Tonga

Massacre at Hule

The massacre at Hule Many Tongan young men wear t-shirts with pictures of Polynesian warriors on the back with big muscles who stand in front of the Haamonga-A-Maui holding a snake with the words ‘Ivi Kehe’ written on the back. By wearing these shirts they are honoring their Polynesian warrior tradition. I think that if one of those warriors came to the homes of the young men that these young men would be really surprised. »

Dies for another

Dies for another In 1797, Tukuaho became the Tuikanokupolu. Because he had the title of Tuikanokupolu he was the supreme chief of Tonga. Tukuaho was a cruel man. After two years of his rule two chiefs of Vavau, Finau ‘Ulukalala and Tupouniua, decided that they would assassinate Tukuaho on the night of the ‘Inasi ritual. The plan was for Tupouniua to go into the house of Tukuaho at night with a club. »

Little things/Big things

Little things/Big things In 1800 the warriors from the Hihifo district of Tongatabu fought the people of the Hahake district. When Hihifo won, they erected a monument in Hahake to commemorate their victory. This was a monument to the idea that small things can lead to big things. This monument was not made of stone or wood, it was of bodies of the people of Hahake who had been killed in this war. »

Seketoa and Niuatoputapu

Seketoa watches over Niuatoputapu These are some stories from Niuatoputapu. There is this shark-spirit who lives in the sea around Niuatoputapu who is named Seketoa. The descendants of Maatu, the chief of Niuatoputapu have the right to call on Seketoa and Seketoa will help them. When Maatu wants to speak with Seketoa he sends out his matapules (assistants) and they throw some kava root into the sea. Then two remoras will come to the kava roots. »

Niukapu

Niukapu During the time of King Taufaahau there was a chief in Tonga named Niukapu. For some reason Taufaahau wanted to kill Niukapu. The only way that Niukapu could save himself was to flee to a fale hufanga, a sanctuary house. These houses were actually temples that were dedicated to gods. Because of the sacredness of these houses one could not simply go into the house to capture a fugitive who was staying in that house. »

Sinilau mo Hina

Sinilau mo Hina There was chief named Sinilau who lived in Tonga. He heard about the beauty of a young woman named Hina so he sailed to her country and brought her back to his and married her. Sometime after this Hina became pregnant. Sinilau had many wives and they were jealous of Hina because Sinilau loved her so much. One of the wives was a witch and she came to Hina one day and told Hina to go and ask Sinilau to get a one-eyed bonito fish. »

Tongapoteki

Tongapoteki: The War Chief of Taufaahau There was a man in Koloa named Tongapoteki. He was the son of Saipa Toamotu and Sialemoepua. His mother, Sialemoepua, was from Nukuleka in Tongatabu. Saipa Toamotu’s father was Galumoetutulu and his mother was Kafuatumaluouiha who was descended from the chiefs of Uiha. Because of his ancestry, Tongapoteki was a cousin of Taufa’ahau, the king of Tonga. In 1837, Taufa’ahau was not yet the king of Tonga. »

Toakuomotu

Toakuomotu: The Chief Who Said No. One of Tongapoteki’s ancestors was Toakuomotu. He was a toa (warrior) for Ulukalala. This was a bad thing because Ulukalala did not care about right and wrong. Ulukalala cared about power. There were some chiefs in Vavau who opposed Ulukalala. So Ulukalala told Toakuomotu to kill them. Although Toakuomotu must have feared Ulukalala, he would not kill those chiefs. Ulukalala commanded some of his other toas to kill those chiefs. »

Folau a Kae

Ko e Folau a Kae: The Journey of Kae Once on the island of Tonga, in the remotest antiquity there was a chief named Loau. He had two matapule (servants): Kae and Longopoa who he commanded to prepare his canoe. Loau, his two servants and his servants’ relatives sailed to the tafatafakilangi, the place where the sky meets the sea. Then Loau ordered the canoe to be sailed into the whirlpool at the horizon. »

Maui Atalanga

Maui Atalanga Pushes Up the Sky In the old days the sky was so low that when people walked they had to lean over so that their heads would not bump against the sky. One day when Maui Atalanga was coming back from Pulotu he passed a spring that is in Koloa that is called Tofoa. Because it was the middle of the day it was hot and Maui Atalanga was thirsty. »