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Weather fails to deter race enthusiasts

August 20, 2016 5:19 pm


Saturday, August 20, 2016 by Losalini Bolatagici Children follow their model traditional boats at the Suva foreshore. Picture: Joseva Naisua THE rain and cold weather did not dampen the spirits of 145 youngsters who turned up with their families for this year’s traditional canoe race (Veitau Waqa) held at the Suva Foreshore yesterday. They were […]

Canoe race retains Fijian sail tradition

August 16, 2016 5:10 pm


Tuesday, August 16, 2016 by Losalini Bolatagici Camakau … A scene from last year’s canoe race.EXCITED participants are gearing up for the annual traditional canoe race (Veitau Waqa) scheduled for this Friday at the Suva Foreshore, the Pacific Blue Foundation has confirmed. Eight participants will take part in the main event, Category One, which is […]

Our Seventh Veitau Waqa Event – Join Us in Celebration!

July 23, 2015 2:30 am


Join Us in Celebrating Fijian Sailing Tradition! Veitau Waqa – The Boat Lives! A Fun Filled Day of Sailing and Song! Wednesday 19th August, 2015 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Suva City Council Carpark, Suva Harbor Fijian sailing tradition has slowly been pushed into the shadows as modern, motorized boats have dominated the waters. Local […]

Fulaga Trio Win Triple Sailor Event

August 23, 2014 1:33 am


Saturday, August 23, 2014 by Emoni Narawa FULAGA trio Setareki Domonisere, Joeli Taufa, Mosese Tamuyali won the Triple Sailor event of the Veitau Waqa-The Boat Lives competition, an official event of the Fiji Hibiscus Festival at the Suva Harbour yesterday. Initiated by the Pacific Blue Foundation, the Triple Sailor is the newly introduced competition this […]

Sailing with the Past

August 22, 2014 1:28 am


Friday, August 22, 2014 by Sailosi Batiratu IN Suva Harbour today will be a sight which would have been common on the sea of inhabited stretches of coastline in days before the outboard engine and diesel-powered sailing vessels were the norm. As part of this year’s Hibiscus Festival, as it has been in the past, […]

From Father to Son

August 7, 2014 1:49 am


Thursday, August 07, 2014 by Sailosi Batiratu “I FLICK it from the inside and I will know from the sound whether we have the required thickness.” The it, Walesi Jone Tukana Temo was referring to, was a log which was being hollowed out according to his specifications by his sons and grandsons at their Wainibuku […]

Camakau Comeback

August 24, 2013 6:41 pm


Saturday, August 24, 2013 by Daniel Naidu ABOUT 30 local sailors took part in the annual Veitau Waqa traditional canoe race which was held yesterday as part of the 2013 Hibiscus Festival celebrations. The wet weather experienced by the Capital City this week was replaced with sunshine and blue skies which saw a large crowd, […]

Camakau the Winner

August 23, 2013 4:32 pm


Friday, August 23, 2013 by Daniel Naidu THE Veitau Waqa, the annual traditional canoe race organised by Pacific Blue Foundation as part of the Hibiscus Festival celebration, takes place today. And 2012 champion Joji Misaele is ready to defend his crown. “We have been preparing for this race for almost two months now,” said the […]

Sailing Through History

3:47 pm


Friday, August 23, 2013 by Fred Wesley THE Veitau Waqa, or traditional canoe race, is set to take place today as part of the Hibiscus Festival in Suva. The event is organised by Pacific Blue Foundation and pits the best of our traditional canoe builders in a race around the Suva Harbour. But today is […]

Future on the Horizon

August 22, 2013 4:14 pm


Thursday, August 22, 2013 THE signs on the horizon are that this year’s Veitau Waqa — The Boat Lives races could signal a resurgence in the dying art of crafting traditional sailing vessels. With 10 vessels entering the competition this year as part of the Hibiscus festival events, one can’t be blamed for being more […]