I WAS on my way to Dakuivuna in Wainibuka, Tailevu to gather the story of what they claim to be the miracle healing waters of Waitabua.
Little did I know that I was walking into a prophecy that was revealed to Manasa Tikoinabureveve in the 1940s. The prophesies which Aliposo Qalilawa states to date have all been proven, with more yet to be.
Apolosi Qalilawa is the grandson of Tikoinabureveve — he is the turaga ni yavusa (tribe headman) Nasautoka from the mataqali (Fijian clan or landowning unit) Taunovo, chief of the people of Dakuivuna.
Like I said earlier I was only there for the story of the miracle healing water, but as he shared with me the prophecy, for me as an iTaukei, I thought it was only appropriate that some yaqona be presented as my sevusevu and request for the story to be told.
However, Mr Qalilawa said that was not necessary as he had given his approval and his blessing.
As he recited the prophecy, it was like reading from a book.
The prophecy was made at Vuna — their old village site which is just a few metres away from Dakuivuna Village.
Dakuivuna Village is on a hilltop by the roadside along the Kings Rd. It is about a 20-minute drive from Korovou Town as you head to the Western Division.
According to Mr Qalilawa they are the descendants of Kubunavanua.
Kubunavnua is said to be one of the seven children of Tura. According to information received, Kubunavanua is the younger brother of Lutunasobasoba. The other siblings are Degei, Waicalanavanua, Nakumilevu, Rokola and Kirinamoli.
Kirinamoli is said to have remained in the Solomons while the rest journeyed to Fiji in search of land. They are said to be one of the early settlers of Fiji.
Dakuivuna sits alongside the famous Tualeita ridge. The ridge is famous because it is known as the ancestral pathway when our ancestor journeyed from Vuda through the Nakauvadra range before they went their separate ways. The Tualeita provides the link from Vuda to Verata.
Following the Tualeita, it is said, you will never cross any river or stream. All rivers and stream begin from the bottom of the Tualeita.
Along the Tualeita, as it nears the Kings highway —where the Naiyala High School is located, are two mobile towers. Mr Qalilawa said these two towers were part of the prophecy.
“Na kau ni walesi kei vuravura, mera na rogoca ka tukuna, ni sa tukuni makawa oti, ni oqori ena qai yaco ena kena ivakataotioti ni gauna.” (The prophecy of the mobile phone towers.)
It is on this side of the Tualeita that borders of the vanua o Sawakasa, Bau (in Korovou), Wainibuka, Tui Wailevu, Roko Tui Tai and Tui Naloto meet.
According to Mr Qalilawa when Kubunavanu left the Nakauvadra range he brought with him a special tabua, known as the “tabua basoga”.
“We were given a special gift, a tabua (whale’s tooth) which had mana and would be a source of blessing to the villages and to Fiji.
“Na tabua qo a soli mai me baleti Viti. E sega ni matata vei keitou soli mai na gauna cava. Ia na tabua qo ko nanumi tiko ni a mate kina o Ratu Sukuna. Nona kauta qai sega ni vakasuka mai. Koya nona lako tu ga ya, sa tukuni rawa vua ni na sega ni lesu mai na tabua, koya na lai mate. Nona qai lako yani eke me lai gole na Arcadia sa kilai oti yani eke koya na lai mate. Na tabua ya sega tiko ni lesu mai vei keitou na gauna qo.
“Ya na tabua ni kalougata — yacana na tabua basoga. Koya na kena revurevu ko era laurai tu kina ira na ka qo. Ya na tabua ni kalougata kei Viti.”
Mr Qalilawa said the tabua was taken by Ratu Josefa Sukuna after he had officially registered the village. He said when the Ratu Sukuna failed to return the tabua, it was already known in Dakuivuna, that the statesman would die.
Ratu Sukuna died en route to England on the ship Arcadia, on May 30, 1958.
There is a belief that the reason the development process is slow in the Wainibuka area, is because the tabua basoga is yet to be returned.
Before moving to where they are now, their village was at Vuna. After receiving the prophecy, Tikoinabureveve told his son they needed to relocate to a new site to build their village.
However, Ratu Sukuna had told Tikoinabureveve Dakuivuna could only be registered if, he as head of the clan, was willing to accommodate another two yavusa (tribes) and four landowning units. To this he agreed.
The old village site Vuna faces the Nakauvadra range, the word Dakuivuna eventuated from the new village which is located “behind Vuna” (daku-i-Vuna).
“He (Tikoinabureveve) was informed by Ratu Sukuna to get four other clans, put them together, then the village could be registered.
“That’s when the prophecy was given, you give the land for free, get the people set them there, give them a portion of the land.”
It was upon his return that Ratu Sukuna took the tabua basoga.
About five minutes from the village is the famous Waidina waterfall — that is frequently visited by visitors and locals. It can be best described as a double-decker waterfall.
Visitors usually frequent the fall to enjoy themselves, relax and have a dip in the dark green, icy cold pool. It’s one of the most relaxing places to go to, if one is looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The waterfall belongs to the people of Dakuivuna.
“It has been prophesied by our ancestors, our forefathers, our grandfathers that there will be a pool of water somewhere, somehow along this area,” said Mr Qalilawa.
According to Mr Qalilawa the Malaysian company, Naim Holdings Berhard had to spend about three months to complete the road because water kept damaging their work.
Naim Holdings Berhard was given the $37m contract to construct and upgrade the road between Waito and Wailotua. The road was completed and officially opened in 2013.
Mr Qalilawa said the miracle healing water was part of the prophecy and would only be revealed once the road had been constructed. The prophecy also revealed that the area would be declared a tax free zone.
“Ena sega ni saumi na kena vakacavacava, ena gauna sa bola kina na qele na sala.” (Taken from the prophecy as recited by Mr Qalilawa.)
It was also during the construction of the road that Mr Qalilawa said gold was found in the area, three feet from the surface. This has been confirmed by the Vatukoula Gold Mine.
About 100 metres from the Delasui junction towards the Western Division, is Waitabua. On the side of the road, two pipes stick out from soil, with water flowing out of the pipes.
According to Mr Qalilawa during the construction of the road it took the company about three months trying to complete that section of the road because water kept popping out from all sides of the road. It was until someone suggested that the pipes needed to be used so as to allow the water to flow freely, that work was able to continue.
Mr Qalilawa said Waitabua’s miracle healing water had helped heal a lot of sicknesses. For people of Dakuivuna, they call it the holy water.
“It’s the Malaysians who tasted the water and they said it’s a healing or miracle water. Some were healed and they say it’s a miracle healing water because they were healed and that’s where I can deduce that this is the prophecy.
“And this water has been prophesied, when the water pops out of the ground, sometimes, somehow, we should not sell it.”
The soil around where the water flows Mr Qalilawa said had the ability to cure skin diseases, as for the water it had the ability to heal the sick. For those using or consuming the water, Mr Qalilawa said, the most important thing was to believe that you could be healed.
“It’s for the people, for the nation to drink free, for the sick and the poor. Take it free, drink it. That’s why I am standing here as head of the clan, I want to expose this.
“It’s my plan to expose this so that the nation knows, to come and drink for free, quench their thirst and be healed.
“And I am satisfied as the head of the clan and have told members of my clan to assist people. Our responsibility is to assist people to be healed, fill up containers and go home and help themselves. If there are sick people at home get them and let them drink and be healed.
“The prophecies have been proven, we have the road, the water is here, gold has been found. The mobile towers are standing and there are many more prophecies of development that are yet to be proven.”
Source : Fiji TimesOnline 5/31/16