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  • Turbulent Tonga Part III: “Humps and Bumps, Tonga Giveth, Tonga Taketh”

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    January 9, 2012 | 12:11 pm

    The Lonely Planet describes Neiafu, the main town on the Vava’u Island group as “ramshackle.”  Although I somewhat agree, Neiafu has its charms.  In fact, I would describe it as quaint. Families of pigs cross the road, a large white church perches above the town, and children...

  • I love Lucy! What is in your backpack?

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    November 7, 2011 | 8:00 pm

    I love Lucy clothes!

    Just like the ads claim they are perfectly packable. While stuck inside for a couple of days in torrential rain while cooking upstairs at Fifita’s guesthouse in Pangai, Ha’apai, Tonga, Dwight asked me “Who is Lucy? And why is her name on all your...

  • Turbulent Tonga Part II: “Toni’s Guesthouse Tour”

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    October 23, 2011 | 9:03 pm

    Turbulent Tonga Part II: “Toni’s Guesthouse Tour”

    The Ukranian Dracula lady, had just finished assaulting Jackie when we arrived at 10:00am.  Dracula had mistook the poor Brit for my wife Lisa, who simply “wouldn’t open the damn window” of the van when we arrived last...

  • Turbulent Tonga

    George Rajna

    August 28, 2011 | 9:10 am

    After three glorious weeks on the beautiful islands of Samoa, we boarded the two hour Air Pacific flight from Apia to Nadi in Fiji, the most convenient access point for Tonga. We noticed there that the onward flight from Nadi to Nukalofa, Tongatapu was likely delayed and could not...

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  • Israeli Speaker Reuven Rivlin visits Tonga

    April 11, 2011 | 10:10 am

    The speaker of Israel’s Knesset, Reuven Rivlin made a historic visit to the island of Tonga in the South Pacific.

    Rivlin became the first Knesset speaker to travel to the kingdom, spending three days on an official visit accompanied by Israel’s non-resident ambassador, Shemi Tzur....

  • Journey’s End

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Lunda Hoyle Gill sat in her spare room at a Westwood assisted-living center, the last stop on her remarkable life journey.

    The artist once traveled to the remotest parts of the globe, racing to paint indigenous peoples before they disappeared. But that was before cancer ravaged her...