Origins of our Isa Lei

Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba is shown holding a fly whisk, i roi, which identifies him as a person of high rank. He was the father of Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, the former president and prime minister of Fiji. Picture: FIJI MUSEUM

Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba is shown holding a fly whisk, i roi, which identifies him as a person of high rank. He was the father of Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, the former president and prime minister of Fiji. Picture: FIJI MUSEUM

Have you ever asked yourself, and others, where our famous song of farewell came from? This was the question raised to a Tongan noble in New Zealand back in 1962. For many years, the rivalry over where this song came from had been a bone of contention between Tongans and Fijians. One version holds that […]

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