Photo Gallery - March 2005 

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The main islet at Nukuoro Atoll. Most of the people live along the lagoon-side beach. In this shot you can see individual familys' huts and their over-the-water latrines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah and some local kids swimming and diving off the Queen Jane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah and some local boys and girls. When they weren't pushing each other off they dove in off the side of the boat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Kate eating a breadfruit chip. Breadfruit is one of the staples on the islands of the Pacific and slicing them thin and frying in hot oil makes a popular snack very much like potato chips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beach in front of Joap and Joyleen's home. We were anchored just in front of their home and ended up spending quite a bit of time with them and their kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah and Bosco (Joap's son) swinging from a rope tied to a big tree in front of their home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah takes a turn at the rope swing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The school on Nukuoro.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 7th grade class. The teacher, Dagger, is sitting in the rear in the blue and white shirt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah and some kids looking at a book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.  

 

 

 

 

Jonah (at far left) and two of Joyleene's kids drinking coconuts. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sleeping hut built last year by Joap. Inside there is a raised platform screened in to keep out bugs with mattresses for sleeping. It looks very cosy and well built.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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). 

 

 

 

 

 

The crew is in high spirits as we head for Kapingamarangi atoll. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

A pair of kids standing in front of a well or cistern. These cement cisterns are sprinkled around the island.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Catholic Church. Quite a bit smaller and more rundown then the main church (protestant). There are only about 20 Catholics on the island. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A nice wall of limestone (coral) blocks fronting a home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

The first thing we noticed about the shcool buildings on Kapinga was that they are a bit rundown and not nearly as nice as on Nukuoro. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second thing we noticed were the wonderful murals of sea life on some of the school buildings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one is fabulous and was done by a local man who plans to continue until all of the school is thus adorned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A trio of adorable young girls. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Soho islet (the larger of the two motus) as seen from the bridge connecting it to Ueru.