Welcome to my personal travel journal! If you don't know me, that's OK! I hope you'll enjoy reading about some of my adventures and misadventures, and hopefully learn something new about a corner of the world.

Recent updates:
2015-10-06: Day 8 of Niue in 2011.
2015-10-05: Day 7 of Niue in 2011.
2015-09-29: Day 6 of Niue in 2011.

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Monday, July 4, 2011

View of the area south towards Avatele. That peninsula, Tepa Point, is one of the tapu areas of Niue. One theory about why tapus exist is for resource management. For example, there is a consensus that the biggest uga (coconut crag, pronounced "oong-ga") come out of the tapu areas. In fact, there is event a specific story about someone who hunted uga in the tapu area and was cursed and suffered terrible consequences as a result. I don't know how many people take the stories literally, but either way, it's discouraged me from wanting to explore the area, and especially hunting uga there! With everyone adhering to tapus, it definitely gives those areas a sense of mystery and magic for me!