Children playing
Marcel Teraimana Tua gives an insight into everyday life on Mauke through his photographs of family and friends.   He says:  "Life is hard and simple.   It's fun too once you get used to it,  but  it's not that easy."
Marcel's  little cousin swimming with friends at Mauke harbour.  Jumping from the concrete wall into the water is a popular pastime for children.
Coconut husking
One of Marcel's bigger cousins husking coconuts.  Islanders make coconut cream to mix with their food.
Digging up sweet potatos
Marcel's aunty digging kumara or sweet potato to take home, clean, cook and eat.   Planting and fishing are part of a typical Maukean lifestyle, and are all about providing food for the family.

Children enjoying the celebrations
St. Mary' school celebrations 2
St. Mary's School celebrations 1
Centenary celebrations of St. Mary's School, Tamariki

Mauke airport
Marcel says: "The airport is a place to see new people and greet friends, family and tourists.  It's also a place where you see lots of eis -  head eis and neck eis.  The fragrance of the flowers and plants of the island just put you into a dreamy trance.  It's all so awesome.   Leaving Mauke was always hard for me but I  keep in mind that I will always be back."

Maire is made into leis
Eis or leis are made from the maire plant.   Marcel's Aunty holds a bunch of stems.  The leis were exported to Hawaii providing a good income for islanders.


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