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One Particular Harbor....discovered

20 November 2019
Russ Whitford
Ia ora te natura
E mea orofa teie ao nei.

Any parrothead who has been to live Buffet concert has tried to sing these words. Few know their origin or meaning. We have been on a voyage of discovery for 4 ½ years and “One Particular Harbor” is no longer a mystery to Uproar.

“Bobby made being Polynesian cool!” Steve from Liiward introduced me to Bobby Holcomb's music by playing “My Island Home” at every music venue he played. Steve and Lili have been cruising French Polynesia for quite awhile. Steve loves to play guitar and sing. He arranges music shows at local bars or even on the dock of a marina. Steve knows the local musicians and always puts together great talent. Steve is also an avid Bobby Holcomb fan.

Bobby Holcomb was born in Hawaii but traveled extensively, studying art and music. He put down roots on the idyllic island of Huahine in the Leeward Islands of FP. Bobby lived a simple life with his friend, Dorothy near the sacred, ancient site, Fare Potee. Bobby always wore a crown of leaves for a hat, Polynesian style. He rode his bike into the town of Fare and played music with friends. Bobby would climb through the jungle strung with vanilla vines to the ancient mare ruins, above Fare Potee. There, he would compose music, draw and paint.

Steve and Lili took Lisa and me up to this mare. The view was spectacular, quite an inspirational site. It was a perfect place to sit quietly and partake of nature. We felt closer to Bobby. We also felt close to Jimmy Buffet. This was where he and Bobby composed the Tahitian verses of “One Particular Harbor.”

Jimmy Buffet was staying on Moorea and started composing this song. He traveled to Huahine as part of his FP experience. Someone mentioned to Bobby that a famous, American singer/songwriter was visiting. Bobby didn't show much interest but the two got together. Soon, a mutual respect grew. Bobby took Jimmy up to his artistic touchstone, the stone mare above the jungle. There they composed the Tahitian verses to “One Particular Harbor.” Yes, Bobby Holcomb is given credit on the 1983 record label.

Sadly, Bobby Holcomb died of cancer in the 90's. Steve and Lili have formed a relationship with Dorothy and she has related many stories of Bobby to them. We have met Dorothy a few times and hope to talk with her about Bobby next visit to Huanine. Bobby became a spiritual leader for Polynesian youth as well as talented painter and songwriter. I mentioned to Lili that he was a Polynesian Bob Marley. She said he had been told that and didn't like the comparison. I can only speculate that it was due to his humble nature.

Was the reader expecting me to point out the most beautiful and treasured harbor from our voyages? We are always discovering that harbor. Before we left Milwaukee on our cruise, we read a lot of books written by world cruisers. Cruisers have a lot of time on their hands and write a lot. I would keep a note pad handy and write down the places that seemed the most spectacular. But I threw away that note pad.

Lyn Pardee, famous world cruiser and author, said, “Discover your own perfect beach or island. Don't rely on the experiences of others to guide your voyage.” Uproar continues to take us to one particular harbor.

Oh, the Polynesian verses translate to “Love nature, protect nature.”

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Vessel Name: Tumultuous Uproar
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau 42s7
Hailing Port: Milwaukee, WI
Crew: Russ Whitford & Lisa Alberte plus Sophie our Jack Russell Terrier
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