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|Encyclopedic Info||Lapérouse (Laperusi) and his crew are central to a number of oral histories still told today on the island of Vanikoro.|
|Infobox||The story of Lapérouse: According to Vanikoro's oral tradition, Lapérouse approached the island aboard a double-hulled canoe (tepakare). The islanders feared that ship was coming to forcibly recruit people as work force; so they invoked their god Vilisao, asking him to destroy the ship with a double tornado. The ship split in two, one part sinking in the ocean, another part wrecking on the reef, off Paiou (Paeu). Some men survived the tempest, and remained on the island for some time, building a new ship to escape; one day, they finally out took to the ocean.|
Laperus i-ka tev’ kiapa ne kulumoe iakapa Vanikoro.Lapérouse came among us, in our island of Vanikoro.
Li-atevo piene peini toñaki ie Laperus pe tamwaleko.Let's tell the story of how Lapérouse's ship was destroyed.
Laperusi vana i-moloe i-si sivene ne nom’ ole tetake ne.Lapérouse had the habit of walking around, making some drawings on that beach over there.