More than seventy members of the itu paepae of Tofaeono Niuafolau were bestowed different titles yesterday at Vaiala.
There were paramount chiefly titles (igoa alii) and 11 orator titles (igoa tulafale).
In an interview with the Chief of the Sā Tofaeono Family, Tofaeono Vui Fa’atali Leavasā he said the gathering saw many of his family come together.
“It’s been more than twenty years since we have had any new matais to serve and look after our family,” he said.
“I am so happy to see our family come together for this occasion.”
Reverend Lotu Uele of the C.C.C.S Church at Vaiala conducted the ceremony to bless the new holders.
“A family that is guided by God’s love is a happy family,” he said. “You have been chosen today to protect your families, village and church."
“You have been chosen to serve your family with love, protect them and guide them.
“Serve your family with all your might and make sure that God will never forsake us.”
The formalities were followed by a huge family feast enjoyed by everyone.
NIUAFOLAU: Muliaga Mamaia, Naomi S. Eteuati, Ala Leavasa, Larry Williams, Cassidy Codinet, Melenaite Tualaulei, Martin Samuela, Lopez Schmidt, Amosa Amosa, Fautu Talapusi, Helen Uliese, Pogisa, Joel Amosa, Robin Tuiletufuga, Fauolegogo Tanielu, Dionne Fonoti
FAGASAU: Ioelu Aemau, Krishna, Julie Faiva, Walter Bunny
TIALINO: Matthew Treviranus, Kasio Tanifa, Ricky Schmidt, Peretainia Tualaulelei, Patsy Oswald Annandale, Amituanai Nemaia Vaai Vui, Debroah M.O. Matzuzawa, Perepesite Talapusi
FILIVAIFALE: Albert Norman, Lealofi Natasha Leavasa, Jason
AUVA’A: Helen Uiese, Leota Veli, Matauaina Aviata, Laauli Tapuotaota, Loreta Asi Chang, Laiafi
TOLOUA: Luka Seiuli Lino, Tammy Faapouli, Faafetai Va’a Vui, Sisamata To’omata
LOAU: Saito Senara, Lilo Ailao, Lausapai Bartley, Aloiva’a Su’a , Jennifer A. Laban, Conrad
FOFOGAMUA: Vaa Vitale, Afele Maiava, Mulitalo Sailo, Lui Powell, Filipo Ma’a
FOFOGAFA: Senifoa Uili, Filipo Ma’a,
PAFOTIMAI: Atapana Tony Tinifu
ULULELATA: Viliamu Sosene
MAILO: Valusaga Junior, John Edward William, Potu Aliao, Tautiaga Senara, Tevaga Sione
TAEAOMUA: Lemusu Mikaele
FAINUULELEI: Frazer Mamaia, Lautapa’a Ofe
TAEAOSI’I: Paniani Va’a Vui, Rudolph Ho Chee
FALEPAUGA: Carmichael, Opele Tauloa Lui
TUAI TAUA: Paega Wilson, Senara Leavasa.