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On Fiji Islands -- Nadrau-- Chapter 3.13



I read the story aloud; Aseri glanced at Derek's earring and remarked, "I think he is safe from this tevoro, too." Above Nadarivatu rises flat-topped Tomaniivi, its darkness in the afternoon light relieved by brilliant splashes of crimson and orange from wild myrtle on the slopes. Brewster, mistakenly thinking he was the first kai valagi to climb it, renamed the 4500-foot peak Mount Victoria; both names are in use…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on July 30, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

On Fiji Islands -- Nadrau-- Chapter 3.12

"There will be no truck today," Ratu Aca told us. "But I have found you a taxi. Twenty-five dollars is the fare. Don't' pay any more. Indians are very smart-see tourist men like you, say 'Taxi to Nadrau fifty dollar.' No! Say 'only fifty dollar.' " He laughed softly, shaking his head. "Indian…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on July 26, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

On Fiji Islands -- Nadrau-- Chapter 3.11

After Ratu Aca left, Aseri suggested that we should look for a whale's tooth to present to the Tui-elect in 

condolence for the old Tui's death. He and Derek went off on this quest, leaving me in possession of the market…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on July 22, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

On Fiji Islands -- Nadrau-- Chapter 3.10



"I believe Ratu Lemeki, his son, will be Tui. But you know these things take time. He has been chosen by his clan, but not everyone has formally agreed yet. In Fijian custom everybody must agree before he can be-what is the word-installed."…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on July 18, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

On Fiji Islands -- Nadrau-- Chapter 3.00

Three tall bottles of Fiji Bitter settled the dust of a day spent mostly on the King's Road. Supper had not lived up to the Tavua Hotel's claim, THE PLACE TO STAY AND EAT THE BEST, painted in childish letters on a billboard by the road; but the beer tasted good. Derek was rolling…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on July 14, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

On Fiji Islands -- Suva-- Chapter 2.21

The house was in the modern style-a one-room rectangular wooden building, painted blue inside and out. But the use of space was the same as in the old days. Several layers of pandanus mat covered the floor, and the sleeping area was separated from…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on July 10, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

On Fiji Islands -- Suva-- Chapter 2.20

In the twenty minutes or so between each round people smoked, chatted, read the newspaper, or simply stretched their legs from the formal cross legged position-a great relief for the two "Europeans." Aseri brought out some reports of archaeological digs he had worked on since getting his…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on July 8, 2011 at 7:15am — No Comments

On Fiji Islands -- Suva-- Chapter 2.19



Aseri poured some water into the tanoa. He put a quantity of the yaqona powder inside a muslin cloth, wrapped it up carefully, and immersed it in the bowl. Kneading slowly and deliberately he infused the soluble essence of the root, adding water from time to time until the desired mix was achieved.

"Aseri always makes strong grog," Derek said.



Everyone grinned, as ifin…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on July 3, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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