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Hon. Frederica Filipe: Our Beloved Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho

It is in heartache that I turn to writing as a form of healing; as I had done when I started the Princess Diaries series. However, this time, the heartache is more severe. Our grandmother, who ...

Hon. Frederica Filipe: Sweet Memories Of My Grandparents

The jewel of my memories of our grandparents, their late majesties King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV and Queen Halaevalu Mata’aho, is the spectacularly normal display of love shared by two extraordinary people held to majesty by their ...

Disney’s Moana Review: WE ARE MOANA

Through one humble act, a single person embodied the Tongan ideals upon which our Pacific societies are built; love, humility, respect, and duty. That single instance inspired pride within generations of Tongans while making waves in ...

Hon. Frederica Filipe’s Princess Diaries: Coronation of King Tupou VI

As I go through my daily routine, I cannot help but share in the excitement as the day of Coronation quickly approaches. Villages buzz enthusiastically and homes are beautified for visitors to the Kingdom. There is ...

Hon. Frederica Filipe’s Princess Diaries: The Virtue Of The Tongan Tau’olunga

“She stood in the middle of eager eyes and silent wonder. Her skin glistened with the oils of her village. Her face remnant of her island’s beauty. She is at a standstill – sharing a smile ...

From Hawaii Sands to Stanford: The Tongan Iron Man

  The rowdiest conference of NCAA football, the PAC-12 is the entryway into the most competitive league in the nation, the NFL. While the Conference holds bragging rights for the most teams in the NCAA playoffs, ...

Out From The Lions’ Den – Mr. Clive Edwards

Unlike the United States and Washington politics, the Kingdom of Tonga is undergoing another history-making election as the country builds its’ political identity and marches down the path of reformation, action, and fair representation. In 2010, ...

Tongan Winner Diamond Langi Passes her Miss Face of Beauty International Crown This Weekend

The beautiful Diamond Langi set out for Taiwan this week to crown the 2014 winner of the Miss Face of Beauty International contest. Langi, who was the winner for 2013, beat out 38 other contestants for ...

The Power Of Love

The thirst for cultural connection is a distinct characteristic of what it means to be Polynesian, and greater still, to be Pacific Islander. Tongan culture and society, for example: Tauhi Vaha’a (maintaining good relations), ‘Ofa (love), ...

Exclusive Interview: University Of Utah’s Offensive Lineman Visesio Salt Jr.

“My parents are originally from Tonga; my father is from Houma, Tongatapu, and my mother is from Faleloa, Ha’apai.” As 6’3” 300 lb. senior offensive lineman, Junior Salt, shares his heritage, I immediately make a connection ...