Naua Fijiian Family 2004

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One of the reasons I was so thrilled to be travelling to Fiji on Sequoia in 2004 was knowing I would be able to once again reunite with the Fijian family our Canadian family had known so many years previously.  It was interesting to meet everyone and their extended families, and to be treated as an honoured guest.

A 1961 photo Waisle had kept, which was taken in Duncan, BC, Canada. Top: Cecil Carr, Waisle Naua, Hilda Carr, Waisale's friend, Bottom: Peter Holden, Joe Carr
1961
Waisle Naua (top center right), his wife Lavinia  (top right), sons: ??, Tabu, Epeli (seated L to R)), village chief (her brother - top left), sister (kneeling left), grandfather (top center left), and other extended family
1975
Standing: Iniasi Naua, Joe Carr, Epeli Naua, Seated: unknown, Waisle Naua, Benijamini Naua
2004

How we connected - A friend of Epeli Naua (living in the USA) found his name mentioned on my 1975 Fijian Family web page, since my JoeTourist website is in all the search engines.  Epeli and his wife Rebecca called me in 2003 - what a pleasant surprise after all those years of having lost touch with the Naua family.  A year later when my trip to New Zealand and Fiji aboard Sequoa was arranged, we re-established our connection just a few days before I left.

Epeli is the youngest son of Waisle Naua, who my family had met way back in the 1960's when he was a seaman on the freighter Lakemba.  Waisle's wife's name is Lavinia.  Their other sons are Iniasi (oldest son), and Tabu (middle son).  Iniasi and his family live in the original family home in the Raiwai district of Suva.  Tabu and his family live on the island of Moce, in the Eastern Lau Group of the Fiji Islands and follow the traditional Fijiian way of life. Epeli and his family live in the Kinoya district of Suva.

Read the story and see the photos of my 1975 reunion in Suva with the Nauas.

Epeli Naua with his two sons Josefa & Benijamini
Epeli Naua with his two sons Josefa & Benijamini
Rebecca Naua (Epeli's wife) and their daughter Talei
Rebecca Naua (Epeli's wife) and their daughter Talei
A 1961 photo Waisle had kept, which was taken in Duncan, BC, Canada. Top: Cecil Carr, Waisle Naua, Hilda Carr, Waisale's friend, Bottom: Peter Holden, Joe Carr
A 1961 photo Waisle had kept, which was taken in Duncan, BC, Canada.
Top: Cecil Carr, Waisle Naua, Hilda Carr, Waisle's friend, Bottom: Peter Holden, Joe Carr
Joe Carr and Waisle Naua
Joe Carr and Waisle Naua
Standing: Iniasi Naua, Joe Carr, Epeli Naua, Seated: unknown, Waisle Naua, Benijamini Naua
Standing: Iniasi Naua, Joe Carr, Epeli Naua, Seated: unknown, Waisle Naua, Benijamini Naua
Lavinia Naua (blue dress), her sister (black dress), and Lavinia's grandchildren
Lavinia Naua (blue dress), her sister (black dress), and Lavinia's grandchildren


On my first visit May 14, 2004, Epeli picked me up in Suva and we had a visit while the family celebrated a 16 year old's birthday with a traditional ground oven feast.  The second visit on May 17th was the day of my departure from Suva (back to Auckland), however we manage to have lunch at Epeli's house, and have a chance for another meeting.  We exchange gifts: Waisle gives me a beautiful yangona bowl he carved. I reciprocate with gifts made by Joe Wilson, a BC Native carver.

It was wonderful to meet everyone again in Suva, and I hope to travel back to Fiji again so I can spend more time touring this wonderful country.  Of course, meeting my Fijiian family will also be a highlight of future trips.

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