SHE is a direct descendant of a Solomon Islander who was among many brought to Fiji either by force or by trickery.
But so far, she has not met any of her relatives in the Solomon Islands, such as other descendants.
Avuna Akeneta, 73, may be one of the few direct descendants of Solomon Islanders alive now, as the majority in Fiji are third generation descendants.
Like other Solomon Islanders, her father was also brought to Fiji to work in the sugarcane fields during the labour trade or the blackbirding era.
But some of them were also reportedly involved in the construction of the old Queens Rd and Suva City.
And like the majority of them, her father also opted to stay behind in Fiji after what was said to be the end of their contract.
However, apart from the Solomon Islanders, people from New Hebrides, now known as Vanuatu, were also brought to Fiji during the labour trade.
Only men were "recruited" either by being forcefully taken or tricked into boarding the ships transporting labourers to various countries.
Apart from our fellow Melanesians, people from other Pacific Island countries were also recruited during the blackbirding era.
The South Sea Islanders were not only brought to Fiji but they were also taken to Queensland in Australia and to Peru.
Most of their descendants are living in various parts of Fiji, including Vanua Levu and Ovalau, and they are also known to be in Australia.
However, for Solomon descendants such as Ms Akeneta, Fiji is now their home although they have blood links tracing back to the Solomon Islands.
Ms Akeneta's father Timoci Dogai was brought to Fiji from Ata in Malaita, where most of the Solomon Islanders were taken from.
Her father married her mother Lusiana Lewasewa, whose father was from the Solomon Islands and mother from Serua.
It is through this link that she is related to some descendants living at Waidradra settlement outside Navua Town, especially Reverend Demesi Sitei.
Ms Akeneta is Mr Sitei's aunt, as her father Timoci Dogai was his grandfather.
About 70 families of Solomon descendants live on 41 acres of freehold land bought for them at Waidradra by the Anglican Church in 1984.
"From the stories told by my father, I know that he and other people were forcefully brought to Fiji as labourers," she said.
"They were brought here to work in the sugarcane fields and they were also involved in the construction of the old Queens Rd.
"I know that before moving here to Waidradra, my father and other Solomon Islanders lived at Waimate, where the Uprising Resort is now."
Ms Akeneta said her father told her when she was young that he also helped in building the road linking the two cities now.
Asked if she ever thought of her relatives in the Solomon Islands, she said: "I know that I have relatives in Malaita.
"Definitely my father's siblings and their children and grandchildren are still at Ata in Malaita.
"I've always wanted to trace my roots back to the Solomon Islands but finance has been a problem all along and now my old age."
Ms Akeneta said she would be very happy to meet relatives from her father's side who may still be living in Malaita or elsewhere.
"Every time I think about it, that's about my father's family members in the Solomon Islands and that he never met them again after coming to Fiji.
"I've always had the thought of going there to meet them but I'm too old now to go and trace my roots."
She is the youngest in a family of four brothers and two sisters.
Her siblings have died and she's the sole survivor in her family.
However, Mr Sitei, who is the chief priest at the Anglican Church in Waidradra said he was interested in tracing his roots.
But like many others who are interested in venturing out on the trip, he is also facing financial problems as the costs are expected to be high.
As part of the trip on tracing the descendants of Solomon Islanders brought to Fiji during the blackbirding era, this newspaper has visited some settlements of the descendants in Viti Levu.
The stories revealed at all the settlements are mostly the same, with tales of how their forefathers ended up in Fiji and how inter-marriages have seen their descendants blending in well with the iTaukei population.
In most of the settlements visited, the descendants are either second or third generations, with the majority of them having their roots in Malaita.
Some of them have good jobs while others are struggling and some have made their lives by farming vegetables, root crops and yaqona.
Although there is no exact figure on how many Solomon descendants live in the country, the number is believed to be quite high.
Like their forefathers, those living in farming areas believe in toiling the land and doing hard work to earn a decent living for themselves and their families.