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Expedia's promo video on Fiji

Expedia's promo video on Fiji. Comprehensive but very commercial. Some useful information and spectacular land and seascape footage...

Added by Robert F. Kay on November 12, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Rabi performance at the Savusavu festival

Not a lot of people get to Rabi, which has a distinct culture. This video (which inlcudes an interview with a Rabi elder) will will give you a taste of Rabi that I suspect you've never seen before. Enjoy...

Added by Robert F. Kay on June 29, 2016 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Sau Bay Fiji Retreat - off Taveuni

Sau Bay Fiji Retreat - off Taveuni Bula vinaka Rob, Thank you so much for your email. Certainly means a lot. We are fine. Sustained no damage to guest structures - our one staff bure was demolished by a tree( fortunately no-one inside!) Lots and lots of trees uprooted, broken branches and general damage to plants etc - but we are getting rain ( a good thing) We are expecting our first guests on Sunday 28th…

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Added by Nigel Douglas on February 25, 2016 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

University of Hawaii teachers and students initiate relief funding for Cyclone Winston victims

Editor's Note: This message was sent to me by Ashley McGuigan from the University of Hawaii who has established fund raising efforts to aid Fiji.

Cyclone Winston

On February 20-21, 2016 the strongest cyclone ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere pummeled Fiji leaving destruction, death, and shock in…
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Added by Robert F. Kay on February 25, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Any news about Napuka or Karoko on the Tunaloa Peninsula

Hi,

I'm very worried about my friends who live at the tip of the Tunaloa Peninsula on Vanua Levu.

Does anyone have anyone have any news of how they fared during Winston?

Added by Melodie Milhoan on February 24, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Winston's Wrath--The Aftermath of the Cyclone

Editor's Note:  Thanks to Managing Editor Serah Pettigrew for assembling this blog.



After being hammered by cyclone Winston with winds of 230km per hour, and gusts of up to 325 km/h Fiji, has been left with homes and livelihoods destroyed. Many Fijians are still cut off from utilities, telecommunications, and essential medical services.



Remote islands such as…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on February 23, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Fijiguide.com video pick: Songs in the Key of Rugby

Songs in the Key of Rugby from Gary Yost on Vimeo.

I want to thank Gary Yost for a really insightful video. Rugby and Fiji are joined at the hip.…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on January 29, 2016 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Suva from the air...

My new partner in crime, Serah Pettigrew, send along this cool areal of Suva...my how things have changed since I lived there.  Some incredible views of the harbor, the Domain, Victoria Parade, the Government Buildings...you name it.

Suva City Aerial | Teaser from…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on December 29, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Fijiguide.com video pick:The Naqaqa Family Farm, Fiji

Another terrific video on Fiji. Film maker Gary Yost on Vanu Levu chronicles the a portion of  life of a farm family on Vanua Levu. Some wonderful singing.

Added by Robert F. Kay on December 14, 2015 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Fijiguide.com video pick: Boogying down Savusavu way

I discovered a cool series of videos by a guy named Gary Yost.  Some of the best footage I've seen on Fiji in a while. Here's a vid of the world-renowned Fiji Police Marching Band as they boogie down the main street of Savusavu.  

Added by Robert F. Kay on December 4, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Happy Chickens for Healthy Reefs

http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/happy-chickens-for-food-security-and-environment-1/

Over fishing is harming corals and impoverishing communities. Fish are needed…

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Added by Austin Bowden-Kerby on October 29, 2015 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Preparing for Major Coral Bleaching in Fiji in 2016

Fiji has some of the most beautiful and diverse coral reefs on the planet, which create beaches, protect communities, provide fisheries resources, and attract guests to our shores. However, a mass coral bleaching event is now occurring in Hawaii and Kiribati and is…

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Added by Austin Bowden-Kerby on October 29, 2015 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

Fijiguide.com Nadi photo essay

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I recently received a blog offer from a company in Australia called Auvisa.org. I passed on their blog but liked some of their photos which come from one of the employees who has his own travel blog. The photos, mostly of the Nadi area,…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on October 25, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

“Fiji Time” A story of a long time forgotten reunion of 82 year old Jean Bish.

FijiTime_JeansFamily2 The film “Fiji Time” is about Jean’s return to Fiji after leaving over 40 years ago.  A beautiful story that I like to share.  The film is by Alexandra Lacey....

Fiji Time

When you are born in a land your ancestors have stolen, who are you?

Fiji…

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Added by Serah on October 15, 2015 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

"Fiji's forgotten wartime fighter pilot"

Fiji’s forgotten wartime fighter pilotMichael FieldOn a Thursday next month, a grounds man at a lovely Yorkshire cemetery might just notice that 71 years earlier, that day, one of Fiji’s finest died.Some how, Fiji’s first ever pilot, has slipped away from history.The tombstone at the Commonwealth War Graves section of the Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery lists him, under the crest of the Royal Air Force, thus:                     1553660 SERGEANT                          I.D. KOMAISAVAI                                  (OF FIJI)                                   PILOTHis full name was Isikeli Doviverata Komaisavai.When he died of pleurisy on 19 October 1944 in a hospital in Aylesbury, he was just 24-years-old.Most people knew him as Ratu Dovi. Complicating matters further, the sole reference to him in an RAF history calls him “Raten Kokaisavai”.His death was noted in the Fiji Times and in the Auckland Star, which the latter had under a sub-headline “Descendant of King Cakobau”.The Star said: “Ratu Dovi was the only representative of the Fijian race to have the distinction of serving with the R.A.F.”He was born in Tailevu, the son of Ratu Savenaca Komaisavai and Adi Miriama Komaisavai.Like a number of the sons and daughters of high chiefs in those days, the promising children were shipped off to school in New Zealand.Ratu Dovi (it is likely that is what he was known to his peers as) found himself at Wanganui Technical College (now Whanganui City College) from 1936 to 1939. The Star said he had “a brilliant school career” there. He was captain of the first 15 in rugby and the first 11 in cricket. He was the vice-president of the school council.World War Two broke out in 1939. Ratu Dovi returned to Fiji, then a British colony where his uncle, Ratu Lala Sukuna, was recruiting Fijians to fight for king and commonwealth against the Nazis.Ratu Dovi and several white settlers volunteered and were accepted for the RAF in 1941.Through New Zealand, Ratu Dovi was taken into the British Commonwealth Training Plan and sent to Canada to learn to fly. New Zealand had 2,743 pilots trained there.That number includes Ratu Dovi who, upon getting his wings, was sent to join No 234 (Madras Presidency) Squadron, Coastal Command.The official RAF account of the squadron says that when Ratu Dovi joined 234, it was based in southern England. From there it was using Spitfire VBs (with the letters “AZ” on them”) to conduct sweeps over northern France, hoping to catch out German bombers. Ratu Dovi was not the only non-Britain in the squadron; it was dominated by Danes who had escaped Nazi occupation. They even purchased the planes they were to fly in.In January 1943 it was moved to the Orkney Islands, returning south in June 1943. Its main mission at that point was convoy protection out over the ocean. For some one like Ratu Dovi, the Orkney Islands must have seemed like a frozen bleak hell.The record is blurred now, but it looks as if Ratu Dovi become ill with the lung disease pleurisy in January 1944. Pleurisy is often a symptom of something more serious and he found himself hospitalised.His squadron covered the Normandy invasion in June 1944 and then converted to P-51 Mustangs for long-range bomber escort duty.Ratu Dovi made it briefly into an official RAF account of the war. He was listed as being a member of an ethnic minority community who had volunteered to serve.“It is difficult to determine how many of the volunteers from the Colonies were ethnic minorities as the RAF had no colour bar, and did not allocate distinctive Service Numbers to ethnic personnel nor annoted a person’s Record of Service with an ethnic origin,” the account says.“Coloured British subjects from the Colonies were eligible to join the RAF on the same terms as white subjects of the Crown.”Ratu Dovi, for the most part, has become an unknown warrior.His name and photo is on the roll of honour at Whanganui City College, along with others from the school who died in the war.The Auckland Star noted: “Ratu Dovi was a descendant of Cakobau, the last Fiji king, and one of his grandparents was a signatory to the Deed of Cession.”The street in Suva, Ratu Dovi Road, is not named after the flier but a family member of an earlier generation.Perhaps its time to name something significant after him.Around the world there are airports honouring celebrated aviators: Edward Logan (Boston), Edward O’Hare (Chicago), Jean Batten (Auckland International), Lofton Henderson (Honiara) and Harold Bauer (Port Vila).So perhaps Nausori International Airport could become “Ratu Dovi International” – complete with a plaque to remember Fiji’s first and only fighter pilot. (More pictures here) This forgotten piece of history is written by Michael Field, a New Zealand journalist and writer.  

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Added by Serah on October 15, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Fijiguide.com welcomes Serah Pettigrew as Managing Editor

Fijiguide.com is handing the reigns of the website to a younger generation.

As  of October 1, Serah Pettigrew of Wellington, New Zealand will take over as…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on September 26, 2015 at 8:18am — No Comments

What’s New in Nadi--An Interview with Rusi Ratakele

We like to stay in touch with grass roots tourism in Fiji and that means connecting with people who are in the trenches, doing the work. We recently interviewed Rusiate Ratakele, the founder of Nadi-based…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on September 1, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Best drone footage on Fiji I've ever seen

This new 9-minute video by Nicolas Pette of Melbourne-based Drone Under is the best aerial…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on August 26, 2015 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

A US Navy surgeon lives 'every doctor's dream' during a stint in Fiji

This story, by Michael Tsai appeared in my hometown paper, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin recently and I thought I'd share it with readers. 

If Victoria…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on August 4, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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