A local man in a Areca palm tree (Areca catechu) harversting betel nut at Boboeina Island in the Louisiade Archipelago..If you ever go to Papua New Guinea, the first thing you will notice is the brilliant red-stained teeth and lips of the local men and women. Betel nut, or what the locals call buai [boo-eye] is the cause. Green betel nut is a nut that grows in the tropical climates of South East Asia and is popular in the South Pacific Islands. It can be found on every street corner in Papua New Guinea and is chewed as part of social occasions or as a part of everyday life. Betel nut has a mild stimulant effect and in addition to reasons of tradition local people chew it for stress reduction, heightened awareness, and suppression of hunger..The Louisiade Archipelago is a string of ten larger volcanic islands frequently fringed by coral reefs, and 90 smaller coral islands located 200 km southeast of New Guinea, stretching over more than 160 km and spread over an ocean area of 26,000 km  between the Solomon Sea to the north and the Coral Sea to the south. The aggregate land area of the islands is about 1,790 kmu178  (690 square miles), with Vanatinai (formerly Sudest or Tagula as named by European claimants on Western maps) being the largest..Sideia Island and Basilaki Island lie closest to New Guinea, while Misima, Vanatinai, and Rossel islands lie further east..The archipelago is divided into the Local Level Government (LLG) areas Louisiade Rural (western part, with Misima), and Yaleyamba (western part, with Rossell and Tagula islands. The LLG areas are part of Samarai-Murua District district of Milne Bay. The seat of the Louisiade Rural LLG is Bwagaoia on Misima Island, the population center of the archipelago. .The Louisiade Archipalego is part of the Milne Bay province of Papua New Guinea..It lies between approximately 10 degrees south and 11.5 degrees south, and 151 degrees east and 154 degrees east. It is an area of Islands, reefs and cays some 200 nm long and

A local man in a Areca palm tree (Areca catechu) harversting betel nut at Boboeina Island in the Louisiade Archipelago..If you ever go to Papua New Guinea, the first thing you will notice is the brilliant red-stained teeth and lips of the local men and women. Betel nut, or what the locals call buai [boo-eye] is the cause. Green betel nut is a nut that grows in the tropical climates of South East Asia and is popular in the South Pacific Islands. It can be found on every street corner in Papua...
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