Tahiti Local Customs

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    Tahitian Phrases

    by GracesTrips Updated Aug 19, 2014

    I, usually, like to immerse myself in the culture of where I am traveling to. However, I did not have the time to practice learning the language. On Tahiti, there is a mix of culture between the French and Tahitians. You will find most people do speak French. However, the greeting used most was Ia Orana.

    Here are some of those useful phrases:

    Hello (general greeting) Ia Orana (yo-rah-nah)
    How are you? Maita'i oe? (my-tie oh-ay)
    I am fine. Maita'i vau. (my-tie vah-oo)
    Thank you. Mauruuru. (mah-roo-roo)
    Bye bye. Nana. (nah-nah)
    Do you speak English? Ua ite oe i te parau Marite? (oo-ah ee-tay oh-ay ee tay pah- rah-oo mah-ree-tay)
    I don't understand. Aita i papu ia'u. (eye-tah ee pah-poo ee-ah-oo)
    Please speak slowly. Faa taere te parau. (fah-ah tah-ay-ray tay pah-rah-oo)
    Repeat please. Tapiti. (tah-pee-tee)
    What's your name? O vai to oe i'oa? (oh vah-ee toh oh-ay ee-oh-ah)
    My name is Chris. O Chris to'u i'oa. (oh kris toh-oo ee-oh-ah)
    Where do you live? Ihea oe e faeia ai? (ee-hay-ah oh-ay ay fah-ay-ee-ah ah-ee)
    I live in California. I California vau e faeia ai. (ee California vah-oo ay fah-ay-ee-ah ah-ee)
    Where are you from? Nohea mai oe? (noh-hay-ah my oh-ay)
    I am from America. No te Fenua Marite mai vau. (noh tay feh-noo-ah mah-ree-tay my vah-oo)
    Show me the way to... Fa'aite mai ia'u ite e'a ... (fah-eye-tay my ee-ah-oo ee-tay ay-ah)
    Let's go! Haere tatou! (ha-ay-ray tah-toh-oo)
    Come here! Haere mai! (ha-ay-ray my)
    Turn right. Na te pae atau. (nah tay pah-ay ah-tah-oo)
    Turn left. Na te pae aui. (nah tay pah-ay ah-wee)
    Please take me to ... Arave ato'a ia'u ... (ah-rah-vay ah-toh-ah ee-ah-oo)

    Who is this? Ovai te ie? (oh-vie tay ee-ay)
    What is the name of this? Eaha tei'oa ote'ie? (ay-ah-ha tay-ee-oh-ah oh-tay-ee-ay)
    What is the price of this? Ehia moni te'ie? (ay-hee-ah moh-nee tay-ee-ay)
    What's wrong? Eaha te tumu? (ay-ah-ha tay too-moo)
    Look! A hi'o! (ah hee-oh)
    Hurry up! Ha'a viti viti! (ha-ah vee-tee vee-tee)
    Take it easy! Haere maru! (ha-ay-ray mah-roo)
    To your health! Manuia! (mah-nwee-ah)
    This is very good. E mea maita'i roa teie. (ay may-ah my-tie roh-ah tay-ee-ay)
    Do you want a drink? Hina'aro oe e inu? (hee-nah-ah-roh oh-ay ay ee-noo)
    Are you hungry? Ua poia anei oe? (oo-ah poh-ee-ah ah-nay-ee oh-ay)
    Yes E (ay)
    No Aita (eye-tah)
    What? Eaha? (ay-ah-ha)
    Why? No te aha? (noh tay ah-ha)

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    Dammed Rivers!

    by ATXtraveler Written Apr 3, 2005

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    Since there are very few oil reserves on a South Pacific Island, Tahiti needs to rely on its own natural resources for many of the things it does. Over 30% of the electricity produced on the island comes from a single river that has multiple dams and supplies much needed hydro-electrical power. This river is the Pape No'o.

    Dam on Pape No'o River

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    Sand and Gravel Factories

    by ATXtraveler Written Apr 3, 2005

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    Throughout some of the back roads, you will see factories that are producing large amounts of black sand and gravel. As you can imagine, being on an isolated island, you have to rely on the resources that you have on island. Most of the gravel that makes up the roads in Tahiti is actually volcanic rock pulled from the river (water, not lava) on the inside passageways.

    Gravel Factories

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    A flower behind the ear

    by easyoar Written Dec 20, 2004

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    Tahitians love flowers, and both genders like to wear them. If visiting, it is well worth being aware of the meaning of a flower behind the ear.

    If you wear a flower behind your left ear, it means you are taken, if you wear a flower behind your right ear, it means you are available to the opposite sex (or perhaps to the same sex, or perhaps to everyone...).

    If you wear a flower behind both ears, it means you are taken, but also available. So depending on what sort of holiday you want to have, you may wish to stock up on flowers when you get there!

    A flower behind the ear...
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    by Agraichen Written Jan 1, 2004

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    The "Tattoo" originated in Tahiti. There is a legend that the God of Tattoo, Tohu, described the painting of all the fish in the ocean in colors. The Polynesian culture considers tattoos as a sign of beauty.

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