May 11, 2003
I enjoyed "In the South Pacific, a Splendid Isolation" (April 27). Years ago I took a Greek freighter carrying lumber from Coos Bay, Ore., to Papeete, Tahiti, a $300, 16-day one-way experience featuring Tongan crewmen, the smell of oil and seasickness. Being young, adventurous and impulsive, I had no return ticket to show the authorities in Papeete, and they were not too welcoming. After frantic calls to my housemates in Berkeley and my parents, I was sent a ticket to Honolulu. In Tahiti there was an inter- island ferry that the locals all used, and I ended up in Uturoa city, on Raiatea, and spent some lovely weeks with a family that took me in as if I were a relative.
February 23, 1991 |
Rick Majerus, Utah basketball coach, wasn't taking any chances after his heart bypass surgery last year. The 5-foot-9, 270-pound Majerus recently told Skip Myslenski of the Chicago Tribune about his rehabilitation process: "I went to Santa Monica to run. I wanted to go to a rich city where they have 911 and rich doctors with good equipment. I wasn't going to where they just let you lie in the street if you have a heart attack."
October 23, 1987 |
There are flaky sidewalk-style portraits of a corpulent dark man in a braided military officer's hat and dark glasses. The very model of a Third World strongman. There are blond girls with shiny red lips, almond eyes and cute flat noses surrounded by coats of arms dedicated to everything from happy faces to 7-Eleven stores to body-shop pinups.
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September 2, 2000 |
Greg, a non-Tongan, accepts an invitation from his high school classmate, Epafasi, to join him and other Tongan schoolmates after school at Epafasi's home. While the guys are sitting in the living room, Epafasi's mom returns from work. As soon as she spots Greg, she loudly scolds her son in Tongan. Although the language is unfamiliar, Greg senses the mom is talking about him. She then proceeds to place a large bowl of food in front of Greg; she serves no one else.
August 5, 1996 |
Paea Wolfgramm ignored a broken wrist, a broken nose and health warnings from his coaches to fulfill his Olympic dream and win a silver medal for Tonga. The super-heavyweight was determined to fight in the final against Ukraine's Vladimir Klichko whatever the cost. His South Pacific homeland wanted its first medal won in battle, not after a walkover.
August 11, 2009 |
The captain of the Tongan ferry that sank and left 93 people missing and presumed dead said Monday that he was pressured into sailing the vessel even though authorities knew it had problems. Capt. Maka Tuputupu blamed the sinking on rusted loading ramps that allowed water into the ship, and he said the Tongan government should take responsibility because it knew there were problems with the vessel. Tongan Prime Minister Feleti Sevele and Transportation Minister Paul Karalus have said the Princess Ashika was fully seaworthy, was fully certificated for the service and met all international maritime standards.