Navigating through the floor of the L.A. Times Travel Show is a mini-cultural exploration of its own. You can stop by the Guam booth and watch traditional dancers perform, or listen to live sanshin music as you pass by the Okinawa booth.
You can also stop by the Fiji booth tucked away by the Xtreme Adventure stage and the rock climbing wall and participate in a cultural activity firsthand. The booth features special guests Joji Ramasima, Jesom Tuikana and Paula Rokotuiveikan Nabuta — dancers and musicians studying at the Conservatorium of Music in Fiji.
Dressed in traditional attire, the three young men were sitting on a woven mat spread out on the floor of the booth around a bowl preparing for a traditional kava ceremony. Kava is the ceremonial drink of Fiji, made from the root of a pepper plant.
They prepared the kava in the booth by straining some kava powder through a cloth and mixing it in a bowl with water, creating a muddy-looking liquid (but don't let that deter you). They asked people who had stopped to observe them to join their circle on the floor and taught the proper steps to participate in the ceremony.