‘Uiha Islanders present food at palace ahead of gift of kaati to Princess Lātūfuipeka next week

    The people of ‘Uiha Island conducted a prayer service and presented gifts at the Royal Palace in Nuku’alofa yesterday as part of Hon Makahokovalu Malupoo’s courtship of Princess Angelika Lātūfuipeka.

    Wearing black clothes, as a sign of respect for the royal family which is still mourning the loss of a family member, the ‘Uihans took baked goods, root crops such as yams, plantain and  tui kakala (fragrant flowers made into necklaces  and sisi – ornamented girdles).

    The island of ‘Uiha belongs to Makahokovalu’s father, Lord Maupō.

    Yesterday’s occasion was a preliminary event to be followed by the presentation of the cultural Christmas card (known as kaati) to the Princess next Tuesday, December 23.

    A reliable source told Kaniva News yesterday’s event also included taking ‘ilo (food to be eaten by the nobles or royals) to Princess Pilolevu.

    Princess Pilolevu is Princess Lātūfuipeka’s mehingtanga (paternal aunt – a social status that traditionally can make a final decision in a wedding proposal).

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    Next Tuesday Malupoo’s kāinga (relatives and villagers) will present the kaati and there will be another presentation of fine mats, ngatu, pigs, money and food. A māʻuluʻulu dance will also be performed.

    Most of the gifts were donated by the people of ‘Uiha. Each ‘Uiha man was told to donate two yam crops for the presentation on Tuesday.

    Yams are traditionally regarded as regal crops and are culturally significant, especially the yams classified as kahokaho, which are presented at formal social and cultural activities.

    On Wednesday next week the ‘Uihans will present taumafa (food to be eaten by the queen or the king) to the Queen Mother, Her Majesty Queen Halaevalu Mataʻaho. Princess Angelika was named after her grandmother, the queen mother.

    Her Royal HIghness Princess Angelika Lātūfuipeka Halaevalu Mata'aho Napua Okalani Tuku'aho
    Her Royal HIghness Princess Angelika Lātūfuipeka Halaevalu Mata’aho Napua Okalani Tuku’aho

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    Lord Nuku’s eldest son Fakaʻosifono Valevale and his kāinga from Kolonga presented his proposal early this year in February to Princess Angelika.

    Hon. Makahokovalu will present his proposal to the Princess in March next year.

    According to the kingdom’s constitution, it is up to the king to declare who is going to marry his daughter.

    The courtship of the two suitors for the princess’s hand has caused exchanges of friendly teasing between their kāinga  on social media, a cultural action that was intentionally made to heighten the honour and the prestige of the suitors.

    If this was not done critics would say that the suitors and their supporters were admitting their proposal would be rejected.

    The Uihans have been practicing the māʻuluʻulu for a month.

    When photos from the dance practices were uploaded the captions combined phrases like ‘tue tue’ (to shout out in exultation) and ‘ tue tue’ ( while the shouter beckon with the hand).

    Photos of Hon. Makahokovalu and Fakaʻosifono were also uploaded to Facebook and they quickly stirred discussion and gave their supporters the chance to sing their praises.

    However, some of the commentators were warned by the princess’s close family not to overstep the boundaries and say things that might anger the royal family.

    Her supporters said the princess could not be compared to her suitors because she was attractive, was the only daughter of the king and had obtained two Masters in Business and Management from the National University of Australia.

    The comments were intended to express the princess’s prestige and honour.

    The main points

    • The people of ‘Uiha Island conducted a prayer service and presented gifts at the Royal Palace in Nuku’alofa yesterday as part of Hon Makahokovalu Malupoo’s courtship of Princess Angelica Lātūfuipeka.
    • The ‘Uihans presented baked goods, root crops such as yams and plantain, tui kakala (fragrant flowers made into necklaces) and sisi (ornamented girdles).
    • Yesterday’s occasion was a preliminary event to be followed by the presentation of the cultural Christmas card (known as kaati) to the Princess next week.
    • The event also included taking ‘ilo (food to be eaten by the nobles or royals) to Princess Pilolevu.

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    1. Naʻe fakahoko ha failotu mo ha fakatūʻuta ʻa e kāinga ʻUihá ʻi he Palasi Fakatuʻí ʻi Nukuʻalofa ʻaneafi ko e konga ʻeni e ʻeva ʻa ʻEiki Makahokovalu kia Pilinisesi Angelica Lātūfuipeká.

      Naʻe taungaʻa ʻa e kāingá ko e fakaʻapaʻapa pe ki he Fale ʻo e Tuʻí, tuʻunga he ʻoku kei pulonga ʻa palasi, ʻo nau ō atu mo e taʻo meʻapālangi, ko e ʻufi mo e hopa pehē ki he tui kakala ʻa e kau fefiné.

      Ko ʻUiha ko e motu ia ʻo Looti Malupō.

      Ko e fakatūʻuta ʻaneafí ko e tokateu pe ia ki hano ʻamanaki fakatūʻuta a e kaati ʻa Makahokovalu ʻi he Tūsite kahaʻú 23 ʻo Tīsemá.

      Naʻe pehē ʻe ha maʻuʻanga fakamatala falalaʻanga ki he Kanivá naʻe kau ʻi he fakatūʻuta ʻaneafí e ʻave ʻilo ʻa e kāingá kia Pilinisesi Pilolevu.

      Ko Pilinisesi Pilolevú ko e mehikitanga ia ʻo Pilinisesi Lātūfuipeka pea ko e tuʻunga foki ia fakatatau ki he tukufakaholó ʻokú ne faʻa fai ʻe ia ha aofangatuku ki he meʻa ko e faitohi pe kole mali.

      ʻE ʻave ʻa e kātí ʻi he Tūsité pea ʻe fai ai mo ha toe fakatūʻuta ʻo ha ngaahi koloa pehē ki he sila mo e meʻakai. ʻE tā foki ai mo e māʻuluʻulu ʻa e kāingá.

      Ko e lahi taha ʻo e ngaahi koloa ʻoku ʻave ʻaki ʻa e ngaahi fatongia ko ʻení ko e lukuluku pe ʻa e kāingá hangē ko e tala ke taki foʻi ʻufi ʻe ua ʻa e kakai tangata ʻUiha kotoa.

      Ko e ʻufí ko e ngoue foha ʻeiki ia pea ʻoku ʻi ai hono mātuʻaki mahuʻinga ʻi he ngaahi fakapangai ʻoku faí.

      ʻI he ʻaho Pulelulu ʻoku ʻamanaki ke fai ai ʻe he kāingá ha ʻave taumafa ki he Kuini Fehuhú. Ne fakahingoa foki ʻa Pilinisesi Lātūfuipeka ki heʻene kuí, ʻa Kuini Fehuhu Mataʻaho.

      Fakakaekae:

      Naʻe ʻosi ʻoatu foki e faitohi ʻa e ʻalo lahi taha ʻo Looti Nukú, ʻEiki Fakaʻosifono mei Kolonga ʻi Fepueli kia Pilinisesi Angelica.

      ʻE toki fakahoko e faitohi ʻa Makahokovalú ʻi Māʻasi taʻu kahaʻú.

      Fakatatau ki he konisitūtone ʻa Tongá ʻoku ʻi he finangalo pe ʻo e tuʻí ko hai ʻe mokoi ke ne taʻane mo hono ʻofefiné.

      Ko e ʻeva taʻane ʻa e ongo ʻeikí ni mo e ʻānaua ke talia mai ʻe he pilinisesí kuó ne langaʻi ʻa e fakakēkē ʻi he ongo kāingá ʻi he mītia fakasōsialé, ko e anga faka-Tonga maheni pe ʻeni pea ʻoku taumuʻa ke teke ai pē lāngilangi mo e ngeia ʻo e ongo ʻeiki ʻevá ni.

      Kapau ʻe ʻikai ha fakakēkē pea ʻoku faʻa taku leva ʻe he kau fakaangá ʻoku fakamomoko e ʻeva ʻoku faí pea ngali kuo mahino ʻoku ʻikai tali ia ʻe he fefiné.

      Kuo lava foki ha māhina hono ako e māʻuluʻulu ʻa ʻUihá.

      Ko e taimi pe kuo tuku hake ai ha ngaahi ʻata mei he ako faivá ni ki he Feisipuká ʻoku memei ke ʻohake ai pe mo e fakalea ʻoku tohi ʻo pehē – tue tue – ka ko e konga ia e fakavelavela pe ʻa e kāinga ke mahino ʻenau lotoʻaki ke taʻane honau ʻaló mo e foʻi lupe taiamoni ʻo loto palasí.

      Ko e taimi ne ʻohake ai e tā ʻo Makahokovalu mo Fakaʻosifono ki he Feisipuká ne ʻikai taimi hono vae atu ʻe hona kau poupoú ki heʻenau taki taha peesi Feisipuka mo fai ai pe hono vikia ʻenau taki taha pele ʻofaʻanga, ka ko e ongo ʻeikí ni.

      Kaekehe ne ʻi ai pe ngaahi fakatokanga mei he kāinga tautonu ʻo e Taʻahine Pilinisesí ki he ngaahi fakakaekae ne fai ʻe he ongo faʻahí telia naʻa pakia ha lou telie kae houhau ʻa loto tatau.

      Naʻe pehē ia mei he kau poupou ʻo e taʻahiné ʻoku ʻikai ala fakatataua ʻa e pilinisesí he ʻoku ʻai ai ʻene hoihoifua, ako lelei ʻa ia ne maʻu foki hono ongo mataʻitohi MA ʻe ua he Pisinisí mo e Management mei he ʻUnivesiti Fakafonua ʻo ʻAositelēliá pea ko e ʻalo fefine pe ia ʻe taha ʻo eʻEne ʻAfió.

      Ka ko e fai ai pe foki e ngaahi laú ni taumaiā ʻoku meaʻi mai ia ʻe he taʻahiné ka ko ʻalunga pe ia ʻo e ngaahi kātoanga pehe ní ko e fakalaulaunoa pe mo e teke langi.

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