Exploring Dravuni’s Volcanic and Climate Change Past

I briefly introduced these two aspects of Dravuni in earlier postings. In the posting: Solo Lighthouse: beams light to ward off mariners from its treacherous rocks; hides secrets from the past, I touched on the volcanic characteristics of the Solo Reefs and the Solo rock on which Solo Lighthouse stands today.  In my Reflection: It…

Translating Poetry into Fijian Language is No Mean Feat

 The uploaded video records my reading of the Fijian version of Vunilagi, a poem I had penned in English and posted (see Poetry). Vunilagi is the Fijian version of horizon. The overlaying picture is taken on top of Natute, the highest peak on Dravuni – an andesite plug, 110m high. The photographer is looking south…

The Legend of Tanovo and Tautaumolau Published

The last blog on this subject, posted on 18/12/17, was titled: History in the Making in Children’s Books Soon to be Published.  The legend, as a reminder, has been published in both English and in the Dravuni dialect. Much has happened since then. Publication, dated 2017, was done through the Institute of Education (IOE) of…

Like the three-tailed comet, the lila balavu also left its impact on oral history

In a previous post entitled, Three-tailed Comet Marked an Unprecedented Early 1800s in Fiji, I demonstrated the connection between major events in the country and their representation in subsequent oral/traditional history. In this case, it was the appearance of a three-tailed comet influencing visual art by way of a masi design in Cakaudrove. The unusual comet…

What features and which occupants will endure?

Victor Hwang referred to an “ecological systems” point of view in his article recently published in ‘Evonomics.’[1] But he was referring to ‘organizational management’ as it relates to business and the economy.  The phrase however is intuitively engrossing and has convinced me to revert to my earlier post, Reefs’ names reveal either prominent features or…

Reefs’ names reveal either prominent features or star occupants

In ‘Solo Lighthouse: beams light to ward off mariners from its treacherous rocks; hides secrets from the past,’ I referred to the collective ownership of the Great Astrolabe Reef and Lagoon under the headship of Tui Ono. That is the legal position. Throughout the length of the Great Astrolabe Reef and Lagoon, however, there are…

Three-tailed Comet Marked an Unprecedented Early 1800s in Fiji

In The village site changed with Time, I discussed “the most infamous cargo brought in by the crew of the ‘Argo’ –  being the Asian cholera, which became known as the ‘wasting disease’ or lila balavu to the Fijians. I added that: “The lila balavu reached Dravuni, like it did in many parts of Fiji, and…

History in the Making in Children’s Books Soon to be Published

Previous blog posts: “Benefit from the Exhibition Continues,” published on 12.02.17; “The Legend Abridged,” published on 15.04.17; and “Reviving the Dravuni Dialect,” published on 14.12.17, all referred to the various developmental phases of this book project – in English and in the Dravuni dialect, written for children between 7-10 years old. The books’ titles are:…

A new poem has been added to the archive…

Check out the Poetry page for select poems written by Kaliopate Tavola since 1980. The newest poem to be added to the archive is Vunilagi… Vunilagi  Once With toes in the wet sand I could see it – with the innocent lens of a sun-baked village lad It was all around me I was imprisoned by…

Reviving the Dravuni Dialect

In the previous blog post, “Benefit from the Exhibition Continues,” published on 12.02.17, had referred to the two planned publications arising from the ‘Dravuni: Sivia yani na Vunilagi – Beyond the Horizon’ exhibition. The illustrated publications are based on the legend: ‘Tanovo and Tautaumolau’. The Dravuni children provide the illustrations. The publications are essentially children’s…

The innocence of youth!

A new poem for the Kaidravuni Poetry archive! First Date In retrospect It was an anticlimax But I couldn’t have done it any other way I didn’t know how I finally got the courage To ask a girl out to the movie – for the first time Mid-way through secondary school Coming from a family…