I was there about 11 years ago on a day stop during a Nowegian cruise out of Honolulu. At that time an out of country stop was required so we went to Fanning island. It's an atoll with not much atoll there. Beautiful palms trees and other plant life. Primitive living at best. No electricity. Fresh water comes from......I have no idea. The local natives, including surrounding islanders came for the day to sell Polynesian chachka's, including baskets and shell bracelets etc. The school house is a hut with no walls or floor. They set up a tiny convenience store/post office for the tourists which I am sure was only open that one day each week. I heard that the locals survive by collecting and selling seaweed. The Norwegian crew gave them a generator. They supplied a TV and VCR with tapes. They watched Superman and thought other people could fly.
Luckily they had no hilltops. The kids (maybe the parents) ended up making grass skirts except instead of grass they used VCR tape pieces. A very interesting and beautiful place.
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