One of the king of Tonga’s leading matāpule who held the title Motuʻapuaka died in the United States this morning, his matāpule Mafi-E-Vaohēhea has confirmed.
He said Motuʻapuaka suffered an illness before he died.
Motuʻapuaka is one of the king’s heralds who inherited and held lands in Tonga such as His Majesty’s nobles.
His estate is Teʻekiu in Tongatapu.
Motuʻapuaka’s roles included taking care of and making decision during any royal kava ceremony the king attended.