Photo Gallery - March 2005
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The night before we were planning to leave Nukuoro. The towering cumulous clouds seen in the background moved in over us that night and by morning we had 100% overcast. It was 5 more days before we had favorable weather for sailing to Kapinga.
Jordan spent a few hours one day installing kids educational software on the school's new computer. We had a lot of kids stuff that Jonah has outgrown like Blue's Clues and Pajama Sam. The school principal, Joanas, sits in the front with the red shirt.
The kids were very shy at first, but Jordan picked a girl from the group and had her come up and try. She had never touched a computer in her life of course. It was clear she understood what to do, but, she had a very hard time figuring out how to move the mouse.
Kate shows Joanas how to work the software. Joanas is a very interesting fellow and speaks excellent English. He is obviously dedicated to the kids and teaching and the people of Nukuoro are lucky to have him. He also keeps the "Yacht Guest Book" which goes back to 1992. He has each boat write something. We looked over the book and found since 1992 only about 15 or so boats have visited. About 1 a year.
Inside the sleeping hut the sleeping platform is seen in this picture with its plywood door at center. To the right are dressers for clothing. Above the sleeping platform in the rafters is a loft which Joap plans to "finish" soon for the kids (right now they all sleep together in the screened in platform shown).
Approaching Kapinga we can see the many motus (islets) surrounding the lagoon. If you look carefully you can see between the motus in the foreground more motus which are on the far side of the lagoon.
Zeroing in on the pass we see four or five trees apparently growing right out of the reef (just to the left of the motu on the right). This is how motus form - first one tree, then more sand collects around it and pretty soon you have a little islet forming.
Getting closer the four tree motu can be seen better here. You can also see the surf breaking on the reef. Although it looked like a glorious day in the first two photos, now you can see a rain squall (at left). Within 30 minutes of anchoring in the lagoon the entire place was surrounded by squalls which ended up hanging around for 8 days!
Kate on the bridge between Ueru and Soho the two motus where the village is located. There are about 400 people living on Kapinga and about 380 of them live on these two smallish motus. The bridge connecting them was first built in the 1970s. Part of it collapsed during a bad storm in 1980 but was rebuilt soon after.
One of many cemetaries on Kapinga. The Polynesian people have a custom of burying their dead on their own property. Throughout Polynesia it is common to see small plots with 3 or 4 or more graves in someone's front yard. This plot seems to be for an extended family and is larger then most.
One of several large Taro fields on the motu called Soho. Taro has been the staple of the people here since the mid 1940s (we have been told). Before that breadfruit was the main and only starch on the island. Nowadays the people eat about 50/50 taro and rice (which is of course imported) as their staple foods. In addition, main features of their diet are fish, bananas and pandanus fruit. Papayas are grown as well but are not plentiful as on other islands in the region.
Three very little girls swimming in the channel between the two main motus. This photo was taken from the bridge. When they saw us taking pictures of them they got out of the water and followed us through the village for a while as kids here commonly do. When we remember we bring lollipops to hand out to the kids.