The event below did happen on one of the outer islands.
A young Kiribati man approached a Peace Corp Volunteer (lady) who was buying something at the village store. Though the man knew very little English, he said to the lady, “I love you”. Surprised of what she just heard, the lady looked at the man with puzzle eyes.
Knowing that she still listened, the young man continued, “Yes, wherever you go, I go”
Before she could say something, he concluded, “And wherever you are, I are”. Hearing that, the lady politely excused herself and walked away.