HOW KING TAUFA’AHAU DEFEATED LAUFILITONGA, THE TU’I TONGA AND BECAME THE REIGNING KING OF TONGA

How King Taufa’ahau Defeated Laufilitonga, The Tu’i Tonga And Became The Reigning King Of Tonga.
HAU PEA KUI (Blinded by Victory)
This is a true story. This story is from my new site about ‘Eua island called eua-island-tonga.com,


This story is set back in the days, when Tonga was made up of three dynasties: the Tu’i Tonga, Tu’i Kanokupolu and Tu’i Ha’a Takalaua. They were all fighting each other (civil war) for supremacy, to determine who was the most powerful of them all and consequently become the only king of Tonga.

This civil war went on for years, until there was only two kings left: the reigning Tu’i Tonga (Laufilitonga) from Tongatapu and the Taufa’ahau, the Tu’i Kanokupolu from Ha’apai.

Tonga is made up of five main islands, namely Tongatapu, Ha’apai, Vava’u, Niua and ‘Eua.

The Tu’i Tonga of Tongatapu whose name was Laufilitonga sailed to Ha’apai with his warriors in their wooden war canoes primed for battle to fight the Tu’i Kanokupolu of Ha’apai whose name was Taufa’ahau.

In those days, the best and bravest warriors were from ‘Eua and notably amongst the best from ‘Eua were the fierce ‘Eua warriors who were two brothers, Kaufana and Puakatau. Taufa’ahau knew of them so he went to ‘Eua to ask for their assistance in his war against Laufilitonga. Taufa’ahau went straight to Ha’aluma beach where Kaufana and his brother Puakatau lived. As when two great warriors meet, they started off by “getting to know each other”, engaging in a wrestling match on the beach of Ha’aluma, where they soon realised that they were both no ordinary Tongans due to their strength and fighting abilities. Kaufana now realising that the man he had confronted was Taufa’ahau the Tu’i Kanokupolu, paid his respects, and getting that out of the way, they rested and introduced themselves properly and Taufa’ahau discussed with Kaufana why he came to ‘Eua. Taufa’ahau wanted Kaufana and his brother Puakatau, to come to his aid in his battle with Laufilitonga the Tu’i Tonga. Kaufana accommodated the Taufa’ahau informing him that there was no need for both himself and his brother to go to battle as he believed Puakatau would be more than enough to defeat Laufilitonga and his warriors. Kaufana also owned some guns and firearms, so along with his brother Puakatau, he gave them as well to Taufa’ahau, but under one condition. He made Taufa’ahau promise him that whatever happens to Puakatau in the war, Taufa’ahau was to bring him back to ‘Eua, even if he died, Kaufana would like to see his brother’s body as he wanted to bury him in their homeland, ‘Eua with their ancestors.

Taufa’ahau sailed off to Ha’apai with Puakatau and his warriors from Tongatapu and the firearms Kaufana gave him.

When they arrived in Ha’apai the battle was well under way. This war was called the “Tau ‘o Velata” or “The War of Velata”.

As the war progressed, it was obvious Taufa’ahau and his warriors from Tongatapu were winning over Ha’apai and Puakatau the ‘Eua warrior was easily leading the battle. As time went on and the battle was drawing to an end, Puakatau was so fierce and unstoppable. He was so powerful and impressive with his leadership in the battle that the people and the warriors were looking at Puakatau as a potential king of Tonga. This of course caused a disturbance in the ranks and jealousy in the king.

Now when Taufa’ahau was gathering up men to fight on his side, he approached the noble of the island of ‘Uiha in Ha’apai, whose name was Malupo, as they are kinsmen, both coming from the same island of Ha’apai. Malupo had two sons, named Saulala and Haveapava. Malupo’s wife Fatafehi, was Laufilitonga the Tu’i Tonga’s sister, so that Malupo’s sons were nephews of Laufilitonga. Because of their connection, Malupo had no choice but to give his sons to fight for Taufa’ahau against their own uncle, Laufilitonga! Before they left, it was said that their mother cried to her sons, pleading with them to remember who they will be fighting against, their own uncle, and if anything happened, please save him (who is of course her brother).

Now they have come to the last part of the battle, which was to enter the Velata fortress and the final surrenderance of power from the Tu’i Tonga to Taufa’ahau the Tu’i Kanokupolu. But as Puakatau and Taufa’ahau’s warriors entered the fortress which means he will assassinate the Tu’i Tonga, Malupo’s sons remembered what their mother asked of them, to spare her brother the Tu’i Tonga and who was of course their own uncle. They turned around and stabbed Puakatau in the back with three spears killing him instantly!

With the fortress in Ha’apai taken over and the battle won, Taufa’ahau the Tu’i Kanokupolu is now proclaimed the King of Tonga. Taufa’ahau returned to Tongatapu victorious and as the kingdom of Tonga’s new King. He was later crowned KingTaufa’ahau Tupou I, the first king to come from the Tu’i Kanokupolu lineage or dynasty. King George V is the fifth Tu’i Kanokupolu.

Back in ‘Eua, Kaufana heard about the victory at Ha’apai and how his brother had been killed by Taufa’ahau’s own warriors. Kaufana was very upset and sailed to Tongatapu to confront the new king. He reminded the king his promise about his dead brother Puakatau, who led and fought the battle so courageously, giving Taufa’ahau the victory over the Tu’i Tonga. Taufa’ahau of course did not live up to his end of the bargain which was to take Puakatau’s body to ‘Eua to his brother Kaufana. Instead, he ordered that Puakatau be buried at the royal tombs in ‘Uiha, Malupo’s island, where only kings are buried. The king of course didn’t know what to say but as Kaufana was escorted out, Kaufana retorted to Taufa’ahau: “Kuo ke Hau pe, pea ke Kui”, meaning, You gave me your word but your victory has blinded you to the promise you made to me. In other words, You got what you want, and you forgot all about our deal! Kaufana sadly went back to ‘Eua, broken hearted because he will never see his brother Puakatau, the fearless warrior.

Taufa’ahau wanted to reward his most outstanding warriors by knighting them with the high rank of “noble” or lord. He posted his nobles throughout the country and even the outer islands, except ‘Eua. Up to this day ‘Eua has never had a noble from its own people. And even to this day, nobles from Tongatapu or from the other islands are appointed to be a stand-in noble for ‘Eua, even though they are not from ‘Eua. This may explain why ‘Eua is the least developed out of the main islands of Tonga. Indeed, this maybe because ‘Eua has not got its own noble representation in the government and Parliament, to stand up and speak and fight for what’s best for ‘Eua and the people of ‘Eua.

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Photos of the G.P.S End of Year Concert

Tupou dressed to dance in The G.P.S concert

Tupou dressed to dance in The G.P.S concert

Friday was the end of the school year, So of course it’s only fitting we have the Government Primary school end of year concert for our village kids.

Thought I might share a couple of photos of it with you to see if you may find this interesting.

Tupou and Leviona dancing at G.P.S concert

Tupou and Leviona dancing at G.P.S concert

Now that’s entertainment around these parts and everyone in the village came to watch.

G.P.S concert

G.P.S concert

Hope you like the pics. The kids got a real buzz knowing that these will be on the Internet. So tell us what you think.

Just for you nursy poo

A Post I started at nursemyra Blog that got to long so I moved it to Here

There are hundreds of them on the main Island of Tonga, Bloggers that is. Just check out Bebo, thats the Islanders blog of choice. I know of one other blogger on my Island she is called eyelandgrl’s. Shes on my blog roll list and is related to me but we pretend not to know each other online. One reason for us to be online is to meet knew people and have fun comparing cultures. The rest of the world gives me a measuring stick by which I can understand a bit more of who I am, as it were. I hope that makes sense. Picture this, your the one that lives on the Island know all you know is the Island. You don’t have t.v you do have a radio but that’s all about Tonga. Then your friend opens up a tourist outfit. So now you start to meet people from what might as well be another world. You learn to unlearn all you thought was real you grow while all around you the people stay the same, you try to tell them of the things you have learned but the don’t want to know. ” Its the palangi way” they say. Then you get the internet and bam instant knowledge of the outside world. I must tell you though once i had got the hang of it I spent a long time being very emotional about the things I read a saw. My friend Taki says it has to do with not having any defense to the “shit” you guys have to put up with ever day. sorry I’m off subject and have taken up to much space on YOUR blog. I’ll continue this post on my blog if you want me to.

To which the nurse repliled  “Please do…. it’s fascinating…. -)

Ok so where was I, oh yeah, I must point out at this stage that Taki is a Tongan who was brought up in Australia, He’s more Aussie than Tongan. So to him this “shit “, I was seeing was normal, but to me, well I had no idea  the stuff you guys had to put up with in your daily lives. Wars, murders, well you know what I’m talking about.  I remember looking at a fishing website and thinking do they really think they need to buy all that stuff,  just to go fishing. We don’t have advertising here, Well there is the odd bit at the fale koloa ( local shop) poster for coke and twisties, but thats it.

Since then of course I’ve traveled overseas, thats another story in it’s self. Maybe on another post i will tell it. If you would like?  Now I’m of to bed.

The Fevah Blog.

Hello and welcome to Fevah.

This is my first post and my first blog. This comes to you from the tiny South pacific Island of ‘Eua part of the Tonga group of Island where we decorate our burial mounds with beer bottles and swim fully clothed  because some old fart missionary back in the 1800 convinced our elders and king that bear skin was a sin. Think that’s bad we actually think it’s our culture, we call  all these  strict western church ideas are own now.

Yep we have some strange ways here alright, but know we have the internet on the Island I’ve come to realize we’re not the only  crazy  buggers out there. No offense intended but you guys really go to work for hours everyday to get paper that you then go and spend on food and houses and cars. We don’t go to work. Where I live  land is free and we have plantations for food that we take turns working on that probably adds up to about 8 hours work ever month.

Don’t get me wrong I’m not trying to put the anyone down like I say we are pretty weird here on the Island. I know this because I’m one of the few people In my village who has been overseas and I talk to tourist that come and stay on the Island.

So anyway I’m just thinking  it might make for some interesting discussions. If nothing else we will get to laugh at each others ways and cultures  right?

Feel free to post a comment, ask a question, or tell me about something you find crazy from where ever you live.