Battle of Kaba

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Battle of Kaba
Kaba, Fiji
Result Fijian-Tongan Victory
Rewa Province
Commanders and leaders
Fiji Cakobau
Tonga Taufa'ahau
Fiji Tonga Enele Ma'afu
Fiji 1,000
Tonga 2,000
Casualties and losses
Fiji Unknown
Tonga 21 killed, 20 wounded

The Battle of Kaba was fought at Kaba, Fiji, in 1855 between self proclaimed Fijian Tui Viti (King) Cakobau and his enemies from Rewa and Bau. Cakobau was supported by a strong fleet from Tonga, sent by Tu'i Tonga (King) Taufa'ahau (George I) of Tonga and Enele Ma'afu, governor of the Tongan population in Fiji. The battle was a major victory for Cakobau, thanks mainly to his Tongan allies, and cemented his leadership over Fiji. It also, however, underlined his dependency on the military power of Tonga, especially since Ma'afu remained in Fiji.


  • Huffer, Elise, Grands Hommes et Petites Îles: La Politique Extérieure de Fidji, de Tonga et du Vanuatu, Paris: Orstom, 1993, ISBN 2-7099-1125-6
  • Historical timeline, Fiji Government Online Portal

Coordinates: 18°42′35″S 174°01′48″W / 18.709775°S 174.029960°W / -18.709775; -174.029960