On July 9th we left Mo’orea and headed to Huahine, our third island in the Society Islands. Huahine has a really laid back vibe that encourages sitting back and relaxing. We attended a hieva which is a local contest of competing teams that sing and dance. These month-long events are like a tournament with those teams receiving the highest scores advancing and eventually moving to the championships that are held in Pape’ete. We watched a local team sing traditional Polynesian songs and dance traditional story-telling dances all under a huge venue set up just for these performances (complete with roulettes or food trucks parked outside for your dining pleasure). It was a great way to experience the culture and traditions of the Polynesian people in a way that was more authentic than a hula show put on by some big hotel chain. The singers' voices were sweet and clear and the harmonies were beautiful to listen to while the dancing was full of energy and involved dozens of male and female dancers.
|The "sacred eels" of Huahine.|
|Safety first while riding mopeds on Huahine.|
On our way back to returning the mopeds, we stopped at a hamburger shack on the beach for lunch. The place was called “Da Best Burgers” and while they were tasty (and the fires were some of the best I’ve had since leaving the States!), and while Richard will disagree, it is here that I believe I got some of the worst food poisoning I have ever encountered in my life (and I’ve had more than a few bouts of food poisoning). Luckily, we had picked up anchor the next day and moved to a deep bay, set our anchor on a coral shelf (that’s another story) and for the next three days, I alternated my time between the bed and the head. I was doubled over with stomach cramps that would not quit for most of this time and instantly knew that something was truly wrong. In the end, I guess you could call it the silver lining (as my glass is usually half full, ha!) I lost about 5 or 6 pounds…bonus! Not that I recommend this method of weight loss, but there’s nothing like a nasty intestinal bug to shed a few pounds.