The Ene'io botanical gardens in Tonga were not
originally intended as a commercial enterprise. They are the creation
Fa’anunu, a man with a passion for gardening. His family now runs
the gardens as a small enterprise, selling products from the plants (Noni juice,
Vanilla essence, Kava powder) and running a restaurant for the visitors.
We had lunch at the restaurant, a feast of
traditional Tongan dishes. They were very happy to have just been
connected to the electricity grid, so they no longer need to use a generator and
paraffin lamps in the restaurant.