October 23, 2005 |
Marlon Brando spent the last few years of his life mostly cloistered in the master bedroom of his home on Mulholland Drive, the great actor reduced to an obese, distrustful and tormented recluse. But there was a place to which he could escape by simply closing his eyes. It was a place far away in the South Pacific, a 27-square-mile island called Tetiaroa that's protected by a coral reef, about 35 miles north of Tahiti.
July 20, 2005
While visiting Moorea, Tahiti, for the first time in 1998, I ordered a ceviche-like dish that Tahitians called poisson cru and Maori Cook Islanders referred to as ika mata. They're essentially made the same way. You start with diced fish (albacore or ahi) in freshly squeezed lime juice, which marinates for 30 minutes to an hour in the refrigerator. Drain the fish and mix in diced carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers and red bell peppers. Then -- this is what makes the dish stand apart from other ceviches I've eaten -- you add coconut cream and garnish it with cilantro, and even some diced avocado and hard-boiled egg. The Tahitian way of eating this ambrosia (French-influenced)
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August 9, 2000
The Tahitian man who arrived in Los Angeles in the wheel well of an Air France jumbo jet is expected to return home today as a passenger on the airline, days after he suffered severe hypothermia and frost bite to make the overseas trip. The Immigration and Naturalization Service has ordered the airline to put the man on the next flight back to Tahiti or face a $5,000 fine. Although French and U.S. immigration officials have confirmed the man's identity, they have refused to make it public.
March 21, 1999 |
With a quick twist on a short wooden wedge, Tahitian pearl farmer Henri Tauraa pried open the shells of a hapless oyster, revealing a lustrous black pearl nestled on the half shell. "La couleur, c'est belle," he whispered, scrutinizing the marble-size pearl under the brilliant South Pacific sun. Henri grinned and dropped the dusky jewel into my hand.
March 31, 1998 |
Pleasant Tahitian Holidays in Westlake Village said it will substantially increase its available airline-seat inventory to Tahiti using an Air New Zealand Boeing 767, which is being chartered by Radisson Seven Seas from Los Angeles. The new service is scheduled to begin Friday. "This new arrangement will give us the airline seats we need to meet our growing customer demand for Tahiti," said Ed Hogan, Pleasant's chairman and chief executive officer.
March 2, 1995 |
The Tahitian Village Motor Hotel, with its bright tiki torches, festive music and glorious swimming pool, was Downey's most fashionable nightspot during the 1960s, hosting astronauts and other celebrities. Now, beset with problems like exposed electrical wiring, peeling paint, broken windows and wood rot, the once-celebrated landmark is home to welfare recipients, the working poor and the downtrodden.