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.