From sunrise to sunset, the islands of
Oceania show incredible contrast from small coral atolls to towering mountains. They
provide an incredible array of visual images some of which are reproduced below:
Sunrise at Funafuti, Tuvalu.
A spectacular crash in the opening lap
of the 2000 Gold Coast Indy Race, Australia.
Sailing in the Solomon Islands.
Outside the Co-operative Store,Yap,
Federated States of Micronesia.
Apia, Western Samoa. This Samoan fale is a family
house built in the traditional
manner except that corrugated iron has been used
for the roof instead of thatch.
Paradise Beach, on Upolu Island, Western Samoa. This beach
as the location for the 1952 film Return to Paradise,
starring Gary Cooper.
Waimea Canyon on the Island of Kaua'i is
Hawaii's answer to the Grand Canyon.
Early photograph of
attractive Samoan lady.
Longboat race in Pago Pago Harbour,
Fanning Island (Tabuaeran), Line
Islands, Republic of Kiribati.
Sailing at New Caledonia.
Kiribati dancers at Millennium Island,
welcoming the dawn of the new millennium.
Tahiti has been French for more than a century and much of
the traditional culture has been lost.
Until recently, Tahitian children were forbidden to speak
their native language at school, and they were
taught only French history and nothing of their own
cultural background. The coronation pageant above
is a brave attempt by a handful of Tahitians to remedy
this deplorable situation and restore to the people
a sense of their true Polynesian identity.
Children of Pohnpei (Ponape), Federated
States of Micronesia.
In Hawaii, the missionaries did their best to destroy the
native culture and,
in particular, the "lewd and lascivious hula".
But they wrote detailed accounts of the dances in their
diaries, and these, ironically, have
provided a basis for the current revival of the ancient hula
seen in the four images above.
Nan Madol off the Coast of Pohnpei (Ponape), Micronesia is
a ceremonial centre
constructed of basalt prisms on artificial platforms
raised in a shallow lagoon.
An American tank which never quite made it to the shore
in the 1944 invasion of Saipan.
Vaitape on Bora
Bora, Tahiti, and Mount Pahia rearing up behind it to a height of 23,000 feet. Bora Bora
was once a place of exile populated by the outcasts of Tahitian society.