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Tau lave!

Jione Havea Na’e tonu pë hono ui ia [fa’ë] ko e kuli’ he na’e ‘ikai te ne fai hono fatongia ke le’ohi ‘ene tama’ mei he fili’ {It is justified that she [mother] be called a dog because she failed her responsibility to safeguard her daughter} ‘ Talo Helu, commenting on Mark 7:24-30. ‘A’ahi kakai ‘ikai koe’uhi’ ‘oku faka’ofa si’i kau paea’, vaivai’, mo e masiva’, ka koe’uhi’ ko e kupu koe ‘o ‘enau haohaoa’ {Visit not out of pity for orphans, elderly, and the poor, but because you are a part of their totality} ‘ Koloni Lolohea, commenting on James 1:17-27. »

Ala 'I Sia

ALA ‘I SIA, ALA ‘I KOLONGA: (Skillful at Sia, Skillful at Kolonga) An Indigenous Tongan Proverb for Contemporary Pacific Islanders [This essay is reprinted by permission of the author. It first appeared in the Moana Publication, Spring 1997 Volume 1 Number 1. This publication is an University of Utah Pacific Islander Student Publication.] A person’s ability to master more than one environment was highly valued among the early Tongans. »

Finau Lokotui

Ko Siaatoutai he kahau-lolotonga o Tonga Jione Havea {I he manatuofa kia Finau S. Lokotui, naa ma kaungängäue} Oku ou lukuluku mai ki he fakamanatu e Siupeli Koula o e Kolisi Siaatoutai ha loto houngaia, tuunga i he kaveinga taulua o e Kolisi: Ke Kalaisiia, Ko etau langa ki Itaniti. Oku tutui atu e kaveinga ni ke omi e tötöonga fakaKalaisi o lanuaki e fakafeangai oku fai i Taimi, pea teke e langa oku tau fai heni ke ope atu ki Itaniti. »

Stones

The Washing Of The Stones by Tolosi Fa & Ray Wick One of the many mysteries of Tonga are these ancient tombs here in Lapaha the ancient capital. This Langi, or royal burial tomb, is made up of massive coral slabs which were brought here, as legend has it, by canoe some 800 miles from what is now Wallis island. People say it was respect, admiration, and love that motivated Tongans to go to the extreme in building these magnificent monuments. »

Where time begins

How Tonga became ‘The Land Where Time Begins’ By Don Mundell N.Z. representative, Tonga Visitors Bureau Prior to the late 19th century, the world had no standard time zones. But as railroads and shipping lines expanded, the need for some semblance of order to assist with timetables and scheduling became apparent.   As a result, bringing order out of chaos through instituting a system of standard time was discussed by the principal commercial nations during the 1870s. »