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…

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,900 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people. Click here to…

The Tale of Ravouvou and Raluve iVanuakula

The news of Raluve iVanuakula‘s beauty spread to all corners of Fiji and even to the royal courts of the King of Tonga. The King was very impressed and wanted the young beauty to be the bride of his prince. Tongan warriors kidnapped Raluve iVanuakula and took her forcibly to the Kingdom for the grand…

The legend of Taunovo and Tautaumolau

The first post in the Legends section is about Taunovo and Tautaumolau, two vu of Kadavu… Peeved at seeing his own mountain, Uluisolo, being dwarfed by Delainabukelevu (Mt. Washington), Taunovo set out to make amends to poach soil and rocks from the latter and lower its height. Tautaumolau was equally peeved by this intrusion into his…

Who was Ravuravu?

New content has been posted about Ravuravu, the vu for the Yavusa Natusara, comprising Dravuni and Buliya islands/villages. Read more here!

Dravuni’s Chiefly and Clan Structural Systems in Disarray

New content has been posted to the History page. Dravuni’s Chiefly and Clan Structural Systems in Disarray The shenanigans of the 1931 ‘veitarogivanua’, when the chiefly title was hotly disputed and which echoed the same antics of the earlier ‘veitarogivanua’ (in about 1906), had contributed directly to the re-configuration of the formal ‘icavuti’ (form of…

Livai Veilawa (Senior) joined Fiji Labour Corps – 1917-1919

On an earlier History page entitled: “The unstoppable march of Christianity”, I flagged the return of grandfather Livai Veilawa from France and Italy in September 1918, having joined and participated in Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna’s Fiji Labour Corps or Fiji Labour Detachment. Ratu Sukuna was a great Fijian chief and leader who died in 1958….

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!. Crunchy numbers A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats. A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers….

New Dravuni Pontoon

  Engineers and workers arrived on Dravuni on 17 May 2010 to install the new pontoon, co-funded by Carnival Cruises, the Fiji Government and Yavusa Natusara (Dravuni and Buliya Islands). Carnival Cruises and the Fiji Government are the principal funders. However, to facilitate early realization of this project to boost the tourism industry on Dravuni,…

Identity of the Young Lad Learning the Ropes Revealed

A previous posting carried a picture of  a Dravuni outrigger, and all its crew members were named except the young lad helping Captain Osea steer the canoe. I can now reveal his identity. He is Pauliasi Tuiviwa, son of Timoci, Vunivalu of Buliya, also in the picture. The Vunivalu and his family lived in Dravuni…