Poems reveal Tongan king’s struggle

Poems by King Tupou II reflect his struggle to prevent Tonga being annexed, according to a Tongan scholar. King Tupou II ruled Tonga from 1893-1918. University of Canterbury doctoral candidate Paula Onoafe Latu is studying two of the king’s anthems, ‘Sikaiona’ and ‘‘Alamoti,’ as part of his thesis. Sikaiona is a Tongan translation of “scion”…

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