Piki Vehine

Piki Vehine, a ceremonial site, or me’ae, in Taiohae, Nuku Hiva. Me’ae are large paepae or complexes of paepae once used for ritual activities and sacrifices. Piki Vehine means, literally, “mount woman”…so you can guess what this place was used for. The site was intensively restored for use in cultural festivals in the 1990s, and today it is one of the few tourist attractions in the village.

Te me’ae Piki Vehine i Taiohae, Nuku Hiva. ‘Omua, ua kanea te me’ae me te paepae ke’i, me tau paepae, no te “ceremonies”. Ua ha’aporopa, ua kanea hakaua tenei taha i te ehua 1990. Ua tihe te tau torisi tenei’a no te tiohitina.


The long, narrow bay of Taipivai, Nuku Hiva; the place that inspired Herman Melville to write his famous novel, “Taipi”. ¬†The word “taipivai” literally means “water full of sea” (tai=ocean; pi=full; vai=fresh water), describing what happens when the tide comes in and the ocean floods into the lower portion of the river, creating a semi-salty home for a variety of fish and plants.