Making a “Boat Ramp”

By placing this large cement piece and metal piece braces it was possible to collect rocks and create a platform for use with an outrigger canoe.

(What appear to be rocks along the beach (and especially rhe lagoon beach) are actually chunks of coral which have died and broken free of their original locations. Most of the pieces are lighter than non-coral rocks due to the fact that they are porous. When broken open in life coral stone reveals white while in death each piece retains its living form until the currents smooth it out and break it down. Also interesting: coral is an animal.)

(The above picture demonstrates well a non-native rock type, cement. Had the piece being moved been a coral rock there would have been no need for a fulcrum and lever.)

(The stump just behind the cement piece was once a coconut tree. It was mature, judging from the multiple small roots which continue to grow throught a coconut tree’s life and somebody may have burned it into the lagoon in the end to clear land. I think it weighs between 200 and 250 pounds!)