From the Musical South Pacific
The world has changed a lot since that day in late July in the early sixties when my younger sister had a Hawaiian party for her birthday. We wore hula skirts made out of pink tissue paper and piled into the station wagon to all see “South Pacific” which was making a second run at the town’s only theater.
Check out at least the beginning of this video showing a Polynesian woman trying to get an American soldier in WWII to fall in love with her daughter.
It’s over fifty years later. Yes, movies have clearly come a long way. Yes, the concept behind the scene could be considered offensive. And the message of the song itself?
You’ve got to have a dream. If you don’t have a dream? How you gonna have a dream come true?
Yeah. Still right on the mark. Thank you Rogers and Hammerstein
Map from GT Popping Website
Occupying the center of the Pacific Ocean, Kiribati is the only nation with land in all four hemispheres. It is made up of three island groups and a lot of water, and covers about half as much of the surface of the earth as the continental United States. And yes, it really did contain the first land mass outside of Antarctica to see the new millennium, just like the book y1 says.
An old friend asked me recently why in the world I decided to write a book about Kiribati. The first answer is that it is exactly on the other side of the globe from Nigeria. My first book x0 is about the ways we are all alike and it partially takes place in Nigeria. So when I started to write y1, a book meant to celebrate all the ways we are different, I thought that it would be cool to have it take place on the other side of the world. That’s Kiribati.
Dancers from Jane’s Kiribati Homepage
But as I began to weave my love of travel and sailing and tropical sunsets into the story I realized that Kiribati (pronounced Ki ri bas) was a wonderful setting for a book about finding the joy in ones life. As I researched, I became a big fan of a website called Jane’s Kiribati Home page. If you share my love of far-away beautiful places please visit her lovely website.
In addition, in the course of my research I found Yacht Pals, a helpful website designed for the online boating community. Besides providing a wealth of information on sailing the Pacific, they have a delightful short video of photos of Kiribati put to music. Pour yourself a tropical drink, put your feet up and enjoy a 4 minute vacation.
While not a common tourist destination, a fair number of bird watchers, sport fishermen, and scuba divers visit these islands each year. GT Popping, a site dedicated to catch and release fishing, is looking into fishing packages here. Travel eGuides offers this link with useful information. Will I get to Kiribati someday? Sigh…… I certainly hope so.