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…

Benefit from the Exhibition Continues

The exhibition: Dravuni – Sivia yani na Vunilagi – Beyond the Horizon closed on 10 October 2016 at the New Zealand Maritime Museum (NZMM) in Auckland. The benefit from it, however, continues to flow to the Dravuni community, especially to the primary school (classes 1-4) and to the kindergarten. Three boxes of much-needed school and…

Thinking of Once was the Heyday of Respectability

In an earlier blog published on 17.04.10: ‘Dravuni victorious at the Canoe Race during HM Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation Visit 1953’, I had marveled at the beauty and the picturesqueness of the largest number of outrigger canoes from Kadavu (similar to those pictured) that I had ever seen, when they were setting sail for Suva on…

Researching Livai Veilawa

As a member of the Fiji History Community, I have started to research my Grandfather Livai Veilawa. My initial enquiry has been: What was happening in Fiji, in the region and internationally, when my Grandfather Livai Veilawa entered the second half of the third decade of his life, with effect from 1914, and was seeking…

Romanticizing Village Life

“There are commentators in Fiji’s media today that tend to romanticize village life. I beg to differ.” I wrote the above under the ‘About’ Page, referring to a picture of three Dravuni young men standing in the crystal sea and with the caption: “Having pushed the visitors’ boat out to sea after their fun-filled visit,…

To See a World in a Grain of Sand

The picture of ‘Children on the beach’ used in this blog’s ‘About‘ section carries the additional caption: “Their natural playground and the biggest sand pit at their leisure.” The corresponding text below it tantalizingly introduces the reader to two related experiences that the sand, sand pit and the beach in general conjure up in the…