National Geographic : 1962 Jul
The Chinese, mostly Hakkas from Hong Kong, run most of the shops and businesses of Tahiti. They are tailors, grocers, wine merchants, copra dealers, pearl shell middlemen, restaurateurs, and barbers. The wave of hotel building has washed up en trepreneurs with startling ideas on the shores of Tahiti. People who live among coconut palms do not dwell in their shade, or tarry long there- it is too dangerous, because at any moment a heavy nut may come crashing down with skull-cracking momentum. But nothing so trivial as a fact of na ture will stop the hotel man who wants to set his thatched bungalows under the palms. One told me with much pride, "I am bringing in a special hor mone from Hawaii; I'll spray all the palm trees on my place, and they will bear no coconuts!" Faintly in the background, I seemed to hear the lament of the last High Priest of Tahiti, who ex claimed to the trader Jacques Antoine Moerenhout AND KODACHROMEBY LUIS MARDEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC STAFF C N.G.S. "They Eat Fish of all kinds" MORRISON School of skipjack tuna hangs on racks in Papeete's central market. Leaving port before dawn, fishing launches troll for tuna and dolphin. The catch comes to market in late after noon and disappears from the stands in less than an hour. "Fish... is the principal food of the Women..." WILLIAM BLIGH In ancient Tahiti, flesh was for bidden to women. These girls ride a motor bicycle home from market with two fish.