There are approximately 900 people living in the three main villages on Niuatoputapu and another 40 or so on nearby Tafahi. At the time of our visit, there was still no electricity in the Niuas. The islands were devastated by the 2009 tsunami that also affected Samoa, but because the actual underwater quake that caused the tsunami originated very close to the islands, there was virtually no warning. Most of the dwellings in the villages were damaged or destroyed, and nine people died as a result of the churning waters. Aid came in from New Zealand and Australia, and the World Bank also helped with bringing in prefabricated housing. Many of the residents were urged to move farther inland to higher ground, and three satellite villages well inland have been founded. Still, by the time of our visit in 2014, many families were still lacking essential cooking utensils and in need of clothing and school supplies. We radioed friends of ours in American Samoa on their 50-foot Beneteau, Kaija's Song. They agreed to bring a sizable list of supplies down to the tourism director, Sia, who promised to distribute these essential items to the neediest families on the island. As in many of the other less-visited islands to which we have sailed in both the Pacific and Caribbean, simple things such as underwear, school supplies and bolts of fabric were highly treasured items. Unfortunately, we heard later that some of these supplies might not have been distributed as evenly as we had hoped, but we tried to remember that when people have so little, gifts that literally fall into their laps may not be shared as willingly as our sense of fair play might dictate. With an economy in which the only exports appeared to be handmade woven craftwork, money for purchasing modern luxuries was tight.