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1. the kingdom of Tonga is made up of 169 islands, of which 36 are inhabited!
1. the kingdom of Tonga is made up of 169 islands, of which 36 are inhabited!
2. the main island is Tongatapu & the capital is Nuku’alofa
2. the main island is Tongatapu & the capital is Nuku’alofa
3. some of the islands are connected by plane, others only by boat
3. some of the islands are connected by plane, others only by boat
4. here’s the view from our donated hotel room where we stayed one month!
4. here’s the view from our donated hotel room where we stayed one month!
5. our mission was to conduct programs in all the schools & colleges…
5. our mission was to conduct programs in all the schools & colleges…
6. starting off with the Christian schools like this Catholic college....
6. starting off with the Christian schools like this Catholic college....
7. and then moving on to government schools…..
7. and then moving on to government schools…..
8. the national TV station came to film this program……
8. the national TV station came to film this program……
9. good audience reactions to our DVD presentation!
9. good audience reactions to our DVD presentation!
we also visited the kindergartens like this very poor one
we also visited the kindergartens like this very poor one
11. in such places we donate Christian & educational DVDs
11. in such places we donate Christian & educational DVDs
12. watching a donated ‘Treasure Attic’ DVD
12. watching a donated ‘Treasure Attic’ DVD
13. local scene: weaving palm tree branches in the traditional way
13. local scene: weaving palm tree branches in the traditional way
14. the woven palm branches are then used as building materials!
14. the woven palm branches are then used as building materials!
15. one of Tonga’s historical monuments that reminded us of Stonehenge!
15. one of Tonga’s historical monuments that reminded us of Stonehenge!
16. Tonga’s cemeteries are beautiful & amazingly original
16. Tonga’s cemeteries are beautiful & amazingly original
17. here’s another cemetery site with beer bottle perimeter all around!
17. here’s another cemetery site with beer bottle perimeter all around!
18. Tongan friend Donna who invited us to stay in her house in Nuku'alofa
18. Tongan friend Donna who invited us to stay in her house in Nuku'alofa
19. man climbing a coconut palm to harvest the coconuts
19. man climbing a coconut palm to harvest the coconuts
20. friend Matthew opening the coconuts with a machete
20. friend Matthew opening the coconuts with a machete
21. enjoying the results, (much better than coca cola!)
21. enjoying the results, (much better than coca cola!)
22. here's an event that happens once a year in Tonga...
22. here's an event that happens once a year in Tonga...
23. ladies dress in traditional costume & weave beautiful mats...
23. ladies dress in traditional costume & weave beautiful mats...
24. the events are centred around the yearly Methodist feast
24. the events are centred around the yearly Methodist feast
25. there are thousands of guests & the quantity of food at each meal is staggering!
25. there are thousands of guests & the quantity of food at each meal is staggering!
26. moving on, we were able to get half-price tickets to the Ha’apai group of islands
26. moving on, we were able to get half-price tickets to the Ha’apai group of islands
27. flying over Tonga's many different islands offers some fantastic ariel views
27. flying over Tonga's many different islands offers some fantastic ariel views
28. this kind lady kindly gave us a room for one week to help us in our mission work
28. this kind lady kindly gave us a room for one week to help us in our mission work
29. the day we arrived it was a national festival with school children marching in costume
29. the day we arrived it was a national festival with school children marching in costume
30. by and large, Tonga has kept their traditions better than some other Pacific countries
30. by and large, Tonga has kept their traditions better than some other Pacific countries
31. we did a lot of school programs but here is just one example
31. we did a lot of school programs but here is just one example
32. children in Tongan schools are nearly always respectful & well-behaved
32. children in Tongan schools are nearly always respectful & well-behaved
33. the Vava'u island group is a Mecca for ‘yachties’ from all over the world
33. the Vava'u island group is a Mecca for ‘yachties’ from all over the world
34. maybe you've seen enough programs now, so here's the last one!
34. maybe you've seen enough programs now, so here's the last one!
36. visiting a small private island for the day: goodbye from Tonga!
36. visiting a small private island for the day: goodbye from Tonga!