TUI MANU'A & TUI TONGA
THE TUI TONGA TITLE IS CONNECTED TO TUI MANU'A OF SAMOA. THE TUI MANU'A ANCIENTLY HAD INFLUENCE OVER TONGA AND WAS THE FATHER OF THE 1ST TUI TONGA AHOEITU. IT IS SAID BY REV J.E MOULTON FOUNDER OF THE TUPOU COLLEGE IN TONGA THAT THERE WAS A HUGE MIGRATION OF SAMOANS TO TONGA DURING THE REIGN OF AHOEITU son of Tui Manu'a. Samoans first landed on the east end of the island near Lafonga, where they settled after living there for many years, eventually removed to the east entrance into Mu'a inlet, and some of them still live there today.
MALIETOA & TUI TONGA
TUI TONGA ANCIENTLY HAD INFLUENCE OVER PARTS OF SAMOA AND OCCUPIED THE COASTS OF SAVAII & UPOLU ETC.... IT WAS DURING THE REIGN OF THE 15TH TUI TONGA TALAKAIFAIKI IS WHEN PROBLEMS STARTED HAPPENING FOR THE SIMPLE FACT TUI TONGA TALAKAIFAIKI WAS A CRUEL KING AND STARTED MISTREATING SOME OF THE SAMOAN PEOPLE WHICH LEAD TO WAR IN WHICH HE WAS DEFEATED AND EXPELLED FROM SAMOA GIVING BIRTH THE WARRIOR TITLE MALIETOA. After this incident many MALIETOA'S married into the Tongan Royal family and Vice Versa.
TUI KANOKUPOLU & SAMOAN CHIEF AMA OF SAFATA UPOLU
THE TUI KANOKUPOLU TITLE IS TRACED BACK TO A SAMOAN CHIEF NAMED AMA OF SAFATA UPOLU. AMA LEFT SAMOA AND SETTLED IN TONGA WITH A HUGE FOLLOWING SOME SAY HE LEFT SAMOA WITH THOUSANDS OF FOLLOWERS WHICH CONSISTED OF SAMOAN WARRIORS ETC..... SAMOAN CHIEF AMA AND HIS SAMOAN FOLLOWERS settled first in present day Tatakamotonga in Mu'a in an area called Fonuamotu. They then moved and occupied all of Hihifo and later through the Ha'a Havea clan (Sa Savea) much of central Tongatapu in the Ha'amea region. Ama and many Samoan Warriors helped establish the Tui Kanokupolu Line by helping Tui Kanokupolu in various Wars to defeat his enemies and gain power in Tonga.
Ama's daughter Limapo married Tui Haatakalaua and gave birth to GHATA. GHATA split from the Tui Haatakalaua Line and created the new Line called TUI KANOKUPOLU (FLESH OF UPOLU) the name KANOKUPOLU was givin in connection to the strong Influence that Samoa had on this dynasty.
SAMOAN CHIEF LOAU & TUI TONGA MOMO
There is also a Samoan & Tongan Connection between these 2 individuals but we shall discuss this issue later.
SAMOAN PLACE NAMES IN TONGA:
101 Samoan names are employed in the Tonga Islands as a whole and were distributed amongst the 5 groups in Tonga as shown below:
Tongatapu Islands = 71
Vavau = 47
Haapai = 40
Niuafo'ou = 15
Niuatoputapu = 9