History of Lawaki Beach House
How it all started
In October 1999 we started to clean, clear and prepare a piece of
land on Beqa Island, called Lawaki. It’s part of Sam’s homeland and
we could lease it from his clan.
We erected a wooden house for temporary living. The water from the well, on 100mt above sea level, had been directed down to the beach.
New Years Eve 1999/2000 we spent at Lawaki Beach, hoping our dreams to come true.
The Main Bure has been completed in January 2001, and we moved from our home in Pacific Harbour to Beqa, with all our stuff including dogs and cows.
In 2002 we built the two Private Beach Bures and the Dorm/Family Bure. The same year our Website went online.
Lawaki Beach House Ltd. was officially opened for business in April 2003. We also bought the Lawaki Delight, our covered aluminium boat.
In the 2006 Edition of Lonely Planet, we received a write up as “Authors Choice”. In March 2007, we got Internet reception in Lawaki. The mobile Phones could be used well at any corner of the compound. What an improvement! By the end of the year, we could realize a dream by adding a solar system and using the generator as back up only.
The two cyclones in 2008 have damaged our seawall badly and a few of Sam’s farm patches. During that season we have received the “Fiji Excellence in Tourism Award as Budget Accommodation on Islands”.
The hurricane in January 2009 has made it impossible for the passenger vessel to visit Lawaki for the Fire Walking and Meke performance. And the 2009 December Hurricane had a severe impact on the close by villages Naceva and Naiseuseu. Many of the homes, including the school have been blown away.
2012 was our 10th year in business. We are present in Facebook and our website was re-launched in 2012.