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‘Kanalevu Kitchen For My Brother From Another Mother’

You can’t have happiness if you a re not successful, says 39 -year old Whanganui chef, Josua Rasolo. “And you cannot be successful without good leadership,” he adds. “The three
22 Jun 2022 16:46
‘Kanalevu Kitchen For My Brother From Another Mother’
Owners of Kanalevu Kitchen in Suva are in for a surprise when New Zealand based chef, Josua Rasolo, visits good friends Frank (left) and Vui Saketa (second from right), on his next trip to Fiji.

You can’t have happiness if you a re not successful, says 39 -year old Whanganui chef, Josua Rasolo.

“And you cannot be successful without good leadership,” he adds.

“The three come as a package.”

 

Josh, as he is better known, was raised on the principle that there was no substitute for hard work.

“We must always heed the advice of our parents,” the former Natabua High School student said.

“Dreams are free.”

“But the future is built on dreams, if you work hard for it.”

 

Domestic Tourism
Josh has not been back to Fiji for the past seven years.

But when he does, the Vanuabalavu native who is chasing his dreams in North Island, New Zealand, will attend to a long list of things to do.

“I have been away for so long, I don’t even know how the domestic industry is doing,” he said yesterday.

 

“I do know it took a big hit during COVID-19, like everything else in Fiji.”

“But Fiji has always been unique when it comes to tourism, and many may say it’s the place or it’s the food.”

“To me, it’s the people that make Fiji tourism so unique.”

 

The People
Domestic travel must be made affordable for people to travel, he said.

The global state of fuel prices may put a spanner in the works for a while where that is concerned, he said.

“The fuel prices nowadays make it all the better to push bikes, with lots of weetbix for fuel,” Mr Rasolo said.

 

Owners of Kanalevu Kitchen in Suva are in for a surprise when New Zealand based chef, Josua Rasolo, visits good friends Frank (left) and Vui Saketa (second from right), on his next trip to Fiji.

Josua Rasolo enjoys hanging out at Kanalevu Kitchen.

 

Former Natabua High School student, Josua ‘Josh’ Rasolo, trained as a technician but found his true calling in the culinary sector in New Zealand, where he now works to support his family back in Fiji, while chasing his other dreams.

Former Natabua High School student, Josua ‘Josh’ Rasolo, trained as a technician but found his true calling in the culinary sector in New Zealand, where he now works to support his family back in Fiji, while chasing his other dreams.

A Surprise
Head chef at Jane Winstone Retirement Village, under Ryman Health Care, in the lower North Island, New Zealand, is eager to see his children.

“I really miss my family – especially my three children in Nadi,” Mr Rasolo said.

“As soon as I can get some time off, I will be back home.

 

“First thing I’ll do is see my children, then my mum, and my sister.

“Then I want to take them to my good friends Frank and Vui Saketa’s restaurant in Suva.”

“But it’s all going to be a surprise.”

 

A professional chef for the past 13 years, he worked in several parts of the South Pacific, including Fiji, Niue, the Cook Islands, and on board a diving boat.

 

 

Where In Fiji Would You Take Friends To?
Kanalevu Kitchen.

It is owned by my brother from another mother.

 

An aerial view of Cuvu Beach, in Nadroga.

An aerial view of Cuvu Beach, in Nadroga.

What Is Your Favourite Backyard Spot?
The beach.

Nothing can compare to that.

 

Sawa-I-Lau cave in the Yasawas

Sawa-I-Lau cave in the Yasawas.

What Is One Place In Fiji On Your Bucket List?
The caves in Sawa i Lau, Yasawa.

 

Feedback: frederica.elbourne@fijisun.com.fj



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