Ua Huka's Tikis And Wood Carvers - Ep. 47 Thula Sailing
I. Had. Leaving the majestic, kings valley with a short supply stop in taiway. We sailed around the east coast of nugu hiva, up to the bay denaho. Considered, as one of the most beautiful, and well protected, anchorages, of french polynesia. With good holding, as we figured. It's the only bay in the marquises. Where a coral reef formed. Because of the wide opening, and the shape of the bay, it's more comfortable, to anchor in lee shore. In stronger easterly, winds you might consider, moving to the easterly, side of the bay. But unlike in taohee, we could keep our plates on the table, while having dinner. Without worrying, they might fly here or there. This is practically, the case in all markeisian, anchorages. As there is no color reef to protect the swell from entering the base. We broke our, generator. Our portable, generator. And i can't, fix it anymore. So it's, i think it's the coil inside. Which is broken. Um. So, we decided to get more solar panel and this would be the construction, for the new solar panel. Um. Unfortunately, you cannot get solar panel here on the island, or you have to order them from tahiti. But, we got a, broken, one from, um. From the other yacht. And uh, but it still. Deliver, like, five. Amps, so. It should be all right so i just want to be, a new. Construction. Uh. Um. They have corals here that look like. Popcorn. Where is he. Going. So today we're going to explore. The bay of anahol, a little bit and our plan is to uh, have a look on the other side we're just, picking up. Backers. Thank you. I was going to like cut the husks off so they'd be easier to open on the boat. So i opened one to drink it and then i was cutting the husks off the next two and they were both empty inside. And then i did the last one and there was water in that one as well so we just. He showed us how, the locals make um alcohol, from it. They just do the green coconut, juice. And a little bit of sugar and a little bit of yeast and they let it ferment, and then it's kind of they call it como, sometimes it's like really strong and sometimes it's not so. Strong. Look at this, all these plastic, parts here everywhere. Small plastic. This is like. The little bits, and the big bits are over there everywhere, in the, landscape. Such a shame. And such a beautiful, beach. Here. So. Foreign. Making tuna nice and shiny. Again. After all the barnacles. On the pacific, crossings. It's actually something that we're missing on board and uh i wish i had one of these subs that you could uh. Yeah function as a canoe, as well, um. But with the dinghy it's just a pain because you just go up and down up and down and this one is real good because it's just like a big platform, to work on. And. Yeah i did get, a little bit more, shiny, can give me the camera. But. If you have a look, at the blue stripe. That will certainly, need some improvement. But. It's just so sticky the green stuff we can't get it off but at least. We have all the pacific, stuff. Uh. All the green stuff from the pacific, off, after. Three weeks. Getting a little bit lazy here huh. Even though the marquesan, island uahuka. Is one of the least visited, islands by yachts. Also because of its open bays, with not much protection. We were keen on having a peek at it. It lies around 50 kilometers. East of nucohiba. And has dubbed the island of horses, and goats. As they outnumber, people, 10 in 1, and have denuded, lots of the. Landscape. Two years ago, and i.
Only Looked at this destination. With our finger, on google maps right there yeah. Can't believe but now we're here. This is looks really green. We aim for hana bay. Which had quite some role coming in from the south east. But in huawei. You don't have much of a choice and this bay seemed the easiest, to enter navigationally. So taffordo. 9, has just have an anchor. And. You can see. Steel. Is the old name of the boat, um. From norway, maybe. And, it looks like this is one of the. Ships, that. Brings all the stuff from tahiti, to the islands. With, uh you know what is on board. It's everything they're reef cooker. Reefer, so like cooling containers. For refrigerated. Food. And, some wood, and other containers. And looks like, also, it has a. Like a diesel storage tank. For fuel, and everything, i don't know. It's like a super, multi-purpose. Ship it says. In the back. So it must be the one. I would say we will. We'll try it here we turn around. Put the nose in the swell. And in the wind. And. Pump up the, dinghy. And put the stirrer anchor in the dinghy. So that the stern for sure would stay. This direction. Just. Have a try hoe. How does it feel with the. Sweller. The bone as. Well. Is going to tie up, our dinghy now. That we managed to somehow get up here. I think, it would be really good for us to have some. Some rolls under the dinghy on the back side over here. Because, this is just a pain. Thingy is so heavy. Look at the scenery. Here. On the seafront, of the land believed to be the first polynesian, settlement, on the marquesas, we were lucky enough to find their musee de la mer, open due to the fact that aganui, had arrived with new supplies, and tourists from tahiti. This little museum, was free of charge, and displayed, some old findings, of european, seafarers. The evolution, of traditional, prerogs. As well as hooks, used for shark fishing in earlier days, the combined, hammer and hook on display, was carved of rosewood. Pig bones, and a pretty, curry. Shell. Uh. Uh. Ah. This is the bus. That tourists, are transported, with here. All of the vehicles. Um. Have some sort of flower decorations. And not only. The tourist. Transports. But also. The private vehicles. What a cool bus huh. Check out that tree it looks like there's sticks holding. The trunk but it's not the trunk and uh we're on our way to a sacred. Sacred, place we. We just met a group of, tourists from a cruise ship. And, they just walked up here, we were. Just by coincidence, over here. And, i must say. Our condition could be better. But after being. Couch potatoes, on the pacific. For around six weeks. I think, some training. Is. Necessary. So. At this time we did not know yet that we had found the believed, oldest tiki site of the marquises. From around 300. A.d, placed on a platform, which looked like a murray. A ceremonial. And religious, site built from basalt, rocks, placed side by side, and piled up so i believe these are some. Of the. Tikis. Here. Some of the tourists. Had these bracelets. On. Were red. And black in original.
And They. Put them around, these. These tikis. Here. If you have a look a little closer. You can see some eyes. A mouth. This one is maybe, more obvious, his ears. Big eyes. I think here's. The nose or something. Pretty cool. The most famous tikis you might probably, know of are the moai. The monumental. Statues, of easter island. The head is out of proportion, compared to the rest of the body and the large eyes give you the impression, that it is looking at you while observing, what is happening, around. In earlier days, axis, was restricted, to a few priests or chiefs, endowed, with mana. Spiritual, power, and was used as a place of worship, burial, and human sacrifice. The tikis, marked the boundaries, of places that were tapu. The polynesian. Word meaning, forbidden, to enter. Superclan. So. So. And this is an instrument. Um. From here that they use that they carved, we just talked to acaba, here. All of these moths, here the tikis, and this instrument. Which is called. A. And his name is roho. Who designed this, and this, is. What did he say, wild rose or something like, the wood type. And you use this to make music. And. The wood, has this special kind of tone. As you can see. It makes different, sounds, and it's really pretty work. That's what he explained to us. If we go on. This over. Here. He explained, to us. Is something. That you put. On. The. Bow of the ship. And. The whalers. Used to stand at the bone, and uh left and right go wailing. And, this has a lot to do with tradition, the old traditional, boats had this. And. Yeah, so. Would be funny on tune. Up. Really nice. Really nice work. And if you if we continue, around here. He. Explained. These are the little. Chickpeas. This is a. Special, tikki, from. And, what you can see here he said oh it looks like an elephant right, but there are no elephants, on owka. But. But he explained to us okay. If you look a little bit differently. This is a fish form. And, what they had, next to the piece that i just showed you they had two of these tikis. Left and right of the left and right of the boat. And whenever. This. Tiki. Would tip into the sea, this would be the sign, of a, fish. Fish. Pot swimming around or fish swimming around. For the people to start. Getting ready for fishing business. And this is one of the typical, tikis. That you find in stone form here that we also saw yesterday. And i think we're going to take one of these pieces back home because they're all handmade, and there's so many nice things here. But a little tiki is a good memory. Because we had fallen in love with the fine woodwork, uahuka's, carvers, are known for in the marquesas. The santro, otisenal, part of the maritime, museum was only open for us too the next day. We did not only purchase a small tiki but also could not walk past a replica, of an ancient petal found in hana bay.
As There is no atm, machine around on the whole island of wahooka. We were lucky enough to be able to exchange, some of our dollars at the local doctor, the only frenchman, in the village of hana, that partly lives in hookah, and partly, in france during the course of the year we bought a big nice, beautiful. Paddle, here. That. It's a copy. Of, an, old pedal that was found, here. I. As far as i understood. He said that this resembles. A bird because i was wondering, why do you have this, part, uh. At the bottom of a petal that you don't need. There is some tikkis here. Um. Carved, in. And, what i would have loved. To know is, what these different. Signs. Or carvings, mean because i think, carvings. Always show. Or indicate. Where. Some artifacts. Come from. With. Maybe, i don't know this is like a feather. This might be a spear, i don't know i would have loved to know this and it was, carved by a local, um. Policeman, here in the village, um there it seems that they have different, uh professions, at once so they, he's a policeman, here he's also a carver. Elias, said jana, really. Um but i said, yeah. So this is uh, one. First thing one for souvenir, bigger souvenir, we actually, bought, during. Um. Our trip here, thanks for joining us exploring, the oldest settlement, on the marquesas. In our upcoming, episode, things suddenly have to go quite fast as we need to rescue a drifting catamaran. Out at sea in uapu. If you would like to be part of more of our adventures. And enjoy, watching, our videos regularly. Have a look at our patreon account where you have access to the newest episodes, one week in advance. Your support is greatly appreciated. Especially, because corona, measures and close borders around us in the pacific, constantly, affect possible, ways of continuing, our sailing journey. Probably, lengthening, it to an extent we had not planned. Be ready for some excitement, at sea next time, ahoy. Over and. Out.