Christmas is a special time on the islands. We not only celebrate the joy and magic of the season, we know how to have fun! As a special holiday gift, we have prepared our own Christmas tale.


Iosepa is our brave, Fijiian warrior. He is mighty, he is strong, he is a risk taker!  Iosepa tends to think of himself as quite the handyman. Mele begs to differ.



Mele and Iosepa met on a beautiful moonlit night, right after he performed a traditional Fire Walk.  Somehow the combination of burnt up heels and that snaggle toothed grin of his won her heart, and they were happily married soon after.


Join Mele and Iosepa, (pronounced “MEL-ay” and “eYO-sep-ah”) from the Islands of Fiji as they prepare for their first Christmas season together in their own, unique way.


Each day leading up to Christmas we will present another adventure, portrayed in snapshot format, showcasing the (mis)adventures of our crazy yet endearing newlyweds.







Mele is Iosepa’s loving wife.  She is resourceful and wise, though she tends to panic easily. But then again, she’s married to Iosepa, so it comes naturally.



What are coconut dolls and where do they come from?

These coconut head dolls are representative native Fijiian warriors and villages from a bygone era. The doll on the right was selected to be our “Mele” and the one on the left was chosen to be our “Iosepa.” We even found a beautiful miniature flower lei for Mele and a manly fishbone necklace for Iosepa, which you may notice in the Christmas posts, in order to help distinguish them even further.

Side note:  We have heard the question “are you sure that the doll with the ponytail is a boy” a number of times. We went straight to our Fijiian village here at the Polynesian Cultural Center for our answer. “Yes, that was the typical hairstyle for our men, and it’s purpose was to keep their hair out of their way during battle”. So throw any misconceptions away. Iosepa is as manly as they come!