Meet The Tahitians: Meet Teuai


This past month we were invited over to the Islands of Tahiti by our good friends at Tahiti Tourisme so that we could learn exactly what the experience is like for visitors during the low season period.

It may have been the rainy season, but we only saw rain on 2 days and to be honest, it was a refreshing welcome from the warmth of the Tahitian Summer.

The islands of Tahiti are arguably among the most stunningly beautiful in the world. Formed from the demise of 3 volcanoes, these islands not only have an incredible natural beauty, but they have an ancient, rich and diverse cultural heritage which remains strong to this day.

In this series, We seek to learn more about the traditions, beliefs, culture and heritage as We set out to discover the true essence of Tahiti when we ‘Meet the Tahitians’…

Episode 2 – Teuai

Olivier Lenoir or Teuai as he is known locally, is known for his fascinating and exhilerating 4×4 tours of the Papenoo Valley in Tahiti’s lush tropical interior.

Originally from Tahiti’s Austral Islands, Teuai is well known for his knowledge of the cultural traditions of the Tahitian islands and he plays a vital role in keeping his cultural ancestry alive through his tours and through his acclaimed dance troupe.

In this episode, I caught up with Teuai during our expedition with him in the Papenoo Valley where he spoke with me about his concerns for the future of the Tahitian culture and how tourism is playing an increasingly vital role in the protection and preservation of their cultural heritage.


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