|Number of islands||approx. 10|
|Main island||Huahine Nui|
|Land area||74 km²|
|Highest elevation||Mont Turi
Huahine is an atoll in the Pacific Ocean and is part of the Society Islands , one of the five archipelagos of French Polynesia . Within the archipelago, it represents the easternmost atoll of the group of Leeward Islands ( French Îles-sous-le-Vent ).
Huahine is located about 175 kilometers northwest of Tahiti , the largest island of French Polynesia, and about 50 km east of Raiatea . In addition to some motus lying on the fringing reef , the atoll consists of two central volcanic islands , which are only separated from each other by a very narrow and shallow channel: the larger Huahine Nui and the smaller Huahine Iti . The total land area of the islands is about 74 km². Huahine Iti reaches a height of 460 m above sea level, Huhine Nui in Mont Turi a height of 669 meters.
On April 20, 1879, the commander of SMS Bismarck , Karl Deinhard, and the imperial German consul for the South Sea Islands, Gustav Godeffroy Junior, signed a friendship and trade treaty for the German Empire with the island's "government". French colonial rule subjugated the Leeward Islands, including Tahiti, during the 1880s and the Windward Islands only in the 1890s. The previously independent kingdom of Huahine and Maia'o was not annexed until 1895 and incorporated into the Établissements français de l'Océanie , which is now French Polynesia, which had existed since 1898 .
Huahine has 5,999 inhabitants (as of August 2007) and forms its own municipality within the Society Islands (French commune ). The main town of the municipality and the largest town on the islands is Fare on the north coast of Huahine Nui . This is where the Huahine-Fare Airport is located .
Tourism by the passengers of the cruise ships moored in the atoll and the airport is another important industry.
- Hermann Joseph Hiery: The German South Seas 1884-1914 . Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh, Paderborn 2001, pp. 3 and 6
- Institut Statistique de Polynésie Française (ISPF) - Recensement de la population 2007 ( Memento of the original of December 3, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF, French)