The Hawaii author updates the Fiji guide
October 23 – If you’re interested in visiting Fiji – there are regular flights from Honolulu – you might want to check out Suva: A History & Guide.
If you’re interested in visiting Fiji – there are regular flights from Honolulu – you might want to check out Suva: A History & Guide. Originally published in 1978, the book was recently updated by local author and Honolulu Star Advertiser columnist Robert Kay. Kay co-wrote the original with the late Albert J. Schutz, a linguistics professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa specializing in Polynesian languages.
Schutz had planned to revise the book when he died in 2020.
As a young scholar, Schutz was living in Fiji working on a Fijian dictionary when he contracted dengue fever, forcing him to abandon the rigorous academic project and pursue a less stressful project, a travel guide to the Fijian capital.
Rather than a typical guide, Schutz organized chapters and sections based on the roads named after important figures in Fijian history, such as: B. Verrier Road, named after Dr. Walter Lindsay Isaac Verrier, a medical officer with the British Western Pacific High Commission, researched demographic data in Fiji; or Usher Street, named after Len Usher, a former mayor of Suva and editor of the Fiji Times.
In addition to historical delicacies and city tours, the other chapters provide information about restaurants and cafés, accommodation and art.
The paperback is priced at $15.99 on Amazon.com and is available free to users with a Kindle Unlimited account.
Visit fijiguide.com for more information.
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