Peeling manioc in Vaitahu, Tahuata. Two weeks ago.
At a wedding feast, 2010: KAIKAI MEITA’I! (eat well!)
MA ONA MEITA’I
That was a good meal!
[pronunciation: mah ohna may-ee-tah’ee]
Opening a wedding-size UMU, or earth oven, is a serious business! The umu is typically filled with INA’I (typically pig and/or fish), ME’I (breadfruit), MEI’A (bananas) and other goodies. Vaitahu, 2008.
A woman plucks E TAHI MAKO from a tree in Atuona, Hiva Oa using the traditional method: a long stick with a fork and a string basket on one end.
Pu’u mea kai, or fruit, from te fenua enata sits on the dock in Puamau, Hiva Oa, 2010.