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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A volcanic island of the southern Pacific Ocean in the southeast Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia. The painter Gauguin is buried here.


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  • Introduced great horned owl and common myna are thought to greatly impact native bird species on Hiva Oa.

    Marquesas tropical moist forests

  • After his suicide attempt, and the completion of "Where Do We Come From ...?" and its nine sister paintings, Gauguin moved to the remote island of Hiva Oa in the Marquesas Islands.

    Tropical Feast

  • A four-metre wave hit Hiva Oa in the Marquesas, officials said. | Top Stories

  • The biggest waves were in Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands, where they reached more than 13 feet (4 meters).

    The Guardian World News

  • I heard this story about Hiva Oa in response to my question to Robertson about the event that had most contributed to where he now stood and where he might be headed.

    The Georgia Straight - News And Views

  • If he couldn't be a physician like Bethune (Robertson had been rejected by UBC's medical school a few years before), he'd apply the social principles first encountered at family gatherings in North Vancouver, and later on Hiva Oa, someplace else.

    The Georgia Straight - News And Views


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