Shortly after purchasing Motu Moie in 1989, we started work on our caretaker Eli’s house on the motu. He had been living nearby on Taha’a, and only visited occasionally for cleaning the 3 bungalows and collecting coconuts for the previous owner. He was now going to live here full time.
The materials were shipped from Home Depot in Los Angeles, including lumber, kitchen and bath cabinets, appliances, and flooring. I have some experience with construction, and some friends from Alaska came to help. Eli moved in, and still lives on the island.