July 15, 2024
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Author - Rob Kay

Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award winner Rob Kay wrote the original Lonely Planet Fiji Travel Guide, and is Founder of Fijiguide.com.

Running a B&B in Taveuni–an interview with Roberta Davis

I recently had a chance to connect with my old friend Roberta Davis, who has spent the last 20 years at her B&B-style property called Makaira on the Garden Island of Taveuni. Located in the north of the Fiji Archipelago, it’s far from civilization and remains unspoiled. The Honolulu-born Davis and her husband, John Llanes, a Hawaii Island native, enjoy life in...

Vili Hereniko transforms Rotuman Myth into Digital Art with “Sina ma Tinirau”

Vilsoni Hereniko, known to his friends as Vili, has come a long way from his native Rotuma, a Polynesian outlier in the far reaches of the Fiji archipelago. Inspired by the island’s folklore–we can call it Polynesia Mythology–as told to him by his father, the Honolulu-based filmmaker and Professor at the Academy for Creative Media at the University...

FijiGuide’s Tribute to Albert Schutz – Fijian Language Scholar and Friend of Fiji – Part 1

Editor’s Note: This is the first column in a two-part tribute to Albert Schutz. Al Schutz was a close friend. He was also a friend of Fiji, a place he loved dearly, ever since he began his linguistics fieldwork in 1960. He was a connection to Fiji’s colonial past but very much in the present. He enjoyed regaling me with anecdotes about some of the more colorful...

Ron Wright’s Classic, ‘On Fiji Islands’, Republished

Travel to Fiji came to a standstill with Covid, but the good news is that after 35 years Ron Wright’s masterpiece, On Fiji Islands, has been republished by Eland Books. Wright, a Canadian, is a travel writer in the classic British mold. Think Morris, Chatwin, Durrell, or Greene. His prose is unpretentious, elegant, and infused with spirit of place. As a reviewer in...

Ocean Ventures Fiji Launches Cutting-Edge Coral Reef Ecology Course

Ocean Ventures is launching an online course on South Pacific Coral Reef Ecology, to coincide with World Oceans Day and World Ocean Week. Taking inspiration from a field ecology course they have been teaching for many years, this eLearning course aims to bring coral reef ecology and a love of the marine world to everybody who is unable to travel and experience these...

Taveuni B&B brings the aloha spirit to Fiji

Editor’s Note:  A version of this piece first appeared in the Honolulu Star Advertiser I first arrived Taveuni in 1980 as part of a University of the South Pacific student group, cobbled together to rebuild an earthquake-shattered village. We debarked from an ancient cargo boat at a spare pier, boarded a bus and bumped along the unpaved road. The bus...

FijiGuide updated for 2020 with a focus on Sustainable Tourism

Rob Kay, the Honolulu-based author of Lonely Planet’s original Fiji guidebook, along with Lautoka, Fiji-based web and applications developer David Barnes, have updated the online travel guide, FijiGuide. Fiji Guide features all original content including blogs, videos, and photos from local photographers. Kay said the site provides the most relevant, up-to-date...

Makaira Resort on Taveuni turns Reef Restoration into a Fine Art

Editor’s Note: A version of this story was published in the Honolulu Star Advertiser.  When Hawaii native Roberta Davis first came to Fiji in 1986 she never could have dreamed she’d be on the leading edge of reef restoration on the island of Taveuni. For her, discovering Taveuni was all about scuba. An experienced diver, she had never seen anything as...

Q&A with Nancy Thomas, curator of new Fiji Art exhibition at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

On December 15 the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) launched Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific, the most comprehensive array of Fijian art ever mounted in the U.S. The exhibit will run until July 20, 2020. The Fiji art show at LACMA features over 280 artworks drawn from major international collections, including the Fiji Museum, British Museum, Museum of...

In Fiji Sustainable Tourism is a Way of Life

Editor’s Note: A version of this story was published in the Honolulu Star Advertiser. When Oahu natives Rachel Holderbaum and Kainoa Cundall decided to set up Dua na Cegu, a fishing and free-diving resort on Waisalima Bay on Kadavu, a remote island in Fiji, they knew it would be a challenge. Roughly the size of Molokai with a population of approximately 11,000...

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Tourism Fiji and Fiji Airways sign MoU with Tuniu

Tourism Fiji in partnership with Fiji Airways enhances cooperation in the tourism sector through a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with Tuniu on June 27. Tuniu is a leading online leisure travel company in China that offers a large selection of packaged tours, including organized and self-guided tours, as well as travel-related services for leisure travelers...

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