Fiji was amazing! Kayne managed to slip in a day of surfing at Cloudbreak before the shoot started, which was a big bonus for him. He really is an adrenaline junkie.
But what did I love? I’ll just come right out and say it: I love kokoda. It’s pronounced “koh-KOHN-da,” and it’s just fantastic. It’s raw fish marinated in coconut cream, lime juice, tomatoes, onions and chilies. If you like sushi, then you’ll love kokoda. There are variations on this dish throughout the South Pacific, including Tahiti’s poisson cru and Hawaii’s poke, which is made without coconut cream.
Other than the amazing food, what I liked most about shooting in Fiji was the awards ceremony. The Fijians really responded to the musical instruments given to them by the chefs. Music is a big part of Fijian culture and being able to give those instruments to their kids meant the world to them. The ceremony was wonderful, but watch out for that kava. Drink too much and you won’t be able to stand up by the end of the ceremony!