The Pacific. The thousands of islands are home to many different cultures. European seafarers find the weather, the white beaches, the beautiful women and native dances irresistible. For centuries they visit the area in search of adventure, fame and glory. James Cook is one of them. He discovers Hawaii and becomes a famous man. It is on Tahiti where Cook hears the word tattoo for the first time. He notes that all over the Pacific the people are acquainted with tattooing. Warriors on Hawaii have magical squares, those of New Zealand grooves and spirals. But the rich people of the Marquesas have the most designs.