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Remembering Tu'akilaumea Manu RIP

Dear family, we remember this week the fond memories of Tuakilaumea Manu who passed away at this time nine years ago. We would like to honour him through these lyrics from Analena (translation by uncle Tavo):

SIEKU TUAOFA by Analena Taai (click here to listen)

1. ‘Ise'isa e 'aho ne tu'u ta'e’iloa Alas, a day most unforeseeable

Fakafokifa ongo na e tala ne fakanonoa So sudden came the heartrending news

Kuo totau 'o folauhola si'i tamai 'ofa Our loving father has abruptly fallen

Inu ‘a lo’imata 'eku siofia ‘a si’o fofonga Swallowing tears as I seek out your face

2. Taumaia Tu'a 'oku toe malava If only it’s again possible Tu’a

Keu fanongoa a si’o le'ona 'ene fakalata To again hear your voice and savour its warmth

Kau ‘unaloto pe mo inu ‘a lo’imata I will thus reminisce and swallow these tears

Ki si’o anga na ko e tamai 'ofa laulotaha To your way, the way of a most loving father

3. Si’eku manatu atu ki he fonualoto As I hark back to the grave

Si'i ‘Api ko Loma he’ikai te ke ngalo Loma home, you’ll never be forgotten

Ho'o akonaki keu ‘aikona mo ‘unaloto I will reminisce and cling to your counsels

Ko hoku kahoa keu tauleva mo no'o loto As my lasting necklace to bear

TAU: He 'oiaue he toki ta e 'oku ongo Oh so hurting a blow!

‘A e mavae na’e hoko fakaofo Parting in so abrupt a manner

Ka ke tali fiemalie pe mo e fakamalo Yet you accepted it with gratitude

Ko ho'o fua kolosi ko ho'o 'ofa'aufuato Carrying your cross, your unconditional love

4. Ako mo e lotu 'a e kapasa ho'o siate Education and prayer your guiding lights

Kuo hilio ia 'i he tonu ho'o to'o fohe Proven by the upright manner you charted the way

Pe’i toka a pe’i folau a fiemalie Rest and depart in peace

Kuo 'osi kuo lava si’o fatongia hono kotoa pe You have succeeded in all your obligations

5. ‘Eku fanongoa ho'o leatuku 'i Vaiola Hearing your final testimony at Vaiola

Mou fakamolemole pea hoko atu ‘a 'eku 'ofa ‘Please forgive and carry on my love’

Si'i Taiamoni ko si’eku pele 'ofeina ‘Towards Taiamoni my specially beloved’

Teu mate ai koe’uhi pe ko 'eku 'ofa ‘I’m prepared to die for the sake of my love’

TAU: Pe’i ‘alu a, folau a, si'i tamai 'ofa Goodbye and farewell loving father

Kuo a’ua’u pea kakato ho fatongia You have achieved and fulfilled your duty

Ko ho'o fale'i teu mate ki ai ko ho'o lea I’ll cling to your counsels even unto death

Keu salute'aki ma'u pe ki ho hingoa With your testimony I`ll salute always your name

Pe’i ‘alu a Tu’akilaumea, pe’i toka a Goodbye Tu’akilaumea, Rest In Peace

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