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Raiatea Helm " Kalamaula " Sweet & Lovely
Raiatea Helm " Kalamaula " Sweet & Lovely
Published: 2011/08/14
Channel: funimuni808
Raiatea The Holy Island
Raiatea The Holy Island
Published: 2013/12/24
Channel: Mike Taero
Raiatea, French Polynesia, South Pacific Island (Full HD, 1080p)
Raiatea, French Polynesia, South Pacific Island (Full HD, 1080p)
Published: 2015/10/27
Channel: Destinations + Places
Best of Raiatea, French Polynesia (drone 4K views)
Best of Raiatea, French Polynesia (drone 4K views)
Published: 2017/05/14
Channel: A working traveler
Raiatea Helm -  Ke Kani Hone O Na Manu (HiSessions.com Acoustic Live!)
Raiatea Helm - Ke Kani Hone O Na Manu (HiSessions.com Acoustic Live!)
Published: 2016/10/29
Channel: HI*Sessions
Combat a Raiatea
Combat a Raiatea
Published: 2017/11/18
Channel: Tahitienne De Bob
Raiatea Polynésie française - Etape 2/5
Raiatea Polynésie française - Etape 2/5
Published: 2016/06/08
Channel: Stéphane Hocquinghem
Raiatea Helm - The Good Old Hoʻomalimali E (HiSessions.com Acoustic Live!)
Raiatea Helm - The Good Old Hoʻomalimali E (HiSessions.com Acoustic Live!)
Published: 2016/10/25
Channel: HI*Sessions
Sailing from Tahiti  to  Bora Bora . Raiatea, Huahine, Tahaa, Bora Bora
Sailing from Tahiti to Bora Bora . Raiatea, Huahine, Tahaa, Bora Bora
Published: 2015/05/21
Channel: Gyula Győrffy
31 - Cruising Raiatea and Tahaa
31 - Cruising Raiatea and Tahaa
Published: 2016/11/16
Channel: Out Chasing Stars
Polynésie , Raiatea et Tahaa
Polynésie , Raiatea et Tahaa
Published: 2016/11/24
Channel: Michel Henry
Raiatea Helm   Halawa
Raiatea Helm Halawa
Published: 2010/08/09
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Raiatea Helm - Oʻahu (He Leo Huali)
Raiatea Helm - Oʻahu (He Leo Huali)
Published: 2016/03/31
Channel: Raiatea Helm Records
Raiatea Helm " Haole Hula " Sweet & Lovely
Raiatea Helm " Haole Hula " Sweet & Lovely
Published: 2011/08/16
Channel: funimuni808
Destination Extrême : La Polynésie et le Raiatea Gliss’ Festival
Destination Extrême : La Polynésie et le Raiatea Gliss’ Festival
Published: 2016/10/24
Channel: The Rider Post
Raiatea - Alika
Raiatea - Alika
Published: 2010/05/08
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Raiatea and Tahaa Islands - French Polynesia - Scarab multiwiicopter - FPV
Raiatea and Tahaa Islands - French Polynesia - Scarab multiwiicopter - FPV
Published: 2012/11/11
Channel: glambert7777
Raiatea Helm Alika
Raiatea Helm Alika
Published: 2011/05/17
Channel: cubiclemedia
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Ho'onanea - Raiatea Helm
Published: 2015/01/28
Channel: Wayne Maria
Raiatea - Polinesia Francese
Raiatea - Polinesia Francese
Published: 2017/03/05
Channel: Tv2000it
Eric Totoro (Raiatea)
Eric Totoro (Raiatea)
Published: 2015/06/25
Channel: Kevin Chang Sui Fat
Tahitian Song : Angelo neuffer New Raiatea
Tahitian Song : Angelo neuffer New Raiatea
Published: 2011/02/09
Channel: KALEDONY
La chanson de Raiatea
La chanson de Raiatea
Published: 2017/05/16
Channel: annelars
RAIATEA en 1978
RAIATEA en 1978
Published: 2014/11/30
Channel: kevin LAHAUT
Drone au-dessus du lagon de RAIATEA-TAHAA
Drone au-dessus du lagon de RAIATEA-TAHAA
Published: 2017/01/26
Channel: denisetmartine
★ MOENA M à RAIATEA ★©Lane2812 (Best Wonderful Dancer of Ote
★ MOENA M à RAIATEA ★©Lane2812 (Best Wonderful Dancer of Ote'a Vahine of Ori Tahiti)
Published: 2013/06/22
Channel: Lane2812
AS CAMPUS 2017 COHESION RAIATEA
AS CAMPUS 2017 COHESION RAIATEA
Published: 2017/06/26
Channel: heremoanatihoni
Raiatea Helm -  Kimo Hula (HiSessions.com Acoustic Live!)
Raiatea Helm - Kimo Hula (HiSessions.com Acoustic Live!)
Published: 2016/10/26
Channel: HI*Sessions
"I Kilohi Aku Au" Keola Beamer and Raiatea
"I Kilohi Aku Au" Keola Beamer and Raiatea
Published: 2010/04/22
Channel: Mountain Apple Company Inc
Raiatea la sauvage
Raiatea la sauvage
Published: 2016/10/21
Channel: SUISSE MOI : voyage et influence mes aventures autour du monde
"You Somebody" - Keola Beamer and Raiatea Helm OFFICIAL AUDIO STREAM
"You Somebody" - Keola Beamer and Raiatea Helm OFFICIAL AUDIO STREAM
Published: 2010/04/16
Channel: Mountain Apple Company Inc
Raiatea Lodge
Raiatea Lodge
Published: 2013/11/13
Channel: Laurent MARS
Raiatea 2016
Raiatea 2016
Published: 2017/01/07
Channel: Ratsavong Nouankham
Spearfishing 2016 Raiatea V
Spearfishing 2016 Raiatea V
Published: 2016/11/26
Channel: Terehau Moulon
Raiatea Helm - The One They
Raiatea Helm - The One They'd Call Hawaii (HiSessions.com Acoustic Live!)
Published: 2016/10/31
Channel: HI*Sessions
Air Tahiti ATR 72-500 - Raiatea to Bora Bora (Full Flight)
Air Tahiti ATR 72-500 - Raiatea to Bora Bora (Full Flight)
Published: 2015/02/14
Channel: SIH Aviation
Raiatea jigging (dogtooth tuna)
Raiatea jigging (dogtooth tuna)
Published: 2011/10/28
Channel: Manui VESCO
Hilo Hanakahi - Raiatea Helm and Keola Beamer Live
Hilo Hanakahi - Raiatea Helm and Keola Beamer Live
Published: 2010/04/15
Channel: Mountain Apple Company Inc
Spearfishing 2017 Raiatea VII
Spearfishing 2017 Raiatea VII
Published: 2017/05/29
Channel: Terehau Moulon
Spearfishing 2017 Raiatea VIII
Spearfishing 2017 Raiatea VIII
Published: 2017/11/02
Channel: Terehau Moulon
Catamaran IMPI - Raiatea to the Tuamotu Archipelago
Catamaran IMPI - Raiatea to the Tuamotu Archipelago
Published: 2014/07/19
Channel: Catamaran Impi
Raiatea French Polynesia
Raiatea French Polynesia
Published: 2016/03/19
Channel: Trotamundos
Raiatea ,l
Raiatea ,l'île Sacrée (Polynésie 1ère)
Published: 2012/06/19
Channel: Lane2812
Raiatea, l
Raiatea, l'île au tiaré
Published: 2015/03/31
Channel: Pleine Vie
Raiatea
Raiatea
Published: 2013/03/08
Channel: TalaviStudios
Raiatea Helm - "Kalama
Raiatea Helm - "Kalama'ula"
Published: 2016/08/24
Channel: Jody Y
Raiatea Helm - Kalama
Raiatea Helm - Kalama'ula
Published: 2012/12/10
Channel: yuppiehi
Raiatea Helm performs "`Ahulili"
Raiatea Helm performs "`Ahulili"
Published: 2017/01/17
Channel: Slack Key Show - Napili
Tahaa et Raiatea, deux îles pour un lagon
Tahaa et Raiatea, deux îles pour un lagon
Published: 2014/10/09
Channel: vahinetane c
Island Life // French Polynesia // Lost in Paradise // Raiatea - Huahine
Island Life // French Polynesia // Lost in Paradise // Raiatea - Huahine
Published: 2017/08/03
Channel: MyPolynesia
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Raiatea
Native name: Ra'iātea
Borabora Tahaa Raiatea.jpg
The islands of Bora Bora (top) Taha'a (middle) and Ra'iātea (bottom). Taha'a and Ra'iātea share the same lagoon.
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Geography
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 16°49′S 151°27′W / 16.817°S 151.450°W / -16.817; -151.450Coordinates: 16°49′S 151°27′W / 16.817°S 151.450°W / -16.817; -151.450
Archipelago Society Islands
Major islands Raiatea
Area 167.7 km2 (64.7 sq mi)
Highest elevation 1,017 m (3,337 ft)
Highest point Mount Tefatua
Administration
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Capital and largest city 'Uturoa [1] (pop. 3,778)
Demographics
Population 12,545[2]
Pop. density 72 /km2 (186 /sq mi)

Ra'iātea, is the second largest of the Society Islands, after Tahiti, in French Polynesia. The island is widely regarded as the 'centre' of the eastern islands in ancient Polynesia and it is likely that the organised migrations to Hawai'i, Aotearoa and other parts of East Polynesia started at Ra'iātea.

A traditional name for the island is Havai'i, homeland of the Māori people.[3]

Situated on the south east coast is the historical Taputapuātea which was established by 1000 AD.

The main township on Ra'iātea is 'Uturoa, the administrative centre for the Leeward Islands (French Îles Sous-le-vent). There are also colleges which serve as the main educational location for secondary schools for students from the regional islands of Bora Bora, Taha'a, Huahine and Maupiti.

Etymology[edit]

Taputapuātea marae, an ancient marae mentioned in the traditions of Polynesian peoples, including, for example, the Māori of Aotearoa, who regard this place as a sacred marae of their ancestors. This is where the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hōkūle'a landed on her first voyage in 1976.

The proper spelling of the name in the Tahitian language is Ra'iātea, meaning bright sky; Ulieta is an obsolete transcription commonly used in the 19th century. The extinct Ulieta bird originated from this island, along with other unknown species, there is only one drawing of it in the world which is in the Natural History Museum London.

Geography and population[edit]

The islands of Ra'iātea and Taha'a are enclosed by a single coral reef, and may once have been a single island. Ra'iātea is both the largest and most populated island in the Leeward Islands, with a land area of 167.7 km2 (64.7 sq mi) and a total population of 12,024 inhabitants at the August 2007 census. The population density is 72 inhabitants per km². The largest commune of Ra'iātea is 'Uturoa on the north side of Ra'iātea and has a population of nearly 10,000.

History[edit]

The first European to record sighting Ra'iātea was Pedro Fernandes de Queirós in 1606; it was charted as La Fugitiva.[4] The Polynesian navigator, Tupaia, who sailed with explorer James Cook, was born in Ra'iātea around 1725.

Cook visited Raiatea in 1769 and again in 1773-1774.[3]:214-218,284-291,315-318 Omai (c.1751-1780), another young man from Ra'iātea, travelled with European explorers to London in 1774 and also served as an interpreter to Captain Cook on his second and third journey.

King Tamatoa VI was the last monarch, reigning from 1884-1888.

Transportation[edit]

Ra'iātea has a small road that runs around the entire island. Ra'iātea Airport is an airport in 'Uturoa.

Administration[edit]

The island is divided into three administration communes (municipalities):

These three communes are inside the administrative subdivision of the Leeward Islands.

Economy[edit]

The island economy is mainly agricultural with exports of vanilla, pineapple and coconut. The plant Nono (or noni) (Morinda citrifolia) is also grown. Fa'aroa Valley is a large and important agricultural region with the rural economy and the cultivation of vanilla supported by a local research facility. Pearl farming is also an important industry while farming cattle, sheep and pigs has decreased. There is less tourism compared to the other islands in the archipelago. The local tourist infrastructure comprises boarding houses, two marinas, a four star hotel, The Hawaiki Nui and a port for visiting cruise ships. There is also a fledgling local industry in the maintenance of yachts and shipbuilding. The main source of employment is the island's public service and the consumer market.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vacation guide to Raiatea". eTahititravel. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Institut Statistique de Polynésie Française (ISPF). "Recensement de la population 2007" (PDF) (in French). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-03. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  3. ^ a b Salmond, Anne (2010). Aphrodite's Island. Berkeley: University of California Press. pp. 227–228. ISBN 9780520261143. 
  4. ^ Burney, James A chronological history of the discoveries in the South Sea or Pacific Ocean London, 1803, vII, p.326.

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