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Master Modifies the Canoe

August 21, 2013 7:11 pm


The head of the Fiji National University’s Mechanical Engineering has his sights set on proving that his camakau design — a fusion of traditional boatbuilding knowledge and modern engineering techniques — makes waves in another category.

Gospel of the Canoe

August 20, 2013 7:02 pm


Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by Tevita Vuibau THE Methodist Church in Fiji has voiced its support for moves to revive the sailing of traditional i-Taukei canoes as a viable option for inter-island transport. Church general secretary Reverend Tevita Banivanua said sometimes the key to the future lay in the past. Traditional sailing, which has a […]

Secrets of the Camakau Builders

August 19, 2013 9:35 pm


Monday, August 19, 2013 by Ilaitia Turagabeci UNDER the watchful gaze of Semiti Cama, the camakau took shape on the shore where a dream to turn the canoe into money was born. There is no mistaking the passion in his eyes. He points out the weaknesses to the builders and they rectify. The camakau — […]

Camakau Race Comes Alive

August 17, 2013 4:24 pm


Saturday, August 17, 2013 by Ilaitia Turgabeci PREPARATIONS for the annual Veitau Waqa have encountered a big surge in entries a week before the race. From what was initially planned for a 10-camakau race, the event will now cater for 45 entries in the bakanawa category. The bakanawa, a model-sized canoe up to a metre […]

Spy Canoes Lead Ancient Revival

August 12, 2013 10:22 pm


Monday, August 12, 2013 by Ilaitia Turagabeci WHEN dawn breaks over the horizon on the tip of the Suva peninsula, they appear like sharks racing just beneath the surface. It’s only when they draw closer, and in the visibility of day, when the black silhouette of fins become the sails that once graced the waters […]

Boat Gifted to Yanuca

April 27, 2013 4:45 pm


Saturday, April 27, 2013 by Iva Danford TRANSPORTATION problems will no longer be an issue for the people of Yanuca in Serua. This follows the gift of a $38,000 boat and engine from the government to the Yanuca community at the Pacific Harbor Rotary House on Wednesday. Commissioner Central Lieutenant Colonel Laisenia Tuitubou said this […]

Students Say “Thank You” for Saving Whale

March 29, 2013 7:45 pm


Students from Pacific Harbour Multi-Cultural School showered the Roko Sau of Totoya with letters, thanking him for helping the humpback whale, the beloved Prince of the Bay, back to sea. In October 2012, the Prince swam into the Totoya lagoon but could not find its way back out to sea. The Roko Sau, who is […]

The Prince of Totoya is (Finally) on His Way South

February 7, 2013 8:35 pm


Last October I got a call from the Chief of Totoya Island (Roko Sau) letting me know that a whale had gotten stuck inside a lagoon near his island. I’d never been to the Lau Islands before yet had always heard lovely things about the clear waters and teeming marine life of this remote island group. Roko Sau (who also works for the Pacific Blue Foundation) was enthusiastic and managed to charm us a ride on a Super yacht thanks also to the support of Yacht Help Fiji.

Sleepover on a Super Yacht

January 13, 2013 6:08 pm


A VISIT to Totoya Island was a trip I had always looked forward to after hearing so much about it. The island is within Yasayasa Moala group because of its neighbouring three islands of Totoya, Moala and Matuku, positioned in a triangular shape. They are traditionally linked. I signed up for this particular trip with […]

Trapped Whale Finds Path to Freedom

January 5, 2013 6:07 pm


THE humpback whale that was trapped in the Vakamatuku lagoon in Totoya, Lau has finally freed itself.

District representative Semesa Lesi confirmed the whale finally made its way out of the lagoon on New Year’s Day after being trapped for more than 10 weeks.

He said the Roko Sau Josefa Cinavilakeba paid a visit to the lagoon while the whale was still there.

“But after that, the whale managed to find its way out,” Mr Lesi said.