In 2019, we stopped by Woody Howard’s music and furniture store on Moorea and found this lovely ukulele with a soundboard made from island tou wood. This beautiful wood has wonderful tonal quality and was once reserved for use by the Ali’i (ruling class) only. I played it for 20 minutes or more, mesmerized byContinue reading “Lesson to Learn”
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One Good Tern Deserves Another
Yucky gray days are a great time to reminisce of brighter times in happy places. We were on a dolphin watching tour with Michael Poole in the lagoon around Moorea when these two terns landed on the railing and began to watch the tourists. They were probably hoping for a handout. Had we been fishing,Continue reading “One Good Tern Deserves Another”
Fire on the Mountain
Sunlight burnished clouds into the form of flame on Mou’a (Mount) Tohiea rising over Cooks Bay. It was born of fire as lava poured from ancient volcanoes, and appears to have not forgotten its origins. Locals say that it is the mountain that inspired the final scenes of the movie Moana, and like a benevolentContinue reading “Fire on the Mountain”
Back to the Beginning
Nearly two weeks ago we spent the first night of our stay in French Polynesia in Tahiti. Now we are back on the island of Tahiti after five days in Moorea and seven days in Bora Bora. It has been a fun and eventful trip, and we still have a little more exploring to doContinue reading “Back to the Beginning”
Storm clouds gathered over the mountains while we cruised with whales in the ocean north of Moorea, but obligingly held back until we had returned ashore. Once safely back to our bungalow, soothing rains showered the mountains and bay, slowly dissolving the clouds and revealing the full heights of the summits once again. #Moorea #Rotui
“Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy a ukulele, and that’s pretty close.” (author unknown.) Yes, it sounds as beautiful as it looks and that does make me happy. This ukulele came from Moorea, French Polynesia, made by a local named Woody Howard. I played it for 20 minutes or more at his shopContinue reading “Happiness”
More Than Just Birds Fly in Moorea
During dolphin tours on Moorea, more than the birds were flying. These wild spinner dolphins leaped and twirled for their audience as we watched in wonder.
Different Islands, Different Bird
As opposed to yesterday’s post of the blue-footed booby, we were exactly what this brown booby wanted. It was hungry and looking for a handout as we watched for dolphins during a lagoon tour in Moorea.