Tala ‘o mate kuo ‘aonga ma’a Tonga written and composed by Manase Lua

In a previous blog post, I had shared a poem that was written by my cousin Manase Lua as a tribute for the passing of King George V in Tonga earlier this year. You can find more about that on this link here: Dedicated to the passing of HM King George V

In this blog post, I have the pleasure in sharing a Tongan song that Manase had written and composed which is entitled: Tala ‘o mate kuo ‘aonga ma’a Tonga.  This song features on the ‘Akiheuho String Band’s debut album which consists of 10 original Tongan hiva kakala (fragrant songs). For the non-Tongan readers, the English translation of the song is featured on the right hand side of this page whilst the Tongan lyrics are positioned to the left of this page. Also, at the end of this post is the link to the audio recording of this song. Enjoy!

TALA ‘O MATE KUO ‘AONGA MA’A TONGA

Chronicles of an honourable passing in service to the King
*In loving memory of the late ‘Ana Tupou Tu’amoheloa

TULOU MO E HAU ‘O E ONGO KAUHALA

I pay homage to the King of both sides of the road


KA U HU PUNOU LOUIFI KAE FAI HANO TALA

That I may speak with bowed reverence and due respect

HANGE NE TALANGA’I MEI HE KUONGA KI MU’A

As it once was told in many ages long before

KEI TONGA PE ‘A TONGA NEONGO E NOFO HE VAHA

Tonga stands resolute despite the ravages of time and space

NE TAU HA IKA TA’ANE MEI HE LOTO MOANA

A great warrior battled fiercely from the ocean deep

FASI PEAU IKUNA HA’AKI TONU HE NGUTU’ANA

Overcoming great waves right to the very shore

HUFANGALUPE HANGA ATU KI HE TAHI TONGA

Dear doves sheltering on the cliffs face the Southern Seas

KAU VILO TAKAMILO TAKAI’I E HALA TAUFA

That I may turn and encircle the King’s Main Road

TAU 1

VAI KO FELEFONU PEA MO HAFEKIVAKA

Gathering stream of turtles and the great landing bay

VAI KO PAKILAU MO E LAKU’ANGA HEILALA

Stream of scattered petals where high maidens came to play

‘E NGALO NAI ‘AFE ‘A E TUPU’ANGA ‘O E LA’A?

When will we ever forget the rising place of the sun?

NE SITAKAFALU HE FUNGA ‘ESI ‘O TAUFA

Where a King took shade near his mother’s sheltered bay

TALU MEI KILUKILUA MO ‘ETAU FAIFATONGIA

Since time immemorial the people have dutifully served

KI A HA’A MOHEOFO MO E HULIHULI TEFUA

The Royal Houses of Tonga and their Chiefly lines

ULOULO TA’ETUKU HOTAU KELEKELE TU’A

Forever blazing dutifully are our expansive lands

KE TAU POLEPOLE AI HE KUO ‘AMUSIA-E-‘A

That we may stand with pride for blessed are they that see.

UISA! NEU MAMATA KI HA VISONE NA’E LUVA

Behold I saw a vision granted by the unseen

TALANGATA ‘IATE AU KA E TAU KI HE ‘ATAA

Let the words I utter now rise up to the sky

KA ONGONA HA’O MAMAHI ‘OKU PIKI-PEA-VELA

And should embers of my words cling and cause you pain

TAFI KI ‘ANA’AHU KI A VAHA’I PEA MO HAVEATAMA

Sweep away the smouldering ash to the guardians at the cave

TAU 2

TAU MAVAE KAVA HE KUO NONGA MAI E HALA

Let us now depart with grace for the road ahead is clear

KAE ‘ATA ‘A ‘APIHALA PEA MO TOKOMA’ATA

And grant the two main keepers of tradition leave to rest

MAEAKAFA NA’E UA KUO HOKO ‘O TAHA

Two braided sennit ropes are now joined together as one

NGATA AI E TALA ‘O MATEKUO’AONGAMA’ATONGA

Here ends the Chronicle of an honourable passing in service to the King.

Lyrics/Fa’u ‘e Manase Lua
Music & Arrangement/Fakafasi mo hono fokotu’utu’u e Manase Lua, Sione Vaka (tau), Benjamin Zeketoa Tameifuna, Po’uhila Po’uhila Jnr., mo Penisio Kautai

*Also in loving memory of the late ‘Alisi Lolie and dedicated to ‘Elisiva Vaisioa Vea and Sela Mounukiuoleva Lua, the three daughters of Tevita Tu’amoheloa of Faleloa/Ma’ufanga and ‘Ana Tupou of Vaini, eldest daughter of ‘Ilaisa Ma’u Tupou, eldest son of Matekuo’aongama’atonga the eldest son of Ma’afu ‘Osaiasi Finautoki (Chief of Vaini) and Latuvaivai (daughter of Tu’i Pelehake ‘Uluvalu and Finau Fakaheke). Sela Mounukiuoleva is the mother of band member Manase Lua who composed this song. The name Matekuo’aongama’atonga is a reference to the Ha’a Havea Clan’s support of the Tu’i Tonga and Kauhala’uta during the Tongan civil wars.

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