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Read the complete stories in the August 2009 issue of Tahiti Beach Press, Tahiti With A Passion


A Dinosaur in Paradise Part XCVI
  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.

The 2009 Season of Beauty Queens and Kings in Tahiti and Her Islands by Jan Prince
  The month of June may be the Season of Brides in some countries, but in Tahiti and Her Islands it has become the Season of Beauty Queens and Kings—or Misses and Misters, as the winners are more accurately dubbed.
The beauty contests begin in late May or early June to choose the prettiest vahine, and often the most handsome tane (male) from each commune, island or island group, such as the Marquesas, Tuamotu and Austral Islands.
The beauty queen chosen from many of these competitions will then be eligible to try for the supreme crown of Miss Tahiti.................................................................................................

Tahiti’s Festival of Oranges by Jan Prince
  Tahiti’s west coast commune of Punaauia has everything that can be desired to make it an earthly paradise. There are fern covered mountains reaching into the clouds, rivers and fresh water streams, and even waterfalls cascading into delightful pools. There are fertile valleys and high plateaus overlooking the white sand beaches, the turquoise lagoon, and the lovely island of Moorea across the Sea of the Moon.
Punaauia is often referred to by tour guides as Tahiti’s Sunshine Coast or the Bel Air of Tahiti. Lovely beachfront properties are hidden behind the stone walls and thick hedge fences that protect them from the road, and spacious modern villas with private swimming pools are built in the mountains.
According to a local legend, Punaauia was named for Puna, an ancient warrior of royal blood. He became famous because of his combats with the warriors who lived on the Tahiti Iti peninsula.
Puna was also noted for his romance with a princess who lived in the mountains of the Punaruu Valley of Punaauia................................................................................................................

And more:

“The Battle of the Beauty Queens”
Costumes for Vahine Tahiti 2009 Competition Will Be All Natural Local Products
Raimiti Ravello Claims the Painting Legacy of His Grandfather François Ravello