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…

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…

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…

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…

“Uto ni Yalo” night-sailed to Dravuni

The “Uto ni Yalo” (Heart of Souls or Heart of the Spirit), a hand-crafted traditional ocean voyaging canoe, night-sailed to Dravuni from Suva, arriving at its destination on Saturday, 30 January 2010, at about 5pm. The oceanic visitor and its crew were greeted with traditional ‘cere’. It meant that the crew members, men and women,…

DDC update…

Dravuni Development Committee (DDC) had its end-of-the year meeting on 28 December 2009 in the village community hall. Issues discussed included: Facilitation of the execution of projects under the Dravuni 5-Year Development Plan 2007-2011 by improved scheduling and specific timelines; Reviewing the infrastructures, and school management for the kindergarten, Dravuni Primary School (classes 1-4) –…