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FAKAMĀLŌ Acknowledgments THERE IS A TONGAN PROVERB, “ko e koloa ‘a Tongá ko e fakamālō” (the expression of gratitude is the treasure of Tonga).In that tradition and with that same spirit, I would like to acknowledge those who made this book possible. First, I am deeply grateful to my love, soul mate, best friend, and eternal companion , Elizabeth J. Rago-Ka‘ili, for her constant support and encouragements during the long journey to complete this book.She provided the perfect balance and harmony to our kalia (Tongan double-hulled canoe). I would have never completed this voyage without her patience,love,encouragement,and foresight. I am also grateful to my parents,Tēvita Ka‘ili and ‘Anapesi Lakalaka Ka‘ili, for sacrificing so much to send me to school in the diaspora and for instilling in me the value of learning and speaking Tongan.Tonga Pōteki Mālohifo‘ou and ‘Ana Tamutamu Toki Mālohifo‘ou, my maternal grandparents, always believed in me, even when I doubted my own potential. I am forever grateful for their love and influence. My grandfather,Tonga, taught me the invaluable lessons of endurance and persistence. He planted the seed in me to pursue a PhD. I am deeply grateful to him for teaching me to love the classical Tongan language. He is my hero and my kindred spirit; I am who I am today because of him. Mālō ‘aupito (thank you so much) to my intellectual mentor and dear friend Hūfanga Dr. ‘Ōkusitino Māhina for sharing your groundbreaking Moanan (Oceanian) theory with me. The indigenous tā-vā (time-space) theory gave me the philosophical and ethnographical grounding for my work. I am deeply xvi FAKAMĀLŌ indebted to you. Thank you to the leading proponents of the tā-vā theory of reality: Hūfanga Dr. ‘Ōkusitino Māhina, Matanginifale Dr. Nuhisifa Seve-­ Williams, Dr. Malia Talakai, Dr. Telesia Kalavite, Kula-He-Fonua Dr. PingAnn Addo,Fetongikava Dr.Viliami Uasikē Lātū,Sēmisi Fetokai Potauaine,Dr. Micah Van der Ryn, Māhinarangi-Marama-He-Tāvā, Dr. Helen Ferris Leary, Dr. Belinda ‘Otukolo Saltiban, Dr. Sione Vaka, Kolokesa Māhina-Tuai, ‘Aisea Nau Māhina,Bruce Moa,and Leali‘ifano Dr.Albert Refiti.I have a deep appreciation for your tireless work to develop,critique,advance,and apply our theory. I am also grateful to all the others who shared their talents and their insights with me. Lo‘au Langimama‘o Dr. Siosiua F. P. Lafitani-Tofua‘ipangai shared his wealth of knowledge of high chief Lo‘au,Professor Viliami Toluta‘u offered insight into Tongan arts and culture, and Tongan traditional storyteller Emil Wolfgramm read and made helpful editorial and critical comments on my drafts and promoted my scholarship. Tufunga lalava (lalava artist) Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi shared his deep knowledge of lalava (decorative-binding sennit lashing). Dr. Ty Kāwika Tengan offered insightful comments and encouragements on my manuscript.Tongan artist Glenview Ngaluafe created a beautiful rendition of the Tongan story of the deity Maui and shared his art with me to include in this book (figure 2). Tongan ethnohistorian Tēvita Fale made his work on indigenous Tongan astronomy accessible to me. Through their writings , the late Professors Epeli Hau‘ofa and I. Futa Helu contributed their deep insights into the Tongan culture. I am thankful to my former academic advisors at the University of Utah Center for Ethnic Student Affairs.Dr.Karen Kwan and the late Clifton Wilkes created an environment for my intellectual growth.Fāhina Tavake-Pasi showed unwavering love and support. I would like to thank the late Professor Dwayne Wilson for mentoring me. He gave me much-needed encouragement as my professor at the University of Utah as well as during the application process for my PhD. Thank you, Edwin Napia, for our hours upon hours of philosophical discussions and for welcoming me into your whānau (kin). I would also like to thank the Myers Way Tongan branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) in Seattle, Washington. Thank you for your support and love and for receiving my wife and me with open arms. I extend a special thank you to Toni and Lata Puloka and also to branch president Siaosi Lotulelei and his wife, Ginger. Thank you, Langitoto and Taiana Helu, for welcoming me into your home in Seattle and for sharing your delicious Tongan food. I will always remember your kindness. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...


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