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09 Feb 2016

Lautoka (city), Viti Levu (Is.), Fiji



Fiji is known for its beauty and peacefulness making it one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world. It wasn’t always that way.

 

Explorers of old called it the Cannibal Islands and stayed as far away as possible because it was, indeed, Cannibalism Central. That is why it was relatively unknown for centuries.

Today I took a nice tour with the family. Our guide, Ryan Kafoa, was terrific.    

 


We visited a small, but typical village. The Chief is the absolute boss of the village. Not surprising he lives in the most prominent place and his house is both larger and higher than all the others.

  



Breadfruit is an important food staple throughout the tropics.   


 

Next up was a visit to a typical local school. Like most places around the world, the kids wear uniforms. They were a friendly and happy bunch.

 

  


 




The Garden of the Sleeping Giant was originally founded by TV’s Raymond Burr (Perry Mason) to house his vast orchid collection.

 


 

The Sri Siva Subramaniya temple is the largest Hindu temple in the Southern hemisphere.

 

Numbers – Population is 900,000. There are 333 islands. 600,000 live on this island. One third of the populations is fourth generation Indian. 

 

From 1879 until 1916, 60,000 Indians were brought in as indentured workers to work the labor intensive sugar cane industry because they would (they had no choice) as the locals had a slower way of life.