Paea

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Paea
Location of the commune (in red) within the Windward Islands
Location of the commune (in red) within the Windward Islands
Coordinates: 17°41′34″S 149°35′14″W / 17.6928°S 149.5873°W / -17.6928; -149.5873Coordinates: 17°41′34″S 149°35′14″W / 17.6928°S 149.5873°W / -17.6928; -149.5873
Country France
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Government
 • Mayor Jacquie Graffe
Area
 • Land 64.5 km2 (24.9 sq mi)
Population (August 2007 census)
 • Population1 12,084
 • Population1 density 190/km2 (490/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 98733 / 98711
Elevation 0–1,501 m (0–4,925 ft)
(avg. 5 m or 16 ft)
1 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Paea is a commune in the suburbs of Papeete in French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the southern Pacific Ocean. Paea is located on the island of Tahiti, in the administrative subdivision of the Windward Islands, themselves part of the Society Islands.

Tahiti's west coast freeway runs through Paea and ends in Teahupoo down south. Going northbound would take drivers toward Papeete.

The area of Paea was first settled by travelers from Asia. Captain James Cook had arrived later on. Paea was part of the Kingdom of Tahiti until France claimed the islands of French Polynesia. The Faaa International Airport was built in 1962 and opened later on. The now defunct Air Moorea crashed while it was flying to Moorea. Close to where the crash site is a rock with all the names of the people.

Moorea is north of Paea and is seen as a gray mound sticking out of the Pacific Ocean. Mount Orohena is a major mountain nearby 7,330 feet tall.

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