LOCATION: Lau Islands SEAT: Tumbous CREATION: 1867
TITLE: Tu'i Lau or Chieftain Supreme or King DYNASTY: xx CESSATION: 1871
PRESENT TITLE HOLDER: VACANT
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The title of Tui Lau is decided by the Vuanirewa clan on Lakeba. Rulers amd title holders were...
- Ratu Goleanavanua, 1st Chieftain Supreme of the
Confederation of Lau 1867/1869,
9th Tui Cakau/Paramount
Chief of Cakaudrove 1862/1879.
- Ratu Enele Ma'afuotu'itonga [aka Henry Ma'afu], 1869/1871, King of Lau, Levuka & Ovalau, abdicated in 1871 in favour of Ratu Cakobau of Fiji, born 1816 in Tongatapu, son of Hon. 'Aleamotu'a Tupou I'Faletuipapai, 18th Tu'i Kanokupulu, and his wife, Hon. Hon. Mele Moala Soakai; he established himself at Lakeba as leader of the Tongan community in the Lau Islands in 1848, and slowly extended his control to most of northern and eastern Fiji; he introduced christianity to eastern Fiji; married 1840 in Nuku'alofa, Hon. Adi 'Elenoa Ngataialupe Lutui, she returned to Tonga, dying there after 1885, and had issue. He died 6th February 1881 in Lomaloma, Vanuabalavu, Fiji and lies buried on Lau.
- Hon. Siale'ataongo [Charles Ma'afu], married 1stly, Hon. Losaline Fatafehi, daughter of Hon. Manumata'ongo, and his wife, Hon. Mekemeke, married 2ndly, Jiu, and had issue. He died 1883.
- Hon. Vaohoi Ma'afu, married the Hon. Fotu'Afalefa Veikune, 2nd Veikune, and had issue.
- Hon. Heuifanga Veikune, married the Hon. Manu'opangai Ahome'e and had issue.
- HM Queen Halaevalu Mata'aho of Tonga.
- Ratu Vaubula (by Jiu), married and had issue.
- Ratu Jiale Ataongo, Roko Takete
- Ratu Viliame Mataika, his family and that of his brother, still maintains the family compound, Onewai in Tubou, Lakeba, Lau where Ratu Enele is buried.
- Ratu Sir Josefa Lalabalavu Vana'ali'ali Sukuna, born 22nd April 1888 in Bau, 2nd Tu'i Lau 1938/1958, K.B.E. [cr.1946], C.B.E. [cr.1939], regarded as a credible contender for the title of Tui Viti, educated privately by Rev. Charles Andrew, and at Wanganui Collegiate School in New Zealand, joined the civil service as a fifth class clerk in 1907, became assistant master of the Lakeba school and also became visiting examiner at Queen Victoria School and Levuka Public School in 1909, entered Wadham College, Oxford in 1913 to study history, graduating in 1918, during World War I, he joined the French Foreign Legion being awarded the Croix de Guerre, he proceeded to the Middle Temple in London, and by 1921 had graduated with both a BA and an LL.B. degree (becoming the first-ever Fijian to receive a university degree), instrumental in establishing the Native Land Trust Board, appointed the first Speaker of the Legislative Council in 1954, married 1stly, 1928, Lady Adi Maraia Vosawale, born 17th March 1903 in Bau, M.B.E., died 1st August 1956, married 2ndly, 1950, Adi Maca Likutabua, born 1934, died 2000, daughter of Roko Lenaitasi Gucake. He died spl 30th May 1958.
- Rt. Hon. Ratu Sir Kamisese Kapaiwai Tuimacilai Mara,
3rd Tu'i Lau 1973/2004, Tu'i Nayau 1969/2004 and Tevita Uluilakeba 1966/2004.