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#PacificStories is driven by an interest in culture and a commitment to building cultural understanding. The islands of the South Pacific are well known to the outside world, but personal stories are often overlooked in favour of the region’s spectacular beauty.

We are travelers and storytellers. We are not experts in culture, but we are experts in meeting people, listening well, and finding ways to share cultural diversity, one of humankind’s most important legacies.

We meet one person at a time, and we ask that person to introduce us to someone new. By following this trail, we welcome the unexpected and share it with you.

Follow project founder @jenniferkingsley on Instagram. She also has a web site, and a quarterly dispatch.

After three years traveling the Arctic with a project called Meet the North, Jennifer began visiting French Polynesia in 2018.

This project was made possible with the support of Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic.

Getting beyond the map


Map book of the world rests on the floor, open to the South Pacific pages.

“I love maps, and I recognize how powerful they are in shaping our understanding of the world. They may inspire us to explore, but they also constrain us. While an image of the world can guide us, we must know when to leave it behind.”

-Jennifer Kingsley