Valerie played several Polynesian birthday songs over the VHF radio first thing in the morning on Cinco de Mateo (5 May). Waking up to the beautiful melodies of the islands was a perfect way to start Matt’s birthday. Sugar Shack remained anchored in Taravai longer than anticipated just so we could celebrate with Valerie, Herve and their family again (we were here last year for Matt’s birthday too).
We invited our friends at anchor, planned a mid-day BBQ and enjoyed a great Tuesday. We landed onshore first and were eagerly greeted by Valerie. She had made a typical Polynesian crown and leigh for Matt. It was not only beautiful but incredibly fragrant. He looked a little silly but he wore it all day (bless his heart).
It was great fun celebrating with all of our friends!
Chris and Fred onboard Sea Jay (American) and Ivar and Floris onboard LuciPara 2 (Dutch)
And the rest of the party crew…
And of course, Matt and I
Taravai Sunday Funday for Matt’s Birthday
Herve BBQ’d some pork ribs, made a tasty pork stew, and poison cru (raw fish dish). We had tons of side dishes and I made cheesecake bites (with my last cream cheese) and a butter pecan cake. Super fun.
Matt did the social distancing thing perfectly by NOT blowing out his candles. He merely lifted the board that was blocking the wind. We had happy birthday sung to us in multiple languages: English, Spanish, Tahitian, Mangarevian, French, and Dutch.
One of the local families brought pearls for everyone to consider. Gabriel has a pearl farm and a pension (hotel) in Rikitea. He was so kind! He gave three of us a few loose pearls.
All in all a great celebration on Matt’s birthday!