Our time spent on Papeete reminded me so much of my days living in Hawaii. That local-style, laid back culture was something I had missed for so many years.
On Papeete, time just goes so slowly.....even throughout all the traffic and tons of people on the streets, you still get a feel of that easy going, friendly, island culture.
We were even informed by the locals of just how SAFE this place is. Locals don't even bother turning off their cars when they have a quick item to pick up in the corner shop. No one locks their doors......turns off their motors........and you can even see it in their local canine just how stress-free and relaxed they are.
We could learn a lot from the Tahitians!!
People use having tiare flower at their ears and there is a meaning.
A woman with a flower at left side means she is engaged and on right side means she is free.
Equal for men BUT the flower must be facing back.
Men who put the flower like a woman means to be looking for man.
You can see flower anywhere, among the street, at restaurant and ... at public toilette too.
Papeete (pah-pey-eh-tey) got its name from the little river that is found in Bougainville park.
Papeete means "water basket". Before the houses were equipped with water pipes, the people used to come to this river, with their gourds wrapped in woven leaves and took the pape (water) home in their ete (basket).
The fire shows range from dancing with torches and lit bolas to some shows that demonstrate fire walking.