Let’s Go Local: Fiji Hideaway Resort For The Yees

"Two of my daughters were married there, with the eldest one renewing her wedding vows also."
14 May 2021 15:23
Let’s Go Local: Fiji Hideaway Resort For The Yees
Aerial view of Fiji Hideaway Resort and Spa beachfront villas in Coral Coast.

Norman Hok Yok Yee spent 46 years in civil aviation beginning as a trainee radio technician.

Mr Yee retired in 2007 as the chief executive of the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji ( CAAF), the regulator of civil aviation activities in Fiji.

“During that time, I had been involved in many firsts for Fiji, such as the introduction of GPS in all our domestic aircraft with the help of the USA Federal Aviation Agency.

“This enabled pilots to fly directly to any airport in Fiji.

“With the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), I was a member of a group involved in the introduction of new technologies using satellites which made aviation safer and more efficient worldwide.

“Through business conferences I have been to a number of overseas countries and have visited a number of domestic airports around Fiji.”

In mid – career, he said he had some incredible spiritual experiences where God intervened dramatically and changed his whole outlook on life.

“I am married to Janney, a former ANZ bank officer, she is one of the sweetest and caring ladies one can find.

“We have seven children, five girls and two boys. “Four of the girls are in Sydney and the boys are in Fiji.

“Four are married and we have four grandchilren.”

“All the above details are in my memoir titled ‘Catching the Wind,’ which I wrote upon my retirement.”

Retirement has also enabled Mr Yee to hone in his cooking abilities, with his wife complaining that the meals are too good to eat.

“I love drawing and painting and have won several art prizes.

“Most of all, my favourite pastime apart from reading and listening to Gospel music is repeatedly watching Fiji’s Rugby 7s from my DVDs.”

What is the one place in Fiji you would take visitors to, and why?

My favorite spot is the Fiji Hideaway Resort and Spa on the Coral Coast.

It is a quiet place to be with family and to recharge one’s batteries.

Two of my daughters were married there, with the eldest one renewing her wedding vows also.

I also celebrated my 70th birthday there with my family.

What is your favourite place for coffee/pie, and why?

Just down the road from Martintar Nadi is Cardo’s on Port Denarau.

It is tranquil and so peaceful watching the boats berthing at the pier and cruise ships boarding tourists to the Yasawas.

What is your favourite backyard spot, and why?

My favourites are the Hot Bread Kitchen for pies and Best Fish and Chips Fastfood at Waimalika, Nadi, and not forgetting the sumptuous palau at Waseem’s Fast Food at Lomolomo.

What is one place in Fiji that remains on your bucket list, and why?

The underwater caves at Yasawas that my wife has been to, or a hike up Abaca at the Sleeping Giant Mountain part of which I can see through my upstairs window. It’s so tantalising.


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