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Aussie coins gold dust on Fanning Island

Fanning Island

THREE Aussie dollars in return for a singing a song had a young lad on Fanning Island thinking he was rich.

Seeing him grin from ear to ear as he showed the booty to his mates was one of the highlights of my day on Fanning Island, part of a cruise around the Hawaiian islands.

Other than cruise passengers, few visitors go to the remote island in the Republic of Kiribati.

Officially known as Tabuaeran Island, the footprint-shaped atoll in the central Pacific Ocean is a sibling of the better-known Christmas Island.

Named after its discoverer Captain Edmund Fanning, the island’s first documented residents were Gilbertese settlers.

The discovery of Polynesian artefacts also suggests early settlements by people from the Cook Islands or Tonga.

Today, the island’s population of about 2000 people are eager to interact and share their culture and way of life.

 

Locals on Fanning Island in Republic of Kiribati are eager to share their culture and way of life.

Locals on Fanning Island in the Republic of Kiribati are eager to share their culture and way of life.

A young mother happily poses for a photo with her little boy.

A young mother happily poses for a photo with her child.

Fanning Island people are mostly self-sufficient and have developed their own businesses and agriculture.

Fanning Island people are mostly self-sufficient and have developed their own businesses and agriculture.

Today, the island's major exports are copra and handcrafts including cowrie shell, shark tooth knives and Kiribati stamps.

They have a seafood-rich diet and export handcrafts including cowrie shell, shark tooth knives and Kiribati stamps.

The remote footprint-shaped atoll in the central Pacific Ocean is a sibling of the better-known Christmas Island.

The remote footprint-shaped atoll in the central Pacific Ocean is a sibling of the better-known Christmas Island.

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