Katafanga (pronounced cat'-a-fun-ga) is a Tongan word that means smiling beach. Katafanga Island in Fiji's remote Northern Lau Group was once owned by Harold Gatty, the Australian aviator who founded Fiji Airways (now Air Pacific) in 1951. In 1993 - John and Shelley Miller acquired Katafanga Island and began the development. In 2000 - Christian Jagodzinski was brought in as a financial partner and Ernst and Young was brought in as the auditor. To date according to the audited financials - between 2000 and 2007 - over 20 million Fiji dollars was invested into the development. At the peak over 350 employees were living and working on the island.