09 October, 2006

Melanesian Festival an opportunity for relatives to meet

Traditional art and cultures are not the only things that are being strengthened at the Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival underway in Suva. Family links and traditional ties are also being made between long-lost relatives. Ema Vakabu, a lady in Suva, always knew that she had links in the Solomon Islands but had never met any of her relatives from there. Mrs Valabu is of Solomon Islands origin and has spent all her life living in a small Solomon community at Wailoku, outside Suva. Mrs Vakabu was at Marcellin Primary School as she tried to trace her roots and in the process met up with a nephew. She was there to invite some of the delegation to have lunch with her family at home. Mrs Vakabu was happy to have met her nephew, Peter Kennedy at the school. Peter's father is Mrs Vakabu's cousin. They are from Lau, Malaita. Mrs Vakabu's parents were the first in their family to settle in Fiji. Note from GV : Check out our two bedroom rental home in Suva with seaviews through links at the right hand side of this blog. A 20% discount applies to all bookings up to 31 March 2007. Christmas and New Year is currently available. To contact us, you can e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call (679) 3396427 or (679) 9921427.

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