 2016.

Raiatea 2

Raiatea 2

SOURCE: Raiatoa 1 (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 April 2016.

Impending Storm 1

Impending Storm 1

SOURCE: Impending Storm 1 (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 April 2016.

Impending Storm 2

Impending Storm 2

SOURCE: Impending Storm 2 (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 April 2016.

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More Structures at the Taputapuatea Marae in Raiatea

The Taputapuatea marae in Raiatea includes a number of distinct marae, all contructed in a similar fashion. They all include a paved courtyard, sometimes enclosed by a low wall. All include a number of upright stones that represent the position of the gods and the family members. Near the Marae were a number of educational plaques, one of which describes the history of the Marae.

History of the Marae

History of the Marae

SOURCE: History of the Marae (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 April 2016.

Marae 2

Marae 2

SOURCE: Marae 2 (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 April 2016.

Marae 3

Marae 3

SOURCE: Marae 3 (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 April 2016.

Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalensis)

Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalensis)

SOURCE: Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalensis) (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 April 2016.

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A Marae in Raiatea

Before coming to Raiatea, I had not heard of a marae. In Polynesian society, a marae was a sacred space, a rectangular area cleared and bordered with stones or wooden posts. Altars were constructed on which to place offerings to the gods. Human bones have been found in some marae, and these bones are thought to be the remains of human sacrifices.

 A Marae

A Marae

SOURCE: A Marae (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 April 2016.

Offerings to the Gods

Offerings to the Gods

SOURCE: Offerings to the Gods (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 April 2016.

Detail of Offerings to the Gods

Detail of Offerings to the Gods

SOURCE: Detail of Offerings to the Gods (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 April 2016.

Trees at the Marae

Trees at the Marae

SOURCE: Trees at the Marae (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 April 2016.

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