The Beach at Mare Manunu

The beach at Mare Manunu is beautiful, although the rocks and coral make it treacherous to swim in the lagoon here. The map in the fourth photo is on display in the fare pōte’e in Maeva, and it shows the location of Marae Manunu (the rectangle marked “3” at the bottom), the fare pōte’e in Maeva (labelled “17” on the upper right) and the marae in Maeva (Marae Vai-‘ōtaha is “18”, Marae Fare Tai is “19”, and Marae Fare Ro’i is “20”). See my previous posts on “The Fare Pōte’e of Maeva” and “The Marae at Maeva.”

Huahine Beach 1

Huahine Beach 1

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

Huahine Beach 2

Huahine Beach 2

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

Huahine Beach 3

Huahine Beach 3

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

Map of the Maeva Area

Map of the Maeva Area

SOURCE: Map of the Maeva Area (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

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Marae Manunu

Being of great historical and spiritual importance on Huahine, the marae are scattered everywhere. Marae Manunu is located on the motu, across from the main marae complex in Maeva. Marae Manunu is dedicated to Tane, Huahine’s god of war and fishing. I don’t know the identity of the spathe flowers in the fourth picture, but they certainly are beautiful.

Marae Manunu 1

Marae Manunu 1

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

Marae Manunu 2

Marae Manunu 2

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

Marae Manunu 3

Marae Manunu 3

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

Spathe Flowers

Spathe Flowers

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

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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 Tefano

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 Tefano. 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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