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December 15, 2002
While a theater in Fiji shows movies for free ("Showing Free Movies in Fiji: Is He an Ugly American?" Dec. 8), I had to pass on paying $14 for "To End All Wars" at the ArcLight, Hollywood. After spending the entire 2003 entertainment budget of my one-income household on two tickets for Peter Gabriel's concert ($94.50), I couldn't justify having to cheat on my taxes to be able to watch a movie about humanity, dignity and forgiveness. Indeed, the path to salvation is not easy -- nor cheap.
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NEWS
March 17, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
Fiji, an archipelago of islands that covers a million square miles in the South Pacific, is one of those idyllic getaways that beckons with tropical splendor. Now it also beckons with a $1,029 round-trip airfare, including all taxes and fees, from LAX to Nadi on Fiji Airways. The fare is subject to availability and is for travel now through June 11, from July 23 to Dec. 14, and between from Feb. 22 to and March 20, 2015. Info: Fiji Airways . Source: Airfarewatchdog Call Send SMS Add to Skype You'll need Skype Credit Free via Skype
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Supermodel Elle Macpherson and hotelier Jeffrey Soffer are married! The couple tied the knot during an "intimate" wedding in Fiji in July, according to reports. "Jeff and Elle eloped a month ago," a source told People. "They wanted to keep it a secret. " PHOTOS: 50 most beautiful female celebrities Soffer is said to be "low-key" and "likes to do things in private. " Their tropical nuptials diverged from their original plan to get hitched in Aspen this fall, the mag said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
A court ruling issued Wednesday could throw up obstacles to operation of a Kern County groundwater bank that has helped billionaire Stewart Resnick build a nut empire in the southern San Joaquin Valley. In the latest development in a two-decade legal fight, a Sacramento County Superior Court judge found that the state Department of Water Resources didn't properly analyze the environmental impacts of the Kern Water Bank, which is partly controlled by Resnick's Paramount Farms enterprise.
TRAVEL
May 25, 2008
Regarding "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Cares," May 18: I've been to Fiji six times and have found the best places are Matamanoa Island Resort and the Wakaya Club on Wakaya Island. The Cousteau resort asked guests to save water and, thus, did not change the sheets each day. Gertrude Glick Solvang
TRAVEL
September 17, 2006
DORIAN VALLES and her family stopped in Fiji on their way to Australia in December 2003. The only problem? It's hot in Fiji in December -- over 100 degrees every day and humid. So when an afternoon thunderstorm broke and Valles saw this little girl throw up her arms in delight, she snapped a picture with her Olympus C-740. "It was so spontaneous. That is such a childlike thing, to enjoy the moment," said Valles, a competitive figure skating coach in Carlsbad, Calif.
NEWS
February 23, 2013 | By Tracy Brown
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.
WORLD
July 4, 2002 | Reuters
An oil tanker ran aground in stormy seas on a reef near Fiji's popular tourist islands, threatening an ecological disaster if the cargo leaks, the South Pacific nation's navy said Wednesday. A salvage attempt was underway to refloat the Papua New Guinea-registered Great Theresa, which ran onto the reef several hours after it left Fiji's main port of Nadi, Navy Operations Officer Waisale Korowisa said. So far the tanker's cargo, the size of which was unknown, had not leaked, Korowisa said.
SPORTS
June 11, 2000 | From Associated Press
Being an Olympic athlete from Fiji is challenging enough in the best of times. Now, the remote island nation is shaken by a coup and hostage crisis. And Tony Philp, a 30-year-old windsurfer, is left wondering about his country half a world away. Philp has represented Fiji at four Olympics. He's already qualified for the Sydney Games. He dreams of winning his country's first medal in his final Olympics.
TRAVEL
March 9, 2003
We spent six wonderful weeks in Fiji last spring and took a Blue Lagoon cruise ("Casting Away in the South Pacific," Feb. 23). Author Carolyn Rice left out -- or missed out on -- the heart of the cruise. What made our Blue Lagoon cruise so wonderful was the almost instant camaraderie that developed among the passengers, as well as between the passengers and the crew. We would go back in a heartbeat. Fijians are so warm and friendly that their wonderful spirit permeates every minute you spend on board.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Supermodel Elle Macpherson and hotelier Jeffrey Soffer are married! The couple tied the knot during an "intimate" wedding in Fiji in July, according to reports. "Jeff and Elle eloped a month ago," a source told People. "They wanted to keep it a secret. " PHOTOS: 50 most beautiful female celebrities Soffer is said to be "low-key" and "likes to do things in private. " Their tropical nuptials diverged from their original plan to get hitched in Aspen this fall, the mag said.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Goodbye, Air Pacific. Hello, Fiji Airways. The rebranding of Air Pacific took a major step this week when the airline adopted its new name, Fiji Airways, and Fijian symbol. The new name caps an effort by the small airline to recover from several years of record losses during the economic recession. Many of the changes in the 60-year-old airline will be visible in Southern California, where the carrier is expanding from six direct flights a week from Los Angeles International Airport to eight flights during peak travel season in December and January.
NEWS
May 3, 2013 | By Terry Gardner
Bula! On June 19, Air Pacific, the national airline of Fiji, will become Fiji Airways , its name from 1951 to 1970, when it became Air Pacific. Dave Pflieger, chief executive, urged the board of directors to rebrand the airline. “When you hear Air New Zealand, Japan Airlines or American Airlines, you know where it flies,” he said. “We need to be a flying billboard for Fiji and have it set up so people feel like their vacation to Fiji begins on the plane.”  (You can see a bit of the airline's history in a YouTube video linked  here .)
NEWS
February 23, 2013 | By Tracy Brown
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.
NATIONAL
December 13, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
When Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22, stormed into the Clackamas Town Center mall outside Portland, Ore., with an assault rifle, his targets would be random, unconnected, caught in his line of fire. Cindy Ann Yuille was one of them. Yuille, 54, was shot and killed in the Tuesday afternoon attack. She was a mother, a devoted nurse and a Southern California native. In a statement released Wednesday, her family called her "everybody's friend" and "a wonderful person who was very caring and put others first.
NEWS
January 28, 2012
A half dozen singers and dancers from Fiji's Conservancy of Music are performing at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the lively exhibit was drawing healthy crowds and serving the traditional kava, a non-alcoholic drink made from the root of the pepper tree. In Fiji, it¿s used as medicine, and also to mark important occasions, such as weddings, or a new tribal chief.Also, ask about a “tapa, a piece of Fijian artwork. Free samples were being given away at the booth as supplies last.In the meantime, the Conservancy of Music performers were enchanting audiences of 20 to 30 on Saturday afternoon, when the show was at its busiest.The Fiji booth is easy to find, located right next to the show¿s climbing wall.
SPORTS
August 2, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saturdays are becoming a sinkhole for odds-on favorites at Del Mar. A week ago, Silver Charm ran last at 3-10 odds in the San Diego Handicap, and this time it was Fiji's turn to tumble as the 4-year-old filly, at 2-5, finished third in the $300,000 Ramona Handicap. The first two horses to the line in the Ramona were 13-1 and 18-1, respectively.
TRAVEL
April 19, 1992 | JOHN McKINNEY
The flash of a sari on the riverbank, a mynah bird scolding from a treetop, a bullock chewing sugar cane, village children waving and smiling and calling "Bula!" as you pass. . . These are some of the sights you'll see afoot on Fiji's main island, Viti Levu. Trails lead along Fiji's rivers, which are important avenues of trade. Motorized launches, drifting bamboo rafts and strings of punts laden with bananas follow the island's waterways.
NEWS
January 28, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times staff writer
A half dozen singers and dancers from Fiji's Conservancy of Music are performing at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show on Saturday and Sunday.  On Saturday, the lively exhibit was drawing healthy crowds and serving the traditional kava, a non-alcoholic drink made from the root of the pepper tree. In Fiji, it's used as medicine, and also to mark important occasions, such as weddings, or a new tribal chief. Also, ask about a “tapa, a piece of Fijian artwork.
NEWS
January 28, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times staff writer
A half dozen singers and dancers from the Conservancy of Music are performing at the Los Angeles TimesTravel Show show on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the lively exhibit was drawing healthy crowds and serving the traditional kava, a non-alcoholic drink made from the root of the pepper tree. In Fiji, it is used as medicine, and also to mark important occasions, such as wedding, or a new tribal chief.Also, ask about a tapa, a piece of Fijian artwork. Free samples were being given away at the booth as supplies last.The booth is easy to find, located right next to the show's climbing wall.
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