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March 2012 Blog Posts (10)

Fiji Resort Owner Joe Smelser raises Boer Goats for fun and profit

When Joe and Julie Smelser, owners of Palmlea Resort near Labasa purchased their property, animal husbandry was probably the last thing in their minds.  

That all changed when Joe, who was raised on a cattle ranch in Oklahoma, saw the sorry state of…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on March 29, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Staving off the hungry reptiles in Taveuni

According to the old testament, the Egyptians suffered through plagues of frogs, lice, flies, locusts and other wild animals. 



According to a recent article in the Fiji Times, residents of Taveuni and nearby…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on March 25, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

THE MARIE LOUISE GOES TO BATTLE

THE MARIE LOUISE – TROOP CARRIER

 

A war of attrition had started over the murder of one man, Koroi i Latikau, a man from the powerful kingdom of Bau.  The murdered man together with Captain Harmon of the schooner Isle of Beauty, have been negotiating in the area for labourers to work on plantations.  The labourers were to be…

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Added by Robyn Mortimer on March 20, 2012 at 11:11am — No Comments

FIJI 1870’S PT 3 – DODGY DEALINGS ABOARD THE MARIE LOUISE

THE MARIE LOUISE-LIFE AFTER DEATH



Fiji has long enjoyed a proud affiliation with the sea. Like all the island nations of the…

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Added by Robyn Mortimer on March 20, 2012 at 10:32am — No Comments

Nadi's Wailoaloa Beach Hotels -- An alternative to Denarau--Part II

In all of Wailoaloa Beach Smuggler’s Cove is perhaps the most complete  "resort". For starters, they are actually on the beach, and the restaurant area and beachfront rooms offer just as beautiful a view…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on March 17, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

FIJI 1870’S PT 2: DISCORD ABOARD THE MARIE LOUISE

A QUESTION OF AUTHORSHIP

Levuka

Consider: If someone you knew had…

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Added by Robyn Mortimer on March 17, 2012 at 10:03am — No Comments

FIJI 1870’S PT 1. MARIE LOUISE HOBART TO FIJI

LIFE & TIMES OF THE MARIE LOUISE

It’s no surprise that the two men most important in Grandmother Maggie’s life arrived in Levuka by ship.  After all the first, her father, arrived sometime in the early 1870’s, the other her husband to be from America  around 1897.  No air travel in those days.…



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Added by Robyn Mortimer on March 16, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Nadi's Wailoaloa Beach Hotels -- An alternative to Denarau--Part 1

Nadi is where your airplane lands when you come to the wonderful Fiji Islands. It's also the place that you'll depart from. Inevitably, you’re going to spend some time there so I suggest finding a good place to stay--even if it's only for a day or two on arrival or…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on March 13, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Fiji Cruise Series--a Voyage on the Tui Tai -- Part 3

This is the third of a three part series of blogs based on my recent trip on the Tui Tai, a motor sailer that plies the Somosomo Strait, between Vanua Levu and Taveuni. …

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Added by Robert F. Kay on March 9, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Fiji Cruise Series--a Voyage on the Tui Tai - Part 2

This is the second of a three part series of blogs based on my recent trip on the Tui Tai, a motor sailer that plies the Somosomo Strait, between Vanua Levu and Taveuni.…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on March 7, 2012 at 12:00am — No Comments

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