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Robert F. Kay's Blog Posts Tagged 'GPH' (11)

Fiji's Greatest Hotel: Remembrances of the GPH--Memory (Part 9)

(This is the ninth and final in a series of blogs by Norwegian anthropologist Solrun Williksen.).

 

To restore the building will cost a lot, but other expensive buildings have been constructed during the time that the GPH has been left to decline. Looking around in…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on March 8, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Fiji's Greatest Hotel: Remembrances of the GPH--Memory (Part 8)

(This is the eighth in a series of blogs by Norwegian anthropologist Solrun Williksen).

Looking at the bleak walls, the broken windows, the trees that nobody care for anymore I see in my mind's eye the string of events that took place in this building, the bustle of an active social life,…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on February 24, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Fiji's Greatest Hotel: Remembrances of the GPH--Memory (Part 7)

(This is the seventh in a series of blogs by Norwegian anthropologist Solrun Williksen.  These next few excerpts cover the glorious history of the GPH).

Fiji Times twice to find people who had worked at…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on February 19, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Fiji's Greatest Hotel: Remembrances of the GPH--Memory (Part 6)

(This is the sixth in a series of blogs by Norwegian anthropologist Solrun Williksen.  These next few excerpts cover the glorious history of the GPH).

It is clear from all this that saving the Grand Pacific has not been of a very high priority in…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on February 13, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Fiji's Greatest Hotel: Remembrances of the GPH--The History (Part 5)

(This is the fifth is in a series of blogs by Norwegian anthropologist Solrun Williksen.  These next few excerpts cover the glorious history of the GPH).

It was not true as stated by Finance Minister Jim Ah Koy in 1998 that the Grand Pacific had been "an eyesore for the…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on February 7, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Fiji's Greatest Hotel: Remembrances of the GPH--The History (Part 4)

(This is the fourth in a series of blogs by Norwegian anthropologist Solrun Williksen.  These next few excerpts cover the glorious history of the GPH).

The restoration got delayed. In August 1995 a new message in the Fiji Times: "Grand Pacific to get a facelift at last". It was illustrated with a…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on January 26, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Fiji's Greatest Hotel: Remembrances of the GPH--The History (Part 3)

(This is the third in a series of blogs by Norwegian anthropologist Solrun Williksen.  These next few excerpts cover the glorious history of the GPH).

The Grand Pacific Hotel was built in 1914 and was hailed as a masterpiece of colonial architecture and a seat of splendid receptions, balls and…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on January 20, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Fiji's Greatest Hotel: Remembrances of the GPH--Part 2

(This is the second in a series of blogs by Norwegian anthropologist Solrun Williksen written at the turn of the last millennium.

Another memory is about 12 years later. The Grand Pacific was showing signs of deterioration, but it was still dignified. I took a few of…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on January 14, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Fiji's Greatest Hotel: Remembrances of the GPH--Part 1

I've written about the newest incarnation of the Grand Pacific Hotel, which is rising once again like a Phoenix on Suva's waterfront.

Alas, it has been a long road to recovery for the GPH which arguably was…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on January 8, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Photo Essay of Fiji's Grand Pacific Hotel -- Then and Now

It's been a few months since we celebrated the 60th year of QE II's reign.  During her these past six decades on the throne she has visited 135 countries including of course the Fiji Islands, one of the 54 …

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Added by Robert F. Kay on August 6, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Grand Pacific Hotel (aka GPH) to finally get a facelift

Dilapidated and forlorn, the once majestic Grand Pacific Hotel been an eyesore on Suva's Victoria Parade for over a decade.  

Thankfully that will soon change. According to a recent press release, plans to refurbish the historic "GPH" as it's called by locals…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on August 26, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

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