Naosara

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Naosara (pronunciation: NAH-OH-SARAH) was a Fijian High Chief, an ancestor of Fijian royal family. His title was Tui Nayau – "Lord of the island of Nayau."[1]

He was also called Tuʻivanuakula II or Tuʻinaosara. Tu'i means "chief".

Coat of arms of Fiji

Biography[edit]

Naosara was a son of the High Chief Lutunasobasoba, who is also known as Kubunavanua[2] and was a brother of Degei II.[3][4] Naosara's mother was the High Chiefess Miranalesakula, whose parents are not known.

A brother of Naosara was Chief Daunisai, and he also had a stepmother and at least one sister.[5]

Naosara settled on Nayau, claiming it as his own and thus he can be assumed to be the first holder of the title Tui Nayau. He married a woman called Gelegeleavanua. Her title was Adi.[6]

They eventually had two sons, Buivaroro and Kalouyalewa, who upon reaching adulthood removed themselves to Lakeba. Buivaroro later returned to Nayau and succeeded to his father’s title. Kalouyalewa remained on Lakeba.[7]

Naosara also had a daughter, Chiefess Keletu.[8]

Grandsons of Naosara were Chiefs Qoma,[9] Delaivugalei, and Tongatapu.[10]

Family tree[edit]

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Vanua: towards a Fijian theology of place. By Ilaitia S. Tuwere. Suva: Institute of Pacific Studies, 2002.
  2. ^ Moala: culture and nature on a Fijian island by Marshall David Sahlins.
  3. ^ Lutunasobasobaʻs family
  4. ^ The Kalou-Vu (Ancestor-Gods) of the Fijians, Basil H. Thomson, Vol. 24, 1895 (1895), pp.340-343
  5. ^ Daunisai
  6. ^ Chiefess Gelegeleavanua
  7. ^ Family of Kalouyalewa
  8. ^ Keletu
  9. ^ Yalo i Viti: Shades of Viti by Fergus Clunie. Page 173. Fiji Museum.
  10. ^ Mara, Ratu Sir Kamisese: The Pacific Way: A Memoir. University of Hawaii Press, 1997.