Aitutaki was the first of the Cook Islands to be converted to Christianity in 1821. The Arutanga Church is the oldest church in the Cook Islands.
During cyclone season house are tied down for protection.
Banyon Tree that is over 100 years old.
This Banyon Tree arch markes the border between two villages.
Home has an incredible view from the second highest point on Aitukai.
The frangipani is worn by women to indicate their relationship status... over the right ear if single, over the left ear if married, over right ear backward if single but taken and over the left ear backwards if divorced.
Playing the ukulele and singing a traditional song about the frangipani.
Husking a coconut.
Coconuts that have fallen off the tree and turned brown contain meat that has become cream.
Cracking the coconut open by hitting it on the eyes.
Example of better beach accommodations.
Loved the sentiment.
O'otu Beach at Aituki Beach Village Hotel.
The barrier reef surrounding the island is almost a triangular shape.
Aitutaki lagoon was beyond beautiful and incredibly hot. Even the cat had to find a place to catch a breeze.
This boat floated into Aitutaki dock. The boat is from Columbia and is suspected to be a drug boat. The 8 men on board are being held until the investigation is completed.
There are 15 villages on Aitukai. Each village has a chief and a meeting hall.