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Funafuti is an atoll that forms the capital of the island nation of Tuvalu. Funafuti has an airstrip, hotel (Vaiaku Langi Hotel), and administrative buildings, as well as homes, constructed both in the traditional manner, out of palm fronds, and more recently out of cement blocks.Tuvalu is an island group consisting of nine coral atolls in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from Hawaii to Australia. Tropical; moderated by easterly trade winds (March to November); westerly gales and heavy rain (November to March). Low-lying and narrow coral atolls.The main languages are Tuvaluan, English. The main religions are Christianity.The economy of Tuvalu suffers from its remoteness and lack of economies of scale. Virtually the only jobs in the islands that pay a steady wage or salary are with the government. Subsistence farming and fishing remain the primary economic activities, particularly off the capital island of Funafuti. There is no apparent large income disparity among the residents.The population is 0.005 Mil (2014 est.), while the iinflation rate is 3.8% (2014 est.).