THEME : HOPE TOWN
William Crook, the pastor of the LMS, moved east of Pare to create a new mission. Deciding to settle down in the area was more a matter of constraint than of clairvoyance from his end. All his co-religionists wanted to go back into their former parishes in Tiarei, Matavai, Papaoa, Punaauia, and Papara.
He had no choice but that marshy and almost uninhabited plain. One should add that the vegetation consisted mainly of tahinu shrubs, with a few scattered clumps of coconut and breadfruit trees. To avoid humidity and the clouds of mosquitoes carrying filarial worms, Crook immediately built a large villa on the Hill Faiere, which he named Mount Hope.
At the same time, another team of volunteer workers constructed on the seafront, at the place called Pā’ōfa’I, two great fare pote’e, the first of which was to serve as a temple and the second as a school.
The village, which stretches at the foot of Mount Faiere, takes on the name of Hope Town for the missionaries whereas the Tahitians prefer the name of Vai’ete which is that of the river crossing a property belonging to the Pomares. This name undoubtedly means « basket of water » or « water in a basket, » and is probably explained by the habit that the inhabitants had to come to look for this unusually pure water in gourds placed in baskets. »
Queen Aimata erected a palace in these places and settled there with her suite. In the back of her gardens, she created a basin which was a resurgence point of the Vai’ete river.
Running water from abundant springs gushing at the foot of Mount Faiere flowed through it. However, due to the pi’i taboo which forbade the use of certain sacred words or reserved to chiefs, Vai’ete has quickly become Pape’ete.