December 18, 2011 |
Driving along the southern coast of Tahiti that day, Nathan Fletcher saw things he had never seen before. The waves broke so big and hard that seawater crashed through berms, surging inland, scattering bits of coral across the road. Villagers pedaled their bicycles out to watch. Down at Teahupoo beach, a big-money contest with Kelly Slater and some of the best surfers in the world had been put on hold. Government officials had declared a "code red" for safety reasons. "Nobody wanted those waves," Fletcher said.
September 28, 2011 |
Small-ship line Paul Gauguin Cruises has cut sale prices by $750 on selected seven-night cruises to Tahiti. Prices start at $3,647 per person, including airfare from Los Angeles, but that rate will likely sell out quickly. The deal: The cruise line operates Paul Gauguin, a ship named for the French artist who famously captured scenes of Tahiti on canvas. The vessel accommodates 332 guests and 217 staff members. Stops on the Tahitii & Society Islands trip include Papeete, Raiatea, Taha'a (Motu Mahana)
September 25, 2011
CENTRAL ASIA Slide show Gary and Kathy Symons will explore Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, follow the route of the Silk Road and visit the Nukus Museum. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. POLYNESIA Slide show Mort Loveman will present "Tahiti and Her Islands" When, where: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roxbury Park Community Center, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills.
July 2, 2011
There's no question Michael Bay can crush giant robots. Now the "Transformers" director has flattened Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. Though reviews for Bay's "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" were scarcely glowing, they were nonetheless superior on average to the notices given Hanks and Roberts' "Larry Crowne," the romantic comedy that Hanks also directed and is opening this weekend against "Transformers. " According to two of the three most prominent movie review aggregation sites — Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic — the third "Transformers" film received better marks than "Larry Crowne" by a slim but consistent margin.
February 9, 2011 |
If you're really stuck for a Valentine's Day gift and have deep pockets, Paul Gauguin Cruises can make shopping simple. Book a cruise before Feb. 19 and score romantic extras such as Champagne and chocolates. That and a cruise of the stunning South Pacific , of course. The deal: The Valentine's Day Gift offer includes the following extras when you make a reservation for any 2011 sailing: a Tahitian black pearl and sterling silver pendant, a bottle of Champagne, Leonides chocolates and flower turndown service.
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July 17, 2010
Mau Piailug Traditional Polynesian ocean navigator Mau Piailug, 78, a traditional navigator who in the 1970s began teaching Native Hawaiians how to use the stars, moon, wind, birds and currents to find their way around the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, died Sunday on Satawal, his tiny home island in the Federated States of Micronesia. He had diabetes.