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Traditional entertainment for Their Majesties and guests

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02nd June 2015  Their Majesties King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u have been entertained with some of the best displays of traditional dances over the past two days from local students from schools around Tongatapu.

As the Government and the Kingdom of Tonga gears up for Saturday’s Coronation Service, which will see His Majesty King Tupou VI wear the Crown signifying his official ascension as the next King of Tonga, students have been the focus of the past two days with their various performances.

On Wednesday, July 1, students performed various items during the Education Day program at the Teufaiva Stadium.

Thousands of students from primary, secondary, high schools and tertiary institutions here on Tongatapu, performed under the theme ‘Showcasing Education in Tonga’.

Hundreds of primary school students kicked off the day’s program dressed in red and white, holding mini Tongan flags, formed a massive Tongan flag on the rugby field, while cheering for the King and Queen.

That was followed by some neat displays by the students from Tonga’s Institute of Science and Technology, ‘Ahopanilolo Technical Institute and Monfort Technical Institute – demonatrating what they have been able to learn in their own different fields of learning.

That included the building of a double storey wooden house, the display of customer service and hospitality service, while others displayed defensive combat skills they had learned.

Schools also set up booths around the field, with Their Majesties touring the booths, followed by Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala, Prime Minister Hon Samiuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, Deputy Prime Minister Hon Siaosi Sovaleni, Cabinet Ministers, Heads of States from around the Pacific, Members of the Diplomatic Corps and other guests.

Her Royal Highness Princess Angelika Latufuipeka Tuku’aho was the guest in the afternoon program and witnessed performances of  traditional dances including Lakalaka and Kailao.

An impressive display was also put up by students of GPS ‘Atele, Veitongo, Pea and Tokomololo, forming the Tongan Coat of Arms.

On Thursday, July 2, Their Majesties were joined by invited guests for a seaside luncheon hosted by the Nobles of Tonga.

That was followed by the afternoon program of entertainment, once again featuring students of Tonga.
The opening performance was a stunning ma’ulu’ulu by almost 1000 girls from Queen Sālote College, to the beat of the ‘Ta nafa’, drummers.

This was followed by a Me’etu’upaki performed by combined students from Tupou College and Tonga College, a lakalaka ‘(Ikale) by Government Primary School students from Kolomotu’a, Hofoa, Puke, Hala’ovave and Longolongo.

Lavengamalie College performed an ‘Otuhaka while the combined Government Primary Schools of Fua’amotu, Ha’asini and Tu’aliku ‘o Pilolevu performed the Ma’ulu’ulu (tafi).

Other performances included a Fa’ahiula by St Andrews High School, Lakalaka (Laione) by Tonga High School and ended with a Sōke by ‘Apifo’ou College.

The Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho, Princess Pilolevu Tuita and other members of the Royal Family attended.

Also in attendance were Prime Minister Hon Pohiva and members of his Cabinet. Overseas guests included Adi Ateca Ganilau and her husband Ratu Epeli Ganilau of Fiji and Lord Simon Glenarthur, the Maori King Te Ariki Niu Tuheita Paki and wife Ariki Atawhai among others.

Meanwhile, side events in the past week had included performances by the bands of His Majesty’s Armed Forces and the United States of America’s Marines.

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Issued by: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications.

 

 

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