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Expedia's promo video on Fiji

Expedia's promo video on Fiji. Comprehensive but very commercial. Some useful information and spectacular land and seascape footage...

Added by Robert F. Kay on November 12, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Rabi performance at the Savusavu festival

Not a lot of people get to Rabi, which has a distinct culture. This video (which inlcudes an interview with a Rabi elder) will will give you a taste of Rabi that I suspect you've never seen before. Enjoy...

Added by Robert F. Kay on June 29, 2016 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

University of Hawaii teachers and students initiate relief funding for Cyclone Winston victims

Editor's Note: This message was sent to me by Ashley McGuigan from the University of Hawaii who has established fund raising efforts to aid Fiji.

Cyclone Winston

On February 20-21, 2016 the strongest cyclone ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere pummeled Fiji leaving destruction, death, and shock in…

Added by Robert F. Kay on February 25, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Winston's Wrath--The Aftermath of the Cyclone

Editor's Note:  Thanks to Managing Editor Serah Pettigrew for assembling this blog.

After being hammered by cyclone Winston with winds of 230km per hour, and gusts of up to 325 km/h Fiji, has been left with homes and livelihoods destroyed. Many Fijians are still cut off from utilities, telecommunications, and essential medical services.

Remote islands such as…


Added by Robert F. Kay on February 23, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments video pick: Songs in the Key of Rugby

Songs in the Key of Rugby from Gary Yost on Vimeo.

I want to thank Gary Yost for a really insightful video. Rugby and Fiji are joined at the hip.…


Added by Robert F. Kay on January 29, 2016 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Suva from the air...

My new partner in crime, Serah Pettigrew, send along this cool areal of how things have changed since I lived there.  Some incredible views of the harbor, the Domain, Victoria Parade, the Government name it.

Suva City Aerial | Teaser from…


Added by Robert F. Kay on December 29, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments video pick:The Naqaqa Family Farm, Fiji

Another terrific video on Fiji. Film maker Gary Yost on Vanu Levu chronicles the a portion of  life of a farm family on Vanua Levu. Some wonderful singing.

Added by Robert F. Kay on December 14, 2015 at 2:53pm — No Comments video pick: Boogying down Savusavu way

I discovered a cool series of videos by a guy named Gary Yost.  Some of the best footage I've seen on Fiji in a while. Here's a vid of the world-renowned Fiji Police Marching Band as they boogie down the main street of Savusavu.  

Added by Robert F. Kay on December 4, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments Nadi photo essay

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I recently received a blog offer from a company in Australia called I passed on their blog but liked some of their photos which come from one of the employees who has his own travel blog. The photos, mostly of the Nadi area,…


Added by Robert F. Kay on October 25, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments welcomes Serah Pettigrew as Managing Editor is handing the reigns of the website to a younger generation.

As  of October 1, Serah Pettigrew of Wellington, New Zealand will take over as…


Added by Robert F. Kay on September 26, 2015 at 8:18am — No Comments

What’s New in Nadi--An Interview with Rusi Ratakele

We like to stay in touch with grass roots tourism in Fiji and that means connecting with people who are in the trenches, doing the work. We recently interviewed Rusiate Ratakele, the founder of Nadi-based…


Added by Robert F. Kay on September 1, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Best drone footage on Fiji I've ever seen

This new 9-minute video by Nicolas Pette of Melbourne-based Drone Under is the best aerial…


Added by Robert F. Kay on August 26, 2015 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

A US Navy surgeon lives 'every doctor's dream' during a stint in Fiji

This story, by Michael Tsai appeared in my hometown paper, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin recently and I thought I'd share it with readers. 

If Victoria…


Added by Robert F. Kay on August 4, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Fiji Military Forces Band steals the show in Edinburgh stalwarts will really enjoy watching the RFMF Band at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 1998. Nice rendition of Bula Maleya and Isa Lei.

Enough said!

Added by Robert F. Kay on May 12, 2015 at 7:34pm — No Comments

Top Surfer Kelly Slater Sings the Praises of Fiji

Fiji Airways did a great job with the promotional film about Kelly Slater, one of the most famous surfers ever to come out of Hawaii.

Added by Robert F. Kay on February 12, 2015 at 2:35pm — No Comments

Fijian Entrepreneur Ian Muller now producing locally manufactured Surfboards


Editor's Note: This feature comes courtesy of our friends at the Fiji Surfing Association

Another milestone was reached in Fiji…


Added by Robert F. Kay on February 3, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments Film Review: Island Girls: "Belles of the South Seas" 1944 Film showcases Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa and other enchanted isles

I can only assume that this film was made to titillate. 

It's meant to be a tour de force of those exotic South Pacific beauties.Think bare breasted South Seas girls.

It may have made a few folks blush back in 1944 but it's very tame by today's standards. It's interesting as an historical document on a…


Added by Robert F. Kay on January 12, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Fiji Tops Happiness Survey

How is this to begin the new year...Kai Viti must be doing something right.
This in from the respected Win Gallop Poll: Fiji has been ranked the happiest country in…

Added by Robert F. Kay on January 1, 2015 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Greatest Fiji Surf Session Ever? New Fiji Surf Film "Thundercloud" elicits provocative commentary on Deregulating the Waves

The above clip is a commentary on an historic swell on Cloudbreak on June 8, 2012 that was caught on film. The movie's producer is seeking crowd funding to make the video possible. I suppose he needs money for editing and post production work. The upshot is that this film would never have even been shot if Fiji's waves…


Added by Robert F. Kay on December 26, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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