Rakiraki is a district in Fiji's Ra Province.
It is located about halfway between Suva and Nadi, on the northern coast of Viti Levu, Fiji's largest island.
At the 1996 census, the Rakiraki district had a population of 29,137, with 15,325 in the smaller Rakiraki sub-district.
Of these, 3361 lived in Vaileka, Rakiraki's principal urban centre.
Prominent landmarks include Navatu Rock, in Vitawa village, believed one of Fiji's oldest human settlements.
Pottery excavated at the base of the rock has been dated to around 1000BC.
About 1.5 kilometers offshore lies the island of Nananu-i-Ra.
Fijian mythology holds that this island is the disembodied spirits' point of departure from this world to the afterlife.
A village once crowned the peak of this island.
The tomb of Ratu Udre Udre, a famous Nineteenth Century cannibal chief who reportedly consumed more than 800 of his victims, is close to the township of Vaileka.
Agriculture and tourism are the mainstays of the Rakiraki economy.
The Fiji Sugar Corporation operates a major sugar mill on the Penang River, one kilometer north-east of Vaileka.
Sugar cane is grown in the valleys, while cattle are raised in the highlands.
Root crops, including yagona (kava) are also cultivated.
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Although I am a constatnt user and I generally believe the accuracy of Wikipedia's articles, but this time I wish to differ.
According maps I have studied and talking to a number of the local people, the township Wikipedia calls Vaileka is locally known as Rakiraki.
The district also called Rakiraki.
Vaileka is about 1 km east of the shopping precinct, at the crossroads with a school, service station, a cop shop, a few other shops and eating places.
There's a village, about 1 km south of the fork in the road, also called Rakiraki village, with a Hotel with the same name, but this one is really the residential part of Rakiraki.
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This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rakiraki) July 2006
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