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Robert F. Kay's Blog – August 2011 Archive (6)

On Fiji Islands -- Nadrau-- Chapter 3.19

Fijian social and political structure was (and largely still is) a hierarchy of kin-based groups, beginning with the i tokatoka, a patrilineage or extended family made up of brothers' households. A number of these…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on August 30, 2011 at 8:00pm — 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

On Fiji Islands -- Nadrau-- Chapter 3.17



"That was also the first time I ever fly. Oh, it was a bad flight. I went from Nadi to Suva in a small, very small, plane. That night was all clouds, rain, and fog. And you know in a little plane you can see everything the pilot is doing. Well, 1 looked in the cockpit and saw him…

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

On Fiji Islands -- Nadrau-- Chapter 3.16



threw a towel over my shoulder and walked to the outdoor shower stall shared by several houses in this part of the village. The air was still cool, and the water-piped from a mountain stream-icy.

The sides of the stall came only to shoulder height; people greeted me as I stood there, shaving,…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on August 15, 2011 at 11:05pm — 1 Comment

On Fiji Islands -- Nadrau-- Chapter 3.15



Fijians do not linger over their food. About ten minutes were allowed for each course. Soon the big steaming basins of yams, dalo, and rice were half empty, as were the bowls of curried bully beef and the platter of fried fish. I was amazed at the quantities of carbohydrate that…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on August 10, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

On Fiji Islands -- Nadrau-- Chapter 3.14

After a round of the new yaqona Aseri again got up on his knees and assumed the humble yet dignified pose of one about to make a presentation. In his left hand he held the whale's tooth, in his right the outstretched magimagi, or sinnet cord. He made a long speech, unintelligible to me…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on August 6, 2011 at 2:44pm — No Comments

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