Niuafo‘ou

Authored by: Robert Early

The Oceanic Languages

Print publication date:  December  2001
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780700711284
eBook ISBN: 9780203820384
Adobe ISBN: 9781136749858

10.4324/9780203820384.ch47

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Abstract

Niuafo‘ou island (Tin Can Island, Isle of Good Hope) is the remote most northerly island of the Kingdom of Tonga. It is a small (8 km diameter) volcanic island, with an inland crater lake and no fringing reef or anchorage. Volcanic activity in 1946 forced the evacuation of all 1300 inhabitants, most of whom settled in several new villages on the island of ‘Eua. Around 200 people returned to Niuafo‘ou in 1958, and the current population of the island is around 800.

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