08 July 2008 | Tahiti
We used our last day with the car to visit the big Ace Hardware and the Nautisport chandlery. The Ace is well stocked but the chandlery is a little more modest. Not bad, but similar in selection to a Budget Marine or Island Water World. We picked up a spool of shock cord to replace the threadbare lot precariously holding our trampolines in place and some lures among other things. They also directed me to a man named Christophe who handles rigging, sails and canvas. He speaks fluent English and has the battens we need.
We ate lunch at a place called 3 Brassueres (sp?) on the water front. It is a brew pub with some very tasty freshly brewed beer and great cheese burgers.
The Heiva takes place in an open air stadium just south of the Quai, an easy walk. We attended the opening night tonight which consisted of the contestants for best individual dancer, male and female, in Tahiti. They had a Kava ceremony at the start of the show. The costumes and music were fantastic of course and the dancing was equally impressive. I do not understand how the girls get their lower anatomy to move so fast.
There is an Italian restaurant on the way back to the Quai with a wood fire pizza oven where we stopped for dinner after the show. We arrived at 10PM, their closing time, but in typical Polynesian style they welcomed us. It was the end of a perfect evening.