06 September 2015 | Fulaga, Fiji
Bula. We are still in Fulaga. The small community, as many other Fijian villages, have been treating us like old friends and we have had an amazing welcome. A host family, Tara and Jo, have been assigned to take care of us. Last Sunday was Father's Day in Fiji and we all went to the Church service where we met almost all the village people. All the Fathers were dressed in the traditional sulu, coat and tie. They were all very elegant. It was a long service as each Father gave a speech during the service. Unfortunately it was all on Fijian. The singing during the event was powerful. Jerry and I wore the beautiful flower leis that were given to us in Susui Island and we too dressed in our best. Jo, our host, was the most elegant of all of them. After the service we went to our host family house for a feast. We had smoked mullet, fish in coconut sauce, octopus that were as tender as a pudding, lumi, which is a flan like savory dish made out of coconut cream and seaweed, manioc baked wrapped in coconut leaves, made in little bundles that looked like a chinese lantern. We had no idea that we were going to be treated to such an amazing meal. Every time we go to the village we are treated to something special. We also bring them a few things like fresh bread, which is a treat to them, books for Tara who loves to read, and a few other things that they can use. Fulaga is very isolated and the only way to get here is if you have a boat. A permit is also required from the government and from the weather guy. The winds blows from the southeast most all of the time and one has to come from the mainland Fiji where the permit is obtained, and that is not a good direction to sail to Fulaga. Waiting for the weather to allow a good passage can take many weeks. Last week I visited the school where I briefly met the children. I seem to cause too much disruption with my camera and tried not to take too long. I took photos of them and tomorrow I am bringing the prints for them. It will be Sunday here and we also have the Church service and lunch with Tara and Jo's family. The weather has been beautiful until yesterday. Lots of wind and overcast, misty and now raining pretty good. Jerry and I went gathering clams today. We have about 2 dozen of them. That will be for tomorrow's meal. My Aloha to you all and forgive me for the lack of news. No internet here and the SSB radio has been out.