View of band, pier and market place from my veranda.
The Royal Palace. Tonga is oneof the few South Pacific countries that did not give up their power to Britain. It is it's own monarchy.
Dresses made of bark cloth or tapa.
Welcomed to Ancient Tonga by the sound of the beating drum.
Who could resist this picture?
Beginning of the cava ceremony.
Each person claps three times before receiving their kava.
Welcome dance. Dance and music are a huge part of the Tongan life. They encourage their next generation to participate
Men did a traditional dance supposed to attract single women.
Showing off their life skills for the women.
As Tongans progressed they discovered a sharpened stick would also work to husk a coconut.
If a man were in the woods without a knife, he woud husk the coconut with his teeth.
This is the ancient way of shredding coconut.
Banana leaves were used to serve the group freshly shredded coconut.
The banana or taro leaves are grilled to make them pliable enought to wrap around the ingredients of the Lu.
Preparing a Lu, traditional Sunday dish, a dish or chopped meat and onions with coconut milk wrapped in taro or banana leaves and put on the fire to cook.
The maka feke is an octopus lure made of a shell tied on the end of a rope (made out of braided coconut fibers). The maka feke is dangled up and down mimicking swimming prey.mistake the shell for their prey.
Hand woven mats are passed down from generation to generations and acquire greater status with the passage of time.
Ta'ovala is the traditional woven mat that is worn to show respect and authority.
She is holding bark cloth or tapa.
Closer look at the bark cloth or tapa. The design is done with mangrove ink.
This tapa cloth is worth $2,000 USD. They are given for birthdays, weddings and other special occasions. The body is wrapped in a tapa cloth before being buried.
A great example of the various tapa cloth designs.
The woman is wearing a kiekie is a waist girdle. A more modern vesion of the ta'ovala that allows women to move more freely. It is not worn on special occasions like weddings or funerals.
Entrance to Ancient Tonga exhibit.
Typical Tonga homes. (from bus).
Common to set up stalls in front of one's home.
It is common for stands to be set up in front of one's home. (from bus).
The stands are a family affair but these guys seem to be having fun as well. (from bus).
A better home in Nuku' Alofa but they are few and far between.
A modest cairn above a mangrove inlet near Holonga village marks the spot where Captain Cook came ashore in 1777 on his third trip to Tonga.
This sign shows the damage left by Cyclone Gita a couple of weeks ago.
The Maka Fa'akinanga (Leaning Rock) is the large upright standing stone slab with an indentation of a large head, shoulders and back. Legend says that the Eleventh Tu'i Tonga sat against the stone.
Ha'amonga a Maui is a trilithon of three coral limestone slabs. It was built in the 13th century as a gateway to the Kings royal compound Heketa.
This is a typical cemetery on Tonga. The stone in the upper left is a Royal Tomb which is why it is elevated and stands alone.