Papeari is attested in some accounts as Tahiti's oldest village.
Tourist sites in and near modern Papeari include the former home of the British novelist Robert Keable, who lived there from 1922 until his death in 1927, and a museum dedicated to the French painter Paul Gauguin, also a former resident of the area (from 1891-3).
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