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meaning of some Polynesian island names[edit source]

Hi Hello Tauʻolunga, long time no write. Lately, I have been working on the articles de:Anuta and de:Fatutaka in the German Wikipedia. There I also came across island names such as Te Fatu and Fatuʻomanga. Can you recognize the meanings of these island names? I understand or believe:

  • Fatu = rock
  • Fatutaka = remote rock
  • Te Fatu = The Rock?
  • Fatuʻomanga = ??? rock

The latter two are tiny satellite islets of Anuta. Thank you, and greetings,--Ratzer (talk) 20:51, 8 Sune 2012 (UTC)[reply]

fatu has many meanings in Tongan, but one of them (the last one in the dictionary) indeed is rock; cognate with vatu in Fiji, so probably the word is generally known in all western Polynesia. manga is branch in Tongan, but that does not say anything about Anutan. It might be a variant of maunga, mountain, as it is in Mangareva in the Gambier. Rock of the mountain ? --Tauʻolunga (talk) 05:25, 9 Sune 2012 (UTC)[reply]

Hi Tauʻolunga! Can you to restore and translate this page? I need so much your help! Is a sample phrase. Thanks in advanced. Vitor Mazuco (talk) 10:51, 26 Sune 2012 (UTC)[reply]

No. Even if it was restored, it would be soon deleted again for lack of content. I rather spend my time on making pages for Tongan singers. --Tauʻolunga (talk) 06:36, 27 Sune 2012 (UTC)[reply]

I assume you speak English. Do you remember where you found this image?--KAVEBEAR (talk) 07:39, 30 Siulai 2012 (UTC)[reply]

http://www.palaceoffice.gov.to/ ? I think. In a time that that site still worked. And then not from the site itself but the original pictures from which the webmaster had put them up. --Tauʻolunga (talk) 05:38, 31 Siulai 2012 (UTC)[reply]

File:Tubuo, descendant of Tui Tonga dynasty (1898).jpg[edit source]

Who is this woman File:Tubuo, descendant of Tui Tonga dynasty (1898).jpg?--KAVEBEAR (talk) 23:28, 1 Tisema 2012 (UTC)[reply]

My best bet it Tupou Moheofo. But any other guess may be as good as that. --Tauʻolunga (talk) 05:34, 2 Tisema 2012 (UTC)[reply]

Thank You for the Wikipedia Picture[edit source]

Hello, My name is Duane Hurst and I recently made a free (non-commercial) English web site to share information with people. I added links to your Wikipedia/Wikimedia freeware picture (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Butaritari-causeway.jpg). I also gave credit to you on my web pages for your work. Thank you for sharing with the public. My website is:


I also am a "Mormon" and my web site has a Mormon section that contains my Book of Mormon map (pictures of actual locations), my translation of Egyptian hieroglyphs from the Book of Abraham, and other items. I have shared and discussed these with various LDS general authorities and given many fireside presentations about them in Japan, Thailand and USA. My web site sections about the USA and World also have LDS membership and temple information for each country.

I add pictures such as yours to one of the following major sections of my site: 1. World section - contains information and over 10,000 images of every world country and territory. Link at: http://www.freeenglishsite.com/world/index.htm

2. USA section - contains information and images of every USA state and territory. Link at: http://www.freeenglishsite.com/world/usa/index.htm

3. English section - "Mel and Wes" lessons in conversation format. Stories are located in various USA states and world countries such as China, England, Germany, Japan, Mexico and Thailand. Each lesson has many slang terms and idioms, which I link to my Slang Dictionary. This eventually will have over 5,000 terms. Currently, it has about 3,000 slang and idioms. I regularly add new lessons and slang terms. Link at: http://www.freeenglishsite.com/english/lessons/index.htm Slang Dictionary link at: http://www.freeenglishsite.com/english/slang/Eslang_a.htm

Prior to retirement, I taught English at several private and public universities in the United States.

Please share this free site with your friends. I hope all will enjoy the pictures and find the English information useful. Sincerely,  Duane Hurst in Utah, USA

Email address: duanerhurst@freeenglishsite.com -- 15:22, 8 Tisema 2012 (UTC)[reply]

Transcription[edit source]

Hi Tauʻolunga, I saw that you have moved "Joseph Smith" to "Siosefa Sāmita". Any idea how the English family name "Conley" (IPA: /kɒnlɪ/) can be transcribed? --Кашко (talk) 15:24, 14 Fēpueli 2013 (UTC)[reply]

Konelī, perhaps --Tauʻolunga (talk) 06:04, 15 Fēpueli 2013 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks. --Кашко (talk) 23:53, 16 Fēpueli 2013 (UTC)[reply]

Tongan alphabet[edit source]

Malo e lelei. I have created an article about the Tongan alphabet on the Macedonian Wikipedia (link) and figure it out that this article Motuʻalea fakatonga is about the Tongan alphabet here, so I added iw links. Am I right? Best--MacedonianBoy (talk) 12:13, 21 Fēpueli 2013 (UTC)[reply]

And one more question: Is always 's' pronounced as /s/, or do you still can find words where the letter 's' is pronounced as the English 'j' or 'ch'. Best--MacedonianBoy (talk) 12:14, 21 Fēpueli 2013 (UTC)[reply]
/s/ only --Tauʻolunga (talk) 05:05, 22 Fēpueli 2013 (UTC)[reply]

Tongan anthem[edit source]

Who wrote the words? Book source said Tēvita ʻUnga but the official site of the palace says its Uelingatoni Ngū.--KAVEBEAR (talk) 08:12, 5 Siulai 2013 (UTC)[reply]

So probably no one knows, and the historian who yells loudest is the one who will win the fight and get right. But I have never heard anything else than Uelingatoni Ngū. --Tauʻolunga (talk) 05:13, 7 Siulai 2013 (UTC)[reply]
The better historian is the one that can understand both sides and discover which side is correct and which side is mistaken. No hostility meant.--KAVEBEAR (talk) 04:54, 8 Siulai 2013 (UTC)[reply]

Kalama[edit source]

'Oku lahi e ngaahi fehālaaki 'i he kalama 'okú ke ngāu'akí 'o fakatatau mo ho fakatonutonu kuo fai mai kiate au. 'Oku ou faka'amu ke ke fakalelei'i ia peá ke toki hoko leva ki hono fakatonutonuki e ni'ihi 'oku 'o kinautolu e lea faka-Tongá. Ka neongo iá, 'oku ou fakamālō atu 'i ho'o foaki lahi kuo fai ma'ae wikipedia faka-Tongá. 'I he loto faka'apa'apa mo'oni, --Haanofonua (talk) 08:24, 6 Siulai 2013 (UTC)[reply]

Mālō. If Tongan is your native language, please go ahead, mine it is not. ʻOku ke lava kamata he taimi ní. But make sure you use the proper fakauʻa as shown below. --Tauʻolunga (talk) 05:20, 7 Siulai 2013 (UTC)[reply]

Solomone Ula[edit source]

Would you be able to transfer a photo of Solomone Ula Ata to his bio on the English Wikipedia as I don't seem to be able to do so. Any help with pics of the Royal Family would be good as well. Thank You Castlemate

DONE, to commons --Tauʻolunga (talk) 05:50, 19 Mē 2014 (UTC)[reply]

Article[edit source]

Hi! Could you please create a stub about Tuʻi Tonga Empire, please? Thanks for your help. --Katxis (talk) 16:19, 26 ʻEpeleli 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Could you add any thoughts at this deletion nomination? It's an article you wrote at to.wiki that was transferred to en.wiki. If you could add any sources, that would be great. Thanks, Calliopejen1 (talk) 23:44, 1 Mē 2015 (UTC)[reply]

a reference link is still given on the Tongan page………… --Tauʻolunga (talk) 02:04, 2 Mē 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Translation of Tuʻahivi[edit source]

Malo e lelei ! I am currently working on Tongan islands for the French Wikipedia and I came across this map of Tongan volcanoes : File:Tuʻahivi.gif. Could you please tell me what the legends means ? I need the translation of Tuʻahivi fakamoʻungaafi ʻo Tonga and Kelimoana ʻo Tonga. Malo aupito ! Skimel (talk) 12:26, 4 Sānuali 2016 (UTC)[reply]

Just 'volcanic ridge of Tonga' and 'oceanic trench of Tonga'; no old legends, just modern science --Tauʻolunga (talk) 06:15, 5 Sānuali 2016 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks for the answer! By "legend" I meant the legend of the map, not some tales. Malo aupito! Skimel (talk) 10:27, 5 Sānuali 2016 (UTC)[reply]

Siaina[edit source]

Hi! I've just created and article about China. Could you please take a look at it? I don't know how to write Beijing in Samoan. I also created the template it is used in the article. --Katxis (talk) 12:25, 28 Fēpueli 2016 (UTC)[reply]

I think you better do not add such minimalist articles unless you have something more of value to add. And this is Tonga by the way. --Tauʻolunga (talk) 06:22, 29 Fēpueli 2016 (UTC)[reply]
Sorry, I meant Tongan. --Katxis (talk) 08:31, 29 Fēpueli 2016 (UTC)[reply]

Now Commons[edit source]

Hi Tauʻolunga,

in the list Special:ListFiles there are several free files. I tagged some with "cc-by-sa-2.5", see Special:WhatLinksHere/Template:Cc-by-sa-2.5. I transferred them with to Commons with the tool https://tools.wmflabs.org/commonshelper/ . Could you delete the local versions? The local files to be deleted, because they are now in Commons, can be found at Special:WhatLinksHere/Template:NowCommons. 14:54, 15 Mē 2016 (UTC)[reply]

Local files[edit source]

At https://to.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:ListFiles?limit=500&user= - for some it says Google map and CC-BY-SA-2.5. I have never seen Google maps as CC-BY-SA. Can you show the source? Otherwise the files have to be deleted. 12:38, 15 Sune 2016 (UTC)[reply]

Do what you think you have to do. --Tauʻolunga (talk) 05:47, 16 Sune 2016 (UTC)[reply]
Hi Tauʻolunga, as a local admin it corresponds to you to decide if those files have to be deleted or not, but if you want you can leave this decision to GSs and stewards.--Syum90 (talk) 16:09, 16 Sune 2016 (UTC)[reply]
I am working on replacements, give me a few days --Tauʻolunga (talk) 20:59, 16 Sune 2016 (UTC)[reply]

Hi again. Will you create more SVG like the ones from 2016-06-19 listed at c:Special:Contributions/Tauʻolunga? There are 282 local files in Tonga Wikipedia. All are maps. It would be great if they would be in Commons, so that other Wikipedias can use them too. 12:43, 22 Sune 2016 (UTC)[reply]

It is a lot of work. I am not going to say no and never, but do not expect overnight results. By the way, what is wrong with gif files? --Tauʻolunga (talk) 05:27, 23 Sune 2016 (UTC)[reply]
One could also transfer the gif files to Commons. But if you make SVG, then maybe it is not worth the work. But if no SVG is coming soon, then transferring gif is the way to provide access to the files to other Wikimedia projects. There is now https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:GIF_maps_of_Tonga_(green_scheme) .
All files at Special:WhatLinksHere/Template:Cc-by-sa-2.5 are duplicates of files in Commons. The local copy can be deleted. 12:18, 23 Sune 2016 (UTC)[reply]

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Area and population[edit source]

Hi! I would like to ask you if you could tell me whether these two words are correctly translated into Tongan. I need them to improve the template for countries.

  • Area - Feitu'u
  • Population - Kakai

Thanks. --Katxis (talk) 09:14, 22 Fēpueli 2017 (UTC)[reply]

area (as in: area 5 km²?) - lahi (if used in context; otherwise more wordy: lahi ʻo e feituʻu)
population (as in: population 5 million?) - tokolahi (if used in context; otherwise more wordy: tokolahi ʻo e kakai ʻo e fonua)
In any case, personally I believe that writing something useful about a country should be done first before starting to worry about statistics --Tauʻolunga (talk) 05:55, 23 Fēpueli 2017 (UTC)[reply]
It is to add the information to the template, as you can see in Holani. I don't speak the language so I can just help with technical issues. --Katxis (talk) 10:15, 23 Fēpueli 2017 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you for your help. --Katxis (talk) 11:06, 24 Fēpueli 2017 (UTC)[reply]

Malo e lelei, this file has been proposed for deletion because it seems it is a copyright infringement. See the discussion here. Skimel (talk) 08:50, 1 Maʻasi 2017 (UTC)[reply]

I saw your image and username credit in an article on Vox![edit source]

Nice work! The summer solstice is upon us: 7 things to know about the longest day of the year. --Geekdiva (talk) 18:33, 21 Sune 2017 (UTC)[reply]

wmf:Resolution:Licensing policy[edit source]

You have to respect wmf:Resolution:Licensing policy. Don't upload files that violate that resolution. 14:12, 31 Sānuali 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Soane Patita Paini Mafi[edit source]

Hello User:Tauʻolunga, can you please add the Tongan pronunciation of the name Soane Patita Paini Mafi? If you're having trouble to record the voice, please visit the website of Forvo. Forvo is a website that allows access to, and playback of, pronunciation sound clips in many different languages in an attempt to facilitate the learning of languages. All the recordings are available for download and they're with Creative Commons license. So, we can use it in the Wikipedia.--991joseph (talk) 18:10, 12 Maʻasi 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks for adding the IPA. Tauʻolunga Can you please contribute here too?--991joseph (talk) 10:06, 14 Maʻasi 2018 (UTC)[reply]

encyclopaedia - tohi ilo fakaateaina[edit source]

mālõ Ta'uolunga tou ma'uli. Thanks for your reply. We are working on a wikipedia in faka'uvea and are always looking to fakatonga, gagana samoa and reo maori for reference. Will try: Tohi fakamahino tauateaina in faka'uvea. faka'apa'apa mo ofa atu Lea.fakauvea (talk) 05:24, 18 Mē 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Thank you[edit source]

Good afternoon, dear Tauʻolunga. You are right, unfortunately I do not speak Tonga. Today I made a few purely technical edits to finish what I started. In the future, I will refrain from text edits or keep them to a minimum. Thanks for your corrections. Please add to the ʻOseania template - https://to.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:ʻOseania - Palau, Marshall Islands, Cook Islands, American Samoa and Pitcairn. Also add this template to the Tonga article if possible. Best regards, Edward. --Петров Эдуард (talk) 10:21, 19 Siulai 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Translation request[edit source]


Can you translate and upload the articles en:Azerbaijanis, en:Azerbaijani language and en:Azerbaijan in Tongan Wikipedia? Short and simple articles will suffice. If you want articles about Tonga translated and uploaded in Azerbaijani Wikipedia, please let me know.

Yours sincerely, Multituberculata (talk) 05:21, 3 Nōvema 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Multituberculata Hi, sorry for the late response. Have these been done yet? I can translate them for you. Thanks. 21:11, 3 Sānuali 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I've completed en:Azerbaijani language, it can be found here at Lea fakaʻasapaisani. 21:37, 3 Sānuali 2022 (UTC)[reply]

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What is your native language?[edit source]

Your Babel says en-2, to-1 and fr-1. So, what is your native language? Whatever it is, please update your Babel/Pēpeli. Thanks. 20:13, 7 Sānuali 2022 (UTC)[reply]

none of them; in fact who cares? Tauʻolunga (talk) 05:28, 8 Sānuali 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Flower of the month[edit source]

Hibiscus tiliaceus, Tonga

Hi Tauʻolunga

I hope you are fine. For your huge efforts on Tongan Wikipedia I want to award you with the Flower of the month.

Best regards, --Holder (talk) 10:23, 18 ʻOkatopa 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Basse-Terre <=> Kelelalo[edit source]

Good afternoon, Tauʻolunga.

Is it correct to give a literal translation of a geographical name? For example, the capital of China, Beijing, literally translates as "Northern Capital", but nowhere is this name literally translated. And there are many such examples.

Sincerely, Edward. --Петров Эдуард (talk) 21:59, 3 Tisema 2022 (UTC)[reply]

You certainly have a point. It happens, but not often. But in this case I found Pasiteli a terrible transliteration. It is French, then pronounce it as French, and not as a American would do.
If you do not like Kelelalo, then I suggest Pasetele, at least closer to the French pronounciation. Tauʻolunga (talk) 07:51, 4 Tisema 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I agree, Pasetele sounds harmonious. --Петров Эдуард (talk) 14:21, 4 Tisema 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Wikimedia Oseania[edit source]

Malo Tau'olunga tou ma'uli,

Thanks for your Tongan Wikipedia which helps us in Faka'uvea.

Do you know if there is a Wikimedia Oseania group? Ofa atu Lea.fakauvea (talk) 14:41, 10 Mē 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Do not think so. But then, make one. Pourquoi pas? Tauʻolunga (talk) 05:59, 11 Mē 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Map ʻAmelika Kalipiane[edit source]

Good afternoon, Tauʻolunga. Please see the map to this article - https://to.wikipedia.org/wiki/ʻAmelika_Kalipiane . Something may need to be corrected.--Петров Эдуард (talk) 11:45, 27 Mē 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Looks allright to me, continue your good work. Tauʻolunga (talk) 05:27, 28 Mē 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Translation request[edit source]


Can you create the article en:Laacher See, which is the third most powerful volcano in Europe after Campi Flegrei and Santorini, in Tongan Wikipedia?

Yours sincerely, Multituberculata (talk) 14:39, 2 Sune 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Good afternoon dear Tauʻolunga. Finally you appeared in Wikipedia. Hope all is well? I understand that it is incorrect to write private messages here.--Петров Эдуард (talk) 17:08, 11 ʻAokosi 2023 (UTC)[reply]

I do not know what you mean with «Finally appeared». You have contacted me here before. But all is well Tauʻolunga (talk) 05:33, 12 ʻAokosi 2023 (UTC)[reply]
I'm glad you're doing well! Please check here - https://to.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:ʻAfilika - the spelling of the Réunion (Leunioni) and Mayotte (Māiota) territories. Also, the British possession of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha is most often attributed to Africa.--Петров Эдуард (talk) 19:28, 12 ʻAokosi 2023 (UTC)[reply]
I made a few corrections and additions, according to https://st.unicode.org/cldr-apps/v#/to/T_Africa/7b9d7a0fb857e1ea. We can always move the Atlantic and Indian ocean islands to their own category at some future date, if needed. I am not fully sure about Burkina Faso; in English the «u» is more a «e», in French perhaps a «y»? Tauʻolunga (talk) 05:40, 13 ʻAokosi 2023 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you. Burkina Faso, I think it would be more correct to write closer to the French version with "у".--Петров Эдуард (talk) 23:18, 15 ʻAokosi 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Translation of Makahokovalu to English?[edit source]

Dear @Tauʻolunga
Mālō e lelei.
I am David Llamazares Lara, from Wikipedia in Spanish, and I hope this message finds you well.
I am reaching out to inquire if you would be so kind as to assist with the translation of the Makahokovalu page into English. We require your expertise to ensure accurate and appropriate translations for necessary updates. Your assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated, as it will contribute to the accessibility and comprehensibility of the content for a wider audience.
Thank you very much for considering this request.
David Ll L (Alea) 01:33, 7 Fēpueli 2024 (UTC)

Done; but I wonder which incompetent wrote the originally story. Does not know Tongan or cannot write. It is very unclear, and so is my translation. Tauʻolunga (talk) 06:06, 7 Fēpueli 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Some doubts about Nuku'alofa[edit source]

Dear @Tauʻolunga
Mālō e lelei again.
Through various readings I've done on the English Wikipedia and with faulty translations in Tongan, I've been able to verify that your capital, Nuku'alofa, lies between two districts: Kolomotu'a and Kolofo'ou. This is why I'd like to inquire: which area holds greater importance, the one located in the Kolomotu'a district or the one in Kolofo'ou? Or are both equally significant?
Mālō ‘aupito.
We remain in touch.
David Ll L (Alea) 23:28, 15 Maʻasi 2024 (UTC)

Your information is incorrect. Kolomotuʻa and Kolofoʻou are just 2 of the many suburbs of Nukuʻalofa. Albeit they are the 2 central ones. Both have importance. For example Kolomotuʻa has the royal palace, Kolofoʻou has the main market. Tauʻolunga (talk) 04:58, 17 Maʻasi 2024 (UTC)[reply]
So, I have some new questions. Aren't Vahe supposed to be divisions that group several localities? I would like to know especially because of this image showing 7 districts on the island of Tongatapu (). My doubt arises because Nuku'alofa is situated between two of this districts, and I would like to know the reason for this occurrence.

Mālō 'aupito.
David Ll L (Alea) 16:34, 17 Maʻasi 2024 (UTC)[reply]
These are election boundaries, named after the largest or most important village in that district. Anyway, do not put too much faith in that map, it is full with inaccuracies and even errors. Vahe are like provinces, and, traditionally, there are only 3 on Tongatapu (west, central, east).Tauʻolunga (talk) 05:40, 18 Maʻasi 2024 (UTC)[reply]