The name ‘Polynesia’ comes from the words ‘Poly’ (many) and ‘Nesos’ (islands. The term was originally copied by Charles de Brosses in 1976 and apples to all of the Pacific Ocean islands. Polynesia may be described to include the islands within a triangle, bounded by its corners at Hawaii, New Zealand and Easter Island. The Pacific Islands excluding New Zealand and Easter Island lie within the rainy tropics where there are no abrupt seasonal changes. There are coral and volcanic islands. On the coral atolls the soil is thin and sandy. Vegetation is sparse and consists of shrubs, small trees, grasses and coconuts. The indigenous people who inhabit these islands are known as Polynesians. They have very similar traits including language, family customs and beliefs. With the exception of New Zealand, most independent Polynesian islands derive much of their income from foreign aid. Some families encourage their young to travel abroad to earn good money, much of which is then remitted to their stay-at-home relatives. Many Polynesian islands are able to supplement their income from tourism.
We have produced two films covering some of the Polynesian islands and divided the area covered into a ‘West’ and an ‘East’ partition.
In the first travel documentary film entitled ‘West Polynesia: Fiji to Tahiti: Islands of Dreams’ , we start in the Fuji Group of Islands, before voyaging via the French Overseas Collectivity of Wallis and Futuna, onwards to Samoa. After exploring parts of Samoa, the voyage continues to the Cook Island Group, visiting Suwarrow, Palmerston, Aitutaki and Aitu islands. The Society Islands of French Polynesia include many well-known and much visited places. We visit Bora Bora Island. The first part of the journey ends at Papeete port on Tahiti
We hope that by watching this first video film on the South pacific Islands, you will feel that you too have really journeyed amongst these sunny islands and have gained a flavour of the customs, culture and history of the Polynesians. No matter which island we arrive at, we are offered a tremendous welcome, often involving an elaborate, well rehearsed musical dance performance. It all is really a memorable and unforgettable experience. If you have enjoyed this, then take a look at Part two, where we journey on from Tahiti to Easter Island.
Running time is approximately 35 minutes.
Tags: Polynesia, Fiji, Tahiti, Wallis and Futuna, Samoa, Cook Island Group, Suwarrow, Palmerston, Aitutaki, Aitu, Society Islands, Bora Bora, South pacific Islands