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Retirees share passion for Fiji culture

Serafina Silaitoga
Friday, November 11, 2011

THEY started in 1950 and the Roads Scholar members continue to hold on to their passion to know more about the Fijian culture.

The Roads Scholars mainly consist of retired academics from United States of America who visit our shores five times every year.

In an interview at Daku Resort in Savusavu on Monday night, group leader Lorrie Maland said they visited Samoa, Tonga and Fiji to gain cultural knowledge of the three countries.

"But we have decided to visit Fiji only because it has unique cultural identity and values and we just love the people and the surroundings," she said.

"So every year, we visit Daku Resort five times to learn more about the Fijian culture through visiting Fijian villages.

"We learn to cook Fijian food and prepare a lovo and it has been great visit for us over the past years."

Mrs Maland said her members enjoyed the hospitality of Fijian people in villages.

"We also learn about the sea in Savusavu and attend the Fiji Above and Below the Water course which has been very helpful for most of us.

"This group stays at Daku Resort all the time because they have wonderful programs for us."

The group was set up for retired academics who cannot afford to pay high hotel rates but cheaper travel costs and fantastic surroundings like Daku Resort.


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