TUVALU 2000
CONTEMPORARY IMAGES OF TUVALU

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The following contemporary images of Tuvalu have managed to capture many beautiful and modern images that represent Tuvalu in a way that it has never been represented internationally before. These pictures portray and capture the essential essence of this most unique of Polynesian nations in a series of fascinating portraits. This will be the first in a series of Web sites devoted to contemporary images of Tuvalu.

           
 
Please enjoy Tuvalu 2000 -- contemporary images of our beloved Tuvalu.
 -- Jane Resture

TUVALU, MY TUVALU

Tuvalu, my Tuvalu the land across the sea
Surrounded by the ocean, you mean so much to me
I miss these coral atolls with gentle swaying palms
With smiling gentle people, so peaceful and so calm.

Tuvalu, my Tuvalu I always think of you
Wherever I may travel across the sea so blue
And deep inside me I know that it will be
Tuvalu, my Tuvalu you always think of me.

Your sons and daughters travel away to distant lands
They leave their homes and families so that they will understand
To study truth and knowledge in sadness and in pain, and then
Tuvalu, my Tuvalu you welcome them home again.

Tuvalu, my Tuvalu may God’s blessings be on you
To give you strength and courage to see the future through
And may our blessed people hold their heads up high
Tuvalu, my Tuvalu I will love you till I die.

                              Poem by Jane Resture

TUVALU 2002

CONTEMPORARY IMAGES OF FUNAFUTI, TUVALU

Since the following pictures (below) were taken in 2000, there had been a number of changes in the Tuvalu landscape in less than two years!

The people of Tuvalu (Funafuti) now have paved roads, speed humps and street signs. The capital of Tuvalu, Funafuti, is now lit with street lights from one end to the other. Robert Girdo and his wife Kerrie returned from Tuvalu on 24th May 2002 and they have kindly made available many excellent updated images on their great Tuvalu 2002 Web site  www.girdo.com/tuvalu taken in May 2002.

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 Our People On The Reef
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TUVALU AND GLOBAL WARMING
Jane Resture
 
I hear the waves on our island shore
They sound much louder than they did before
A rising swell flecked with foam
Threatens the existence of our island home.
 
A strong wind blows in from a distant place
The palm trees bend like never before
Our crops are lost to the rising sea
And water covers our humble floor.

Our people are leaving for a distant shore
And soon Tuvalu may be no more
Holding on to the things they know are true
Tuvalu my Tuvalu, I cry for you.

And as our people are forced to roam
To another land to call their home
And as you go to that place so new
Take a little piece of Tuvalu with you.

Tuvalu culture is rare and unique
And holds a message we all should seek
Hold our culture way up high
And our beloved Tuvalu will never die.

Funafuti lagoon

Ocean beach scene, Funafuti, and Nukufetau lagoon

Nui lagoon and beach

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Nukufetau lagoon and island scenery

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Airstrip, Funafuti, August 2000

 

Airport and runway, Funafuti, Tuvalu, May 2002
Photos: Bob Girdo

Young dancers, Funafuti

 

Funafuti lagoon

Tuvalu new inter-island vessel, Manufolau, Funafuti, May, 2002
Photos: Bob Girdo

Street scene, Funafuti, August, 2000

Street scenes, Funafuti, May 2002
Photos: Bob Girdo

The beautiful Nui lagoon and beach

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My Wish
by Jane Resture
The frigate bird
The flying fish
It is time for us
To make a wish
 
And I wish for the sunrise
To be beautiful each time
With days that are perfect
And nights so sublime
 
And I wish for the sunset
To be like a long red sail
Each and every day
And you and I will always stay
Whatever we wish
Will surely come true
And I wish for happiness
For me and you
 
And I wish for the world
To live in peace
To live and love as one
To a simple beat
 
And I wish for us all
To have our lives full of love
Full of joy and happiness
And eternal love
 (E-mail: jane@janeresture.com -- Rev. 18th November 2014)    

 

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