569 February 2009


Read the complete stories in the February 2009 issue of Tahiti Beach Press, Tahiti With A Passion


A Dinosaur in Paradise Part XC
  Homer Morgan is an American expatriate who has lived in Tahiti for more than 50 years. Homer’s vivid memory and talent as a raconteur and writer entertain our subscribers with interesting tales of Tahiti in each edition of the Tahiti Beach Press.

Famous Tahitian Navigator Francis Cowan Dies at 82 by Jan Prince
  Francis Puara Cowan, one of the last great seafarers of modern times, died on Jan. 4, 2009, at his home on Moorea. Illness prevented him from completing his last sailing adventure, which was to finish building the Hawaiki Nui II, a 21-meter (69-foot) double hull wooden sailing canoe constructed in the traditional style of the ancient Polynesians.
  Cowan’s intention was to sail the twin-hull canoe to Chile via Easter Island, then continue on to Peru before returning home by way of the Marquesas Islands. He wanted to follow the traces of the ancient Polynesian navigator, Marumamao, who..........................................................................................

A Royal Treat
  Mother Nature, in all her wisdom, was in a most generous mood when she designed the coconut crab. She placed it in the middle of a coconut grove and gave it powerful legs with which to climb the trees in search of nuts. She endowed it with strong pincers that are capable of cracking open the coconuts on which it feeds. Then she gave it the instincts to hide in a hole under the roots of pandanus trees or in rocky holes to protect itself from extinction.
  Can you imagine the delicate flavor of crabmeat that has been nourished almost solely on coconut? It is far superior to the taste of normal crab, or lobster, or even slipper lobster (cigale de mer in French and tianee in Tahitian), which are all excellent tasting crustaceans.
  A meal of coconut crab, however, is a treat fit for royalty. The buttery smooth coconut oil that is found in the crab’s abdomen is similar to foie gras. You spread it on toast and groan with pleasure when you taste it, for is a true gourmet’s delight.
  So, where do you find this mana of the gods?...............................

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