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The Last Sail of the HMS Bounty

We’d like to preface this post by saying that our hearts go out to all those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Many people are still struggling to recover from the devastation, and we encourage you to donate what you can to the American Red Cross to help those in need.

One particular story that surfaced during Hurricane Sandy holds unique significance for the islands of Tahiti. The HMS Bounty—a replica of the historical ship known for the mutiny that took place in Tahiti in 1789—was caught in the storm and ultimately sank off the coast of North Carolina on Monday, October 29th. Fourteen of the crew members were rescued and brought to safety by the U.S. Coast Guard; however, many are now mourning the loss of the ship’s captain, Robin Walbridge, and deckhand Claudine Christian—as well as the historic vessel herself. Read more

Team EDT Wins the 2012 Hawaiki Nui Va’a

The 21st edition of the Hawaiki Nui Va’a concluded on Friday, November 9th and Electricité de Tahiti (EDT) was the winning team! A total of 86 crews and 126 rowers competed in this year’s grueling outrigger canoe race. Shell Va’a, who was favored to win the competition, won the final stage of the race but was beaten overall by EDT, who had won the previous leg between Raiatea and Taha’a. In second place overall was Paddling Connection, followed by Mataierea Ho’e in third. Congratulations to all the teams for completing this amazing feat! Read more

Tahiti’s Monoï Here

The Monoï Here is, well… here! This week marks the start of the 6th annual Monoï Here (pronounced Mah-noy Héré), which is a four-day celebration of Tahiti’s famously fragrant monoï oil. The event will take place from Thursday, November 15th until Sunday, November 18th at the Maison de la Culture in downtown Papeete. Want to know more? Here’s everything we know about the Here! Read more

The 2012 Hawaiki Nui Va’a

Tahiti’s annual Hawaiki Nui Va’a—an intense outrigger canoe race through the Leeward Group of Society Islands—is set to take place next week! This three-day race starts on Wednesday, November 7th and ends Friday, November 9th, spanning across Huahine, Raiatea, Taha’a and Bora Bora. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, here’s the history behind the event. We’ll continue to share updates once everything gets underway; but in the meantime, here’s a great piece from Islands Magazine with more information about what they call “Tahiti’s Super Bowl.” Read more