Tahitian Church in Huahine; French Polynesia Part 5
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Tahitian Church in Huahine; French Polynesia Part 5

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Tahitian Church in Huahine; French Polynesia Part 5

Destination: Huahine, French Polynesia

Date: July 2013

Activity: Snorkeling and Church

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The kids on the pier of Huahine
Huahine, French Polynesia July 2013

Huahine is a small, exotic, and typically polynesian island.  It is not for finding big exciting things to do, but rather to get away from it all and relax.  Since it is a nice stop on the way to Raiatea from Mo’orea we decided to stop here for two days.

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The beautiful island of Huahine
French Polynesia, July 2013

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Bailey and Lexi taking the dinghy into church
Huahine, French Polynesia July 2013

Our boat ride over from Mo’orea was anything but smooth sailing.  We decided to make the twelve hour, approximately 125  mile journey, at night so the kids could sleep because we knew there was a lot of wind coming our way.  The ride was bumpy to say the least.  We tossed and turned and the ocean shrieked all night and every time I thought a log hit the hull I was assured that it was only a wave.  It was a scary journey but with Captain “D” and Uncle “M” at the wheel we knew we were in good hands.  It was considerate that they did the move at night because all the kids slept through most of it.  Only when Bella woke up at 6am did she feel the rolling of the boat enough to sit up grab a bucket and throw up!

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Bella was a cute little sickie
French Polynesia, July 2013

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Bella snorkeling with the help of big brother Colton
Huahine, French Polynesia July 2013

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The beautiful underwater scenery of the South Pacific
Huahine, French Polynesia July 2013

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Clay takes in the underwater view
Huahine, French Polynesia July 2013

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Colton having a good time snorkeling with his brother and sisters
Huahine, French Polynesia July 2013

Since we’ve been in Huahine we’ve enjoyed some excellent snorkeling off of the boat and the beach nearby.  The kids love putting on their snorkels and just going for it.  With a little parental supervision they are free as the fish they are swimming with.  We’ve checked out a beach here, ate lunch and dinner at the same place,  Restaurant Omai, and enjoyed both meals though our service was better at lunchtime when we were the only patrons in the place.  Dinner was good though because it also came with entertainment so we enjoyed some of the local dancing by some local dancers.

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Right off the beach we stumbled right up to Restaurant Omai
Huahine, French Polynesia July 2013

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Our fun group in Restaurant Omai
Huahine, French Polynesia July 2013

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Our stay in Huahine coincided with a Sunday so we quickly found a church and took our entire group to a Sunday service.  Though we don’t speak Tahitian or French we could still feel the love from our fellow saints in the gospel.  It was a little hard for the kids to sit and pay attention because they didn’t understand a word but it all seems to come full circle when we sang the hymn, “God be with you ‘till we meet again.”  Though the congregation sang in French it was easy for me to think of the words in English and sing along.  What a spirit we could feel in the chapel as I looked around at my French Polynesian brothers and sisters in the gospel.  Its good to see the church is the same where ever we travel.  I think this has been one of the best things for my kids to witness where ever we go in the world.  The church is true and it is the same!  God loves His children in the tiny island of Huahine as much as he loves his children in Texas!

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The name of our church in Tahitian, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Huahine, French Polynesia July 2013

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Our little travel group all ready for church “island style”
Huahine, French Polynesia July 2013

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Bailey with the young woman at church
Huahine, French Polynesia July 2013

We have been getting the royal treatment on board the Amara.  My sister “K” and her husband “M” are great hosts for our little army.  I feel like we may overwhelm them at times with our big group of loud, and always hungry children, but they don’t seem to give us any idea that we aren’t welcome.  We are on day five of this sailing adventure and I’m still loving this whole idea of sailing the world on a private vessel.  I think “K&M” have got it pretty good with the great weather, views, food, sounds, and smells of this sailing adventure!

Next stop Raiatea!!  Safe and Happy Travels!!