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Title Tui Nayau[1]
Children Lady Lebaidrani
Lady Cabata
Prince Ravonoloa
Parent(s) Maseikula

Tu’i Vukinavanua (pronunciation: [βukinaβanua]) was a Fijian High Chief of the island of Nayau.[2][3][4]

It is likely that Vukinavanua was born on Nayau. His father was High Chief Maseikula of Nayau,[5] who was a son of Lord Buivaroro and Lady Tarau.[6] Vukinavanua’s mother was a noble lady. Her name is not known. Vukinavanua had a brother named Vakaoti, who was Sau Mai. He lived on Nayau.[7]

After Maseikula died, Vukinavanua became the ruler of Nayau.[8]

He had at least one wife and three children – Lady Lebaidrani,[9] Lady Cabata[10] and Prince Ravonoloa.[11][12]

Chief Niumataiwalu of Lakeba sent emissaries to escort his cousin Vukinavanua to Lakeba. Vukinavanua felt too old and weak to undertake the venture and instead sent the katonisau (basket containing the Nayau chiefly regalia) which remained with Niumataiwalu’s branch. This gesture is significant as it suggests a symbolic transference of Vukinavanua’s rights to Niumatawalu’s family. Vukinavanua was thus succeeded by Niumataiwalu’s son, Rasolo.[13]


  1. ^ Report of the Constitution Review Committee, July/August 1987. Fiji Parliament, Constitution Review Committee.
  2. ^ The Fiji journals of Baron Anatole von Hügel, 1875-1877
  3. ^ Neither Cargo Nor Cult: Ritual Politics and the Colonial Imagination in Fiji by Martha Kaplan. Durham; London: Duke University Press, 1995.
  4. ^ Bulletin of the Fiji Museum, volume 1-2. 1973.
  5. ^ "Maseikula [2nd Tuinayau] (deceased) - Genealogy". 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  6. ^ Mai kea ki vei?: stories of Methodism in Fiji and Rotuma, 1835-1995: proceedings of the Fiji Methodist History Conference, Davuilevu, 10–13 October 1995. Written by Andrew Thornley.
  7. ^ "Vakaoti (Sau mai Nayau 1st) (deceased) - Genealogy". 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  8. ^ The Fiji Journals of Baron Anatole Von Hugel 1875-1877. Roth, Jane and Steven Hooper (eds.), Suva: Fiji Museum in association with Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology, 1990.
  9. ^ "Adi Lebaidrani (Delaiwawa) (deceased) - Genealogy". 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  10. ^ "Cabata (deceased) - Genealogy". 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  11. ^ "Ravonoloa (deceased) - Genealogy". 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  12. ^ "Degevacu (deceased) - Genealogy". 2009-02-20. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  13. ^ Tovata I & II by A.C. Reid. Printed in Fiji.