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Puka Puka
Puka
Tribe Profile
Season Cook Islands
Namesake Pukapuka Island
Tribe Type Starting Tribe
Day Formed Day 1
Rival Tribe(s) ██ Aitutaki
██ Manihiki
██ Rarotonga
Tribe Status Dissolved on Day 7
Challenge Wins 2
Lowest Placing Member Cao Boi Bui (15/20)
Highest Placing Member Yul Kwon (Winner)
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Puka Puka (informally known as "Puka") was a tribe from Survivor: Cook Islands.

Puka Puka (named for the island of Pukapuka) was one of four tribes compromised of five castaways that started the game in Day 1. In keeping with the season's racially-divided format, the tribe was comprised entirely of Asian-Americans of varying ethnicity. Puka Puka's tribe color was green.

The tribe lasted two rounds of the competition and on Day 7 ceased to exist with fellow tribe Manihiki. All of the remaining castaways were shuffled into the new Aitutaki and Rarotonga.

MembersEdit

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  • Becky Lee, an attorney from Washington, D.C.
  • Brad Virata, a fashion designer from Los Angeles, California.
  • Cao Boi Bui, a Nail salon manager from Christiansburg, Virginia.
  • Jenny Guzon-Bae, a real estate agent from Lake Forest, Illinois.
  • Yul Kwon, a Management Consultant from San Mateo, California.

Tribe HistoryEdit

Interestingly, Puka Puka seemed to be the tribe that was most concerned with how their race was viewed. When Cao Boi Bui made a joke about the lightness of their raft due to the small Asians on it, Jenny Guzon-Bae was quick to reprimand him. The schism between Cao Boi, who was quick to make ethnic jokes and stereotypes, and the rest of the tribe, who were conscious of their appearance on television, would become a running sub-plot during Puka Puka's brief time as a tribe.

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Yul and Becky formed a tight alliance.

Cao Boi was an outcast for other reasons, however: as a first-generation Vietnamese refugee, he had a different viewpoint than his other, younger tribemates. Cao Boi's old-world techniques helped the tribe when Jenny and Brad Virata came down with headaches, and the nail salon owner vigorously massaged their foreheads. Unfortunately, they were also branded with red marks on their foreheads for the next several days.

It was also at Puka Puka that Becky Lee and Yul Kwon formed one of the most important alliances in the game: the pact they formed would last until day 39, when they faced the jury.

Puka Puka was a physical powerhouse, and emerged in first place in both of the first Immunity Challenges. As a result, the tribe earned a fire-starting kit, along with both a set of fishing gear and a tarp (the latter of which was also a reward to Rarotonga in what was decided to be a tie victory).

On day 7, the members of Puka Puka were, in a Schoolyard Pick'em, shuffled into the Aitutaki and Rarotonga tribes. Becky, Cao Boi, and Yul were sent to Aitutaki, while Brad and Jenny went to Rarotonga. Only Becky and Yul would make the merge, but those two would also make it to the Final Tribal Council.

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TriviaEdit

  • Puka Puka is one of six tribes to never lose an immunity challenge, along with Koror, Bayoneta, ViverosMoto, and Tandang.
    • Puka Puka and Viveros are the only tribes of those mentioned to go undefeated in any challenge as the other four lost reward challenges.
      • Both of these tribes were green tribes, on as season with 4 starting tribes, that eventually got dissolved.
      • Both of these tribes produced the winner of the season.
  • Interestingly, Puka Puka is one of three green tribes to produce the winner of the game. Others include Viveros (Aras Baskauskas) and Ogakor (Tina Wesson). The only green tribes to not produce the game's winner were Mogo Mogo and Moto (Though it would be the second tribe of Survivor: Fiji's eventual winner).
  • In spite of the concept of being divided by race, it was often pointed out that the ethnicities of the Puka Puka tribe were distinct and varied: Jenny Guzon-Bae and Brad Virata are both Filipino, Cao Boi Bui is Vietnamese, and Becky Lee and Yul Kwon are both Korean-American.
  • Puka Puka is one of the few tribes never to have someone voted out of it, as it was disbanded before it could go to tribal council.
    • This also means that it is one of the few tribes to never have gone to tribal council.
  • Puka Puka is the sixth green tribe.
  • Puka Puka is the second tribe to have a repeating name, the first being Mogo Mogo.
    • Both were green tribes.
    • Both were featured in seasons that featured a tribe being dissolved.
      • Neither one went to tribal council before the tribal dissolve.
  • Puka Puka (alongside Manihiki) is the fifth/sixth tribe to be dissolved.
  • Puka Puka is the first tribe starting with "P" since Pagong.

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