Photo: Goddard Space Flight Center, Tahiti
Tahiti is the largest island in the Windward group of French Polynesia, located in the southern Pacific Ocean. The island is located 4,400 kilometers (2,734 miles) south of Hawaii, 7,900 kilometers (4,909 miles) from Chile and 5,700 kilometers (3,542 miles) from Australia and 6,612 kilometers (4,108 miles) west of Los Angeles.
The Tahitian language (Reo Tahiti) is an Eastern Polynesian language closely related to the other indigenous languages spoken in French Polynesia: Marquesan, Tuamotuan, Mangarevan, and Austral Islands languages. It is also related to the Rarotongan, New Zealand Māori and Hawaiian languages.
Tahitian (te reo tahiti/te reo Māʼohi)
Maururu – Thank you
Nanu – Goodbye (telephone conversation)
This island is part of a volcanic chain formed by the northwestward movement of the Pacific Plate over a fixed hotspot. Tahiti consists of two old volcanoes—Tahiti-Nui in the northwest and Tahiti-Iti in the southeast—linked by an isthmus.
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