CNN's Bill Weir traveled to the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu for "The Wonder List" last year. CNN will rebroadcast that episode at 9 p.m. ET Friday to show a glimpse of local life before the devastating storm. Are you there? Share images, if you can safely.
(CNN)"We have everything we need."
Coming from a man without shoes or pants, those were strange words to my American ears.
But they made me smile, because this was the kind of person I'd traveled around the world to meet.
His name is Magaw, chief of the Yakel tribe, which has lived in banyan tree houses on Vanuatu's island of Tanna in the same simple way, for centuries.
I came to his village in mid-November 2014 on a quest to find an island paradise, with blue skies, clear water and all the food one could grow or catch. I wanted to know how different tribes felt about the modern world closing in fast, and whether they were ever tempted to sell off their little slice of heaven.
While Magaw seemed perfectly content, I found his opposite on the island of Mota Lava, a 90-minute flight north. There I met Franklin, a farmer-turned-innkeeper who spent everything he had to build the four little thatched-roof bungalows of the Mota Lava Gateway Lodge.
He beamed with pride as he showed me the first indoor bathroom on the island, but was puzzled by one demand of a recent guest. "Do you know what a toilet paper holder is?" he asked me. "Do you know how I can get one?"