The Bay Area is about to be overtaken by Fijian happiness, thanks to the arrival of the Fiji Airways Men’s 7s rugby team and a series of exciting public engagement events throughout the city, July 16-19, 2018.
2018 Fijian Happiness in San Francisco
July 16-19, 2018
A series of Happiness Lands in San Francisco events, some open to the public, will bring to life the famed Fijian happiness, along with Fijian culture of dances and songs.
Mon, July 16 – 4 pm to 8 pm
Kava Ceremony, Kava Lounge San Francisco (901 Divisadero St)
Many parts of the world know kava as a trendy drink. In Fiji, kava is central to cultural ceremonies and everyday social life; performed at special occasions as a sign of respect, welcoming, and camaraderie among family and friends. Kava, made with the crushed root of the yaqona plant, a relative of the pepper plant. Guests will learn about and experience the Fijian kava ceremony, with Fijian cultural expert Master Laisiasa Rokobuludrau. Fijian warriors will perform traditional songs and dances.
Tues, July 17 – 10 am to noon
Fijian Warrior Performances, Union Square
Fijian warriors will shake up downtown San Francisco’s Union Square with pop-up performances of lively dances called “meke” which tell the story of Fijian culture through dance and song.
Tues, July 17 – approx. 6-7 pm
Public meet and greet with the Fiji rugby team
Thurs, July 19 – 5 pm
Rugby World Cup Sevens Welcome Ceremony
Come join Fijian warriors as they pump up the energy during the official welcome for the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens. The event will welcome the competing countries and their representative teams who are in town for the tournament–including the Fiji Airways Men’s 7s rugby team.
This is the first time the Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament has been played in the United States. The Fiji Airways Men’s 7s rugby team is in town to compete in the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament at AT&T Park, July 20-22 2018.
The Fijian 7s National Men’s Rugby Team rose to worldwide fame in 2016 with their historic win at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, in the newly-introduced rugby sevens event, earning Fiji its first-ever Olympic medal.