After leaving the museum, we headed back past the airport to the festival grounds. We were lucky the Aranui was in port, otherwise we wouldn’t have gotten a chance to see the traditional Ua Huka dancers! On the map below, I have indicated where this is with the blue arrow. We drove past a small shop, saw how the Arboretum (which we had had all to ourselves!) was now swamped with tourists, then made a quick stop at the airport.
Here is the entrance to the showgrounds, a huge Tiki and lots of tourists! The dancers were young and enthusiastic and of course at the end a few tourists (including me and Ina) got up to join the fun! Leaving the showgrounds, we enjoyed a scenic drive, once again running into the traffic jam. It is shocking how the ship passengers completely overwhelm this island! I was glad that tomorrow we would have a nice quiet day to go birding!
The shop in Hokatu is in a permanent shop but opens sporadically – definitely when the Aranui is in port or on request for people staying on the island. Since I didn’t want to have to deal with AQIS (Australian quarantine), I didn’t buy any wood products, just a DVD of Marquesan dance.