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Trip Start Jun 15, 2006
15Trip End Nov 12, 2007
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One day, they encountered an octopus named Latakika and began talking with him. As they told him of their journey, he turned and pointed, indicating the direction that they should travel.
They paddled and paddled and eventually came upon some coral reef and a small island. Since their canoe and outrigger had become stuck on the land, they stayed and began to build a stone altar there. The named the island Dierensapw (small island).
Each of the men and women had special powers and they now began to use these powers to improve their island. One of them created the outer reef, while another called the rains to come. Each of them did their part to shape and beautify the island.
The mountain held the clouds together, and the clouds brought the rain. Rain made plants grow at the foot of the mountain, and they, in turn, grew into forests. The nuts and fruit of the forest attracted many kinds of birds and animals, and soon, the island was a paradise.
The travelers decided to live on their new island, and from then on, they never forgot to pray. The more they prayed, the more it rained, and they welcomed the rains for they had formed several streams and rovers. Coral grew quickly in the surrounding ocean and before long there was a huge outer reef that proteected the island from waves. Inside the lagoon, many fish were caught and the island continued to grow.
Over time, people began to call this miracle island, which was born from a prayer altar,
Pohnpei (on the stone-made altar).
Check out www.pohnpeiheaven.com, its a great site with some great information on the island here if you are interested....