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Matahau Lalokalosipani News Update 17

Dear Famili,


Malo ho'omou lelei. Malo e laumalie 'a Holo-ki-Ha'a-Havea Lahi mo e kainga 'i Aotearoa, pehe kia Sikei mo e kau Aositelelia, ki Viti mo Amelika Lahi, kau Red-Indians 'o Canada, 'Iulope mo Ha'amoa foki. I'm finally glad for one thing that I get the luxury of having the internet at home, since it has been out for quite some time now. But I'm glad it's back, coz now that Poini is back on the job again, and so am I. It's wonderful having to read your piece from all over the world. My humble apology that I couldn't get to write sooner. But here I am, and please allow me to share with you all about our life here in Matahau, from the shadows of our very own Lalo Kalosipani Trees.


Firstly, 'oku mau mo'ui lelei pe. 'Oku laumalie pe fefine 'o e 'api, ta'ahine ko Maliana Sisifa, pehe kia Tiana & Nadi mo 'ena ki'i famili. Fifita is now home, now that Joan is much more capable now to take care of herself. Kei mo'ui lelei pe 'a Sose mo Vai, pehe kia Rodney mo hono famili. As some of you may know, Rodney got lucky in the New Zealand residency raffle, which gave Rodney and his whole family a residency visa to NZ, and now he is working out his travel plans to Aotearoa. Ki he 'api 'i kauhala, like I said, now that Poini is back on the job, it's always good to stop by there and see how mom is doing as well as Silia and baby Thomas.


Lately, we had some few important events. As you may have all remembered 'a e 'apisia 'o Lilo Veamatahau. Now that he is gone, the title of 'Veamatahau' is passed onto Rev. Taufu'i (aka Taniela). Na'e lava atu ai e kalapu Fe'ofa'aki-'a-kakau 'o faifatongia ai pe 'i he me'afaka'eiki, kae pehe ki he failotu, 'o kau ai 'a e komiuniti St. Sosefo ko e Tangata Ngaue, being led by mum herself. After that, na'a mau hoko atu foki ki he pohiva 'o e fakamanatu 'o e mahina 'o e fa'etapu 'a e 'Eiki, Malia, 'a ia na'e fakahoko ki Fatai. Na'e fakahoko 'a e teuteu lahi ki he pohiva ni, 'o taki ia 'e Stanley kae tokoni ki ai 'a Samisoni. Unfortunately for me, I became ill, and my health wouldn't let me participate nor allow me to mark the commitment that I made, having never missed any of the practice. And yet I heard, na'e faka'ofo'ofa pe 'enau hiva. I heard my mom was so pleased with the performance that on her birthday, she gave her choir a treat with ice-cream in bread during the choir practice on Tuesday evening.


So next was mom's birthday. At first it didn't click to me, until I came home after work to find that Silia and Poini had prepared a lovely meal for my mom with baby Thomas laughing out the Happy Birthday Song. I'm glad that she was happy to hear from some of you giving her a well wishing birthday call, so thank you very much for that indeed. Sometimes I think that life is as natural as death, that every single day is like a birthday, but that for such special day, we should mark the person's entire years of life for life is so short really...just an idea. I'm glad I live to see my mom on her 66th birthday. She has been giving a lot for our community of St. Joseph the Worker, financially as well as in terms of good governance and leadership. It worries me too in terms of her health, that she's giving a lot of herself, when I doubt if the community appreciate or acknowledge it, but she seems to ignore it, instead she gives her best when she can, and while she can.


Current events at the moment, 'oku mau lolotonga ta'aki foki 'a e manioke (kalasi ko e manioke fisi) 'a e komunio St. Sosefo ko e Tangata Ngaue. Kou tala atu kauteme ko e manioke ia 'oku 'ikai ko ha toe 'atunga lau 'ene ma'alahi 'ene kano lelei. Ko e me'apango pe 'eni ia ko e tafa'aki fakamaketi. Ko e taimi mahu foki 'eni ia 'a e manioke 'i Tonga ni, pea ko ia 'a e feinga ke fetuku e manioke ki tu'apule'anga. Ko ia ko e feinga vave taha mai pe 'eni, ko e fetuku atu e manioke ki Nu'usila, 'i he alea mo Finau Pofaiva, ke ne tokoni ki hono tafa'aki fakamaketi 'i Nu'usila. Na'e lava 'eni 'o alea'i ke tiliva atu e tangai (25kg) manioke 'osi fohi 'e 180. Ne talu e kamata ta'aki, pea mo e mei 'osi ai pe 'a e fanga kuli hono ta'o ke fafanga 'aki 'a e kau ta'aki manioke. Na'e lava mai foki mo e patele tauhi palokia, Fr. Mateo Lui, 'o tokoni ki hono fafanga 'o e kau ngaue, pea fakamalo lahi ki ai. Ko ia kainga 'o Aotearoa, tokanga na'a mou to 'i he ngaahi fu'u tangai manioke MA'A-LAHI faufaua pehe, na'a taku 'oku te tala 'i hangamai, ka ke a'u tonu hake pe mu'a ki ai, fakatau ha'o tangai 'e valu, ka ke 'ilo 'a e fakalotu e kano lelei 'a e manioke meia Sangato Sosefo 'o e Mata-ki-he-Hau.


Also, 'oku mau teuteu atu foki 'a e kolisi tutuku Apifo'ou ki honau 'aho, pea 'oku mau (palokia Hihifo) teuteu atu ai ki he fe'auhi sivi hiva. 'A ia 'oku mau kau ki he fa'ahi hiva tangata 'ata'ata, kae pehe ki he tafa'aki hiva tokoni'i 'e he me'alea. 'Oku palesiteni foki 'i he kolisi tutuku ni, 'a Fr.Mateo Lui, faihiva 'a Samisoni Manu, kae pule hiva 'a e 'ofisakolo, 'Asaeli Tuiaki. 'Oku toki fakahoko 'a e sivi hiva pe ko e 'aho 'o e kolisi tutuku, ki he 'aho 3 mo e 4 'o Sepitema, and so far, we got two songs now. First ko e fo'i hiva tu'utu'uni tokoni'i 'e he me'alea, ko e "Tonga ko e Fonua Malu" 'a ia 'e solo ai 'a Tu'ilavakano (Paea Mafi). Ko e hiva tu'utu'uni ki he kalasi hiva 'ikai tokoni'i 'e ha me'alea, ko e hiva "Apifo'ou tu'u pea laka", 'a ia ko e ongo fa'u motu'a pe 'a Sofele Kakala. Pea 'oku kei feinga'i 'e patele (Fr. Mateo Lui) ke fakanota 'a e fa'u 'a e motu'a Houma ko Lisiate Manu 'ene fo'i fa'u ki 'Apifo'ou, kemau hiva fili 'aki ia ki he hiva 'ikai tokoni'i 'e ha me'alea, pea 'ai ai 'a e 'apulu 'a e ako nota 'a e kau hiva, mo e tuai 'a e maau mai 'a e hiva. Kaikehe, tuku pe mu'a ketau a'u ki he 'aho ko ia, katau toki vakai pe'e fefe.


About our very own rugby league team (Matahau Stormers), now that they have topped the table after completing the rounds, they have now smoothly gone through to the top four semifinal. But we don't expect that to come any smoother than the past few matches because it's gonna be a do or die match. Today, their last game before the playoff was against "Lotolu" 'a ia ko e timi fakatahataha 'a Nakolo, Fatumu mo Ha'asini. We won a close game by 14-12, ke mahino ki he "Lo-Tolu" 'oku 'ata pe ia kenau Lo-nima mai kinautolu, 'e kei nusi tatau ai pe ia 'e he kauleka mei he Fungangalukilo. Anyway, let's keep our fingers crossed and hope this year our very own local boys we'll make it all the way.


Faka'osi pe, ko u fie fakaa'u atu heni 'eku fakamalo ki he ta'ahine ko Seilala 'Ekuasi Vaka, ho'o fakatotoe mai ka ke fakatau mai 'emau puha moa mo e sosisi 'i he MelieMeiLangi. You have no idea how much that means to us, it also means alot to me for I am the one to worry about those stuff. Ko ia ai Sei, ka ke lau hifo eni, pea faka'amu ke a'u atu 'eku BIG Thank You, fengYu fengYu FENGYU VELI MAS mei hotau ki'i 'api masiva. 'Oku 'ikai puli meiate kimautolu that you all have to make a living, ka ki homou ki'i vaevae manava 'oku mou foaki mai, FAKAFETA'I. But please make sure you get your bills paid first, 'oku 'ikai temau faka'amu kemou mafasia, coz we know what it's like living in a foreign country. Sai ko 'etau manioke 'eni 'oku 'osi kamata ta'aki, pea ko 'emau kai manioke tama ai pe he uike ki he uike, mo e 'ikai toe hano fa'ahinga filio'i, ko e koloa pe e kai makona, ka 'oku 'ikai ta'ofi ai ha mafana ia meiate kimoutolu. Ko ia Seilala, fakamalo atu 'aupito.


For now, that's all from me at the Lalo Kalosipani. Kau leveleva a he, famili 'o Tavo mo Lomu, ka mou 'ofa mai 'o tauhi lelei. 'Oku mau 'ofa atu 'aupito kiate kimoutolu hono kotoa.


Ko au Lutoviko Hiko'itaulanga Manu jr

Lalo Kalosipani News Update 17

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