View from Mt. Otemanu of Bora Bora lagoon and Vaitape, largest city of Bora Bora.
In the South Pacific islands, It is common for people to bury their relatives in their yards. In Bora Bora there are no public cemeteries.
Uru or breadfruit tree central to to the Polynesian culture. There are infinite number of methods for preparing Uru. Tahitians prefer cooking in a himaa (underground oven) dipped in coconut milk.
The leaves from these plants are used to make costumes. The roots are used as a sugar substitute.
Preparing to dye the cotton Pareo fabric. Pareo is a wraparound skirt. The Tahitian pareu are among the most colorful and bright in the Pacific.
Dye painting with varying colors derived from tropical flowers. The fold of the cotton fabric determines the dye pattern.
A freshly dyed Pareo.
Leaves and other natural objects were used to bleach patterns on the fabric. Today designs are cut out of vinyl and set on the fabric.
Another example of Pareo design.
Pareo designs are unlimited.
Another example of burial on home grounds.
The remains of a open sky temple or marai. 1860s British rocks from this marai to build the dock. In 1942 Americans cut off the end to build a road.
Dynamite holes where US Army cleared a spot to mount guns.
US chose Bora Bora as a South Pacific military supply base. One of the eight guns set up at strategic points around the island.
View from the gun outpost.
Ammunitions storage bunker.
It took 4 days to set each gun.
US Army documented date guns were installed.
Remains of one of the guns.
Mt. Otemanu, a dormant volcano, and Vaitape port.
Vaitape pier, rebuilt by the US Army in 1942. Original was built by the British missionaries in 1816.
All bungalows or houses over the water must have a pendanus thatched roof by law. This creates jobs and is aesthetically more traditional.