Fiji Time: 9:31 AM on Tuesday 27 January

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

New owner welcomed

Margaret Wise
Thursday, February 06, 2014

FIJIANS are naturally hospitable and this gift resonated deeply in a traditional ceremony yesterday in which landowners embraced the new owners of Castaway Island Resort as one of their own.

In an emotional event at Solevu Village on Malolo Island, Tui Lawa Ratu Sevanaia Vatunitu Lalabalavu welcomed 80-year-old Dr Richard Kelley in a ritual usually reserved for chiefs.

Dr Kelley and his son Charles were part of an entourage from Hawaii-based Outrigger Enterprises — a family-owned and -operated company — that last week took over the popular Mamanuca property.

"You are part of our community, you are part of our chiefly family," the Tui Lawa's herald told Mr Kelley.

"The chief and the people welcome you."

The first meeting of these two major stakeholders was a bittersweet one, as also in attendance was former owner Geoffrey Shaw, whose popularity in the industry is no secret.

The Tui Lawa said he hoped his great working relationship with Mr Shaw would continue.

Mr Shaw informed the landowners he was not severing ties as he would remain as a consultant for the next five years.

Dr Kelley's said Outrigger Enterprises was a family-owned company and shared the values espoused by Mr Shaw.

He said growing up in the Pacific, his family had a deep appreciation for indigenous traditions and culture.

Outrigger Enterprises has also bought Mr Shaw's majority stake in the Coral Coast-based Outrigger on the Lagoon.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Old market to turn into live fish shop
  2. FRCA terminates officers
  3. Project a success
  4. New-look bus station plans
  5. Spotlight on shipping company
  6. Bus operators clarify student fares
  7. $18m arrears
  8. Four in custody
  9. School to provide the best
  10. PAC seeks answers

Top Stories this Week

  1. Breaking the silence Wednesday (21 Jan)
  2. No payout for police Wednesday (21 Jan)
  3. 'No money' in 2004 Wednesday (21 Jan)
  4. Opposition challenges PM to walk the talk Friday (23 Jan)
  5. Disappointment at late posting of graduate teachers Wednesday (21 Jan)
  6. Ten days time Thursday (22 Jan)
  7. Ba retains title Monday (26 Jan)
  8. Things you didn't know about Kuridrani Monday (26 Jan)
  9. PM's apology to Fiji Saturday (24 Jan)
  10. Best for our players Wednesday (21 Jan)