Kioa Island Fiji
 
Kioa Island Fiji
 
 
 
 

Kioa Island Fiji

The traditions and customs of Kioa Island are quite unique. The distinct Polynesian culture of Tuvalu is still preserved while complemented by the Melanesian culture of their present country, Fiji.

Kioa Island Fiji

Ships are often greeted by a canoe flotila with men and women serenading the visitors arriving. This ceremonial tradition is a representation of past warriors greeting the navigators returning from searching the waters of the Pacific. Once upon land, guests are garlanded with a fou, flower head dressing. The flowers represent the beauty of the land and the women welcome the visitor with joy and gratitude.

Kioa Island Fiji

During a visit there will likely be a feast, fakala, to celebrate a guest, birthday, wedding, or historic event in addition to a ceremony of traditional dance, fatele. The history of Tuvalu and Kioa is recorded in song and passed from generation to generation through singing and dancing. The beat is contagious and guests always join in.

Kioa Island Fiji

The Melanesian welcome presentation of yaqona, feiloaiga, is the same in Kioa as with visiting other villages in Fiji. The presentation of kava is a formal gesture of respect in approaching the island. Guests are also encouraged to dress modestly, remain covered with a sulu, and refrain from wearing sunglasses and hats indoors. Respect for customs and traditions not only increases integration into the community, but adds an authentic dimension to the island visit.

Kioa Island Fiji