The scene facing you is a spot close to KPF Complex in Bairiki. This particular area has always been called ‘Anteitai Marketplace’. Few months before the shot was taken, the fire accidently broke out here destroying almost all the marketing tents/stores built here. The fire was among the biggest ever happened on South Tarawa. It could have burned down KPF commercial complex, but luckily water trucks and people managed to protect the two buildings from the fire.
The big tree out there is ‘te itai’, and as you see, it’s still recovering from the damage of that fire. We now can see those houses since the marketplace was gone. The open space in the foreground is what left behind – after the fire rubble had been cleared and the ground leveled.