On Saturday Pako Festa was a great success with a bright sunshiny day and the Fijian dance group from Altona Meadows Fijian church performed their dance and sang sere in cumu songs. Thousands of people were at Pako and the whole street buzzed with food stalls, songs and dances - including Cook Islander and Maori. Our group adjourned to Eastern Beach for a barbecue and sat on mats, drinking kava and singing notalgic songs with a guitar and ukelele. Tui Vuna who was visiting added his expertise with his ukelele. We were there for four hours in sun and shade and three of the vavalagi wives turned a nice shade of red by the end of the afternoon.