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Mothers' Darlings of the South PacificThe Children of Indigenous Women and U.S. Servicemen, World War II$
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Judith A. Bennett and Angela Wanhalla

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824851521

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824851521.001.0001

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Wallis (Uvea) Island

Wallis (Uvea) Island

A Different Kind of Love Story

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(p.146) Chapter Five Wallis (Uvea) Island
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Mothers' Darlings of the South Pacific
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Judith A. Bennett

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824851521.003.0006

Not considered the Pearl of the Pacific, Wallis Island still presented a peaceful base for its U.S. occupiers. Several children were left without their fathers when the Americans left. One of them, Petelo, later settled with his family in the New Hebrides. An American Catholic priest there took an interest in this boy’s education and later took him to the United States where he met many former servicemen. The priest and Petelo worked hard to build the Catholic mission on Malakula. Later, as the priest aged, Petelo and his wife cared for him for many years. Petelo’s story reveals much about mutual responsibility and the power of love that endures beyond death.

Keywords:   Wallis Island, Malakula, priest, illegitimacy, education, missions, reciprocity, Polynesian, Melanesian

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