Matahau Lalokalosipani News Update 18
Dear famili, malo ho'omou lelei. Ko e toki lava 'eni 'emau misa, pea u afe mai ai pe heni 'o fakahoko atu ha fanga ki'i ongoongo lolotonga e tali ke fuke 'emau 'umu. From this Sunday, ko e kamata ia 'o 'emau misa 10am, after our last 7am mass last Sunday, which shifts our mass celebration to three hours later. It only means 'oku toe tokosi'i ange ai 'a e tomui ki he misa. The past month of our 7am mass was more like a joke 'a e kamata'aki e misa ha toko 12 pea toki tulituli mai ai pe toenga.
But I suppose that's not so much of a news for you all to hear. I should say that all is well 'i he Lalo Kalosipani. Kei laumalie pe 'a e fo'i tolu'i mahanga Fale'aisi: Maliana, Clare mo Lotiola. 'Oku nau mo'ui lelei, all running about their own business hange ko e kau koka'anga 'a Lotiola, ko e 'api taupo'ou ko Lutu 'a Clare, kae pehe ki homau very own Lalo Kalosipani with Maliana. 'Oku mo'ui lelei pe 'a Nadi & Tiana and kids, Saimone & Milika neongo 'ena fakatupu langalea, but they bring us a heavenly sense of life ki hotau 'api. Fita is doing well, so as Poini & Silia and little Thomas 'oku toe fakautuutu ange e uta 'ene fu'u sino.
Matahau Stormers to Play in the Grand Final
Ok, as the subheading says, our own boys have made it through to the Final with a thriller win in the semi-final against Folaha by 22-20. Ko e tau malie foki 'eni he na'e fakahoko 'i Teufaiva, pea neongo e tokosi'i e kau poupou as some were attending the AFC ex-students choir competition, but we were lucky that we had this woman named Fapiola Tatafu actually living in Matahau, 'o ne fakahoko tokotaha pe fakakaekae ma'ae timi. So for me, I would ignore the jumping hoops she gave the crowd and all the Ngalukilo slogan she shouted in Teufaiva Park, at least our team needed that boost from our lone hero supporter from the sideline, Fapiola Tatafu.
As you can see, it was a very close match, but our boys were determined that they won't just finish in the Semi-Final, but to go all the way with five tries, only with the last conversion goal, ne fakapapau'i ai pe 'e he kapiteni, Fanguna (Supo) 'a Mafi & Faleata, kuopau ke malohi e timi, and so only that converted goal kick was the one that made the difference in the scoreboard, after the 5th try came from our young exciting winger Vilisamu Kaumatule. I have to salute our boys because at half time, they were down by 12 to 20 to Folaha. Our team mostly comprised of our Matahau boys, and we have about five recruits from Fahefa, Vaotu'u, Te'ekiu & Nukunuku, but all along they have worked together as an unit. Their record so far is only one loss to Pea 'a ia 'oku kau ki ai 'a Pea, Ha'ateiho & Tokomololo, and now it's the same team that they will play in next Saturday's Final.
Na'e lava atu foki he uike atu 'a e ki'i koniseti feinga pa'anga 'a e timi, pea toe fakalaka mai ai 'enau kai mei he ta'o kulii, ki he pulu masima, mo 'enau tangata kuki kalasi 'uluaki ko Tu'akifalelei Koloti. Pea 'oku hokohoko atu ai pe 'a e teuteu 'a e tamaiki ki he tau faka'osi 'o e to'u va'inga, 'aia ko e Final mo e timi 'a Pea.
'Apifo'ou Ex-Students Choir Competition
Ok, like I said, most of our rugby league supporters were attending the AFC ex-students choir competition, na'e lava lelei foki mo hono fakahoko e sivi hiva ni, yesterday the 4th September 2010 'i he holo Patelesio Finau & Sir Sofele Kakala 'i 'Apifo'ou pe. It was really a long day of competition with judges by the likes of Hon. Ve'ehala mo Tu'imalakaho 'a e malo 'enau kei matatali e fatongia, he na'e kamata e sivihiva he 11am pea toki tuku he 6pm. Although it was a long day, ka na'e fakafiefia 'a e vakai ki he tokolahi 'a e fe'auhi, kae pehe ki he laumalie 'o e fe'au'auhi hange ko e va 'o Longoteme mo Folaha, ko e kau hiva 'o e ako lolotonga na'e ui ko e "Hala Fatima".
There were all five different categories na'e fakahoko ai 'a e sivi hiva. Each category had a must two songs, 'a ia ko e hiva tu'utu'uni mo e hiva fili. For our parish, we registered and participated in four of the categories, 'a ia ko e hiva tuifio (Tangata & Fefine) vocals only which comprises mostly of the Teekiu community pea fakatokolahi atu pe ki ai 'a e kau tama tangata 'i Matahau ni. It was the same for the second category 'a e kau hiva tuifio tokoni'i 'e he me'alea 'a ia na'e fakahoko 'e he community Te'ekiu pea tokoni pe ki ai e kau ifi 'a Apifo'ou.
Ko e ola foki 'o e hiva ni, na'e ma'u ai 'e Hihifo e third place 'i he hiva tuifio vocals only, 'a ia na'e solo fakataha ai 'a Fetu'u mo Samisoni 'i he fa'u 'a Sofele ko e "Esto Fidelis". That third spot was enough for my Aunty Lepeti to celebrate 'aki 'ene 70th birthday as she persistently made the effort to climb the stage ke kau he sivihiva, knowingly she would stumble (and she did) on her way to get up there and participate in the occasion. But make no mistake, 3rd place was more like 1st anyway, as they felt 'oku nau kau he lau, along with other choirs like Nuku'alofa and Ma'ufanga.
The other two categories 'a ia ko e hiva all males vocals only mo e hiva tangata tokoni'i 'e he me'alea, which comprises mostly of members of our Kalapu Fe'ofa'aki mo e ni'ihi 'o e kolisi tutuku mei Nukunuku (fanau 'a Makalita Payne) along with those in Te'ekiu and Ha'avakatolo as you can find in some of my photos on bebo. Ko e talu 'emau ako hiva mo 'emau faka'amu ke fai mo a'u mai ki ai, kae 'osi. Even on the day, we had about two rehearsals before we started off 'aki e hiva tangata vocals only, 'a ia na'e solo ai 'a Stanley mo Soni 'i he hiva tu'utu'uni ko e "Apifo'ou Tu'u 'o Laka", pea faka'osi ki he hiva fili, ko e fa'u 'a e faifekau mei Sia'atoutai. By judging from the reaction of the audience during our singing, our first two songs really hit them with awe and that gave us a good sense of feeling, and so we hope the same with the judges. Na'a mau lava mai ai ki tu'a 'o tali ki he takai 'o e hiva tangata kae tokoni'i 'e he me'alea and that's when we had to wait for our last turn to come around.
I have to say that it took us two hours waiting for our turn until nearly 5pm when we were called up for our last performance. You know, we still had that good feeling hili 'emau hiva le'o 'ata'ata. So, 'i he hiva tangata tokoni'i 'e he me'alea, we sang "Ko Tonga ko e Fonua Malu" (fa'u 'a Sofele) 'i he hiva tu'utu'uni, pea hiva fili 'aki 'a e fa'u 'a Lisiate Manu which got the crowd asking around pe ko e punake fo'ou eni mei fe. I have to tell you, na'a mau kamata malohi 'aupito mo faka'ofo'ofa e fo'i hiva 'a Manu (as planned), only suddenly it turned disastrously wrong when our laulalo boys miss out their turn to reply ki he fetaliaki 'a e hiva. At that moment, ne fakavave'i kovi'i ai pe e fo'i hiva 'eku uncle ke 'osi, coz it went awefully wrong, and I mean so wrong that even the crowd noticed it by hearing their reaction was quite the opposite towards their applause on our first performance. Na'e 'ikai ai pe ke toe laine taha 'a e lue hiva mei he stage, kae hange ka lova lue 'a e hangatonu pe ki tu'a, heka fakalongolongo ki he me'alele 'o mavahe ai pe mei Apifo'ou he taimi ko ia, he ongo'i ngalikovi 'i he fehalaaki pehe 'a e hiva, hange kuo vela e va'e ia ke toe tu'u 'i 'Apifo'ou. Ne u ongo'i faka'ofa'ia he'eku tangata'eiki, he'ene hela hono ako'i e fo'i hiva, mo 'ene hela he fa'u 'ene hiva, only to turn out ugly infront of the very crowd and guest (Bishop) he so wanted to impress. But that wasn't a dream to come true, yet only felt like a nightmare. Ne mau matuku fakalongolongo mai ai pe mei Apifo'ou, taki taha fakavave 'o feinga'i 'ene Tokonaki.
Ne fakafokifa e toki ma'u mai e ongoongo mei 'Apifo'ou in the evening, that we won first prize of $1500 ki he hiva 'i he kalasi tangata vocals only. Suddenly that sense of nightmare that almost came to haunt us 'i he'emau hiva tokoni'i 'e he me'alea, was slowly drifted away, as the feeling of joy fill us all suddenly again. The funny thing about it was, that when our prize was called up, none of us even our parish priest was there to receive it as we all left alraedy (you know why). Luckily my honest aunty, Felisita Fe'ao made the effort to accept the prize mei he guest of honour, Bishop Paini Mafi, on our behalf. And as happy as Feli was, she honestly passed on our winning prize (cheque) to Sr.Clare 'o toki fakafolau mai ki Hihifo ni. Ne mau toe fakatahataha mai ai pe ki he holo that same evening, 'o faikava 'auha (pea toe totongi'i mai mo e tou'a . . . a luxury we don't often have) pea mo talanoa kata ai pe ki he 'aho ko ia, mo e alea ai pe ke fai hano celebrate 'o e lavame'a ne a'usia. Such a sweet feeling it is that something did pay off for all the efforts we put in. Mahalo ko e tali lotu pe 'emau ma'u pale, ke lava 'o totongi fakafoki 'a e pa'anga na'e no mei he silini 'a e palokia, ke lesisita 'aki 'emau hiva ($400) ki he fe'auhi sivi hiva.
Anyway, I think I should end here. Sorry atu, that it took this long. If only you can imagine the sense of feeling we have from the experience of yesterday. Well, as they say, the winners take it all. I only wish the same or better for next year. But stay tuned for more news about the rugby league grand final this Saturday: Matahau vs Pea.
Ofa lahi atu kiate kimoutolu hono kotoa, pea mou tauhi lelei foki,
Lalo Kalosipani News Update 18