Travel

Fiji’s visitor numbers up in first 3 months

VISITOR arrivals to Fiji increased by 5.1 per cent over the January to March period of this year, up from 163,226 to 171,504 arrivals when compared with the corresponding period in 2017. The Provisional Visitor...

Cakaudrove Wars Part 1

STANDING at the Wairiki Holy Cross Church during a recent trip, my eyes caught an artist’s impression of the Cakaudrove Catholic war against the Tongans which hung on a wall. Seeing the number of unfurled canoe sails that stood out in the waters like the Spanish Armada, I could almost hear the sound they made...

Journey of discovery

SHE made the big decision to come back to Fiji to reconnect with her Fijian heritage as well as complete her love for theology. Meet Mariana Waqa of Lovonivonu, Taveuni. The 34-year-old was born in Suva but grew up in Australia after her parents migrated when she was just six years old. We met Mariana...

War in Cakaudrove

The war in Macuata UNDERSTANDING the urgency of the call for support from his kinsmen, the Tui Macuata, Ratu Golea wasted no time and gathered at Somosomo all the warriors on Taveuni. The next morning, he left with them for Tawake, taking as he went the warriors of Mabuco and Tunuloa, sending messsengers in all...

Tauvu and veitabani

THE relationship of veitauvutaki and veitabani is practised between iTaukei people with the same origins and the custodians of this relationship have very strong rivalries. This relationship has been taken out of context with many misusing them to for their own ends. In the olden day’s links between vanua or countries rest in the relation...

A home away from home

OVER the past 50 years, Vio Island has been a place of rest for dozens of fishermen who travel to Lautoka City. The small island has been turned from a safe haven to a place of livelihood for about 40 households. The island is now home to about 300 people who have travelled from afar...