|Predecessors and Short History:
Tui Nayau is the title held by the Paramount Chief of the
in Fiji. Prior to
being installed as Tui Nayau, the claimant must first be
High Chief upon the decision of the noble households
making up the
Vuanirewa clan. Not every High Chief has been installed as
- Roko Jepesa Niumataiwalu, 1st Roko Sau of the Lau
founder of the Vuanirewa dynasty
of the Lau Islands, son of Roko Delainavuqalei, Tui
killed his uncle Roko Qoma, Tui Lakeba, and his sons,
his own parents and siblings, thus establishing
himself overlord of
both these islands, and became the
first high chief or Roko Sau of the Lau Islands,
married 1stly, Adi
Tarau of Tovu Totoya, married 2ndly, Adi Uma of
3rdly, Adi (name
Cakaudrove, and had issue. He died at Ono-i-Lau.
- Adi Sivoki Volitilakeba (by Adi Tarau), married
Komaibatiniwai from Cakaudrove, married 2ndly, a
chief from the island
Vanua Balavu; and had issue, one son.
- Roko Radravu (by 1st marriage) adopted
one of the noble households, Vatuwaqa.
- Roko Tevita Uluilakeba II (by Adi Tarau) (qv)
- Roko Rasolo (by Adi Tarau) (qv)
- Adi Mokoiwaqa (by Adi Tarau)
- Roko Matawalu (by Adi Uma) (qv)
- Roko Lubati Lakeba (by 3rd marriage) (qv)
- Roko Tevita Uluilakeba II, 2nd Roko Sau of the Lau
ancestor of the senior and
of the four noble households in the Vuanirewa clan
called Naivi, his
reign was unstable as a result of internal conflicts
as well as the
ambitions of Bau, he married and had issue. He
was killed in
battle against the Bauan forces.
- Roko Dranivia (qv)
- Roko Nayacatabu, regent in the absence of Roko
- Roko Rasolo,
Roko Sau of the Lau Islands and first installed holder
title Tui Nayau, ancestor of both the noble
through his elder
son Malani, and Vatuwaqa, through his younger son,
Taltiai Tupou, he
expelled the occupying Bauan forces and re-established
rule; he married 1stly, Adi Laufitu from Tonga, 1st
daughter of the Chief of Totoya, and his wife, and a
Tongan woman of
the Ha’a Gatatupu of Vava'u; married 2ndly, a lady of
one of the original noble houses of Lakeba, married
3rdly, Adi Radavu
of Totoya, another daughter of the Chief of Totoya,
and his wife, and a
Tongan woman of the Ha’a Gatatupu of Vava'u, as well
as a descendent of
the royal Tu'i Tonga and Tu'i Kanokupolu lines of
Tonga, and had issue,
- Roko Malani (by Adi Laufitu) (qv)
- Roko Soroaqali (by 2nd marriage), he was
considered Vasu i
Taukei, by virtue of his
mother' rank; he opposed the introduction of
Christianity with the
arrival of missionaries to Fiji.
- Roko Taliai Tupou (by Adi Radavu) (qv)
- Adi SEnirewa
- Roko Matawalu, 4th Roko Sau of the Lau Islands, went
self-imposed exile on Bau; married Adi Siri of
Waitabu, and had issue,
the Koroicumu branch of the Vuanirewa clan. He was
killed in a fight
with the forces of his nephew, Malani.
- Roko Dranivia, 5th Roko Sau of the Lau Islands; he
last member of the noble
household, Naivi, to hold the title Roko Sau of the
possibly because he was an usurper, who seized the
throne without the
consent of the clan; Matawalu returned from exile and
defeated him in a
battle after which he fled with his supporters to
Nayau and there
established the village of Liku; married and had
issue, the Naivi
branch of the Vuanirewa clan, who do not have the
right to contest for
the Tui Nayau title.
- Roko Lubati Lakeba, 6th Roko Sau of the Lau Islands
- Roko Malani,
Roko Sau of the Lau Islands, 2nd Tui Nayau, Ciri of
married and had issue.
- Roko Viliame Vuetasu, born about 1820, Heir to the
Nayau title 1833/1857; he was instrumental in
strengthening the hold of
Christianity in Lakeba, and thereafter the rest of
(amongst others), Adi Malolo, and had
issue, the Matailakeba branch of the Vuanirewa clan.
He drowned in 1857.
- Adi Sivoki
- Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba III (qv)
- Roko J. R. Malani, [?married and had issue.
- Roko R. J. Liwaki
- Roko Melaia Lutu, she had issue by Ratu Sir
Lalabalavu Vana'ali'ali Sukuna (see Roko Tui
- Roko M. Wilisoni
- Roko Jone Vaubula, became a convert and preacher,
Tule, a Tongan lady of the Tu'iha'angana family, and
- Ana Vaubula
- W. Pasoni
- Adi Pasepa Mere Tapeso, married
Likusuasua Pupunu, and had issue (see 'Ulukalala
- Adi Lalaciwa
- Roko Taliai Tupou,
3rd Tui Nayau 1833/1875; his
reign marked the growth of Christianity in Lau and the
of Tongan ambitions in Fiji; accepted the Christian
faith in 1849;in
1865, he concluded a Treaty of Friendship between the
Kingdom of Lakeba
and the Kingdom of Tonga; married about 1837, Adi
of Ratu Tui'ila'ila Lalabalavu Baleinamatau, Tui
Cakau, and had
issue, the Vatuwaqa branch of the Vuanirewa clan. He
- Roko Vuru Matuku
- Ratu Kilai
- Ratu Seruvatu
- Adi Tagici
- Roko Eroni Loganimoce (qv)
- Adi Fuefue'olakeba, married in Tonga.
- Tui Mereke
- Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba III, Roko Sau of the Lau
Kakua Vuikaba, daughter of Ratu Seru Epenisa Cakobau,
Tui Viti, Vunivalu
of Bau, and his
wife, Adi Litia Samanunu, and had issue. He died 1876.
- Adi Litiana Maopa (by Adi
Asenaca), born 1864, married 1886 in Suva, Ratu
Madraiwiwi, born 1859, died 1920, and had issue. She
died May 1933.
- Ratu Alifereti Finau Ulugalala (by Adi
- Adi Asenaca Kuila, married Ratu Sivuta.
- Roko Eroni
4th Tui Nayau 1876/1898; married and had issue. He
- Ratu Alifereti Finau Ulugalala, 11th Roko
the Lau Islands and 5th Tui Nayau
1898/1934, he is noted for encouraging education
amongst his people; he
first school, Lau Provincial School in Tubou, Lakeba
in 1908; married
daughter of Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, Vunivalu of Bau,
and had issue. He
died 3rd April 1934 at Tubou, Lakeba.
- Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba IV (qv)
- Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba IV, 6th Tui Nayau and
Chief of Lau
(Sau Ni Vanua of the Lau Islands) 1934/1966, born 4th
married 1stly, Roko Oseni Senivaivai of Tokatoka Naivi
Tutu Vuniwai Samisoni Fotu),
married 2ndly, Silipa Raikoro, married 3rdly, Adi
Teresia Vuikaba of
Bau, she died sp.
also had a number
of children by secondary wives, including (a), Roko
Miqawalu, (b), Lusiana Qolikoro, (c), Mere Waqalerua
of Levuka, (d),
Lakalaka of Taqalevu, (e),
1934, Adi Mereoni Veisa of Tokatoka Vatuwaqa, (f), Adi
Radinivuna of Tokatoka Vatuwaqa, (g), Eseta Waji of
Oneata, Lau, and had issue.
He died 4th October 1966 in Lautoka.
- Rt. Hon. Ratu Sir Kamisese Kapaiwai Tuimacilai
(eldest child, by Lusiana Qolikoro) (qv)
- Ratu Jone Ukelele Uluilakeba (by Roko Unaisi Biu
Miqawalu), born 1922.
- Ratu Salesi Kinikinilau Uluilakeba (by Roko Unaisi
Miqawalu), born 1924.
- Ratu Jone Liwaki Uluilakeba (by Roko Unaisi Biu
Miqawalu), born 11th September 1926.
- Ratu Tevita Vakacereivalu Uluilakeba (by Mere
born 26th July 1927, married Adi Ilisapeci Wati,
died 2006, and had
issue. He died 1998.
- Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba, married Adi Karalaini
Walawalawa Vakaloloma, and has issue.
- Ratu Sireli Uluilakeba
- Ratu George Laifone
- Adi Lola Elizabeth Uluilakeba
- Adi Sofia-joy Tu ‘ihalafatai
- Ratu Tevita William Uluilakeba
- Adi Atelaite Eci Uluilakeba (by Roko Oseni
born 25th February 1930, died October 2007.
- Adi Neomai Vititoga Uluilakeba (by Mere
- Ratu Viliame Vueta'asau Uluilakeba (by Lakalaka),
30th October 1933.
- Ratu Jioji Laifone Uluilakeba (by Mereoni Veisa),
4th January 1935
in Lakeba, Lau, died 1983.
- Ratu Etuate Wainiu Uluilakeba (by Roko Oseni
born 12th November 1937.
- Adi Taraivini Lubatilakeba Uluilakeba (by Silipa
Raikoro), born 1938, married and has issue.
- Adi Arieta Koila Uluilakeba (by Lakalaka), born
- Adi Keresi Sekasekanimunia Uluilakeba (by Adi
Radinivuna), born 19th June 1942.
- Adi Asilina Davila Uluilakeba (by Silipa Raikoro),
19th July 1943, a Fijian academic and businesswoman,
educated at the
University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba,
Australia (B.Ed. and
M.Ed.), she was appointed to the board of the Fiji
Times Ltd. on 7th
January 2006; married Ratu David Brown Toganivalu
(see Roko Tui Bua).
- Adi Sainimili Rokolewasau Uluilakeba (by Silipa
born 28th January 1946, married
and has issue.
- Adi Lusiana Paluvavau Qolikoro, 5th December
Madraiwiwi, Roko Tui Bau.
- Adi Lola Po'fa Uluilakeba (by Eseta Waji), born
- Adi Asenaca Saurogo Lalakoverata Gonelevu
Lakalaka), born 20th February 1948, married and had
issue. She died
20th February 2009.
- Ratu Sitiveni Blue Tikoivavalagi Uluilakeba
Hon. Ratu Sir Kamisese Kapaiwai Tuimacilai Mara,
Lau (Hereditary Paramount Chief
the Lau Islands) 1973/2004, Tevita Uluilakeba
1966/2004, Chief Minister
1967/1970, 1st Prime Minister 1970/1992, 2nd President
13th May 1920, educated in Fiji
1926/1940 and Sacred Heart College, N.Z. 1940/1941,
Wadham College, Oxford 1946/1949 (MA), Honorary Fellow
of Economics 1961/1962 (Dip. Econ. and Soc. Admin.).
Decoration, Chancellor of the Order of Fiji, Companion
of the Order of
Fiji, Knight of the Most Venerable Order of St John of
Grand Cross of the Pian Order with Star ,
of Diplomatic Service Merit, Korea , Grand
Master of the Order of
the National Lion,Dakar,Senegal , K.B.E.
P.C. [cr.1973], LL.D. (Hon. Otago) ,
Colonial Services, Fiji 1950;
MLC 1953/- and MEC 1959/61; Member for Natural
Resources and Leader of
Government Business; Chief Minister and Member of
Council of Ministers
1967/70; Prime Minister of Fiji 1970/87; Prime
1987/92, First Acting President, Republic of Fiji
Commander -in -Chief 1994/2000, Pacific Man of the
Fiji Military Forces 1956, Athletics & Cricket
NZ and Athletics Blue Oxford University, UK; interests
cricket, rugby, golf and fishing; Author of “The
Pacific Way-A Memoir”,
Member of the Achilles Club (London), Defence Club
(Suva) and United
and Cambridge Universities Club, married September
1950, Ro Adi
Litia Katoafutoga, Roko Tui
Paramount Chief of Burebasaga and
Rewa, Radini Nayau,
issue. He died 18th April 2004.
- Adi Ateca Mara, born 1951, married Ratu Epeli
Ganilau (see Tui
Koila Mara, born 1953, married Ratu Epeli Nailatikau
and has issue.(see Vunivalu)
- Adi Asenaca Kakua Margaret Mara, married Epeli
Tuikenatabua, and has issue.
- Ratu Alifereti Finau Mara, born 1960, lawyer,
and diplomat, educated at Otago University, N.Z.
(LL.B. (Law), 1983)
and at Cambridge
University, U.K. (LL.M. (Law), 1986); served as a
Legal Officer in the Attorney General's Chamber from
1984, and later
Principal Legal Officer in 1986, Chief
Administrative Officer for Foreign Affairs (Fiji)
d'Affaires at the Fijian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
1991, he was
elected to the House of Representatives in
Cabinet Minister for Fijian Affairs 1997/1999,
Chairman of the Native
Land Trust Board, he was
appointed as Fiji's Ambassador to the United Nations
in 1999, appointed
Roving Ambassador and High Commissioner in 2001,
Tualau Buadromo, and has issue.
- Salesi Kinikinilau Mara
- Lawedua Rokolubatilakeba Mara
- Adi Litia Cakobau Mara, married 1991, Harry
has issue, one son and one daughter.
- Michael Kamisese Timoci
- Charlotte Kathryn Maopa Mara
- Ratu Jioji Tuisawau Cokanauto Mara
- Lt.-Col. Ratu Tevita Kapaiwai Lutunauga Uluilakeba
a career soldier, he joined the Army in 1988, and
rose through the
ranks to be promoted to Army Chief of Staff on 3rd
February 2006, a
position he held for several months, before being
Commanding Officer of the Third Infantry Regiment.
- Adi Elenoa Mara, married and has issue.