Gauguin used the notebook in New Zealand while delayed on his journey to Papeete in 1895, filling some of its pages with drawings of Maori objects in the Auckland Museum--images which reappear in paintings done later on Tahiti and Hiva Oa
The majority of these are on Hiva Oa
and Nuku Hiva and they are almost without exception associated with meae.
Nearby, Belgian cabaret singer Jacques Brel (1929-1978), who spent his last years on Hiva Oa
and was beloved by its islanders, is buried.
From Brittany, Jean Pastier is around sixty-five years old and has lived secluded in Hiva Oa
since his wife Anna left him there forty years before.
Fares for 16-day voyages from Papeete to Takapoto, Ua Pou, Nuka Hiva, Hiva Oa
, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva, Ua Huka, Rangiroa, and back to Papeete go as high as $3,920 for a deluxe cabin with queen-size bed.
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In 2007, a well was dug up on the Pacific island of Hiva Oa
where artist Gauguin stayed.
Then, in 1901, he set off for Hiva Oa
in the more remote Marquesas Islands.
Passengers can also choose one of eight French Polynesia/Marquesas voyages, with calls in the Marquesas islands ports of Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa
as well as scenic cruising of the Tuamotu Atolls.
A four-metre high wave hit Hiva Oa
, part of the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia, on Saturday but there were no casualties, the high commissioner said.