At first it was a bit awkward. The villagers were surely wondering why these two dimdims apeared in a canoe at their village. As neither we nor Valentine or George spoke their language we had to improvise our communications.
Having a camera with a LCD for instant viewing of images did wonders for turning those suspicious looks to beautiful smiles.
This young man showed us how to weave balls out of palm fronds. I showed him how to turn the balls into poi by adding some twine. Soon every kid and quite large part of the adult population of the village was playing poi with me. Hands down the most fun poi session of my life.