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Monday 8 December 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
It appeared as though Tonga had finally won a gold medal from the Beijing Olympic Games and it had arrived in Nuku'alofa, when Valerie Vili, New Zealand's Olympic Shot Put Gold Medalist, was welcomed by the Tongan Prime Minister, Dr Feleti Sevele at a special reception in her honour at the start of the Olympian's week long visit to her mother's homeland.Photos by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 3 December 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Ana Teufolau Ma'afu (18) from Kolovai, Tongatapu became the Dux of Tonga High School during their 2008 Prize Giving Ceremony held today, December 3.
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Saturday 29 November 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two outstanding young girls, Momota 'Atiola (17) and Malia Makitalena Mafi (16), became the dux of Queen Salote College and 'Api Fo'ou College respectively during the 2008 prize-giving ceremonies held this week.
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Tuesday 18 November 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rebuilding of the Nuku'alofa central business district will begin with three Tongan companies who have committed to build using funding made available by China.
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Thursday 13 November 2008
Neiafu, Vava'u
A fire gutted a large part of the Paradise International Hotel in Neiafu, Vava'u, in the early hours of this morning, November 13. Photos by Sione Vuki
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Thursday 6 November 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 2008 session of the Tongan parliament was officially closed this morning by the Princess Regent, HRH Princess Pilolevu Tuita. Photos by Linny Folau and Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 24 September 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
White 'Faka-Sepitema' today, September 24, in Tonga saw hundreds of women lay preachers of the Church of Tonga dressed in white gathering for their annual roll call. Photos by Linny Folau
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Monday 11 August 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Selena d'Angelo (35) a professional make-up artist from Las Vegas and former part time Hawaii showgirl outsparkled Nuku'alofa's local leitis to win the 2008-09 Miss Galaxy Queen crown in Friday night's final, August 8.
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Friday 8 August 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
It was a second night of dazzle and glamour at the 2008 Miss Galaxy Queen International Wear and Talent competition last night, Thursday 7, as contestants wowed the audience with fantastic costumes and performances, in the annual cross-dressing pageant. Photos by Linny Folau
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Friday 8 August 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Galaxy Queen Pageant 2008 began in Nuku'alofa on Wednesday August 6 and lived up to its outrageous reputation attracting a full house to the Queen Salote Memorial Hall.
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Tuesday 5 August 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Traditional dance entertainment for the celebration of the Coronation of HM King George Tupou V were performed on August 2 at the Mala'e Pangai. Photos by Peter Poulsen
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Monday 4 August 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Visitors to Tonga's coronation enjoyed an afternoon of traditional entertainment featuring joyful displays of Tonga's Masterpiece, the Lakalaka, and other dances performed in a bright sunshine at the Mala'e Pangai on August 2. Photos by Pesi Fonua, Adrienne L. Kaeppler, Peter Poulsen, Linny Folau and Mary Lyn Fonua.
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Friday 1 August 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
During Tonga's coronation celebrations 270 people were named to receive honours, with many attending the investiture ceremony at the Royal Palace on July 31. Topping the medal list was HM King George Tupou V, himself, and his mother HM Queen Halaevalu Mata'aho.
Wednesday 30 July 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Miss Heilala 2008-09 is Fiona Makisi (21), a student doing a double major in Arts and Law at the University of Sydney, Australia. Photos by Linny Folau
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Tuesday 29 July 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
King George Tupou V applauded the spectacular dances by massed Tongatapu schools at Teufaiva Stadium this morning. Photos by Peter Poulsen, Mary Lyn Fonua, Linny Folau and Adrienne L. Kaeppler.
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Tuesday 29 July 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
About 10,000 dancers, students from government primary schools, gathered at the Teufaiva Stadium this morning for a mass performance of dances on Education Day in celebration of King George Tupou V's Coronation. The stadium was filled with another 10,000-12,000 parents and spectators, including the King's guests the Maori king and queen. Photos by Peter Poulsen, Mary Lyn Fonua, and Linny Folau.
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Monday 28 July 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Miss Heilala contestants took part in a colourful float parade on Saturday July 26, a popular highlight of Tonga's annual Heilala Festival. Photos by Mary Lyn Fonua and Linny Folau
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Monday 28 July 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A multi-cultural Tonga was on show in the lead up celebrations for the coronation of King George Tupou V, with the "One Tonga" parade on Friday evening. Photos by Linny Folau
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Friday 25 July 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The winner of last week's Miss Heilala Tau'olunga dance competition at the Heilala Village will be announced on the final night of the Miss Heilala contest on Tuesday 29 July.
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Thursday 24 July 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A colourful presentation of traditional dance, for the Heilala Cultural Evening featuring the 2008 Miss Heilala Tau'olunga Junior and Mr Heilala Tulafale competitions at the Heilala Village attracted a large crowd of spectators into central Nuku'alofa last night, July 23. Photos by Mary Lyn Fonua
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