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Leleuvia – A little piece of heaven

LELEUVIA Island can be described as a little spot of sunshine, surrounded by emerald turquoise waters. Just the view of the island can take your breath away. Getting there is easy. Once you’ve reached Nausori Town, you catch another bus to Bau Landing. The resort will have organised their resort boats to wait for you...

Run down heritage homes

IT’S a house that holds so much history. The Harbormasters house which is listed on the UNESCO world heritage list has been home to many interesting figures from the 19th century some of whom played an important role in World War II. It sits on a hill overlooking the seaport town of Levuka; silent yet...

Island moka and Leka the ancestral deity

THE people of Vatulele Village on Koro have many stories to tell the attentive listener about how the monster storm, Winston, caused death and destruction on the island in February 2016. But if you are lucky enough, you might also hear from a handful of elders and some young people too, the old story behind...

Leleuvia – A place for self-reflection

THERE is one reason why Leleuvia Island Resort management bans single use plastic and all toxic chemicals, because it is concerned about pollution and the impact it has on our natural ecosystem. I had heard a lot about Leleuvia Island Resort but had not been able to visit the place until last week, when I...

The kidnap and rescue of the Princess of Vanuakula

EVERY fairy tale has a happy ending and in every movie the bad guy will have to die or lose. In the movie Taken starring Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills, when his daughter Kim was kidnapped in Paris, he assured his ex-wife that he would hunt everyone down and rescue his daughter. A former government...

Historical buildings decaying, need to be fixed

LEVUKA could be in danger of losing its World Heritage listing if it’s not looked after properly, says a Built Heritage expert. Bart van Aller, who worked with the National Trust of Fiji in assessing the Levuka heritage homes from 2013 to 2017, said the historical buildings were decaying and there was a need for...

Mellon calls in

THE US Coast Guard cutter Mellon, a high endurance vessel is in the country as part of the bilateral and shiprider agreements between the US and Fiji. The cutter Mellon commanding officer Stephen Burdian said the visit signified their commitment to the region and to their partner nations such as Fiji. “We patrol the high...

Cousins help revive old tradition passed down many generations

THE island of Vatulele has much more to offer than its red prawns and ancient rock paintings. It is also home to some of Fiji’s most accomplished makers of tapa cloth or masi. Two young people who continue the extraordinary discipline of masi making, passed down through countless generations, are cousins Apakuki Batirerega and Irami...

Chance encounter leads to eight years of service

A FRIENDLY chat on a plane ride from Tonga to Fiji many years ago has resulted in eight years of community work by American volunteers. The volunteers, who are students of Fresno State University in California, have been visiting villages in Saqani, Cakaudrove since 2010. Initiated and facilitated by UK-based Madventure International, the students have...

Streeter family renew family ties with ‘Rara o Nakelo’

TODAY was an emotional day for 50 members of the Streeter family from New Caledonia after renewing their family ties with the vanua o Rara Nakelo more than 100 years after Captain Nelson Streeter left Fiji. For Evelyn Streeter a fifth generation grandchild of Captain Nelson, the day was more emotional when the Turaga Tui...

A day and sunshine

The road down to Namena and Dawasamu districts, along Fiji’s Tailevu North, is heavily in favour of the serious adventure seeker. I found this out for myself – the hard way. It all started with a dramatic bus ride on Vonu ni Baravi or Turtle of the Coast, otherwise a Lodoni Transport bus with an...

The Irish pioneer

FROM praying for Queen Victoria and refusing to include the name of Ratu Seru Cakobau in their state prayers, to flying the Union Jack flag in front of the Anglican church against much opposition from residents of Levuka; the Reverend William Floyd was one of the interesting figures of Levuka history. However, this little parson...

A merry Christmas to you

TODAY is a very special day for Christians around the world. Today is when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. They will remember, and rejoice with the story of the little baby who was born in a manger in Bethlehem. It is a story that has been retold many times. It is as familiar...

Steiner family reunion

MEMBERS of the Steiner family travelled from around the world to be part of their family reunion in Labasa. The reunion, which began on Wednesday after members arrived, included a day’s trip down memory lane to the coast of Macuata, where their origins remain today. Event organiser Aca Lesikimatuku, who initiated the idea of a...

17 participate in drua sailing practical class

THE Drua Experience organised its drua sailing practical class for 17 participants who revived and relived ancient knowledge in Lami yesterday. George Sokosoko, one of the four instructors, said the team had been given a grant that would cater for 200 trainees. “Today (yesterday) we are just taking out the kids for a small drua...

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