During the the school's summer vacation we had some special visitors: our dear friends, John, Sue Ann, and Christina Hathaway. We feel very blessed that we have the type of mission where occasionally we have a little time off. So it was perfect timing and we had a great time showing them some of the best places in Fiji.
We first took a boat to Mana Island Resort in the Mamanuca (ma- ma- new- tha) Islands. Our rooms were very big and nice and had a beautiful view of the beach. (somehow we have no picture of the view, so you will just have to take our word for it.)
Dinner with a view of the ocean.
Mike and John had a friendly bird that would sit on their stomach and eat crackers.
We then headed to Suva and soaked in some of the local culture.
The Fish Market
Fresh Crabs for sale!
We spent the morning at the Suva LDS temple before heading to the other side of the island.
We took King's Highway which is being constructed by the Chinese government. It meanders through a beautiful rainforest. Along the way we saw a sign for the LDS church, so we turned around and stopped.
The building on the right is where they have their meetings on Sunday. The building on the left is where some members of the church live. Of course being Fijians, they were so friendly and happy to see us. They offered us some refreshment of fruit and fresh coconut.
The son climbing up the coconut tree to get the coconuts.
The coconut was cut open, but there was a film across the top, so Christina stuck her finger through the opening so they could get to the coconut milk and the flesh. There was some kind of pressure in there because the coconut milk shot up into Sue Ann's eyes.
Yumm. fresh coconut milk.
Some of the family. The Fijians are just so amazing. If they have company then they go out into the yard and pick fruit for the guests. This country has an abundance of food for the people.
Our last night together at Wananavu which means wonderful or awesome in Fijian. And it was truly an awesome place.
We really enjoyed having the Hathaways come for a visit.