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Hiva Oa

[hee-vuh oh-uh] /ˈhi və ˈoʊ ə/
a volcanic island in the South Pacific, in the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. 77 sq. mi. (200 sq. km). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Thirty-seven days at sea brought us to the eve of our landing in hiva-oa in the Marquesas.

  • Morning found our canoe close to the rocky coast of hiva-oa.

  • He was then chief of Tahuata, and the power in that island, in hiva-oa and Fatu-hiva.

  • The reputation of hiva-oa, of the island itself, was at stake.

  • And of “the man-eating isle of hiva-oa” Atuona Valley was the capital.

  • He sailed with us from Tai-o-hae to hiva-oa, a dead beat of ninety miles against a heavy sea.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • This is the chief station of the French on the man-eating isle of hiva-oa.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • In the spring, a man and woman skulked about the school-house in hiva-oa till they found a particular child alone.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • As we approached hiva-oa the giant height of Temetiu slowly lifted four thousand feet above the sea, swathed in blackest clouds.

  • Taahauku, on the south-westerly coast of the island of hiva-oa—Tahuku, say the slovenly whites—may be called the port of Atuona.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson

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