Wedding Bliss


 

We were stationed on Kioa Island in Fiji. It was a unique situation because the island was inhabited by a group of Polynesians in the midst of Melanesian Fiji. Kioa was bought in 1946 by the people of Vaitupu, an island in the nation of Tuvalu, with money earned from American Armed Forces during WWII and settled October 26, 1947 by 37 original settlers. The Tuvaluans brought with them only their culture, religion, and lifestyle - which have been preserved and are still in tact today.

This is a photo of a traditional wedding feast. The happy couple and best man are dressed in bright traditional attire and as with every celebration - the more food the better!!

 



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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.