Prince Taufa‘āhau causes euphoria

    Prince Taufaʻāhau Manumataongo Tukuʻaho appeared extremely elated in a photo taken recently in a birthday celebration he attended in Auckland.

    Prince Taufa’ahau, who will one day become King of Tonga, attended the 21st birthday celebration of his cousin Sabrina Fakafanua.

    The little prince was held by Lady Si’atukimoana Vaea, his mother’s paternal aunt.

    She appeared to have shown the prince how to do the fakapale, that is, sticking dollar notes on a girl who was performing a solo dance during the ceremony.

    Prince Taufaʻahau Manumataongo enjoy the celebration with his kāinga
    Prince Taufaʻāhau Manumataongo enjoys the celebration with his kāinga / Photo: Paula Moimoi Lātū

    It is Tongan tradition to stick dollar notes on a performer or entertainer as a way of showing appreciation and admiration.

    The prince was excited and in one photo was shown laughing and holding his hand high into the air while holding dollar notes.

    It produced a euphoric mood in the crowd. Some women fell to the floor and invited the little prince to jump and walk on their backs.

    Prince Taufa'ahau Manumataongo 2
    Prince Taufaʻahau Manumataongo raising his hand into the air / Photo: Paula Moimoi Lātū

    Although he was too young to act like an adult at such an event, many Tongans took to Facebook to share their approval and adoration for the future king of Tonga:

    “Bravo Prince Taufa’ahau!”

    “Wow! The day has been honoured by the presence of Prince Taufa’ahau!”

    “Well done Prince Taufahau!”

    “Thanks for giving us treasure!”

    “You have honoured your kainga Prince Taufa’ahau!”

    Such comments are normally given to a mature royal.

    The young Prince’s action drew almost every member of the immediate family of the birthday girl to the floor, with one of her father’s heralds calling out: “Ma’ofanga katoa ki loto,” which means “All Ma’ofanga people get to the dance floor.”

    This was like the call normally made by the heralds calling the people to gather around their chief.

    It is not protocol for a chief to entertain commoners like what the prince did.

    The main points

    • Prince Taufa’ahu Manumataongo Tuku’aho appeared extremely elated in a photo taken recently at a birthday celebration.
    • Prince Taufa’ahau, who will one day become King of Tonga, attended the 21st birthday celebration of his cousin Sabrina Fakafanua in Auckland.
    • The prince’s behaviour produced a euphoric mood in the people at the celebration.
    • Many Tongans took to Facebook to share their approval and adoration for their future ruler.

    1 COMMENT

    1. Tau e langi kāinga Maʻofangá meʻa ʻa e Tama Pilinisi Taufaʻāhaú – Naʻe kehe atu e fotu fofonga fiefia ʻa e tama Pilinisi ko Taufaʻahau Manumataongó ʻi ha laʻitā ne toki tuku ni mai ʻi ha faiʻaho ne ne meʻa ai ʻi ʻAokalani, Nuʻu Sila

      Ko Pilinisi Taufaʻāhaú ʻe hoko ia ko e tuʻi ʻo Tonga ʻi he kahaʻú ka naʻa ne meʻa ʻi he faiʻaho taʻu 21 ʻo hano kāsini ko Sabrina Fakafanua.

      Naʻe fua ʻa e kiʻi pilinisi ni ʻe ʻEiki Sīʻatukimoana Vaea, ko e mehikitanga moʻoni ʻo e faʻē ʻa Taufaʻāhaú.
      Fakatatau ki he laʻitaá ʻoku ʻasi ʻa ʻene fakahinohino ʻa e pilinisi ke fakapale nai pe ko e huʻipale lolotonga ʻoku fakahoko ha foʻi tauʻolunga.

      Ko e tukufakaholo ia faka-Tonga ʻa hono fakapaleʻi ʻo ha taha ʻoku tauʻolunga pe fakahoko ha fakafiefia ke fakahāʻaki e houngaʻia mo e malieʻia.

      Naʻe fotu ki tuʻa e fiefia ʻa e kiʻi pilinisí pea ʻi he laʻitā ʻe taha naʻe mahino ʻene kata pe mo hiki hono nimá ki ʻolunga lolotonga ʻoku ne puke ha ngaahi lauʻipaʻanga.

      Naʻe tō ki tuʻa pea heva moʻoni e māfaná he matangá ʻo iku teka e finemātuʻá he falikí mo fakaafea e pilinisí ke hopo mo sāliote ʻi honau tuʻá.

      Neongo ʻene kei taʻu taha lau māhiná ka ne hā e ʻeiki lahi ʻo e tamá he fakalea fiefia ʻe hono kāinga ʻenau munomuna he Feisipuká ki he kahaʻu ʻo e ʻOtu Tongá.

      Ko e konga ʻeni e fakalea ʻo e ngaahi munomuna ki he laʻitā ʻo e pilinisí :

      + Tō atu Tama Taufaʻāhau!
      + Kuo lāngilāngiʻia e ʻahó he maaʻimoa ʻa e tamá.
      + Fakafetaʻi e maʻu koloa
      + Kuó ke fakalāngilāngiʻi ho kāinga Tama Taufaʻāhau!

      Ko e ngaahi muna ʻeni ke fai pe foki ki ha taha ʻeiki kuo tangata fakamatuʻotuʻa ka ne fai ia ʻe he kāinga ki he pilinisi ni ʻasinga ai ko e mahino e tau hono langí he maʻalali ʻo e ʻahó neongo ʻene kei ʻeiki valevale.

      Ko e taimi ne meʻa mai ai ki loto ʻa e tamá hono fua mai ʻe ʻEiki Siʻatú ne ongona e kaila – Maʻofanga kātoa ki loto. Mahino pe foki ko e taimi ia ke laupisi ʻeiki ai ʻa e kāinga Maʻofangá he neongo ʻa e kei ʻeiki siʻi ʻa e pilinisí ka ko e tuʻi ia ʻo Tonga ha ʻaho. ʻE ʻikai hala ia ke pehē ko e Tuʻi ʻo Maʻofanga!

      Ka ne fakamanatu heni ko e taimi ʻoku maaʻimoa e houʻeiki mo e fale ʻo e tuʻí pea angamaheni ke angi pehē kau matāpulé ke tuʻu e taha kotoa he ʻoku ʻikai angamaheni ke faiva ʻa houʻeiki ka e ʻela e maʻolaló.

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