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  • LikaNui
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    Congrats! That sounds like an awesome trip.
    Just remember... photos. We want PHOTOS!

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  • Menehune Man
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    Mrs. Menehune and I are heading to Viti Levu on vacation July 31st!
    Will spend two weeks there bouncing around. Some time in her village of Naimasimasi, Suva, Nadi and a short trip to the island of Ovalau where the town of Levuka(original capital) is. I'm so excited! I just can't hide it!

    There are a few Geocaches around, will try to find some and possibly even hide one too!

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  • Kaukura
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    not really in my experiences... although both island chains. Hawaii is part of the 'polynesian triangle' whereas The Fijian islands are Melanesian. There is also pretty much half the population who are Indian. The British brought over workers from India in the late 1800's, so you'll see a mixture of traditional Fijian practices mixed with Indian food and culture. Fascinating place.
    Last edited by Kaukura; May 2, 2008, 11:24 PM.

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  • Kleo
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    Fiji is a very populiar destination for australians (its very close to us)

    Is it similiar to Hawaii?

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  • salmoned
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    Stone Age? 3,000 years ago? Does not compute...

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  • Menehune Man
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    This was reported today...

    "Extraordinary Find unearthed in Fiji"

    In the earliest human settlement in Fiji, excavators found jewelry made from shells and high-quality pottery made 3,000 years ago during the Stone Age. The jewelry was found under an upturned clay pot...

    Here's a link...
    http://news.aol.com/story/_a/3000-ye...23092409990001

    Wow, just so cool to find some items that old and on the main island even!

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  • Menehune Man
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    Here's a link to another map and some info.
    My wife's village is just north of Nausori town on Viti Levu.
    We travelled around the Lau Group as far as Moala(south) to Vanua Balavu(north) and even stayed 3 weeks on Lakeba. Had my 30th B-Day aboard the Katika (130' cargo ship) during that trip. What a Blast!
    http://go.hrw.com/atlas/norm_htm/fiji.htm

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  • Kaukura
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    I love Fijian islands. Been there thrice. All over. Vanua Levu, Viti Levu, Kadavu, Taveuni, the Yasawas, and the remote islands of Cicia and Vanua Balavu in the northern lau islands.

    friendly people. Love saying Bula, Vinaka, ni sa bula. Love seeing people waving at each and every passing car or person on the road. You just wave. Doesn't matter who or if you know them or not.

    Another thing I do like about Fiji is the "other culture", ie. the Indian culture. I've always had a thing for India, and it's quite fascinating to see the Hindi writing all over, the curries, indian restaurants, sari's on the women, spice shops. It's fascinating to me to see that in the middle of the Pacific ocean.

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  • TATTRAT
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    Great bump though I am bummed that the first posts map link is no longer.

    great read though, I can not wait to go!

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  • Menehune Man
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    Here's an interesting tidbit of info about "Fiji".

    The main island is Viti Levu (Big Viti) and an indigenous Fijian is "Kai Viti".

    It was the missionaries that were in Tonga first and asked the Tongans...
    "What's over there?", and were told "Fiji" as it was known to them.

    So the Kai Viti became Fijians.

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  • Menehune Man
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    That's cool Monkey Man!
    A very close friend of mine is Aisea Ratokolau, nickname - Wais. He was one of the original Fijian Navy Seamen.

    I was down there during the last coup and when I returned home to Hawaii, everyone asked "Was it scary?!". I replied "They're big men, with big guns, but they're still smiling at'cha, so no problem."

    Good, good people! Talk about living Aloha, they got it!

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  • MonkeyMan
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    HMFS Kiro. (Her Majesty's Fijian Ship Kiro) 1975.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMFS_Kiro
    http://www.usswarbler.org/
    http://www.usswarbler.org/Theride.htm
    http://www.usswarbler.org/HMFS%20KIRO.htm

    Was stationed on the West Coast and an urgent call went out for any Pacific Islanders in the US Navy who might be able to successfully communicate with Fijians. I laughed out loud. Hell yah!

    Volunteered for service and was shipped to Seattle to train the first Fijian Navy. The US sold Fiji 2 surplus WWII minesweepers and promised to train the Fijians in how to sail them.

    I taught them how to use their sonar equipment. And it was fun messing with the 50mm front-mounted deck gun!

    The Fijian crew was a wonderful mix of Native Fijians and Native Indians. All spoke with a wonderful British accent! I had fun singing Fijian songs with them at lunch break.

    Did you know the Fijian Navy issued BEER as a part of every sailor's expected daily ration? The Fijian sailors were always cheerful.

    One of the sailors, Seaman Lal, gave me his hat band when I had to leave. I still have it. And I still remember Seaman Lal fondly. I hope he has done well and is retired with grandchildren now!

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  • DKP
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    Keep it up! I am interested in Fiji...for culture and surfing.

    I met a coworker from there (of Indian descent). I wanted to hear her stories of the place but she left for somewhere else before I had a chance to.

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  • Menehune Man
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    Mrs. Menehune is in Fiji right now!
    She left last night for a two week visit with family.
    Sure wish I could'a gone, but I'm holding down the fort here at home.

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  • kumukulanui
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    Originally posted by Menehune Man
    I found at Budget Travel Online.com There's a contest to win a trip for two to Fiji. The catch? You have to sign up for their email deals. (But shoosh, we can unsuscribe after the drawing in a couple of months ) Have to sign up by April 6th!
    The prize? Airfare and 7 nights at a Private Beach Bungalow (Bure in Fijian) on Savusavu Island. Includes unlimited use of snorkle equipment and single or double sea kayaks, Boat trip up the Nasekawa River and more...

    I figure someone's gotta win it might as well try?!
    Is there an island called Savusavu? I wonder if you mean the small town in the south of Vanua Levu? I stayed at the Hot Springs Hotel there once. It's a nice town that is popular with yachties because it has a good harbour.

    Moce!

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