Today, Cakacaka channels her own bula
spirit as a senior flight attendant with Fiji Airways, where she’s worked for the past 13 years. While she feels blessed to be able to travel, Cakacaka’s most-loved view from the air is the approach into Nadi, the main city of Viti Levu and Fiji’s primary transportation hub: “You can catch a glimpse of the Yasawa islands and their beautiful beaches,” she says, referring to the chain of volcanic islands along the country’s western border. “My first glimpse of home always brings a smile to my face,” she adds. “There’s nowhere like it.”
On the islands, she’s happiest with her family and three sons – Elijah, Paulo, and Philip – watching a sunset or eating kokoda
, a ceviche-like dish of raw fish and fresh coconut cream. "My favorite place to eat in Nadi is Tu’s Place
, a locally owned restaurant in the Martintar neighborhood,” she says. In addition to kokoda
, she tells visitors to try rourou
balls, made with cassava root and taro leaves and served with grilled local fish.