Saturday, February 28, 2009

EUA: A flavor of In-House Track Meets, Pig, Flowers

Liahona In-house games begin at Liahona High School with 8 houses or groups competing.  All LDS church schools require students to wear green and white uniforms and the girls always wear braids.  Other schools have their own uniforms and colors.001 Let the games begin!  Liahona High  School and Middle School

 EUA GAMES----EUA Middle School (an LDS church school)  marching around the track at the game competitions with the other schools on the island: 134

Another school with teacher circles the field: Another school and teacher in Eua

Another school, another teacher:Teacher marching with students in another school

This sweet sister heard we were in Eua and made fragrant  leis for us that her son put around our necks.  The Eua high school principal told us that leis not only welcome us, but they keep the wearers cool.  It's mid-February and still the summer season.A sweet sister who made these fragrant leis for us when she heard we were in Eua Sister Hawley enjoys the games with Aloine Havea, LDS Eua Middle School Principal:Aloine Havea, Eua Middle School Principal  and Sister Hawley

Aloine takes photo of Eua's Minister of Agriculture in front, the Eua High School principal and Elder and Sister Hawley:Aloine takes picture of Eua's Minister of Agriculture in front, Eua High School Principal, Elder and Sister Hawley

Colorful native bird--not Eua's red parrot.  She's a teacher at the high school.A school teacher in Eua

Definitely a coach!Definitely a coach!

Eua Middle School student wins a race and then poses with "Sista" Hawley and Amelia Na'apa, her teacher.  Aloine, the principal hand basted green ribbons on all the participants to make their outfits look special.Sister Hawley, student winner of a race, and Amelia Na'apa a middle school teacher in Eua

Spectators enjoy the games from a typical Tongan truck--multi-purpose:  school bus for hauling students to school, produce to the market, portable bleachers:Spectators for the games park and in front of Eua High School

Loseline and Amelia, Eua Middle School teachers, prepare students for race.228

Timers with stop watch in hand as we listen for the clap of the 2 cement trowels that work as the starting gun for the race. 230236 245 


The custodian of Eua Middle School made for a great cheerleader!  Parents, kids, and spectators get up to dance, cheer, or race along with the kids on the final yards.  Note the sugar cane baton in the 2nd photo  :Custodian of Eua Middle School acting as head cheerleader216

Piggy in Eua:  School crossing guard!121

A sister is making a tavala for the men:Making a Tavala for the men--Sister at the airport in Eua

Elder Hawley buys tickets for us to fly back to Tongatapu; the Tongan is on his way back to Vegas for work.  Tongan going back to Las Vegas to work and Elder Hawley getting a ticket to fly back to Tongatapu.

Flowers of Eua--the orchids were growing along the fence of the airport there.Eua flower 117 302 Pilot is ready to fly us back to Liahona campus and home 306

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Eua Island: Our First Trip

Pilot gives last minute instructions for flight to Eua Chathmas Pacific pilot prepares us for brief 6 minute flight from Tongatapu to the small island of  Eua. 

Leaving east coat of Tongatapu for Eua We fly over the east coastline of Tongatapu towards Eua.

297 Destination:  EUAAloine Havea meeting us at EuaAloine Havea, principal of the church middle school in Eua, is there to greet us.

President Felengi Havea and his daughter with Elder Hawley Aloine's husband, Felengi Havea, is the stake president of Eua.  He was 31 when he accepted the call two years ago.  As a result, Aloine gave up her one-year scholarship to BYU-Hawaii where she could have received her BA degree.  Feleni was called as the stake president 3 weeks before they were to fly to Hawaii.

Ocean from Eua's rock garden The ocean as seen from Eua's scenic Rock Garden

Eua's coral rock garden Eua's coral rock gardens...

Water Reservoir in the hills of Eua w/ Pres. Havea Feleni takes us to the water reservoir in the hills of Eua

Eua's water supply never runs dry in the mountains there Eua's water supply in the mountains never runs dry.

Aloine picks some guavas for lunch Aloine picks some guavas for lunch.  The fruit is delicious!

Yum!  Guava fruit

080 113 From the ocean looking back to the Hideaway where we stayed in Eua. "Wild Jungle Beast" from the bush at the Hideaway.  Billy Goat Gruff?Our room #4 in Hideaway at EuaRoom #4 at the Hideaway where we'll stay when we spend time in Eua training teachers--no hot water, of course.037124The sun sets in the ocean west of the Hideaway in Eua.

Monday, February 9, 2009

P-Day with Haircuts, Peanuts, Sugar Cane, & the Beach

106 The scissors fly when Elder Heimuli cuts Elder Hawley's hair in his sing song way...probably took him about 3 minutes.  Hmm, wonder what they're discussing?080

Our once beautiful avocado tree....108 had a haircut too!  Elder Heimuli did a great job for Elder Sing, but  perhaps Elder Hawley and the avocado tree  had a bit too much taken off the top.

The Barbershop--Elder Heimuli's barberElder Heimuli's barber in Nuku'alofa who cut his hair when he attended Liahona High School. 

Across the street from the bakery waiting for haircuts His barbershop is across the street from the bakery in downtown Nuku'alofa.  These kids are watching their brother get a haircut.  Tree The banyan trees on Liahona campus are kept trimmed to avoid damage to structures during the hurricane season.

035There were 3-4 men up in this tree cutting away.  One Tongan was so proud of his handiwork that he wanted to pose. 


Peanuts  from the Bush Peanut vendors in the Bush.  Peanuts We like peanuts!  They can be boiled in salt water, baked in the oven, or eaten raw.  Sister Hawley prefers them raw.Sugar Cane Vendors Sugar cane with its natural sugar is great to chew on and it whitens and cleans the teeth as well, we understand.  Work in progress.Tapioca root Elder Heimuli peels tapioca root from the market.  Tastes much like a potato when boiled... quite good!Out on the coral reef Later, after going to market, we spent the afternoon at the beach and walked out on the coral reef.

Elder Heimuli grilling breadfruit Elder Heimuli grilled some bread fruit and peeled it.  Bread fruit is often called "The Tree of Life" called by the Saints here because it bears fruit year round.  001 003Breadfruit tree on campus.  Breadfruit when fried is delicious...similar to potato chips.  It is used much like a potato--baked, boiled, fried, or grilled.

Check out his trusty knife! Elder Heimuli never goes far without bringing his trusty knife--puts Elder Hawley's pocket knife to shame!

115 Elder Heimuli peels the breadfruit and wraps it in a banana leaf to keep warm.Wrapping breadfruit in banana leaf to keep warm

Never go without your knife when preparing food 107 White flowers at the beach

Flowers at the beachCrystal's little guy The Heimuli's grandson--Crystal's little adopted boy enjoys the senior missionary couples at the beach!SunsetSunset at the beach lingers  in Tonga.  Yes, that is blue sky!  And a glorious display continues:028Sunset from the beach