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Mou teuteu ke tau hiva e! Get ready to sing-a-long!
I had fun translating this for one of my readers. With a bit of research I found out the meaning and history behind the song. Apparently this was originally composed by Talolakepa Fulivai on behalf of a young Queen Mata’aho, wife of Tupou IV in the 1950’s who captained a champion Netball** team named “Lolo ‘a Halaevalu” (being the nickname for Neiafu, Vava’u) during a tournament in Vava’u against other teams from Vava’u.
Vā’inga loto mokomoko
Fai si’o anga
Ko e malimali katakata
Kuo malo mu’a
Si’omou hela’ na
mo e tou’anga
Si’i Lolo [Delightful Vava’u! probably referring to the Teams in the tournament]
playing it cool
as usual your sweet nature
of cool laughing smiles.
thank you dearly for your tiring efforts there
and your earnest work
through the battles faced.
Funga Veitatalo mo e Hala Kaute
Funga Veingangana mo e Hala Siale
‘Ā’ā pe ‘oua ‘e mohe
Na’a ke tafia ai pea ke mole
Pea ke hanu mo ke faka’ise’isa
Ka kuo ‘osi si’ete fakatokanga
Funga Veitatalo team and the Hala Kaute team
Funga Veingangana team and the Hala Siale team
Stay awake do not tire/ sleep
before you are swept away to your peril
and you complain with regret,
But I have forewarned you.
Tala hoku ‘ofa ki Lelea
Mo e fu’u Fā ko Fieme’a
Lolo ‘a Halaevalu si’ene tafe
Lanu ai pea ke hake
Pea ke hifo ki he Fanga Leavale
Mo e Heilala ‘o Loto Takaunove.
Tell of my love to Lelea
and to the big Fā tree of Fieme’a
Lolo ‘a Halaevalu team oh how she flows,
colouring the terrain up and
down towards Fanga Leavale
and to the Heilala Royal Estate of Loto Taukaunove.
**Netball otherwise known as “pasiketipolo” is the Tongan version of netball which has 9 a-side instead of 7 a-side.
Ka ‘i ai ha fehala’aki pea kātaki ‘o fakatonutonu mai e.
Mālō tu’a ‘ofa atu Hema