We were invited by Jacko, he and Desiree came by our boat to
sell grapefruit and invite us to enjoy a typical Polynesia luncheon at
Desiree’s place. Why not! We met at the dock and walked up the hill to
Desiree’s house, when we arrived, Jacko was just opening the pit.
These outrigger canoes are the new and improved versions.
We walked up the hill to Desiree’s and couldn’t help but notice the
fruit trees in every yard. There were also chickens, few goats behind the
houses, cats and chickens lying around together, so really when visiting the
grocery store, it would be for luxuries that they can’t make or grow,
very different from suburbia. This is the pit the pig, goat and chicken were
They use the banana leaves for so many things, cooking,
serving food, carrying hot food and the list goes on and on.
Jacko had to use his hands to pull out the meat and it was
so hot he had to fling the pieces into the bowl, trying to have as little of
his skin touching. Jacko likes his wine, so he preferred payment to be boxes
The next shot is Desiree’s house, she also makes tapa
cloth, and there are only two of them left, Desiree and another lady in the
other village. It is very tiring and time consuming so no one wants to do it
anymore. I bought a tribal turtle made from tapa to add to my handmade textile
There was a pen full of piglets, we asked where their Mommy
was and Jacko told us she was last night’s dinner, this little fellow is
getting fattened up for next month’s dinner!
Even the puppy gets the scraps from our dinner, although he
really did not like the breadfruit, after tasting it we all agreed, maybe if
you add herbs and spices ???
You receive all of the pig – including the face,
cheeks, eyes, just don’t look at the other side of the meat and all is
okay, I saw an ear in the pan and asked for just meat, nothing attached to the
meat. She also served rice and tomatoes with a mustard sauce over them, we ate
without utensils, the tomato wedges worked well to scoop the rice up. We still
like to use knives, spoons and forks to eat with, especially soup!
After the dog had his fill the cat and hen came along for
their dinner. They use all of the scraps to feed their animals, nothing is
This is Desiree’s daughter, Angel.
We truly enjoyed our first Luau in French Polynesia and we
are looking forward to many more as we visit the islands. We are going to Hiva
Oa tomorrow to do some provisioning and check in with the Gendarmes, then back
to the quiet islands to snorkel, swim, and just enjoy paradise.
Sea Mist signing off.