; however, the government recognises that tourism can play a major role in economic development, and efforts are being made to increase this source of revenue. Cruise ships often stop in Vava u, which has a reputation for its whale watching, game fishing, surfing, beaches and is increasingly becoming a major player in the South Pacific tourism market. Background Note: Tonga, ''US Department of State'', 31 October 2011. ref>
. The waters of the islands are known for their clarity. The area attracts many humpback whales between June and November and there are organised tours to see them. Other things to do include diving, renting a yacht, kayaking; game fishing and kite surfing. There are some good walks on the main island. There are many places to stay both in the capital Neiafu and on the outlying islands. thumb right 200px Niuafo'ou Island from space (Image:Niuafoʻou.jpg) * '''Ha'apai.''' Ha'apai is a group
, Tokelauan, Niuean and Cook Islands culture. The Indian Dance group won the 2007 Annual Bollywood Highschool Dance Competition.events event-detail.php?event_id 213 Radio Tarana Events High School Dance Competition The first three quarters of the 19th century were marked by tribal warfare, incursions from neighbouring Tonga, and the increasing encroachment of foreign powers. This period also
February 2006 (UTC) Programming The station is affiliated to the Antenna TV Network. It also airs a mix of local fare with unique programs added from Pacific Island nations (i.e. Fiji, Tonga, Cook Islands and Samoa). * The 171st meridian east and 171st meridian west * The Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific Ocean comprises an archipelago of 171 islands, of which 48 are inhabited Tonga sought to make its Winter Olympic debut at the 2010 Winter
; Great Britain vacated all claims to Samoa and accepted as ''quid pro quo'' termination of German rights in Tonga and certain areas in the Solomon Islands and in West Africa Wilhelm Solf, at age 38, became the first Governor of German Samoa on 1 March 1900. "Solf was a man of quite unusual talent, clear-thinking, sensitive to the nuances of Samoan attitudes and opinion." Davidson, ''Samoa mo Samoa'', p. 76 He was known as a liberal, painstaking
, Tonga has charted out a renewable energy based strategy to power the main and outer islands alike. The strategy focuses on Solar Home Systems that turn individual households into small power plants. In addition, it calls for the involvement of local operators, finance institutions and technicians to provide sustainable business models as well as strategies to ensure the effective operation, management and maintenance once the systems are installed. Commons:Category:Tonga WikiPedia:Tonga Dmoz:Regional Oceania Tonga
west into the Pacific, arriving off Nukuʻalofa, the capital of Tonga, on 14 September. She was chosen by Rear Admiral Willis A. Lee, Jr. (Willis Augustus Lee) to be his flagship. ''Washington'' was assigned to Task Force 17, based around the aircraft carrier Commons:Category:Tonga WikiPedia:Tonga Dmoz:Regional Oceania Tonga
Sandwich Islands ( gs (.gs) ), del.icio.us (Delicious (website)) of the United States ( us (.us) ), and cr.yp.to of Tonga ( to (.to) ). The .co domain of Colombia has generated significant interest as a potential competitor to generic TLDs for commercial use given its possible use as the abbreviation for the word "company". http: www.cointernet.co frequently-asked-questions What makes .CO such a unique opportunity? In June and July 2010 .co was opened for public registrations. - Tonga Nuku Commons:Category:Tonga (Nukuʻalofa) WikiPedia:Tonga Dmoz:Regional Oceania Tonga
dance performances featuring singing and drumming. participation in the traditional land diving on Pentecost Island is reserved for those who have been circumcised . Circumcision is also commonly practised in the Polynesian islands of Samoa, Tonga, Niue, and Tikopia. In Samoa, it is accompanied by a celebration. Among some West African animist groups, such as the Dogon (Dogon people) and Dowayo, it is taken
of Tonga. He is the younger brother of Ma'ake Kemoeatu, who also played football for the University of Utah and later enter the NFL. When Kemoeatu was three years old, the family moved to the U.S. state of Hawaii.
the first Tongan to play in the National Football League when he joined the Arizona Cardinals as a kick returner in 1986. When Lutui was a few months old
Caledonia , Fiji, and Samoa, (also Tuvalu, Tokelau, Tonga, others sources included at Fenix islands, (strategic U.S. Base in area) as well as the occupation of Port Moresby; all in co-operation with the Japanese Navy (Imperial Japanese Navy). The journal ''Science (Science (journal))'' published a four-year study in November 2006, which predicted that, at prevailing trends, the world would run out of wild-caught seafood in 2048. The scientists stated
'''Tonga''' ( of the southern Pacific Ocean, of which 52 are inhabited by its 103,000 people. Official Tongan Government Tourism Website 70% of Tongans reside on the main island of Tongatapu.
Tonga stretches over about in a north-south line about a third of the distance from New Zealand to Hawaii. It is surrounded by Fiji and Wallis and Futuna (France) to the northwest, Samoa to the northeast, Niue to the east, Kermadec (Kermadec Islands) (part of New Zealand) to the southwest, and New Caledonia (France) and Vanuatu to the farther west.
Tonga became known as the '''Friendly Islands''' because of the congenial reception accorded to Captain James Cook (James Cook) on his first visit in 1773. He arrived at the time of the '' i Tonga (the islands' paramount chief) and so received an invitation to the festivities. According to the writer William Mariner (William Mariner (writer)), the chiefs wanted to kill Cook during the gathering but could not agree on a plan. Mariner, William (William Mariner (writer)) and Martin (John Martin (meteorologist)), John (1817). ''An account of the natives of the Tonga islands in the south Pacific ocean: With an original grammar and vocabulary of their language. Compiled and arranged from the extensive communications of Mr. William Mariner, several years' resident in those islands'', Volume 2, pp. 64–65. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
Tonga has never lost its sovereignty to a foreign power. The Commonwealth. In 2010, Tonga took a decisive step towards becoming a fully functioning constitutional monarchy , after legislative (legislature) reforms paved the way for its first partial representative elections.