Rachel’s choir in Fiji

by Delia on June 24, 2010

Rachel's choir getting off the bus at the village

In June, Rachel Hore – who has taught many singing weeks at Daku – brought out her own choir. This is a choir she teaches regularly in the Blue Mountains, so they all knew each other already. That, and her own close ties with the community around Daku, made for a very special week and I received some truly heart warming comments from the people who came.

Hi Delia,
I had such a wonderful time in Fiji and I just wanted to let you know about the highlights for my sisters and I.
We caught a taxi out to Ba to see where our Dad was born and lived and worked. The taxi driver took our pilgrimage very seriously and went out of his way to help us find the places we wanted to see.
Arriving at Daku was wonderful. We loved staying in the Villa and enjoyed the beautiful views from the verandah. The staff are absolutely wonderful – Raj, Kenni, Mereoni and their beautiful children and Temu, Demari and Carlos ( excuse my spelling!) and the others we didn’t see so much of but who made our rooms so beautiful each day. The food was fantastic.
The absolute highlight was going out to Kenni and Mereoni’s village. The bus trip gave us an opportunity to see so much more of the island and we felt so welcome and singing with the community there was very special.
I feel so lucky to be in Rachel’s choir – the relationships she has developed with the choirs there gave us opportunities we would never have had as ‘ordinary’ tourists.
Thanks for your part in organising the week. I hope we are able to go back to your beautiful resort.
Warm regards,
Jeanette

Trip was fantastic, Staff at Daku are extraordinary, Singing was Divine and Rachel Rocs
Peter and Caroline

It was the most amazing trip I have ever had. Fabulous! Daku is delightful, and Keni, Merioni, Raj and all the staff are extraordinarily gracious, extremely though discreetly hard-working, faultlessly hospitable and very competent. The setting is exquisite, the accommodation is both charming and comfortable, and the meals are delicious.

Rachel’s respectful and lovingly nurtured relationships with both the Daku family and the village choirs facilitated a cultural and emotional experience that went far deeper than I could have imagined.
Sheridan

It was one of the best weeks of my life! Keni, his family and the staff welcomed us and treated us like we were family – not just tourists. The trip to Keni’s village was a unique and always to be remembered experience – including the enjoyment of the bus ride!
Dianne

Relaxing by the pool

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susan June 25, 2010 at 11:46 am

Hello all at Daku – Reading this on a cold Canberra Friday night. Very good memories of staying at Daku and singing with Rachel and scuba diving at Cousteaus. Must get back soon. Susan

Susanne July 7, 2010 at 9:22 am

Thanks so much to all the ROCers and extras and to Rachel for an amazing and wonderful week but most of all many thanks and lots of love to Keni, Mereoni, Cara and your beautiful boys Johni and Seru; to Raj; to Carlo and Dimere; to Temu and his surely world famous by now Pina Coladas! We really felt like family, and felt like part of YOUR family. Hope to see you again. Sue

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