Sometimes the least likely person is the one who solves a problem.
That’s what happened to Uila the day that danger came to his family.
Find out how in Lightning Boy, a bilingual legend from Tokelau.
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Ko Fa’aitu kua fia fano lele oi fagota ma na taulelea i moana. Ko na magō, na feke, na tafolā … kae ko ia e hē mataku lele ai. I Tokelau, e iei lava te taimi e fetaui mo na mea uma. Ko te taimi hako nei tenei o Fa’aitu?
Faaitu can’t wait to go fishing with the men in the open ocean. Sharks, octopus, whales … he’s not afraid of them! But in Tokelau there’s a right time for everything. Will this be Faaitu’s time?
Ko Mala ko he tino makeke i te fagatua, nae nofo i Fakaofo. Kae ko na tino o te fenua nae faikino ki ei. I te tahi aho, na hula ake ai he matuā magō. E mafai nei e Mala oi laveaki mai te nuku, i ana muna fagatua?
Mala is a great wrestler who lived in Fakaofo. But the people of the village are mean to him. One day a giant shark turns up. Can Mala save the village with his wrestling skills?
I na tauhaga uma lava, e fai ai te tukugā vaka fakapitoa i Nukunonu. Ko Maleko e fofou ke fau e ia he vaka, ke fano i te tukuga tenei. Kae ko tana uō ia Tovia, e fofou ke alo e ia te vaka. Ei nā mua nei to la vaka?
Every year a special canoe race was held in Nukunonu. Maleko wants to build a canoe to enter the race. His friend Tovio wants to row the canoe. Will they win?
1 Fepuali, 1990. 8.30afiafi. Fakaaliga Fakapitoa o te Tau. Ko te Afā ko Ofa, kua agai atu nei ki luga o Tokelau.
e ā nei tā na tino ka fai? E fakahao nei vehea ki latou?
1 February, 1990. 8.30pm. Special Weather Bulletin. Cyclone Ofa is travelling towards Tokelau.
What will the people do? How will they survive?
Tokelau My Treasured Heritage
‘I’m happy I learned these things about pā and now I know my own pā is hikuuli. I can name other people’s pā too. This makes me treasure my pā even more and I always wear it with pride.’ (Puanaualowha Ioane)
Twelve Tokelau young people worked with teacher-writer, David Riley, to bring you this book – Tokelau Toku Tupuaga Fakapelepele. The stories they’ve written demonstrate their immense pride in their Tokelau heritage.
You’ll read about a beloved ancestor, a trip to Tokelau, making panikeke palu ota with Nana, and their love for their language, dance and culture.
Come and share the beauty and excellence of Tokelau with them.
Tokelau Heroes tells the inspirational stories of achievers who have Tokelauan ancestry. It includes legends like Hina, Kalokalo-o-te-la and Moa; historical figures such as Foua Toloa, Ihaia Puka and Nua Mamoe; and contemporary heroes like Fuli Pereira-Evans, Iaheto Ah Hi and Opetaia Foa’i. The book is written to inspire young Tokelauans, to encourage reading and promote literacy. The book is illustrated by Tokelauan-Samoan artist, Mose Viliamu. Tokelau Heroes is the fifth book in the Pasifika Heroes series. It follows We Are the Rock (Niuean), Samoan Heroes, Tongan Heroes and Cook Islands Heroes.
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