Dravuni Marine Protected Area (MPA)

Marine protected areas (MPA) are generally defined as: “protected areas of seas, oceans or large lakes. MPAs restrict human activity for a conservation purpose, typically to protect natural or cultural resources. Marine resources are protected by local, state, territorial, native, regional or national authorities and differ substantially among nations.” Dravuni ‘s MPA was established in…

Re-Framing ‘My Origin Story’

In my blog: “Re-visiting My Origin Story”- posted on 13.02.17, I had reflected on the speculative nature of the Kaunitoni Migration story that links the settlement of other parts of the Fiji Group back to movements of people from Nakauvadra which is linked further back to Veiseisei and  the Vuda landing of the early Fijians….

Prospect of Growth in Tourism

You will note from ‘Dravuni – Rural Village Economy’, posted on 13.03.17, the prominence of the tourism sector in this rural island economy.  The prospect of further growth is on the cards given the interests from various hoteliers to date. Yaukuve Sewa or Yaukuve Lailai is adjacent and very close to Yaukuve Levu, location of…

The Legend Abridged

I wrote the legend of Taunovo (aka Tanovo) and Tautaumolau and published it on 16.02.14 as a contribution under the Legends section. For the Exhibition: ‘Dravuni – Sivia yani na Vunilagi: Beyond the Horizon,’ 24 June – 10 October 2016, (see Exhibition), I related the story in Fijian to the children of Dravuni and this…

Here comes the Real Bogeyman!

The bogeyman crosses cultural barriers. Some cultures have more than others. I recall growing up in the village as a child and being threatened with a bogeyman if I did this or that, or if I was in a certain place when I shouldn’t have been there. The threat was always instigated by adults and…

Collective vis-à-vis Individualistic Approach: Seeking Solution

The phenomenon of collective vis-à-vis individualistic approach has been broached in some of my earlier posts. In Dravuni – Rural Village Economy, for example, I mentioned that the pursuit of individual employment in Kokomo Resorts has reduced the amount of labour available for collective tasks in the village. In Recalling When Copra was King, I…

Recalling When Copra was King

In Dravuni–Rural Village Economy, I briefly referred to the copra industry being at death’s door after decades of prominence on the island. Like many islands in Fiji – large and small, the industry was the economic lifeblood for those islands and islanders. I grew up in the village during the heyday of the copra industry….

Dravuni – Rural Village Economy

In concluding the blog post: ‘Romanticizing Village Life’ (published on 08.10.16), I had attempted to characterize the changing Dravuni economy and had thus opined that out of the ashes of ‘The Death of Subsistence Affluence’, a ‘Rural Village Economy’ has taken roots. I did not expand on what the new term meant. I propose to…

Babale: the Sea Serpent of much of my Life

In the blog post: ‘Romanticizing Village Life’, published on 08.10.16, I had reminisced about the bounty of the sea and reflected on the annual visitations of shoals of small fishes: daniva and sara. I also commented on how village culture was necessarily adapting itself to welcoming and accommodating these annual visitations, specifically on how to…

Early Schooling was Fraught with Loneliness and Drudgery

In my blog post, ‘Benefit from the Exhibition Continues’, I referred to Dravuni Primary School (classes 1-4 only) and the kindergarten. These are learning institutions on the island that did not exist at the time when I was attending primary schooling. There certainly was no pre-schooling opportunity at the time. I attended Naqara District School…

Revisiting Romanticizing Village Life

‘Romanticizing Village Life’, published on 08.10.16, attracted thought-provoking comments from commentator Peni T. He identified and discussed the critical changes that are needed as far as indigenous Fijians are concerned, their communities and cultural/traditional structures. These changes are critical for the optimization of gains from development. I complimented him and offered some supporting thoughts of…

Re-visiting ‘My Origin Story’

‘My Origin Story’ narrates the first settlement of Dravuni Island by Ravuravu and his clan members. Ravuravu and his entourage started their long journey of land/island settlement from the foothills of the Medrausucu Range in what is part of Naitasiri Province today. My Origin Story does not proceed beyond that point. It ends there. As…