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Touching a Legend of Pacific. Arue, Tahiti

James Norman Hall Estate in Arue, Tahiti ( 13.Jan.2006 )
On the outskirt of Papeete in the suburb of Arue is located the past home and current living museum of James Norman Hall, one of the South Pacific's most famous authors. Together with Charles Nordhoff he wrote the classic story of "The Mutiny on the Bounty", which like no other tale of the South Seas ignited fantasies for generations. This story was filmed three times, (1935 with Clark Gable, 1962 with Marlon Brando and 1984 with Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins. However, this last production was based primarily on historical facts, rather than on Hall/Nordhoff fiction.)

The house was moved from its original location to make room for a four lane road and has been beautifully restored. It hosts a fantastic museum, an absolute "must see" for all travelers to Tahiti.

Meeting Mrs. Nancy Hall-Rutgers
Upon our arrival we saw a small green house encircled by a lush garden. Tahitian, American and French flags greet visitors. Inside we were greeted by a Tahitian guide, but the real surprise of the visit was meeting the daughter of James Normal Hall, Mrs. Nancy Hall-Rutgers and her husband. They both enjoyed guiding visitors through the house, in which Nancy Hall spent her childhood. Can you imagine a better guide through a historic place? At the end of our visit she recited poetry written to her by her famous father. She also read us one of her own poems, "My Favorite Flavor Ice Cream is Dad" (hope I have the title correct.) This unexpected treat, combined with Tahitian hospitality, a wonderful lunch, and the splendid display of artifacts in the house made a lasting impression on us.


More information will be provided with the captions of the images. Enjoy, and do not skip this place while visiting Papeete!


1532 James Norman Hall Museum seen from main street
1532 James Norman Hall Museum seen from main street
1487 James Norman Hall House
1487 James Norman Hall House
1531 An anchor in the garden...
1531 An anchor in the garden...
1488 Entrance to the Museum
1488 Entrance to the Museum
1489 Nancy Rutgers-Hall and her husband Nick.
1489 Nancy Rutgers-Hall and her husband Nick.
1490 Museum guide
1490 Museum guide
1502 Dining room
1502 Dining room
1491 Dining Room
1491 Dining Room
1503 Numerous faces from Hollywood
1503 Numerous faces from Hollywood
1504 Manuscripts
1504 Manuscripts
1493 Diverse editions of Hall's books
1493 Diverse editions of Hall's books
1500 Hall's desk in the studio
1500 Hall's desk in the studio
1495 Hall 's working desk
1495 Hall 's working desk
1494 His Royal typewriter
1494 His "Royal" typewriter
1505 Mr. Hall's Doctor of Literature diploma
1505 Mr. Hall's "Doctor of Literature" diploma
1527 Working studio
1527 Working studio
1496 Hallway to the veranda
1496 Hallway to the veranda
1506 Many famous faces...
1506 Many famous faces...
1511 The 1000 pound marlin
1511 The 1000 pound marlin
1525 Nancy Hall as a youg woman
1525 Nancy Hall as a youg woman
1508 WWI  memorial  room
1508 WWI memorial room
1509 WWI pilots' uniforms
1509 WWI pilots' uniforms
1510 Replica of a Blue Max
1510 Replica of a Blue Max
1497 Bedroom
1497 Bedroom
1499 Artwork
1499 Artwork
1501 Art work
1501 Art work
1512 Model of HMAV Bounty
1512 Model of HMAV Bounty
L511 Image showing grave of James Hall
L511 Image showing grave of James Hall
1514 Nancy Rutgers-Hall receives visitors
1514 Nancy Rutgers-Hall receives visitors
1515 Reciting from her father's book
1515 Reciting from her father's book
1521 Reciting from her father's book
1521 Reciting from her father's book
1523 J.N.Hall  memorial plaque
1523 J.N.Hall memorial plaque
1526 Ulu (Breadfruit), by Herb Kawainui Kane
1526 Ulu (Breadfruit), by Herb Kawainui Kane
L517 Foliage in the garden
L517 Foliage in the garden
1530 French-Tahitian style baguette for lunch
1530 French-Tahitian style baguette for lunch