Sugar Cane is 62.2 percent of the econonmy in Fiji. This is a molasses storage tank. (from bus).
Our greeters at Viseisei Village.
The men from the village tribe who performed the traditional cava welcoming ceremony.
The two men from our visiting group who acted as our chiefs (one from each bus).
The traditional wrap around male Fijian skirt made of lightweight solid material suitable for tropical weather. It is a wrap around with three pockets and is secured by a belt and buckle.
Mixing the cava root powder with water.
The men on each end clap three times and yell Bula (Welcome in Fijian).
Pouring the cava into a cup for our chief.
Chiefs drink the cava one at a time. As he drinks the host claps three times and yells Bula. When the visiting chief finishes he claps three times and yells Vanaka (Fijian Thank You).
Once the welcoming ceremony is over everyone is served. The women dressed in traditional garb served local fruits.
The Viseisei Village church.
The interior of the church.
The Chief's Meeting House. The foundation is higher than all other houses in the village . Only a Chief is allowed to have decoratie shells as seen at the top of the roof.
This memorial was built to commemorate 100 years of Chrisitanity in Fiji.
Some of the more upscale Viseisei Village houses.
More typical village houses.
A home displying a red triangular flad signifies it is the home of a Hindu.
Entrance to Garden of The Sleeping Giant. It was begun by Raymond Burr. From the air the mountain and garden area appear to be a sleeping giant. (from bus).
Spider Orchid, a native Fijian orchid.
Over 2,000 varieties of orchids grow in The Garden of The Sleeping Giant.
Loved the color.
Green Lady Finger Bananas.
Red Flowering Ginger.
The Lily Pad.
The Wedding Chapel at The Garden.
Tree Huggers even in Fiji.