Paul Bikis @pbikis
This is a photo story on Fijian culture and way of life in the modern day. Fiji is country in the South Pacific composed of 322 islands, 106 of which are inhabited. It is most know for its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters that attract tourists from all over the globe. However, most tourists are unaware of the amount of culture and life that resides in these small Pacific islands.
Tourism is the largest market in Fiji, accounting for 70 percent of the countries foreign exchange. Above, hotel workers unload supplies to the Mantaray Bay Island Resort.
The Suva market is well know across Fiji for the immense amount of vendors, cheap produce, and colorful atmosphere. Above, a Fijian man adjusts his eggplants, Saturday, January 10, 2016.
Most Fijian homes are made of wood with tin roofs and woven mats for floors made out of Pandanas leaves. Homes do not contain much furniture and people typically sleep on the mats. Mary and her 6-month-old niece sit inside their home, Thursday, January 8, 2016.
The village of Navala is the last village in Fiji to have traditional houses that are still made of all materials from the land. The roofs are densely packed straw tied to bamboo support structures with twine. The sidewalls are made of woven bamboo and the floor is covered with woven mats laid on straw for insulation and comfort.
Stino makes his way to church on a stormy evening in Navala, Fiji. Naval only has one church, which is catholic. Most Fijians practice christianity.
John, 68 sits outside his home in Navala, Fiji.
Women take advantage of the sunny weather by bathing themselves and their clothes in the river outside of Navala, Tuesday, January 12, 2016.
Young men carry bamboo shoot up from the forest to Navala to work on the kindergarten, which is being renovated. In Navala all construction and farming is done as a community with no exchange of monetary funds.
Mary prepares eggplant curry for lunch in her kitchen, Tuesday, January 12, 2016. This is a traditional Fijian kitchen with a wood fire stove made on a 4x3ft bed of rocks with bamboo edges and a piece of tin to keep the curtains from burning.
A boy waits for his friends to catch up as they play in the jungle, Tuesday, January 12, 2016.
A young boy climbs a coconut tree in the Mauira Village.
The same young boy sheds the husk off a coconut with a machete to drink the juice inside.
Fijian men sit around drinking kava late into the night to celebrate the new year. Kava is the official drink of Fiji, which is made from the Yaquona root, traditionally only drunk by men but in recent years they have begun to include women as well.
Mauira Village, Fiji, January 12, 2016.
A Fijian man takes a boat work at the resort early in the morning, Friday, January 9, 2016.