Tui Lau

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Tui Lau is a Fijian chiefly title of recent history which was created during the time of Ma'afu and his conquests.

A Brief History[edit]

Ma'afu was disclaimed as a Tongan Prince by his cousin King George Tupou I. Since the Vuanirewa tribe of the Lau Islands considered Ma'afu as their own, they therefore installed him as the first Tui Lau.

The Installation[edit]

The title of Tui Lau is decided by the Yavusa Toga people residing in Sawana, village on Vanuabalavu, Lau. This is also done in consultation with the Vuanirewa clan on Lakeba.[1][2][3]

Recent history[edit]

There has been no installation since Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara's time. The current candidates for the title include his eldest living son, Ratu Finau Mara and his brother, Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba.

Tui Lau Chart of title holders[edit]

Order Tui Lau Reigned Lived
1. Enele Ma'afu 1869–1881 1816–1881
2. Ratu Sir Josefa Lalabalavu Vana'ali'ali Sukuna 1938–1958 1888–1958
3. Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara 1963–2004 1920–2004

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mara, Ratu Sir Kamisese: "The Pacific Way: A Memoir", Page 91. University of Hawaii Press, 1997
  2. ^ Ai Vola Ni Kawabula Yavusa Tonga, Native Lands records.
  3. ^ Alexander Phillip Lessin, Village of the Conquerors