Mo'orea is a high island in French Polynesia, one of the Windward
Islands, part of the Society Islands, 17 kilometres (11 mi) northwest of
Tahiti. The true spelling of Mo'orea is Mo'ore'a, which means "yellow
lizard" in Tahitian: Mo'o = lizard ; Re'a = Yellow. An older name for the
island is 'Aimeho, sometimes spelled 'Aimeo or 'Eimeo. Early
Western colonists and voyagers also referred to Mo'orea as York Island.