A Dinosaur in Paradise Part XCII
Homer Morgan is an American expatriate who has lived in Tahiti for more than 50 years. Homer’s vivid memory and talent as a raconteur and writer entertain our subscribers with interesting tales of Tahiti in each edition of the Tahiti Beach Press.
Hotel Royal Papeete Closed on March 1 by Jan Prince
One of the last vestiges of old “Papeete-Town” of the late 1960s and the 1970s will soon disappear when the Hotel Royal Papeete is torn down to make way for a parking garage.
After 40 years of loyal service to an international as well as faithful local clientele, this old colonial style hotel-restaurant-bar on Boulevard Pomare closed its doors forever on March 1, following a farewell “bringue” (party) held the previous evening in the Restaurant Gallieni.
In the mid-1960s, when Papeete businessman Robert Wong decided to build a hotel, he looked for a property on the downtown waterfront. Robert and his wife Hélène already owned the Dragon d’Or, which was Papeete’s most popular Chinese restaurant until it closed at the end of 2007.
According to their son, Francis Wong, who managed the Hotel Royal Papeete from 1980 until it closed in 2009, his father Robert Wong and builder Gerald Garnier found a very solid concrete two-story...........................................
A Reunion of Family and Friends in Moorea by Jan Prince
Kerry Shoemaker sold his electronic manufacturing business in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in June 2008, and he and his wife Jo decided to treat their family to the ultimate Christmas vacation. This splurge included 10 days (Dec. 19-29) at the Intercontinental Moorea Resort and Spa for 14 people of three generations.
In addition to this gathering of their four grown children and their spouses and children, the Shoemakers came to Moorea for another reunion with a multitude of Tahitians whom they consider family. These special friends are Rudy and Thérése Grand-Pittman and their Polynesian family, who live in Maharepa.
Kerry and Jo have visited Moorea every other year since 1980. The first time they came they were looking for a place to live for a year, an alternative to their busy life in Wisconsin. At that time they had been married for seven years...........................................................
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