The Kingdom of Tonga
The Kingdom of Tonga is a group of over 100 tropical islands located in the South Pacific. It “stretches over about 800 kilometres (500 mi) in a north-south line about a third of the distance from New Zealand to Hawaii. It is surrounded by Fiji and Wallis and Futuna (France) to the northwest, Samoa to the northeast, Niue to the east, Kermadec (part of New Zealand) to the southwest, and New Caledonia (France) and Vanuatu to the farther west.
Tonga became known as the Friendly Islands because of the congenial reception accorded to Captain James Cook on his first visit in 1773. He arrived at the time of the ʻinasi festival, the yearly donation of the First Fruits to the Tuʻi Tonga (the islands’ paramount chief) and so received an invitation to the festivities. According to the writer William Mariner, the chiefs wanted to kill Cook during the gathering but could not agree on a plan.” -wikipedia-
It is a land of ancient traditions and homely invitations; where the values of respect, loyalty, & humility are honored. Where warm sunshine, the cool wind, and consistent rolling ocean waves are embodied in the compassion, generosity, and strength of the people. A land where the people exist in tune and time with Nature and the supernatural.