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Double Celebration For Old Capital

The vanua of Levuka united recently to celebrate their UNESCO world heritage listing. The celebration coincided with the town’s weightlifting club celebrations to mark medal-winning performances of its members at
21 Jul 2015 09:35
Double Celebration For Old Capital
Standing from left: Adi Vaciseva Rokotuinaceva (Fiji weight lifting team, Manager), Manueli Tulo, Poama Qaqa, Usaia Delai, Ratu Etonia Seru Rokotunaceva, Adi Vika Rokotunaceva (Main organiser for Soqosoqo Vakamarama, Levuka), Reverend Simione Ravaga (Talatala Qase Methodist Church of Fiji, Lomaiviti), Charlie Lolohea, Samuela Raganitoga, Joe Vueti (coach), Mataiasi Cakutoga, Taniela Tamani, Front kneeling: Seuwaia Malani, Julia Timi, Maria Liku, Ulina Sagone, Eileen Cikamatana. Photo: Manhar Lal

The vanua of Levuka united recently to celebrate their UNESCO world heritage listing. The celebration coincided with the town’s weightlifting club celebrations to mark medal-winning performances of its members at the Pacific  Games in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

The Soqosoqo Vakamarama of Levuka organised the two – day event that was opened by the Permanent Secretary of Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation, Josefa Koroivueta. The event involved 10 villages and residents in the town area.

Levuka’s Nasau Park was abuzz as people shared, celebrated and revitalised their cultural dances, poetry, traditional and modern craftsmanship. Local materials and themes were drawn from their local environment to decorate their respective stalls.

The second day was marked by a sports event for the youth and a tug of war for the women.

The event not only demonstrated the unity of the women, but more so the unity of the traditional leaders in the tikina of Levuka, the elders, men, women and young people in the wider Levuka community.

There are plans for a larger event next year, and residents are eager to share their unique town with the rest of the world.

The second day also marked the traditional welcome or “cere,” of the Jungle Gym weightlifters who were part of the Team Fiji at the recent Pacific Games.

Team Weight-lifting to the Pacific Games consisted of 12 members including the coach and manager. According to the Team manager, Adi Vaciseva, their contribution to the Team Fiji’s success are as follows; four Golds, four Silvers and six Bronze medals.

Their youngest lifter was 15-year old Eileen Cikamatana who won a gold and bronze medal and was also awarded the Best female lifter trophy.

“The team would like to thank their major sponsors not forgetting their families, friends, supporters and the vanua of Levuka,” Adi Vaciseva said.

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