10 November, 2011

"Blood in the Kava Bowl" Returns

"Blood in the kava bowl" returns on Friday, 18 November 2011, from 7pm to 9pm at the Visual & Performing Arts Pavilion, Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture & Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva. 

There will be a guest performance by Selina Marsh.

Please wear a sulu/lavalava.  Chasers provided.

For more information, pls call Derek on telephone (679) 3232655 or email cleland_d@usp.ac.fj.

Map of Life : Paintings, Drawings and Poetry

"Map of Life : Paintings, Drawings and Poetry" an exhibition showcasing art and poetry from a 3-week workshop by one of Oceania's celebrated artists, John Pule, is currently on at the Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva.  The exhibition opening hours are from 10am to 4pm on each day.

Participating artists include Harieta Janet Vilsoni, Victoria Pau'u, Tevita Sauliga, Tomasi Domomate, Irami Buli, Josaia McNamara, Josua Toganivalu and William Bakalevu.

For more information, pls call Johanna Beasley on telephone (679) 3232833.

09 November, 2011

"His Majesty O'Keefe"

From the Fiji Museum's Facebook Page - "His Majesty O'Keefe", a film starring Burt Lancaster, was shot in Fiji, mainly around Suva, in Cumming Street, in that grand 'ole gal'- "The Grand Pacific Hotel", and off Deuba, even though it was filmed back in 1954, Deuba is still Deuba..although a little more of a pristine beach than it is now. If you want a walk down memory lane through these parts of Suva in the fifties, rent "His Majesty O'Keefe" and have a good chuckle to yourself. Loved the 'acting' from the locals.

It was actually based on an actual event that occurred in Yap Island.

The 1950 novel His Majesty O'Keefe by Lawrence Klingman and Gerald Green in fact depicts a historical figure, Captain David Dean O'Keefe (ca. 1824-1921).

Born in Ireland, O'Keefe immigrated to the U.S. and settled in Savannah, Georgia. In the 1870s he traveled to the South Pacific, where he became shipwrecked on the island of Yap.

(The film fancifully depicts his crew throwing him off his own ship during a mutiny.) Eventually O'Keefe established a lucrative trade in copra, or dried coconut flesh, on the same island.

During that period Yap was occupied by both Germany and Spain; characters depicted in the novel (and film) such as Alfred Tetins, Bully Hayes, Fatumak and Boogulroo all existed in real life. http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/410465%7C410113/His-Majesty-O-Keefe.html

Fiji Museum Workshop on Basic Archaological Surveys

The Fiji Museum Archaeologists will be conducting a Basic Archaeological survey training workshop for the various Provinces in Fiji from Monday, 14 November, to Friday, 18th November 2011, at Kuku village, Tailevu, Fiji.  The workshop is sponsored by the French Embassy.

Namotu World Paddle Challenge Fiji on this week

The Namotu World Paddle Challenge Fiji will be held this week from Sunday, 13 November, to Friday, 18 November 2011.

The Namotu World Paddle Challenge will feature :
  • The Race to Namotu, a 19-mile race,
  • The Surf Slalmon, a dynamic and technical surf competition, and
  • Cloudbreak a special competition featuring top athletes including Paddleboard World Champions Kai Lenny and Jamie Mitchell and legends Dave Kalama and Robby Naish, just to name a few
  • a youth clinic, held by pros, that will give underprivileged children in Fiji a chance to experience this popular sport.
An Opening Ceremony on will be held on Sunday, 13 November 2011 at the InterContinental Resort which will kickoff the 6-day event.

Entry fee is US$100.00 per person which provides the participant with a VIP pass to all social events, entry to all races, access to the Vonu Beer benefits and much more. For specific details and for questions regarding entries please email entryrace@watermanleague.com or visit http://www.watermanleague.com/.

05 November, 2011

2011 Sukuna Bowl Opening

The 2011 Sukuna Bowl games opening will be held on Monday, 7 November 2011, starting 8.40am at the tfl National Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva.  The Sukuna Bowl is an annual sports event culminating in a rugby match between the Fiji Police Force and the Fiji Military Forces.  The Bowl that the teams compete for was donated by Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna.

2011 TFL Prime Minister's Exporters of the Year Awards

The 2011 TFL Prime Minister's Exporters of the Year Awards - Gala Dinner and Awards Night will be held on Saturday, 26 November 2011, at the Sofitel Resort & Spa, Denarau, Nadi, Fiji.  Tickets are selling at F$160.00 per person with a Corporate Table at F$1,600.00.  For more information, pls call Makelesi Lewaravu on telephone (679) 3315988 or Yvonne Raga on telephone (679) 6660133.

2011 Pacific Harbour Open Golf Tournament

The 2011 Pacific Harbour Open Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, 26 November, and Sunday, 27 November 2011, at The Pearl Golf Course, Pacific Harbour, Fiji.  Entry fees for amateurs is F$110.00 per person.  For more information, pls call The Pearl South Pacific Resort on telephone (679) 3450022.

Christmas Float Parade

Tuckers Ice Cream is organising the first Tuckers Ice Cream Christmas Float Parade on the evening of Friday, 9 December 2011 at Nadi, Fiji.  The float procession will go through Nadi Town and end at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, where there will be various performances.  If you are interested to participate, pls call Liti on telephone (679) 6700133 or Jonathan Fiu on telephone (679) 8390238 or email mod.eventsfiji@gmail.com.

Christmas Markets

Tuckers Ice Cream is organising Christmas Markets from Friday, 2 December, to Saturday, 10 December 2011, from 9am to 12 midnight at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, Fiji.  There will be food stalls, flea markets, a car show, amusement rides, etc.  For more information or to register for a stall, pls call Liti at Nadi Town Council on telephone (679) 6700133 or Jonathan Fiu on telephone (679) 8390238 or email mod.eventsfiji@gmail.com

2012 Bula Fiji Tourism Exchange

The 2012 Bula Fiji Tourism Exchange will be held from 15 to 17 May 2012 at Port Denarau, Denarau, Nadi, Fiji.  The event enables international tourism wholesalers to meet, discuss and negotiate contract rates with hoteliers, tour operators, cruise companies, transport operators, etc. For registration, pls visit www.bfte.com.fj or call the BFTE Secretariat on telephone (679) 3380683 for more information.  The Secretariat's email address is bfte@connect.com.fj.

Style Fiji Fashion Show tickets

Tickets for the Style Fiji Fashion Show should be out soon.  The show will be held on Saturday, 3 December 2011 at Denarau, Nadi, Fiji.  Tickets are F$100.00 per person with tables of 10 people.  For more information, pls email stylefiji2011@gmail.com.


South Pacific Food and Wine Festival


The South Pacific Food and Wine Festival will be held from 14 to 17 March 2012 at Denarau, Fiji. Join the South Pacific Culinary Ambassador, Robert Oliver, passionate chef, author and champion of sustainable tourism on a journey guided by award winning chefs and hospitality industry experts. For more information, pls visit http://www.southpacificfoodandwine.com/festival/taste-festival

2011 Fiji Fashion Week - Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon Tickets

The 2011 Fiji Fashion Week Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon Tickets are now available at F$35.00 per person.  For tickets, pls call telephones (679) 7088893 or (679) 3301201.


25 October, 2011

2011 Fiji Fashion Week - Detailed Program

The 2011 Fiji Fashion Week will be held from Thursday, 10 November, to Monday, 14 November 2011 in Suva and Denarau, Nadi.  Here is the schedule of events :
  • Thursday, 10 November, 12pm to 2pm, Charity Luncheon in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness, at the Central Cuisine Restaurant, Suva Central Building, Suva;
  • Friday, 11 November, 7pm to 9pm, Established Designers Show, at Level 6 Tappoo City, Suva;
  • Saturday, 12 November, 10am to 11am, Children's Show, at Level 6 Tappoo City, Suva;
  • Saturday, 12 November, 11am to 12pm, Secondary Students Show, at Level 6 Tappoo City, Suva;
  • Saturday, 12 November, 2.30pm to 4pm, Pacific Island Designers Show, at Level 6 Tappoo City, Suva;
  • Saturday, 12 November, 7pm to 9pm, Emerging Designers Show, at Level 6 Tappoo City, Suva;
  • Monday, 14 November, 2.30pm to 4pm, Pacific Island Designers Show, Sheraton Hotel, Denarau, Nadi;
  • Monday, 14 November, 6.30pm to 8pm, Best to the West Show, Sheraton Hotel, Denarau, Nadi.
Tickets are on sale at Tappoo City, Suva.  You can also call telephones (679) 3301201 or email tickets@fijifashionweek.com.fj.

23 October, 2011

Fiji Bati to play PNG Kumuls

The Fiji Bati Rugby League team will play the PNG Kumuls on Sunday, 30 October 2011, at Kgamuga Oval in Mt Hagen, Papua New Guinea.  A second match will be held on Sunday, 6 November 2011, at Port Moresby.

Lincoln Drags Car Race on Today

The Fiji Car Club is holding the Lincoln Drags Car Race today, Sunday, 23 October 2011, at the Taunovo Airstrip, Deuba, Fiji.  There will be a full time DJ and food will also be on sale. Entry fees are F$3.00 per person and payable at the gate.  For more information, pls call Raizal Hanif on telephone (679) 9997670.

18 October, 2011

Econesian Society Public Water Drive for Tuvalu

The Econesian Society will have a Public Water Drive for Tuvalu on Wednesday, 19 October 2011, from 11am to 2pm, at Sukuna Park, Suva.

Fiji Designer, Hupfeld Hoerder, in Rugby World Cup fashion show

Fiji Designer, Hupfeld Hoerder, joins 19 other international designers from each of the participating member countries of the Rugby World Cup for the Pacific's best and the world's only indigenous fashion show to be held tonight, Tuesday, 18 October 2011, in New Zealand.

Read Fiji Times story on this link, http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=183544.




Fiji Outrigger Event - V1 Race moved to 29 October

The Fiji Outrigger Event V1 Races scheduled for Saturday, 22 October 2011, at Vuda, has been moved to Saturday, 29 October 2011, Nadi, Fiji.

15 October, 2011

Melbourne Cup Calcutta - Rotary Club of Suva

The Rotary Club of Suva will hold its annual Melbourne Cup Calcutta on Tuesday, 1 November 2011, from 12.30pm onwards at the Holiday Inn, Suva.  Activities will include horse auctions, horse betting, door prizes, hat prizes and other surprises.  All funds raised will go to the Fiji Society for the Blind, Fiji Kidney Foundation and other projects and charities. Tickets are selling at F$40.00 per person.  Pls call Selina Lakai at the Holiday Inn on telephones (679) 3100071 or (679) 9908723 or email rcsuva@gmail.com.

Public Seminar on Cloud Computing

A Public Seminar on Cloud Computing will be held on Tuesday, 18 October 2011, from 6pm to 8pm, at the Marine Science Lecture Theatre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva. The presenter will be Dr Sunil Lal, President, The South Pacific Computer Society and Senior Lecturer in Computing Science at the University.  The seminar will include case studies and discussions on cloud architecture and deployment options.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Book Launch - Asia Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2011 : Post-Crisis Trade and Investment Opportunities

A Book Launch of "Asia Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2011 : Post-Crisis Trade and Investment Opportunities" (ESCAP 2011) will be held on Wednesday, 19 October 2011 from 6pm to 8.30pm at the Lecture Room S024, Faculty of Business & Economics, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva.  Light refreshments will be provided.  For more information, pls call Ms Bhavna Ram on telephone (679) 3232547 or email ram_b@usp.ac.fj.

The ROC Market - Pinktober

The ROC Market - Pinktober will be held on Sunday, 16 October 2011, from 9am to 4pm at Loftus Street, Suva.  Visit the Market for assorted goods and trinkets.  For more information, pls call telephone (679) 9181900 or email enquiries@matengacreative.com.

2011 Annual Sukuna Bowl Competition

The Annual Sukuna Bowl Rugby Competition between the Police and Army will be held on Friday, 11 November 2011 at the tfl National Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva.  The Competition also includes other sports such as soccer and netball.

Suva Activities, Events and Accommodation (Updated 14.10.11)


The following events are scheduled for Suva:

One-off Events:

  • Rent a home for short stays and use it as your base to explore the rest of Fiji. The home is a split level 3 bedroom residence with fencing and gate. It is newly renovated and tastefully furnished. Check out the photos of the home by searching for "Photos of Suva Short Stay Accommodation" on this blog. Discounts can be given for stays over 2 weeks. To enquire further, pls email info@gilbert.com.fj or call telephones (679) 3342719 or (679) 9921427;
  • Contemporary Japanese Crafts Exhibition, during the month of October 2011, Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Pinkoctober month to promote breast cancer awareness, month of October 2011, Fiji;
  • "Botted Water for Tuvalu Drive" - organised by the Econesian Society together with the University of the South Pacific community, from Wednesday, 12 October, to Saturday, 22 October 2011 (Pls drop off your bottled water contributions at the drop off points, i.e. the USPSA Secretary's Office or the Lower Campus Security Booth, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva);
  • Remaining pool matches, semi-final and final of the 2011 IDC Soccer Tournament, Saturday, 15 October, and Sunday, 16 October, tfl National Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • 2011 Rugby World Cup Semi Final - Wales vs France, Saturday, 15 October, 8pm, Auckland, New Zealand;
  • ROC Market - Pinktober, Sunday, 16 October 2011, from 9am to 4pm, Loftus Street, Suva; 
  • 2011 Rugby World Cup Semi Final - Australia vs New Zealand, Sunday, 16 October, 8pm, Auckland, New Zealand;
  • Public Seminar on Cloud Computing, Tuesday, 18 October 2011, from 6pm to 8pm, Marine Science Lecture Theatre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva (Presenter : Dr Sunil Lal, President, The South Pacific Computer Society and Senior Lecturer in Computing Science at the University);
  • Japan Animation Film Festival, from Tuesday, 18 October, to Thursday, 20 October 2011, from 6pm onwards on each day, Village 6 Cinemas, Suva;
  • "Ai ketekete qele : Na i tukuni kei Di Nono - Fijian language drama play, from Wednesday, 19 October, to Friday, 21 October 2011, with two sessions 1pm and 7pm on each day, Suva Civic Centre, Suva;
  • Book Launch - "Asia Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2011 : Post-Crisis Trade and Investment Opportunities" (ESCAP 2011), Wednesday, 19 October 2011 from 6pm to 8.30pm, Lecture Room S024, Faculty of Business & Economics, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • FASANOC Women In Sport - Walk & Talk Day in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Saturday, 22 October 2011, starting 6.30am, Suva Lawn Tennis Club, Suva;
  • Fiji Outrigger Event - V6 Marathon #5, Saturday, 22 October 2011, Vuda;
  • 2011 Fiji Ocean Swim Series - 1km/2.5km/10km, Saturday, 29 October, and Sunday, 30 October, Plantation Island;
  • Annual Melbourne Cup Calcutta organised by The Rotary Club of Suva, Tuesday, 1 November 2011, from 12.30pm onwards, Holiday Inn, Suva;
  • Annual Sukuna Bowl Rugby Competition between the Police and Army, Friday, 11 November 2011, tfl National Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fiji Outrigger Event - V1 Uprising Challenge, Saturday, 12 November 2011;
  • Fiji Fashion Week - Student Designer Show, Saturday, 12 November 2011, from 11am, Tappoo City, Suva;
  • Namotu World Paddle Challenge, from Sunday, 13 November, to Friday, 18 November 2011, from Natadola Beach to Namotu Island Resort;
  • Coral Coast Sevens Tournament, Friday, 18 November, and Saturday, 19 November 2011, Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka;
  • Fiji Outrigger Event - Fiji Outrigger Awards Night, Saturday, 19 November 2011;
  • Koko's Bar & Restaurant - Launch Party, Thursday, 1 December 2011, from 5pm to 10pm, bar and restaurant, Sunset strip, Korotogo, Coral Coast, Fiji;
  • Fiji Outrigger Event - V6 Uprising Challenge, Saturday, 3 December 2011;
  • Style Fiji 2011 - fashion show to assist with the purchase of urgently-needed medical equipment and refurbishment of the Nadi Hospital, Saturday, 3 December 2011, Sofitel Resort & Spa, Denarau, Nadi, Fiji;
  • Volcom Fiji Pro, from 2012 to 2014 (Contest will mark Volcom’s first ASP World Title event and a much-desired return to the world-class breaks of Cloudbreak and Restaurants for the ASP Top 34);
Recurring Events:

  • Small boat cruises, daily, Nabukalou Creek, Suva; Harbour Cruises around Suva Harbour and to Nukulau Island;
  • Fiji Arts Council Art Gallery opens daily, including Saturdays, Procera House, opposite RB Patel, Waimanu Road, Suva;
  • Fiji Museum displays, daily at The Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Gallery of Oceanian Art, opens daily, from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday, Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture and Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Bridge night, every Monday nights, from 6.30 to 9.30pm, The Fiji Club, 1 Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • Creative Dance Classes for Children - taken by Katalina Fotofili of the Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture and Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture & Pacific Studies, USP (classes are for children from the ages of 3 to 15);
  • Pacific Women's Dance Classes, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture and Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Contemporary Creative Dance Classes - taken by Glen Lord of the Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture and Pacific Studies, from Friday, 7 October 2011, Oceania Centre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • The ROC Market, every third Sunday of the month, outside Dolphins Foodcourt, FNPF Plaza, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Sunday English Church Services, 9am, Calvary Temple, Samabula, Suva.
Listing of events is free, however, we charge a small fee for advertising products and services on the blog.

Call us on the telephone numbers (679) 3342719 or (679) 9921427, or email info@gilbert.com.fj.

13 October, 2011

Student Designer Show - Fiji Fashion Week

Fiji Fashion Week is organising a Student Designer Show on Saturday, 12 November 2011, from 11am, at Tappoo City, Suva. No entry fees required. Student must be under 18 years of age. Only 2 outfits per designer one of which must be a little black dress. Outfits to be delivered to 72 McGregor Road for final judging. Entries close on Friday, 14 October 2011, 5pm. For more information, pls email info@fijifashionweek.com.fj or call telephone (679) 7088895.

It's 'Pinkoctober' month


From Mai Life Magazine, "This month marks the Pink Ribbon month to mark breast cancer awareness. Each year the incidence of breast cancer impacts many lives in Fiji. Many times these cancers seem to hit without warning and are found only in a progressed stage. According to reports a total of 370 cancer cases alone were recorded in the first three months of this year. It's 'Pinkoctober' month, bring out your pink ribbons to commemorate breast cancer month."

12 October, 2011

"Ai ketekete qele" - Fijian language drama

A Fijian language drama play called "Ai ketekete qele - Na i tukuni kei Di Nono" will be held from Wednesday, 19 October, to Friday, 21 October 2011, with two sessions 1pm and 7pm on each day, at the Suva Civic Centre, Suva.  Tickets are F$10.00 per adult and F$3.00 per child.  For more information or tickets, pls call Savaia on telephone (679) 3319637.

2011 Rugby World Cup Semi Finals Confirmed

The confirmed 2011 Rugby World Cup Semi Final matches will be as follows :

  • Saturday, 15 October, 9pm, Wales vs France, at Auckland, New Zealand;
  • Sunday, 16 October, 9pm, Australia vs New Zealand, at Auckland, New Zealand.

Note that these are NZ times so Fiji Time will be an hour earlier than that indicated.

11 October, 2011

2011 IDC Soccer Tournament pool matches and finals this week

The remaining pool matches, semi-final and final of the 2011 IDC Soccer Tournament have been deferred from last weekend and will now be played on Saturday, 15 October, and Sunday, 16 October, at the tfl National Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva.

Bottled Water for Tuvalu Drive

The Econesian Society in collaboration with the University of the South Pacific community is organising a "Botted Water for Tuvalu Drive" from Wednesday, 12 October, to Saturday, 22 October 2011.  Pls drop off your bottled water contributions at the drop off points, i.e. the USPSA Secretary's Office or the Lower Campus Security Booth, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva.

09 October, 2011

Veitau Waqa - A fun filled day of sailing, meke and song

"Veitau Waqa - A fun filled day of sailing, meke and song organised by the Pacific Blue Foundation, for Monday, 10 October, 2011, from 9.30am to 4pm, in front of the Suva Civic Foreshore, Suva. Watch traditional (Camakau) canoes and enjoy traditional dancing and singing.

"Battle of the Bati" Rugby League match

The Fiji Residents will meet Australian Fijians on Monday, 10 October 2011, starting 3.30pm, at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori in the "Battle of the Bati" Rugby League match.

Bridal Show

A Bridal Show is being held from Friday, 7 October, to Monday, 10 October 2011 at Level 4, Function Rooms 1&2, Tappoo City, Suva from 10.30am to 8.30pm on each day. A Dandiya is on tonight, Saturday, 8 October, from 7.30pm while a Fashion Show will be held on Sunday, 9 October, from 6.30pm.

07 October, 2011

Join the new Suva Community Gospel Choir

Join the new Suva Community Gospel Choir which practices every Wednesday, from 6pm to 7pm at Music Centre, Next to University of the South Pacific Staff Club, Laucala Bay, Suva.  All those with a passion to sing gospel/inspirational music to inspire & uplift the community are welcome. The choir will be directed by Igelese Ete and practice started Wednesday, 5 October 2011. No audition required.

Check out Cozmo Lounge - Fiji's first Cocktail Lounge

Check out Fiji's first Cocktail Lounge, Cozmo Lounge, on Level 4, Tappoo City, Suva.  Choose  cocktails ranging from:

  • Swedish Girls,
  • Infidelity,
  • Blue Champagne or
  • their very own Cozmo Signature cocktail.
Cocktails that are not on the list can still be made by their bartenders.  Happy hour runs from 5.30pm to 6.30pm each day.

Suva Activities, Events and Accommodation (Updated 7.10.11)

The following events are scheduled for Suva:

One-off Events:

  • Rent a home for short stays and use it as your base to explore the rest of Fiji. The home is a split level 3 bedroom residence with fencing and gate. It is newly renovated and tastefully furnished. Check out the photos of the home by searching for "Photos of Suva Short Stay Accommodation" on this blog. Discounts can be given for stays over 2 weeks. To enquire further, pls email info@gilbert.com.fj or call telephones (679) 3342719 or (679) 9921427;
  • Contemporary Japanese Crafts Exhibition, during the month of October 2011, Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Fiji Day Parade - to celebrate Fiji Day, Friday, 7 October 2011, starting 9.15am, activities should centre around Albert Park, Suva;
  • MH Fiji Open Hockey Tournament, from Friday, 7 October, to Monday, 10 October 2011, National Hockey Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva; 
  • ‎Cycling Fiji - 2011 Tour of Fiji, from Saturday, 8 October, to Monday, 10 October 2011, from Suva to Nausori, Korovou, Rakiraki, back to Natovi, and then return to Suva;
  • Fiji Outrigger Event - V6 Marathon #4, Saturday, 8 October 2011, Savusavu;
  • 2011 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final - Ireland vs Wales, Saturday, 8 October, 5pm (Fiji Time), Wellington, New Zealand;
  • 2011 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final - England vs France, Saturday, 8 October, 7.30pm, Auckland, New Zealand;
  • Gajner Indian Couture Fashion Show, Saturday, 8 October 2011, from 6pm to 9pm, Shenanigans, Suva;
  • 2011 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final - South Africa vs Australia, Sunday, 9 October, 5pm, Wellington, New Zealand;
  • 2011 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final - New Zealand vs Argentina, Sunday, 9 October, 7.30pm, Auckland, New Zealand;
  • Fiji Day Holiday, Monday, 10 October 2011;
  • Annual Bilibili Race, Monday, 10 October 2011, along the Sigatoka River, Sigatoka;
  • Marist Volleyball Tournament, from Monday, 10 October, to Friday, 15 October 2011, Tattersalls Leisure Centre and the Vodafone Arena, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Book Launch - “Tales, Poems and Songs from the Underwater World” (bilingual English and Fijian) by Daren Kamali, Tuesday, 11 October 2011, from 6.30pm, Oceania Centre Gallery Space, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • 2011 Rugby World Cup Semi Final - Winner QF 1 vs Winner QF 2, Saturday, 15 October, 8pm, Auckland, New Zealand;
  • 2011 Rugby World Cup Semi Final - Winner QF 3 vs Winner QF 4, Sunday, 16 October, 8pm, Auckland, New Zealand;
  • Japan Animation Film Festival, from Tuesday, 18 October, to Thursday, 20 October 2011, from 6pm onwards on each day, Village 6 Cinemas, Suva;
  • FASANOC Women In Sport - Walk & Talk Day in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Saturday, 22 October 2011, starting 6.30am, Suva Lawn Tennis Club, Suva;
  • Fiji Outrigger Event - V6 Marathon #5, Saturday, 22 October 2011, Vuda;
  • 2011 Fiji Ocean Swim Series - 1km/2.5km/10km, Saturday, 29 October, and Sunday, 30 October, Plantation Island;
  • Fiji Outrigger Event - V1 Uprising Challenge, Saturday, 12 November 2011;
  • Namotu World Paddle Challenge, from Sunday, 13 November, to Friday, 18 November 2011, from Natadola Beach to Namotu Island Resort;
  • Coral Coast Sevens Tournament, Friday, 18 November, and Saturday, 19 November 2011, Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka;
  • Fiji Outrigger Event - Fiji Outrigger Awards Night, Saturday, 19 November 2011;
  • Koko's Bar & Restaurant - Launch Party, Thursday, 1 December 2011, from 5pm to 10pm, bar and restaurant, Sunset strip, Korotogo, Coral Coast, Fiji;
  • Fiji Outrigger Event - V6 Uprising Challenge, Saturday, 3 December 2011;
  • Style Fiji 2011 - fashion show to assist with the purchase of urgently-needed medical equipment and refurbishment of the Nadi Hospital, Saturday, 3 December 2011, Sofitel Resort & Spa, Denarau, Nadi, Fiji;
  • Volcom Fiji Pro, from 2012 to 2014 (Contest will mark Volcom’s first ASP World Title event and a much-desired return to the world-class breaks of Cloudbreak and Restaurants for the ASP Top 34);
Recurring Events:

  • Small boat cruises, daily, Nabukalou Creek, Suva; Harbour Cruises around Suva Harbour and to Nukulau Island;
  • Fiji Arts Council Art Gallery opens daily, including Saturdays, Procera House, opposite RB Patel, Waimanu Road, Suva;
  • Fiji Museum displays, daily at The Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Gallery of Oceanian Art, opens daily, from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday, Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture and Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Bridge night, every Monday nights, from 6.30 to 9.30pm, The Fiji Club, 1 Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • Creative Dance Classes for Children - taken by Katalina Fotofili of the Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture and Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture & Pacific Studies, USP (classes are for children from the ages of 3 to 15);
  • Pacific Women's Dance Classes, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture and Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Contemporary Creative Dance Classes  - taken by Glen Lord of the Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture and Pacific Studies, from Friday, 7 October 2011, Oceania Centre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • The ROC Market, every third Sunday of the month, outside Dolphins Foodcourt, FNPF Plaza, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Sunday English Church Services, 9am, Calvary Temple, Samabula, Suva.
Listing of events is free, however, we charge a small fee for advertising products and services on the blog.

Call us on the telephone numbers (679) 3342719 or (679) 9921427, or email info@gilbert.com.fj.

Fiji Day Parade

A parade to celebrate Fiji Day will be held in Suva today, Friday, 7 October 2011.  Fiji celebrates 41 years of independence on Monday, 10 October.  The parade activities, which starts around 9.15am, should centre around Albert Park, Suva. 

Gajner Indian Couture Fashion Show

The Gajner Indian Couture Fashion Show will be held on Saturday, 8 October 2011, from 6pm to 9pm at Shenanigans, Suva.  Tickets are available at F$15.00 per person.  For tickets or more information, pls call telephone (679) 9797298 or email gajnerfashionshow@gmail.com.

06 October, 2011

MH Fiji Open Hockey Tournament

The MH Fiji Open Hockey Tournament will be held from Friday, 7 October, to Monday, 10 October 2011 at the National Hockey Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva.


A visiting Northern Indians teams will participate at the Tournament.  The Indian visitors join 11 local teams in the competition.

India is a leader in hockey so the Northern India Districts side brings skills that can only be good for local hockey enthusiasts.

Marist Volleyball Tournament

The Marist Volleyball Tournament will be held from Monday, 10 October, to Friday, 15 October 2011, at the Tattersalls Leisure Centre and the Vodafone Arena, Laucala Bay, Suva.

For more information, pls call Viliame Katia on telephone (679) 7165013 or email viliame.katia@gmail.com.

Annual Bilibili Race on this Fiji Day weekend

The Annual Bilibili Race will be held on Monday, 10 October 2011, along the Sigatoka River, Sigatoka, Fiji.  A total of 12 teams will take part.


The teams include :
  • Warwick Fiji;
  • University of the South Pacific,
  • Suva Holiday Inn,
  • The Naviti Resort,
  • Fiji Hideaway Resort,
  • Outrigger On the Lagoon Fiji,
  • Sigatoka Electric,
  • Sofitel Hotel,
  • Hilton Beach Resort,
  • Intercontinental Hotel,
  • Tambua Sands Resort and
  • The Pearl of the South Pacific Resort.
This is the 27th year of the race which began in 1984.  Sandy Point Cottage managing director Bob Kennedy was the founder of the race in 1984 when he was the general manager of the Reef Resort which is now known as Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji.

The event promotes friendly rivalry between the staff of the resorts along the Coral Coast and to use the Sigatoka River as the main point.  Over the years hotels from Suva and Nadi joined the event.

Guests of hotels are usually encouraged to participate in the activities.

05 October, 2011

Japan Animation Film Festival

A Japan Animation Film Festival will be held from Tuesday, 18 October, to Thursday, 20 October 2011, from 6pm onwards on each day, at the Village 6 Cinemas, Suva. 

The films that will be screened include :
  • Galaxy Express 999 on Tuesday, 18 October;
  • The Dagger of KAMUI on Wednesday, 19 October;
  • LAPUTA: The Castle in the Sky on Thursday, 20 October;
  • The Girl who Leapt through Time, on Friday, 21 October.
Admission is Free.  Please obtain ticket from Village 6 cinemas office after the 17 October.

The festival is sponsored by the Japan Foundation.

Contemporary Japanese Crafts Exhibition

The Fiji Museum is holding a Contemporary Japanese Crafts Exhibition for the month of October 2011 at the Fiji Museum in Suva, Fiji.  The exhibition is supported by the Embassy of Japan in Fiji and the Japan Foundation.  Pls visit the Museum to view the items on display.

Koko's Bar Fiji Islands - Invitation to Launch

Koko's Bar & Restaurant will be holding a Launch Party on Thursday, 1 December 2011, from 5pm to 10pm, at the bar and restaurant, Sunset strip, Korotogo, Coral Coast, Fiji. 

The uniquely gracious and hospitable spirit of Fiji and the stunning beachfront location on the Coral coast is the very foundation of what makes Koko’s so magical.

At Koko’s all your favourite things are there, food, music, atmosphere, and a sports bar you will never forget, welcome to the pinnacle of good living.

Made to share, the outside deck is a place to take a break, congregate, and meet new people whether it be a tourist or a local. Sheltered from the sun, designed to maximise social encounters with long table setup and the bar only a few footsteps from your perch.

It is the ideal venue for light lunches, dinner and extended sundowners. A kaleidoscope of worldly folk and food, and a sun that never sets the same but has a habit of being majestic.

Offering a selection of favourite dishes from all over the world, try options from their Mediterranean tapas menu and classic pub food.

Sip fresh coffee in the mornings, cocktails at sunset or enjoy their famous sports bar, playing live coverage of sports from all over the world.

Please join the launch party and welcome a new and fresh place to visit on the Coral Coast. 
 
For more information, pls email kokosbar@hotmail.com.

Cycling Fiji - ‎2011 Tour of Fiji

‎Cycling Fiji is holding a 2011 Tour of Fiji event this weekend.  The events scheduled are :


Stage One, Saturday, 8 October, 8am start

  • Open 85km - Start from Esquires Coffee Shop Victoria Parade, into Reservoir Rd, Princes Rd, Rewa Bridge, Korovou, Finish at end of tar seal towards Rakiraki;
  • u18 Male 45km - Start from Nausori back road, Finish at end of tar seal towards Rakiraki;
  • u18 Female 25km - Start from Korovou, Finish at end of tar seal towards Rakiraki.
Stage Two, Sunday, 9 October, 8am start

  • 20km Time Trial Loop, Rakiraki - Rakiraki, All Categories, Start in descending seeds, 1min intervals.

Stage Three, Sunday, 9 October, 1pm start

  • Open - Start Rakiraki, Kings Rd towards Suva, Turn around at the end of the tar seal, Finish Rakiraki;
  • u18 Male - Start Rakiraki, Kings Rd towards Suva, Turn around at the 2nd cone, Finish Rakiraki;
  • u18 Female - Start Rakiraki, Kings Rd towards Suva, Turn around at the 1st cone, Finish before Rakiraki.
Stage Four, Monday 10 October, 10am start

  • Open Men 90km - Start Korovou, Kings Rd towards Rakiraki, Turn around at end of tar seal, Korovou, Coast Rd to Natovi Jetty, Turn around at Natovi Jetty, Finish Korovou;
  • u18 Male 50km - Start Korovou, Kings Rd towards Rakiraki, Turn around at 2nd cone, Korovou, Coast Rd towards Natovi Jetty, Turn around at 2nd cone, Finish before Korovou;
  • u18 Female 20km - Start Korovou, Kings Rd towards Rakiraki, Turn around at 1st cone, Korovou, Coast Rd towards Natovi Jetty, Turn around at 1st cone, Finish before Korovou;
  • Victory ride into Suva from Colo i Suva via Reservoir Rd;
  • Finish at Esquires Victoria Parade.
Start times and courses may change. 

For more information, pls call Dom Sansom on telephone (679) 9922123.

04 October, 2011

Creative Dance Classes for Children

Katalina Fotofili of the Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture and Pacific Studies will be holding Creative Dance Classes for Children on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Classes are for children from the ages of 3 to 15.  Classes have just started on 26 September 2011.  For more information, pls call Katalina on telephones (679) 3232733 or (679) 8468180.

Advertise on this blog - Our new low rates!

Individuals and corporates can advertise on this blog to enjoy our high Internet search rankings and readers from a wide geographical area.

We rank very highly on Internet search engines for keyword searches including "Suva activities", "Suva events", "Suva shopping", "Suva art", "Suva sports", etc.

More than 80% of our readers are from Fiji, Australia, USA, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Our advertising rates are the lowest when compared to those currently offered in Fiji. We offer two types of advertising :
  • Post/Message Advertising - where ads will be included as an entry on our blog;
  • Banner Advertising - where ads will be included in the banner area at the top of our blog page.
Post/Message Advertising rates are very low while Banner Advertising will be slightly higher.

Post/Message Advertising Rates will be posted as an entry on blog for number of days/weeks/months paid for and taken down thereafter :

  • 1 day ad rate - F$5.00 per post/message;
  • 1 week ad rate - F$30.00 per post/message;
  • 2 weeks ad rate - F$50.00 per post/message;
  • 1 month ad rate - F$90.00 per post/message.
Banner Advertising Rates which will appear where we advertise our contact at the top of the blog :
  • 1 day ad rate - F$20.00 per ad;
  • 1 week ad rate - F$60.00 per ad;
  • 2 weeks ad rate - F$90.00 per ad;
  • 1 month ad rate - F$150.00 per ad.
As mentioned in an earlier post, activities and events in Suva will be posted free. The advertising rates will apply to shopping and commercial messages. Advertisers from overseas can market their products/services to Fiji residents while Fiji advertisers can market their products/services to our readers in Australia, USA, Canada and New Zealand.

Individuals and corporates may need to have their ads on the blog for a few days or a 1 week so that it would be captured in the updates of keyword searches by search engines such as Google, MSN and Yahoo.

To discuss how you can take advantage of our blog rankings, wide readership base and our low advertising rates, pls contact us on e-mail info@gilbert.com.fj or call telephone (679) 3342719. Ask for an introductory discount!

Gallery of Oceanian Art open to the public

The Gallery of Oceanian Art, is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday, at the Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture and Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva. All welcome.  For more information, pls call Johanna Bentley on telephone (679) 3232733.

Creative Contemporary Dance Classes

Glen Lord of the Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture and Pacific Studies is holding Contemporary Creative Dance Classes from Friday, 7 October 2011 at the Oceania Centre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva.  The classes focus mainly on choreography with a fusion of traditional and modern styles.  For more information, pls call Glen Lord on telephones (679) 3232733 or (679) 9558626.

Pacific Women's Dance Classes

The Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture and Pacific Studies is holding Pacific Women's Dance Classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays Classes at the Centre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva.  Classes are from 5.30 to 6.30pm on each day.  For more information, pls call Tulevu on telephone (679) 3232733 or (679) 9233682.

2011 Rugby World Cup Semi Finals

The 2011 Rugby World Cup Semi Final matches will be as follows :
  • Saturday, 15 October, 9pm, Winner QF 1 vs Winner QF 2, Auckland;
  • Sunday, 16 October, 9pm, Winner QF 3 vs Winner QF 4, Auckland.
Note that these are NZ times so Fiji Time will be an hour earlier than that indicated.

03 October, 2011

2011 Rugby World Cup Quarter Finals

The 2011 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final matches will be as follows :
  • Saturday, 8 October, 6pm, Ireland vs Wales, Wellington;
  • Saturday, 8 October, 8.30pm, England vs France, Auckland;
  • Sunday, 9 October, 6pm, South Africa vs Australia, Wellington; and
  • Sunday, 9 October, 8.30pm, New Zealand vs Argentina, Auckland.
Note that these are NZ times so Fiji Time will be an hour earlier than that indicated.

30 September, 2011

Fundraising for Nadi Hospital by Style Fiji

Style Fiji 2011 is organising a fashion show on Saturday, 3 December 2011 at the Sofitel Resort & Spa, Denarau, Nadi, Fiji. 
 
Funds raised from the event will be directed to the purchase of urgently-needed medical equipment and refurbishment of the Nadi Hospital.
 
Organiser, Amanda Sofield, said Nadi was the fastest growing region in Fiji and the hospital catered for a population estimated at 90,000 covering a wide area from Namaka to Bukuya.
 
The Nadi area also covers the outer islands with Denarau Island Marina being the main gateway to villages and island resorts in the Mamanuca Group.
 
She said the hospital was built with a limited budget in 2002 as a small provincial facility to cater for minimum numbers.
 
"It includes an accident and emergency and outpatients department, pharmacy, laboratory and radiology departments, maternity unit and children's ward, dental, in-patient care and physiotherapy service," said Mrs Sofield.
 
She said minimal ongoing funding for maintenance works and the necessary life-saving medical equipment meant a very real and urgent need for support in many areas.
 
"We have a wish list for the hospital and these include the basic necessities like bedside chairs and seating in the outpatients department, paint works and plumbing, signage, airconditioning units to regulated temperature units for drug storage in the pharmacy, portable diagnostic machines, stethoscopes the list goes on," she said.
 
The group launches its fundraising on Saturday, 1 October 2011.
 
They also hope to erect a billboard at the Denarau and Nadi turnoff.
 
"This billboard will have a thermometer which will have the amount of money on the sides and every time we receive donations, we will paint the thermometer," Mrs Sofield said. "We urge the business community and others to step up and assist."

Want to work for Fiji Fashion Week?

Want to work on Fiji Fashion Week (FJFW)?

Here is a great opportunity for Volunteers to learn what it takes to put on a huge event such as Fiji Fashion Week!

FJFW has a range of events and workshops that bring together designers, models, fashion industry professionals, a range of event specialists and the general public. Fiji Fashion Week is looking for Volunteers to take over the following positions – and training will be provided. • Back of House -Dressers -Back of House Managers - Model Callers - Model Coordinator Assistant - Designer Coordinator Assistant • Front of House -Front of House Managers -Ushers -Greeters -MaĆ®tre de -Ticketing Staff • Bar - Bar Managers -Waiters/Waitresses.

If you are interested in building your knowledge around events, PR, hospitality, fashion or event production this is a great opportunity ,send us a photo of yourself together with your CV to info@fijifashionweek.com.fj or by mailbox to P.O.Box 15719, Suva, Fiji.

You never know there could be a permanent job available for those who show potential! For more information, pls call Moii on telephone (679) 7088895.

Walk & Talk Day in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

FASANOC Women In Sport is organising A Walk & Talk Day in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Saturday, 22 October 2011, starting 6.30am, at the Suva Lawn Tennis Club, Suva.


Book Launch - "Tales, Poems and Songs from the Underwater World"

The Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies together with the School of Language, Arts and Media, University of the South Pacific, will hold a Book Launch on Tuesday, 11 October 2011, from 6.30pm at The Oceania Centre Gallery Space, USP, Laucala Bay, Suva. The book to be launched is “Tales, Poems and Songs from the Underwater World” (bilingual English and Fijian) by Daren Kamali a NZ based performance poet, musician and writer. There will be live performances from Daren Kamali, book signing and an Open Mic session for all local poets, musicians and performers. For more information, pls call Derek on telephone (679) 3232655 or email cleland_d@usp.ac.fj.

27 September, 2011

Remember to check out the Film & Music Festival

Remember to check out the Film and Music Festival organised by the Fiji National University which is currently being held from Monday, 26 September, to Saturday, 8 October 2011 at the School of Communication & Creative Arts, Fiji National University Carpenter Street, Raiwai Campus, Suva.

Film screenings are held throughout the day while music and dance is held each afternoon/night from 5pm to 8pm. 

Film themes include :
  • Environmental issues;
  • Women/Domestic Violence;
  • I Taukei social/cultural issues;
  • Fijian social/cultural issues;
  • General social/cultural issues;
  • Girmit and beyond;
  • Education and Training.

25 September, 2011

Pacific Performing Arts INSPIRE Series - Talk by Jessica Julius


The Pacific Performing Arts INSPIRE Series is organising a talk by Jessica Julius, Creative Executive of Development at Disney Animation Studios, on Wednesday, 28 September 2011, from 4pm to 5pm, at the Ausaid Performance Space, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva. Ms Julius will speak about film making and story development at the Disney Animation Studios. Pasifika Voices will also be performing.

2011 Suva-on-Sale

The Annual Suva-on-Sale events returns to Suva and will be held from Saturday, 1 October, to Saturday, 8 October 2011. Street markets will be held in selected streets of the Suva Central Business District.

Fiji National University's 2011 Film & Music Festival starts tomorrow

The 2011 Film & Music Festival organised by the Fiji National University opens on Monday, 26 September 2011, 6.30pm.  The program runs for a week with most activities centred at the Fiji National University's Raiwai Campus, Suva.


Style Fiji 2011 Fashion Fundraising Show

Style Fiji 2011 will hold a fashion fundraising show on Saturday, 3 December 2011, at the Sofitel Resort & Spa, Denarau, Nadi, Fiji. Funds raised will go to the Nadi Hospital. For more information, pls visit Style Fiji's page on Facebook.

12 September, 2011

Music Festival for Local Artists

A Music Festival to promote local artists, organised by Procera Music, is currently being held at Nausori, near Suva. 

The festival will hold free shows daily until Saturday, 17 September 2011, at Syria Park, Nausori.

The program of activities for the remainder of the week include :
  • Monday, 12 September, Youth Night;
  • Tuesday, 13 September, Multicultural Night;
  • Wednesday, 14 September, Indian Night;
  • Thursday, 15 September, Island Night; and
  • Friday, 16 September, Fijian Night.
The major focus of the festival is the issue of copyright and how local artists lose out on copying of their work.

Send your personal greetings to the Fiji team at the Rugby World Cup

Send a personal greeting to the Fiji team at the Rugby World Cup for only F$1.00 with Post Fiji.  Call your nearest Post Fiji outlet for more details.

Fiji Film & Music Festival - Expression of Interest

The Fiji National University is calling for Expressions of Interest from those who wish to show their original creation of film and music at the Fiji Film & Music Festival which will be held from 26 September to 8 October 2011 at the University's Raiwai Campus in Suva.

For more information, pls call Dr Satish Rai on telephone (679) 3372004 or email satish.rai@fnu.ac.fj or utonivesi@fnu.ac.fj.  Closing date for receiving Expressions of Interest is Thursday, 15 September 2011.

Fiji National University's Film & Music Festival

A Film and Music Festival organised by the Fiji National University will be held from Monday, 26 September, to Saturday, 8 October 2011 at the School of Communication & Creative Arts, Fiji National University Carpenter Street, Raiwai Campus, Suva. 

Film themes include :
  • Environmental issues;
  • Women/Domestic Violence;
  • I Taukei social/cultural issues;
  • Fijian social/cultural issues;
  • General social/cultural issues;
  • Girmit and beyond;
  • Education and Training.
Go and witness the creative talents of local filmmakers, singers, musicians and dancers.

For more information, pls call Dr Satish Rai on telephone (679) 3372044 or email satish.rai@fnu.ac.fj.

Reggae group, Third World, to perform in Fiji this month

The Reggae group, Third World, will have two performances in Fiji in September 2011.  The dates/times of their performance are :
  • Friday, 16 September, Churchill Park, Lautoka; and
  • Saturday, 17 September, Vodafone Arena, Laucala Bay, Suva.
Tickets are selling at F$20.00, F$30.00 and F$50.00 and are available at SPR outlets around Fiji.

06 September, 2011

Suva Activities, Events and Accommodation (Updated 6.9.11)


The following events are scheduled for Suva:

One-off Events:

  • Rent a home for short stays and use it as your base to explore the rest of Fiji. The home is a split level 3 bedroom residence with fencing and gate. It is newly renovated and tastefully furnished. Check out the photos of the home by searching for "Photos of Suva Short Stay Accommodation" on this blog. Discounts can be given for stays over 2 weeks. To enquire further, pls email info@gilbert.com.fj or call telephones (679) 3342719 or (679) 9921427;
  • Fiji Museum - Historical Fiji Photo Competition, send your best pics (has to be your own - 1 photo per person) of any site in Fiji (whether it is a sacred land site, building, anything you consider to be historical) and state in two or three sentences why you think it is to the Fiji Museum;
  • 2011 Fiji National University Open Day, Friday, 9 September 2011, Fiji National University's campuses in Suva (Samabula and Pasifika campuses), Ba, Nadi and Labasa; 
  • Annual Fiji Regatta, from Friday, 9 September to Thursday, 15 September 2011, Musket Cove Island Resort and Marina, Fiji;
  • Sulu and Jaba Competition to celebrate the unique attire of Fiji women - organised by the Fiji Fashion Week 2011- Register your entry by Friday, 9 September 2011;
  • 2011 Pacific Games, from Saturday, 27 August, to Saturday, 10 September 2011, Noumea, New Caledonia;
  • Fiji School of Medicine Students Association's Culture Night,Saturday, 10 September 2011, from 6.30pm to 10pm, Tattersalls Leisure Centre (National Gymnasium), Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • 2011 Rugby World Cup - Fiji vs Namibia, Saturday, 10 September 2011, 3.30pm, Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua, New Zealand;
  • Sulu and Jaba Competition organised by the Fiji Fashion Week 2011 - Live Judging onf Entries, Saturday, 17 September 2011, at Level 4 Tappoo City, Suva, Fiji;
  • 2011 Rugby World Cup - Fiji vs South Africa, Saturday, 17 September 2011, 6pm, Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand;
  • Fiji Museum - Historical Fiji Photo Competition, 22 September 2011, winner to be announced;
  • 2011 Rugby World Cup - Fiji vs Samoa, Sunday, 25 September 2011, 3.30pm, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand;
  • World Supermodel Pageant, from Sunday, 25 September, to Saturday, 1 October 2011, Amunuca Island Resort & Spa, Fiji;
  • 2011 Rugby World Cup - Fiji vs Wales, Sunday, 2 October 2011, 6pm, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand;
  • Fiji Outrigger Event - V6 Marathon #4, Saturday, 8 October 2011, Savusavu;
  • Fiji National University Film and Music Festival, from Wednesday, 19 October, to Saturday, 22 October 2011, Fiji National University's Nasinu and Raiwai Campuses, Suva;
  • Fiji Outrigger Event - V6 Marathon #5, Saturday, 22 October 2011, Vuda;
  • 2011 Fiji Ocean Swim Series - 1km/2.5km/10km, Saturday, 29 October, and Sunday, 30 October, Plantation Island;
  • Fiji Outrigger Event - V1 Uprising Challenge, Saturday, 12 November 2011;
  • Namotu World Paddle Challenge, from Sunday, 13 November, to Friday, 18 November 2011, from Natadola Beach to Namotu Island Resort;
  • Coral Coast Sevens Tournament, Friday, 18 November, and Saturday, 19 November 2011, Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka;
  • Fiji Outrigger Event - Fiji Outrigger Awards Night, Saturday, 19 November 2011;
  • Fiji Outrigger Event - V6 Uprising Challenge, Saturday, 3 December 2011;
  • Volcom Fiji Pro, from 2012 to 2014 (Contest will mark Volcom’s first ASP World Title event and a much-desired return to the world-class breaks of Cloudbreak and Restaurants for the ASP Top 34);
Recurring Events:

  • Small boat cruises, daily, Nabukalou Creek, Suva; Harbour Cruises around Suva Harbour and to Nukulau Island;
  • Fiji Arts Council Art Gallery opens daily, including Saturdays, Procera House, opposite RB Patel, Waimanu Road, Suva;
  • Fiji Museum displays, daily at The Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Oceania Centre Gallery, opens daily, at the Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Bridge night, every Monday nights, from 6.30 to 9.30pm, The Fiji Club, 1 Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • The ROC Market, every third Sunday of the month, outside Dolphins Foodcourt, FNPF Plaza, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Sunday English Church Services, 9am, Calvary Temple, Samabula, Suva.
Listing of events is free, however, we charge a small fee for advertising products and services on the blog.

Call us on the telephone numbers (679) 3342719 or (679) 9921427, or email info@gilbert.com.fj.

Fiji School of Medicine Students Association's Culture Night

The Fiji School of Medicine Students Association's Culture Night will be held on Saturday, 10 September 2011, from 6.30pm to 10pm at the Tattersalls Leisure Centre (National Gymnasium), Laucala Bay, Suva.  The event features the diversity and the richness of Pacific culture through the medium of dance. The theme this year is “Mana Pasifika”. This theme aims to depict the mystique and allure of Pacific culture. Tickets are F$5.00 per person for a Grandstand seat and F$10.00 per person for a VIP seat.  For tickets pls call telephone (679) 9715953 or visit the FSM Pacifika Campus Student Services at Extension St, Suva.

02 September, 2011

2011 Fiji Regatta @ Musket Cove Resort

The Annual Fiji Regatta will be held from Friday, 9 September, to Thursday, 15 September 2011, at the Fiji Musket Cove Resort, Malolo Lailai Island, Fiji.  The event includes sailing activities and fun and games.  For more information, pls visit http://www.musketcovefiji.com/marina-yacht-club.

01 September, 2011

Remember we are on Facebook

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2011 Pacific Games - Schedule of Events for Wednesday, 7 September

The 2011 Pacific Games opened on Saturday, 27 August 2011 at Noumea, New Caledonia. The events scheduled for Wednesday, 7 September, include :


  • Competitions - Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Football, Sailing-Hobie Cat, Sailing-Laser, Table Tennis, Volleyball;
  • Finals - Athletics, Judo, Squash, Tae Kwondo, Tennis, Weightlifting.
Watch the 2011 Pacific Games coverage each day from 7pm onwards, on Fiji One Television.

2011 Pacific Games - Schedule of Events for Tuesday, 6 September


The 2011 Pacific Games opened on Saturday, 27 August 2011 at Noumea, New Caledonia. The events scheduled for Tuesday, 6 September, include :


  • Competitions - Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Sailing-Hobie Cat, Sailing-Laser, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis;
  • Finals - Archery, Athletics, Judo, Tae Kwondo, Weightlifting.
Watch the 2011 Pacific Games coverage each day from 7pm onwards, on Fiji One Television.

2011 Pacific Games - Schedule of Events for Monday, 5 September


The 2011 Pacific Games opened on Saturday, 27 August 2011 at Noumea, New Caledonia. The events scheduled for Monday, 5 September, include :
  • Competitions - Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Football, Sailing-Laser, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis;
  • Finals - Athletics, Weightlifting.
Watch the 2011 Pacific Games coverage each day from 7pm onwards, on Fiji One Television.

2011 Pacific Games - Schedule of Events for Sunday, 4 September


The 2011 Pacific Games opened on Saturday, 27 August 2011 at Noumea, New Caledonia. There are no events scheduled for Sunday, 4 September.


Watch the 2011 Pacific Games coverage each day from 7pm onwards, on Fiji One Television.

Fiji Telephone Numbers and their Locations in Fiji

This is in response to a suggestion that I got from someone doing some programming work for Google. 

There are no area codes for Fiji.  However, when you are calling numbers in Fiji, this will help you understand where the fixed line telephone is located in Fiji :
  • All fixed line telephone numbers starting with 3xx xxxx are in the Suva, Nausori, Korovou (Tailevu), Lami, Navua, Deuba, Pacific Harbour areas;
  • 32x xxxx is in the Suva City CBD area;
  • 333 xxxx is in the Suva City CBD and surrounding areas;
  • 332 xxxx is in the Tamavua, Namadi Heights areas;
  • 338 xxxx is in the Samabula, Raiwai, Raiwaqa, Vatuwaqa, Nabua areas;
  • 339 xxxx and 334 xxxxx is in the Nasinu, Laucala Beach, Caubati, Kinoya, Nadera, Valelevu, Nadawa, Nepani, Nasole, Kalabu, Laqere, Makoi, Narere areas;
  • 336 xxxx is in the Delainavesi, Nadonumai, Lami, Kalekana, Veisari, and nearby areas;
  • 65x xxxx is in the Coral Coast and Sigatoka areas;
  • 66x xxxx are in the Lautoka, Ba, Vatukoula, Tavua, Rakiraki areas;
  • 67xx xxx is in the Nadi area;
  • 88x xxxx are in the second largest island in Fiji (Vanua Levu) and includes areas within and close to Labasa, Savusavu, Nabouwalu, Taveuni, Laucala Island, etc. It also includes areas in the Lau Group of Islands.
  • 60x xxxx is also in the Lau Group of Islands.
Mobile telephones are allocated by provider with those numbers starting with 9xx xxxx and 8xx xxxx provided by Vodafone Fiji and those with 7xx xxxx by the other provider, Digicel Fiji.

International access code is 00 or 052 depending on who you route it through : 00 is through FINTEL and 052 through Telecom Fiji.

29 August, 2011

2011 Pacific Games - Schedule of Events for Saturday, 3 September

The 2011 Pacific Games opened on Saturday, 27 August 2011 at Noumea, New Caledonia. The events scheduled for Saturday, 3 September, include :

  • Competitions - Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Sailing-Hobie Cat, Sailing-Laser, Squash, Tennis, Volleyball;
  • Finals - Athletics, Boxing, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Va'a.

Watch the 2011 Pacific Games coverage each day from 7pm onwards, on Fiji One Television.

2011 Pacific Games - Schedule of Events for Friday, 2 September

The 2011 Pacific Games opened on Saturday, 27 August 2011 at Noumea, New Caledonia. The events scheduled for Friday, 2 September, include :
  • Competitions - Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Golf, Sailing-Hobie Cat, Sailing-Laser, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball;
  • Finals - Cricket, Karate, Rugby 7s, Surf, Table Tennis, Va'a.

Watch the 2011 Pacific Games coverage each day from 7pm onwards, on Fiji One Television.

2011 Pacific Games - Schedule of Events for Thursday, 1 September

The 2011 Pacific Games opened on Saturday, 27 August 2011 at Noumea, New Caledonia. The events scheduled for Thursday, 1 September, include :

  • Competitions - Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Golf, Rugby 7s, Sailing-Laser, Squash, Surf, Volleyball;
  • Finals - DTL-Shooting, Karate, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis.

Watch the 2011 Pacific Games coverage each day from 7pm onwards, on Fiji One Television.

2011 Pacific Games - Schedule of Events for Wednesday, 31 August


The 2011 Pacific Games opened on Saturday, 27 August 2011 at Noumea, New Caledonia. The events scheduled for Wednesday, 31 August, include :

  • Competitions - Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Football, Golf, Rugby 7s, Sailing-Hobie Cat, Sailing-Laser, Squash, Surf, Table Tennis, Volleyball;
  • Finals - DTL-Shooting, Karate, Swimming, Tennis.

Watch the 2011 Pacific Games coverage each day from 7pm onwards, on Fiji One Television.

2011 Pacific Games - Schedule of Events for Tuesday, 30 August

The 2011 Pacific Games opened on Saturday, 27 August 2011 at Noumea, New Caledonia. The events scheduled for Tuesday, 30 August, include :
  • Competitions - Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Football, Sailing-Laser, Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball; and
  • Finals - DTL-Shooting, Sailing-Hobie Cat, Swimming, Va'a.

Watch the 2011 Pacific Games coverage each day from 7pm onwards, on Fiji One Television.

24 August, 2011

All the best to Team Fiji at the 2011 Pacific Games

The first contingent of Team Fiji has left for New Caledonia for the 2011 Pacific Games.  This is wishing them all the best at the games.  Go for Gold, Fiji!

Fiji Museum : Historical Fiji Photo Competition

The Fiji Museum is organising a Historical Fiji Photo Competition.  Pls send your best pics (has to be your own - 1 photo per person) of any site in Fiji (whether it is a sacred land site, building, anything you consider to be historical) and state in two or three sentences why you think it is. Winner to be announced on 22 September 2011.

Fundraising Dinner for CMF Secondary School

A Red Tie Dinner is being organised for Friday, 16 September 2011, starting 6.30pm, at the Novotel Convention Centre, Lami, near Suva, Fiji. Funds raised from the dinner will be used for building the CMF Secondary School at Newtown, Kinoya. Guest Speaker will be Rev Suliasi Kurulo. Tables are selling at FJD$2,000 each (i.e. FJD$200 per person x 10 pax). For more information, pls call Fonua Jioji on telephones (679) 9233172.

2011 Milo Kaji Rugby Championship

The 2011 Milo Kaji Rugby Championship will be held from Tuesday, 23 August, to Thursday, 24 August 2011, at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, Fiji. A total of 22 Kaji rugby and 21 netball teams from around the country are expected to be part of the annual affair. Kadavu, Ovalau and Moturiki are participating for the first time. The teams to beat are Suva and Nadi.

Volcom Fiji Pro will be held from 2012 to 2014

The Volcom Fiji Pro will be held from 2012 to 2014. The contest will mark Volcom’s first ASP World Title event and a much-desired return to the world-class breaks of Cloudbreak and Restaurants for the ASP Top 34. After a 3-year hiatus from the ASP Dream Tour, the Volcom Fiji Pro will host the world’s best surfers from 2012 through 2014, with a potential for further extension.  For more information, pls visit http://www.volcom.com/news/article.asp?articleID=5471.

National Netball Championships

The National Netball Championships will be held from Wednesday, 24 August, to Saturday, 27 August 2011 at the National Netball Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva.

23 August, 2011

2011 Fiji National University Open Day

The 2011 Fiji National University Open Day will be held on Friday, 9 September 2011 at the University's campuses in Suva (Samabula and Pasifika campuses), Ba, Nadi and Labasa.  Visit the University campuses if you want to know what they offer.

22 August, 2011

2011 Fiji Hibiscus Festival - Program for Saturday, 27 August


The Fiji Hibiscus Festival started last weekend in Suva, Fiji. Program for Saturday, 27 August 2011 includes :

  • Crowning of Miss Charity, 2.30pm, Main Stage, Albert Park;
  • King’s Special Awards and Crowning, 6.30pm, Main Stage, Albert Park; and
  • Queen’s Crowning, 7pm, Main Stage, Albert Park.

2011 Fiji Hibiscus Festival - Program for Friday, 26 August


The Fiji Hibiscus Festival started last weekend in Suva, Fiji. Program for Friday, 26 August 2011 includes :

  • Adi Senikau, 7pm, Hibiscus Marquee, Albert Park;
  • Queen’s Special Awards, 7pm, Main Stage, Albert Park; and
  • Pacific Night, 7.30pm, Main Stage, Albert Park.

2011 Fiji Hibiscus Festival - Program for Thursday, 25 August


The Fiji Hibiscus Festival started last weekend in Suva, Fiji. Program for Thursday, 25 August 2011 includes :
  • Queen’s 2nd Public Judging, 6.30pm, Hibiscus Marquee, Albert Park;
  • Ladies Stage Interview, 6.30pm, Main Stage, Albert Park;
  • Teens Special Awards & Crowning, 7pm, Main Stage, Albert Park;
  • Ladies Special Awards & Crowning, 7.20pm, Main Stage, Albert Park; and
  • Bogi Ni Taukei, 7.45pm, Main Stage, Albert Park.

2011 Fiji Hibiscus Festival - Program for Wednesday, 24 August


The Fiji Hibiscus Festival started last weekend in Suva, Fiji. Program for Wednesday, 24 August 2011 includes :

  • Kings' Talent Night, 6.30pm, Hibiscus Marquee, Albert Park; and
  • Indian Night, 7pm, Main Stage, Albert Park.

Fiji team to the 2011 Rugby World Cup


Fiji has selected its team to the upcoming 2011 Rugby World Cup.  The team is made up of :
  1. Campese Ma’afu,
  2. Deacon Manu,
  3. Setefano Somoca,
  4. Waisea Daveta,
  5. Viliame Veikoso,
  6. Tuapati Talemaitoga,
  7. Sunia Koto,
  8. Sekonaia Kalou,
  9. Leone Nakarawa,
  10. Wame Lewaravu,
  11. Rupeni Nasiga,
  12. Dominiko Waqaniburotu,
  13. Sisa Koyamaibole,
  14. Akapusi Qera,
  15. Netani Talei,
  16. Masi Matadigo,
  17. Malakai Ravulo,
  18. Nemia Ranuku,
  19. Vitori Buatava,
  20. Waisea Luveniyali,
  21. Seremaia Baikeinuku,
  22. Nicky Little,
  23. Albert Vulivuli,
  24. Gabirieli Lovobalavu,
  25. Ravai Fatiaki,
  26. Vereniki Goneva,
  27. Napolioni Nalaga,
  28. Michael Tagicakibau,
  29. Kini Murimurivalu,
  30. Iliesa Keresoni.

19 August, 2011

Suva Activities, Events and Accommodation (Updated 19.8.11)

The following events are scheduled for Suva:

One-off Events:

  • Rent a home for short stays and use it as your base to explore the rest of Fiji. The home is a split level 3 bedroom residence with fencing and gate. It is newly renovated and tastefully furnished. Check out the photos of the home by searching for "Photos of Suva Short Stay Accommodation" on this blog. Discounts can be given for stays over 2 weeks. To enquire further, pls email info@gilbert.com.fj or call telephones (679) 3342719 or (679) 9921427;
  • Sulu and Jaba Competition to celebrate the unique attire of Fiji women - organised by the Fiji Fashion Week 2011- Register your entry by Friday, 9 September 2011;
  • Nomura Cup 2011 organised by the Asia Pacific Golf Federation Team Championship (APGC), from 16 to 19 August 2011, Denarau and Natadola Golf Courses;
  • 2011 Tadra Kahani, on Thursday, 18 August, and Friday, 19 August 2011, Vodafone Arena, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fiji vs Tonga Rugby Test Match, Friday, 19 August 2011, 4.30pm, Churchill Park, Lautoka;
  • Fiji Secondary Schools Soccer Championship, Friday, 19 August, and Saturday, 20 August 2011, Ratu Cakobau Park and Saraswati Primary School grounds, Nausori, near Suva;
  • 2011 Fiji Hibiscus Festival will be held from Friday, 19 August, to Saturday, 27 August 2011, at Albert Park, Suva;
  • 2011 Fiji Hibiscus Festival - Queens Research Topic, Friday, 19 August 2011, 6.30pm, Hibiscus Marquee, Albert Park, Suva;
  • 2011 Fiji Hibiscus Festival - Body Building Competition, Friday, 19 August 2011, 7pm, Albert Park, Suva;
  • Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Deans Trophy Finals, Saturday, 20 August 2011, starting 8am, tfl National Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • National Karate Championship, Saturday, 20 August 2011, from 8.30am, Yat Sen School Hall, Flagstaff, Suva;
  • 2011 Bank South Pacific Farebrother-Sullivan Rugby Cup Challenge, Saturday, 20 August, challenge by Nadi;
  • 2011 Kaila Star Search - Finals, Saturday, 20 August 2011, 5.30pm, Albert Park, Suva;
  • 2011 Fiji Hibiscus Festival - Teens Talent Show & Kings Public Judging, Saturday, 20 August 2011, 6.30pm, Hibiscus Marquee, Albert Park, Suva;
  • 2011 Fiji Hibiscus Festival - Body Building Competition, Saturday, 20 August 2011, 7pm, Main Stage Albert Park, Suva;
  • 2011 Fiji Hibiscus Festival - Inter-Denominational Sing Along, Sunday, 21 August 2011, 6pm, Main Stage Albert Park, Suva;
  • 2011 Fiji Hibiscus Festival - Ladies Talent Show & Traditionally Inspired Costume, Sunday, 21 August 2011, 6.30pm, Main Stage Albert Park, Suva;
  • 2011 Fiji Hibiscus Festival - Teens Fantasy Attire, Monday, 22 August 2011, 6.30pm, Main stage Albert Park, Suva;
  • 2011 Fiji Hibiscus Festival - Queen’s Talent Show, Monday, 22 August 2011, 6.30pm, Hibiscus Marquee, Albert Park, Suva;
  • 2011 Fiji Hibiscus Festival - Asian Nite, Monday, 22 August 2011, 7.30pm, Main stage Albert Park, Suva;
  • 2011 Fiji Hibiscus Festival - Fiji Has Talent Final, Tuesday, 23 August 2011, Albert Park, Suva;
  • 2011 Fiji Hibiscus Festival - Queen’s 1st Public Judging, Tuesday, 23 August 2011, 6.30pm, Hibiscus Marquee, Albert Park;
  • 2011 Fiji Hibiscus Festival - Youth Night, Tuesday, 23 August 2011, 7pm, Main Stage Albert Park;
  • 19km Fiji Swim relay, Thursday, 25 August 2011, starting from the beach at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on Denarau Island and finishing at Beachcomber Island, Fiji;
  • 2.7km Fiji Swim, Saturday, 27 August 2011, at Beachcomber Island, Off Nadi, Fiji;
  • 2011 Pacific Games, from Saturday, 27 August, to Saturday, 10 September 2011, Noumea, New Caledonia;
  • Sulu and Jaba Competition organised by the Fiji Fashion Week 2011 - Live Judging onf Entries, Saturday, 17 September 2011, at Level 4 Tappoo City, Suva, Fiji;
  • Children's School Holiday Program organised by the Fiji Museum, from Tuesday, 30 August, to Friday, 2 September 2011, 9.30am to 12.30pm on each day, Fiji Museum Verandah, Thurston Gardens, Suva;
  • 2011 Rugby World Cup - Fiji vs Namibia, Saturday, 10 September 2011, Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua, New Zealand;
  • 2011 Rugby World Cup - Fiji vs South Africa, Saturday, 17 September 2011, Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand;
  • 2011 Rugby World Cup - Fiji vs Samoa, Sunday, 25 September 2011, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand;
  • World Supermodel Pageant, from Sunday, 25 September, to Saturday, 1 October 2011, Amunuca Island Resort & Spa, Fiji;
  • 2011 Rugby World Cup - Fiji vs Wales, Sunday, 2 October 2011, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand;
  • Fiji Outrigger Event - V6 Marathon #4, Saturday, 8 October 2011, Savusavu;
  • Fiji National University Film and Music Festival, from Wednesday, 19 October, to Saturday, 22 October 2011, Fiji National University's Nasinu and Raiwai Campuses, Suva;
  • Fiji Outrigger Event - V6 Marathon #5, Saturday, 22 October 2011, Vuda;
  • 2011 Fiji Ocean Swim Series - 1km/2.5km/10km, Saturday, 29 October, and Sunday, 30 October, Plantation Island;
  • Fiji Outrigger Event - V1 Uprising Challenge, Saturday, 12 November 2011;
  • Namotu World Paddle Challenge, from Sunday, 13 November, to Friday, 18 November 2011, from Natadola Beach to Namotu Island Resort;
  • Fiji Outrigger Event - Fiji Outrigger Awards Night, Saturday, 19 November 2011;
  • Fiji Outrigger Event - V6 Uprising Challenge, Saturday, 3 December 2011;
Recurring Events:

  • Small boat cruises, daily, Nabukalou Creek, Suva; Harbour Cruises around Suva Harbour and to Nukulau Island;
  • Fiji Arts Council Art Gallery opens daily, including Saturdays, Procera House, opposite RB Patel, Waimanu Road, Suva;
  • Fiji Museum displays, daily at The Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Oceania Centre Gallery, opens daily, at the Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Bridge night, every Monday nights, from 6.30 to 9.30pm, The Fiji Club, 1 Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • The ROC Market, every third Sunday of the month, outside Dolphins Foodcourt, FNPF Plaza, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Sunday English Church Services, 9am, Calvary Temple, Samabula, Suva.
Listing of events is free, however, we charge a small fee for advertising products and services on the blog.

Call us on the telephone numbers (679) 3342719 or (679) 9921427, or email info@gilbert.com.fj.


Children's School Holiday Program - Fiji Museum

The Fiji Museum is organising a Children's School Holiday Program from Tuesday, 30 August, to Friday, 2 September 2011 at the Fiji Museum Verandah, Thurston Gardens, Suva.  The activities include :
  • Tuesday, 30 August, and Wednesday, 31 August, 9.30am to 12.30pm - Drawing Competitions with prizes given by Dr Kamal Kishor Mishra, Director for Indian Cultural Centre, Indian High Commission.  Light refreshments will be provided on these days.
  • Thursday, 1 September, and Friday, 2 September, 9.30am to 12.30pm - Pottery-making Workshop.
Entry fees are F$10.00 per person for 4 days.  For more information, pls call Mrs Prakashni Sharma on telephones (679) 3315944 or (679) 3315043 or email pasi00045@hotmail.com or sagale@hotmail.com.

Sulu and Jaba Competition

Fiji Fashion Week 2011 is holding a Sulu and Jaba Competition to celebrate the unique attire of Fiji women. Register your entry by Friday, 9 September 2011. Live judging will be held on Saturday, 17 September 2011, at Level 4 Tappoo City, Suva, Fiji. Prizes will be awarded.  Judging criteria include : creativity and uniqueness, choice of material, construction and finish, and overall look with accessories.  For more information, pls call telephones (679) 3301201 or email info@fijifashionweek.com.fj.

Fiji Secondary Schools Soccer Championship

The Fiji Secondary Schools Soccer Championship is on today, 19 August, and Saturday. 20 August 2011, at Ratu Cakobau Park and Saraswati Primary School grounds, Nausori, near Suva.  Competition starts at 8am on both days.

18 August, 2011

2011 Pacific Games starts 27 August in Noumea, New Caledonia

The 2011 Pacific Games will be held from Saturday, 27 August, to Saturday, 10 September at Noumea, New Caledonia. Check out this link for the Schedule of Events, http://ultraviewdirectory.com/Sports/pacific-games-schedule.php.

Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Deans Trophy Finals this week

Remember to check out the Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Deans Trophy Finals which will held on Saturday, 20 August 2011 at the tfl National Stadium, Suva. This year sees a new format where the Under 18 teams will play for the Deans Trophy. Teams to play in the are Ratu Navula Secondary School and Queen Victoria School.

2011 Fiji Hibiscus Festival - Program for Tuesday, 23 August

The Fiji Hibiscus Festival starts this weekend in Suva, Fiji. Program for Tuesday, 23 August 2011 includes :
  • Fiji Has Talent Final;
  • Queen’s 1st Public Judging, 6.30pm, Hibiscus Marquee, Albert Park; and
  • Youth Night, 7pm, Main Stage Albert Park.

2011 Fiji Hibiscus Festival - Program for Monday, 22 August

The Fiji Hibiscus Festival starts this week in Suva, Fiji. Program for Monday, 22 August 2011 includes :
  • Teens Fantasy Attire, 6.30pm, Main stage Albert Park;
  • Queen’s Talent Show, 6.30pm, Hibiscus Marquee, Albert Park; and
  • Asian Nite, 7.30pm, Main stage Albert Park.

2011 Fiji Hibiscus Festival - Program for Sunday, 21 August

The Fiji Hibiscus Festival starts this weekend in Suva, Fiji. Activities scheduled for Sunday, 21 August include :
  • 6pm, Inter- Denominational Sing Along, Main Stage Albert Park; and
  • 6.30pm, Ladies Talent Show & Traditionally Inspired Costume, Main Stage Albert Park.

2011 Fiji Hibiscus Festival starts this weekend

The 2011 Fiji Hibiscus Festival starts this weekend in Suva, Fiji. Activities scheduled this weekend include :
  • Friday, 19 August, 6.30pm, Queens Research Topic, Hibiscus Marquee, Albert Park;
  • Friday, 19 August, 7pm, Body Building Competition, Albert Park;
  • Saturday, 20 August, Kaila Star Search Final;
  • Saturday, 20 August, 6.30pm, Teens Talent Show & Kings Public Judging, Hibiscus Marquee, Albert Park; and
  • Saturday, 20 August, 7pm, Body Building Competition, Main Stage Albert Park.

2011 Tadra Kahani on today and tomorrow

Remember to check out the 2011 Tadra Kahani at the Vodafone Arena in Suva on evenings of Thursday, 18 August, and Friday, 19 August.   

Karate Fiji National Championship supported by Crest Chicken

What: National Karate Championship When: Saturday 20th August Venue: Yat Sen School Hall Time: From 8:30am More than 100 Karate Fiji athletes (including those participating in the Pacific Games) and 6 dojos (Tavua Karate, Karate Lautoka, Lautoka Shotokan, Karate Nadi, Abba Nadi, and China Club). Supported by: Crest Chicken.

15 August, 2011

Namotu World Paddle Challenge

The Namotu World Paddle Challenge will be held from Sunday, 13 November, to Friday, 18 November 2011 from Natadola Beach to Namotu Island Resort.

The Namotu World Paddle Challenge will not only be one of the most progressive and dynamic racing events in the history of the sport, featuring both long distance and surf sprint formats, but will also be an exciting celebration of the growth and diversity of Stand Up Paddling, one of the world's fastest growing sports.

Events planned include :


  • A youth clinic for the underprivileged youth in Fiji to experience Ocean Sports leading to the culturally driven Opening Ceremony at the InterContinental Resort
  • 19 mile downwinder from the InterContinental Hotel at Natadola Beach to Namotu Island Resort: following one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, the steady tradewinds and ideal orientation of the reef will make this one of the most beautiful downwind courses to date, not to mention the beautiful landmarks along the way, such as the infamous Cloudbreak reef
  • The Namotu Surf Slalom will be a dynamic and exciting short course that will go in and out of the surf in front of the beautiful Namotu Island Resort providing both thrills and spills for the crowd, the media and the athletes themselves
  • The Cloudbreak Surf Exhibition will showcase the magic that Fiji has to offer in the surf, as top athletes such as World Champion Kai Lenny, legends Dave Kalama and Robby Naish and Jamie Mitchell to mention just a few will take on one of the most beautiful waves in the world
  • The Musket Cove Fun Day: after all the intense action and competition, the final day of the event will be for all the family, with fun races and relays and a party atmosphere for the closing of this spectacular event.
For more information, pls visit www.watermanleague.com.

14 August, 2011

We are on Facebook

Check out and "Like" our Facebook Page on this link www.facebook.com/promotingsuva.

Inaugural Pacific Regional TVET Community & NFE Symposium

The University of the South Pacific will host the Inaugural Pacific Regional TVET Community & NFE Symposium from Tuesday, 29 November, to Thursday, 1 December 2011, at USP, Suva. For more info, participation or to submit papers, call Viliame Rabici on telephone (679) 3231359 or email rabici_v@usp.ac.fj.

Islands & Small States Tourism Conference : Current Issues and Future Challenges

The University of the South Pacific will host the "Islands & Small States Tourism Conference : Current Issues and Future Challenges" from Wednesday, 14 September, to Friday, 16 September 2011, at USP, Laucala Bay, Suva. For more info, call Dr Stephen Pratt on telephone (679) 3232815 or email pratt_s@usp.ac.fj.

2011 USP 3 Minute Thesis Competition

The University of the South Pacific (USP) will hold its annual 3 Minute Thesis Competition on Wednesday, 17 August 2011, from 5pm to 8pm at the AusAid Performance Space, USP, Laucala Bay, Suva. The event sees 9 postgraduate research students present compelling orations of their original research in 3 minutes using a single slide. For more info, pls call Shaiza Janif on (679) 3232403 or email janif_s@usp.ac.fj.

Friendly International Soccer Matches

Friendly International Soccer Matches will be held on :
  • Tuesday, 16 August 2011, 4pm Fiji vs Samoa (Women) at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori;
  • Tuesday, 16 August 2011, 6pm, Fiji vs Samoa (Men) at Ratu Cakobau Park;
  • Thursday, 18 August 2011, 2pm, Fiji vs Samoa (Women) at the tfl National Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Thursday, 18 August 2011, 4pm, Fiji vs Samoa (men) at the tfl National Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Saturday, 21 August 2011, 3pm, Fiji U23 vs Tuvalu at the tfl National Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva; and
  • Sunday, 22 August 2011, 3pm, Samoa vs Tuvalu (Men) at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori.

Second Fiji vs Tonga Rugby Test Match

The second Fiji vs Tonga rugby test match will be held on Friday, 19 August 2011, starting 4.30pm at Churchill Park, Lautoka, Fiji. This is part of two home-and-away test matches between the two countries. Tickets available at E-Pay kiosks at Lautoka Market, Nadi Market and Suva's Victoria Parade.

10 August, 2011

Fiji vs Tonga Rugby Test

Fiji meets Tonga in a rugby test match on Saturday, 13 August 2011, starting 3.30pm at Churchill Park, Lautoka, Fiji.  This is part of two home-and-away test matches between the two countries.

Old Skool Dance Competition

An Old Skool Dance Competition will be held on Saturday, 13 August 2011, from 6.30pm at The Fiji Museum.  Dress Code : Yesteryear.  Competition Entry Fee is F$50.00 per couple while Admission Fee is F$10.00 per person.  Prizes include :
  • 1st Prize - 2 nights at Sonaisali Resort for 2 people;
  • 2nd Prize - 1 night at Mango Bay Resort for 2 people;
  • 3rd Prize - 2 nights at Tubakula Beach Resort for 2 people; and
  • Crowd Favourite - 1 night at Novotel Suva for 2 people.
For more information, pls call Elenoa on telephones (679) 3312633 or (679) 9907044 or email ElenoaD@wgfiji.com.fj.

05 August, 2011

Photographic Exhibit on Climate Change - Fiji Museum

A photographic exhibit on climate change will be held on Friday, 19 August 2011, from 8am to 11am, at the Fiji Museum Temporary Exhibition Space and Art Gallery, Suva.  The exhibition aims to put a youthful Pacific face to the show before it is taken to Durban, South Africa where global talks on climate change will be held.

Suva Activities, Events and Accommodation (Updated 5.8.11)


The following events are scheduled for Suva:

One-off Events:

  • Rent a home for short stays and use it as your base to explore the rest of Fiji. The home is a split level 3 bedroom residence with fencing and gate. It is newly renovated and tastefully furnished. Check out the photos of the home by searching for "Photos of Suva Short Stay Accommodation" on this blog. Discounts can be given for stays over 2 weeks. To enquire further, pls email info@gilbert.com.fj or call telephones (679) 3342719 or (679) 9921427;
  • Open Day of the University of the South Pacific, Friday, 5 August 2011, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus, Suva;
  • 2011 Bank South Pacific Farebrother-Sullivan Rugby Cup Challenge, Saturday, 6 August, challenge by Naitasiri;
  • 2011 Kaila Star Search - Semi Finals, Saturday, 6 August 2011, 5.30pm, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Laughing Samoans" Fiji Tour, Wednesday, 10 August, starting 6.30pm, Sheraton Fiji Ballroom, Denarau Island, Nadi;
  • 2011 Battle of the Giants (Soccer) Tournament, from Thursday, 11 August, to Sunday, 14 August 2011, Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori;
  • "Laughing Samoans" Fiji Tour, Thursday, 11 August, starting 6.30pm, Vodafone Arena, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • "Laughing Samoans" Fiji Tour, Friday, 12 August, starting 6.30pm, Vodafone Arena, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • 2011 Tadra Kahani, on Thursday, 18 August, and Friday, 19 August 2011, Vodafone Arena, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • 2011 Fiji Hibiscus Festival will be held from Friday, 19 August, to Saturday, 27 August 2011, at Albert Park, Suva;
  • 2011 Bank South Pacific Farebrother-Sullivan Rugby Cup Challenge, Saturday, 20 August, challenge by Nadi;
  • 2011 Kaila Star Search - Finals, Saturday, 20 August 2011, 5.30pm, Albert Park;
  • 19km Fiji Swim relay, Thursday, 25 August 2011, starting from the beach at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on Denarau Island and finishing at Beachcomber Island, Fiji;
  • 2.7km Fiji Swim, Saturday, 27 August 2011, at Beachcomber Island, Off Nadi, Fiji;
  • 2011 Fiji Ocean Swim Series - 1km/2.5km/5km, Saturday, 6 August 2011, Yasawa;
  • Pacific Oceania Tennis Junior Championships, from Monday, 8 August, to Friday, 12 August 2011, RTC, Lautoka, Fiji;
  • Nomura Cup 2011 organised by the Asia Pacific Golf Federation Team Championship (APGC), from 16 to 19 August 2011, Denarau and Natadola Golf Courses;
  • 2011 Rugby World Cup - Fiji vs Namibia, Saturday, 10 September 2011, Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua, New Zealand;
  • 2011 Rugby World Cup - Fiji vs South Africa, Saturday, 17 September 2011, Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand;
  • 2011 Rugby World Cup - Fiji vs Samoa, Sunday, 25 September 2011, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand;
  • World Supermodel Pageant, from Sunday, 25 September, to Saturday, 1 October 2011, Amunuca Island Resort & Spa, Fiji;
  • 2011 Rugby World Cup - Fiji vs Wales, Sunday, 2 October 2011, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand;
  • Fiji Outrigger Event - V6 Marathon #4, Saturday, 8 October 2011, Savusavu;
  • Fiji National University Film and Music Festival, from Wednesday, 19 October, to Saturday, 22 October 2011, Fiji National University's Nasinu and Raiwai Campuses, Suva;
  • Fiji Outrigger Event - V6 Marathon #5, Saturday, 22 October 2011, Vuda;
  • 2011 Fiji Ocean Swim Series - 1km/2.5km/10km, Saturday, 29 October, and Sunday, 30 October, Plantation Island;
  • Fiji Outrigger Event - V1 Uprising Challenge, Saturday, 12 November 2011;
  • Fiji Outrigger Event - Fiji Outrigger Awards Night, Saturday, 19 November 2011;
  • Fiji Outrigger Event - V6 Uprising Challenge, Saturday, 3 December 2011;
Recurring Events:

  • Small boat cruises, daily, Nabukalou Creek, Suva; Harbour Cruises around Suva Harbour and to Nukulau Island;
  • Fiji Arts Council Art Gallery opens daily, including Saturdays, Procera House, opposite RB Patel, Waimanu Road, Suva;
  • Fiji Museum displays, daily at The Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Oceania Centre Gallery, opens daily, at the Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Bridge night, every Monday nights, from 6.30 to 9.30pm, The Fiji Club, 1 Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • The ROC Market, every third Sunday of the month, outside Dolphins Foodcourt, FNPF Plaza, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Sunday English Church Services, 9am, Calvary Temple, Samabula, Suva.
Listing of events is free, however, we charge a small fee for advertising products and services on the blog.

Call us on the telephone numbers (679) 3342719 or (679) 9921427, or email info@gilbert.com.fj.

2011 Battle of the Giants Tournament - Draws

The draws for the 2011 Battle of the Giants Soccer Tournament which will be held from Thursday, 11 August, to Sunday, 14 August 2011, at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori, is as follows :


Thursday, 11 August
  • 4.30pm, Official Opening;
  • 5.30pm, Suva vs Nadi;
  • 6.45pm, Navua vs Savusavu;
  • 8pm, Nadroga vs Labasa;
  • 9.15pm, Rewa vs Ba;
Friday, 12 August


  • 1pm, Savusavu vs Tavua;
  • 2.15pm, Lautoka vs Nadroga;
  • 3.30pm, Fiji Women vs. South Women;
  • 4.45pm, Suva vs Navua;
  • 6pm, Nadi vs Tavua;
  • 7.15pm, Ba vs Lautoka;
  • 8.30pm, Labasa vs Rewa;
Saturday, 13 August


  • 10am, West Women-Fiji Women;
  • 11.15pm, Suva vs Savusavu;
  • 12.30pm, Rewa vs Nadroga;
  • 2pm, West Women vs. South Women;
  • 3.15pm, Navua vs Tavua;
  • 4.30pm, Savusavu vs Nadi;
  • 5.45pm, Rewa vs Lautoka;
  • 7pm, Labasa vs Ba;
Sunday, 14 August


  • 8.30am, Semi Final 1 : WP1 vs R/Up P2;
  • 10am, Semi Final 2 : WP2 vs R/Up P1;
  • 3pm, Final;
  • 4.30pm, Presentation.