Albert Schütz, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, has been engaged in Fijian language research since 1960. I first met him in Fiji in 1980 when he was involved in the Fijian Dictionary Project. In the following years, his…
Albert Schütz, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, has been engaged in Fijian language research since 1960. I first met him in Fiji in 1980 when he was involved in the Fijian Dictionary Project. In the following years, his interest on the Fijian language has never waned. Of late he’s labored intensively on a Fijian Reference Grammar, the…
Added by Robert F. Kay on July 9, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
One of the best surfers in the world shows how it's done in Fiji...Continue
Added by Robert F. Kay on July 3, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
I just returned from a fantastic 14-day vacation in Nadi, Denarau Island. We (4 other girlfriends) stayed from May 9th through May 22nd at the Wyndham Resort (I am an owner). This was the first time I've stayed in the Fiji property and was very pleased. We stayed in a 2-bedroom oceanfront view unit in building 4000 which had a great view of the pool area and ocean. The resort was absolutely beautiful and the…Continue
It's rare that you see true Fijian culture expressed in a video. It's not something that is particularly tourist oriented. On the contrary. It's something private and very intimate. There's something very timeless here…Continue
Added by Robert F. Kay on June 26, 2014 at 11:03am — No Comments
Well folks...it doesn't get more real that this conversation...but I think there's much more to be done in the way of videos that give vulagi an opportunity to get to know Fijian culture...what do you think?
Added by Robert F. Kay on June 16, 2014 at 12:50pm — No Comments
Professional Surfing in Fiji has gone big time...and not just for the men...
Added by Robert F. Kay on June 11, 2014 at 12:46pm — No Comments
The biggest buzz in Suva these days is the impending opening of the Grand Pacific Hotel sometime this month. The $90 million makeover of this South Pacific icon coincides with the 100th anniversary of the hotel.
After months of renovations, the GPH has for all practical purposes has been restored.
All the 113 rooms have been completed and now…Continue
Added by Robert F. Kay on May 28, 2014 at 2:01pm — No Comments
This segment is taken from an old newsreel. It's extremely rare Footage of the Queen's visit in 1954. You also have an unusual appearance of Ratu Sukuna talking from 16.02 to 16.35. I don't think I've ever seen a depiction of him on film. He is considered the father of modern Fiji. …Continue
Added by Robert F. Kay on May 19, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
This little scrap of history was posted by the Fiji Museum. It consists of servicemen from Fiji arriving in England for the Victory Parade in April of 1946. You'll recognize some famous people if you look closely. It was to be part of a newsreel but was unused. There are a views of the aircraft carrier HMS Atheling, with Fijian officers…Continue
Added by Robert F. Kay on May 11, 2014 at 6:58pm — No Comments
Let's segue for a moment from Fiji Independence and the 1970s and fast forward several decades to the present time.
In the old days the words avant-garde and Fiji would not be in the same sentence. That's changed mightily with VOU, a dance group that illustrates Fiji's art scene has…Continue
Added by Robert F. Kay on April 9, 2014 at 8:07pm — No Comments
Here's Part 2 of the independence series....sorry about the delay folks. It begins with a very young Prince Charles drinking grog...
Added by Robert F. Kay on March 30, 2014 at 2:50pm — No Comments
When I first found this film the phrase came back to me--Fiji the way the world should be. This was the line used by the Fiji Visitors Bureau prior to all those nasty coups over the last 20 years. They don't use that anymore.…Continue
Added by Robert F. Kay on March 23, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments
One of the better dive videos I've seen in a long time...part of it was shot in Pacific Harbour...
Added by Robert F. Kay on March 15, 2014 at 2:57pm — No Comments
Lately I've been checking what Fiji stuff is out there on video. There's not a lot I've found so far of earthshaking interest.
That said, if you've never been to Suva before, you can see a bit of the street life, architecture and a few landmarks here and there. The film appears to have been made by a German girl…Continue
Added by Robert F. Kay on March 12, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
Anyone who visits Fiji can’t help being introduced to kava or yaqona—the national beverage which is consumed in great quantities both by indigenous Fijians and Indo-Fijians.…Continue
Added by Robert F. Kay on March 3, 2014 at 5:05pm — No Comments
Here's part 2 of the Nat Geo Islands Fiji series. Part tourism, part culture part politics and gloomy warning about impending eco-disaster. Would like to hear your comments.
Added by Robert F. Kay on March 1, 2014 at 8:23am — No Comments
This National Geographic special on Fiji is featured in a three part series on youtube.
It couldn't be more different than the documentary made in the late 1950s that we posted recently. This National Geographic (Australia) production was made about three years ago.…Continue
Added by Robert F. Kay on February 22, 2014 at 11:26am — No Comments
What a difference half a century makes.
Shot in Tubou, the main village of Lakeba in Lau, this is a snippet of "Two Men of Fiji", an hour long film made in 1959. It was directed and scripted by Brett Porter of Shell Film Unit Australia.…Continue
Added by Robert F. Kay on February 16, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Yesterday's Cloudbreak...mahalo to Fijisurfco.com for the great photos...
Yes, wet T-shirt time at Cloudbreak...vinaka to Fijisurfco.com for the art
Added by Robert F. Kay on January 25, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments