Best excuse for a party, a birthday brings together nearly everyone on the islan...

Best excuse for a party, a birthday brings together nearly everyone on the island. This dinner at Pastor Thurman Petty's house (right) is a triple celebration: for six-year-old Darralyn Warren, 13-year-old Ron Christian, and the pastor himself.

Each family brings a generous portion of such Pitcairn dishes as pilhi (breadlike pudding), pota (cooked greens), and humpus bumpus (fried banana burgers). These names hint at the unique flavor of the island's homegrown language, a jaunty concoction of 18th-century English, Tahitian, and nautical lingo. (color)

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