18 episodes

In 2012, a Tongan man by the name of Tevita Moala came upon the remains of a sunken ship off the coast of Foa, Ha'apai in the Kingdom of Tonga. It was determined that this was the remains of the Port au Prince, a vessel registered to England. How did it get to Tonga and why was it sitting on the bottom of the ocean. This podcast is the fascinating story of the cabin clerk, a young boy by the name of William Mariner, one of the survivors of the Port au Prince who lived in Tonga from 1806 to 1810.

Toki Ukamea: The story of William Mariner Richard Wolfgramm

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In 2012, a Tongan man by the name of Tevita Moala came upon the remains of a sunken ship off the coast of Foa, Ha'apai in the Kingdom of Tonga. It was determined that this was the remains of the Port au Prince, a vessel registered to England. How did it get to Tonga and why was it sitting on the bottom of the ocean. This podcast is the fascinating story of the cabin clerk, a young boy by the name of William Mariner, one of the survivors of the Port au Prince who lived in Tonga from 1806 to 1810.

    What's that in the sky? It's a bird! It's a plane! It's an anus?

    What's that in the sky? It's a bird! It's a plane! It's an anus?

    The war is over and Finau 'Ulukālala indulges in some recreation, namely, hunting kalae and rat.  We learn more about these two sports, we get to learn about the story of the islands Tofua and Kao in Ha'apai, we learn about the tale of Mariner's Cave in Nuapapu, Vava'u, and Finau 'Ulukālala critiques the European invention of money and currency. And just when you think he was becoming likable again he does the unthinkable....


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    • 53 min
    Your Gotta Get Your Peace On

    Your Gotta Get Your Peace On

    The war in Vava'u is drawing out longer than Finau 'Ulukālala had anticipated. The Vava'uans have dug in at their might fortress in Feletoa. Under To'eumu's leadership, they are not budging. The war has taken many lives on both sides and Finau is getting desperate because they are running out of provisions. Is peace in the horizon? 


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    • 52 min
    The Gods are Cruel

    The Gods are Cruel

    It's a brutal battle of attrition with no clear resolution, yet it claims many innocent lives. These are truly dark times during the war and Finau 'Ulukālala is rethinking his next strategy. Could peace be just around the horizon? 

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    • 33 min
    These Hoes Ain't Loyal

    These Hoes Ain't Loyal

    The battle between 'Ulukālala's Ha'apai forces and the Vava'uans are at a stalemate. Overtaking the Fatungakoa fortress wasn't the cakewalk 'Ulukālala had hoped for. Both sides score little victories in a battle of attrition. They also have defectors and spies, passing on valuable intel to each camp that could help decide the battle once and for all. 

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    • 32 min
    Vava'u Fights Back

    Vava'u Fights Back

    Vava'u be like we are ready for you! So they built the biggest fort in Tonga and named it Fatungakoa. 'Ulukalala and his war party arrive in Vava'u and make their encampment in Neiafu, a consecrated area in Vava'u. They march to Feletoa, three miles away to begin their assault on the fortress and make the people of Vava'u submit to Finau 'Ulukalala's rule. Will Fatungakoa withstand 'Ulukalala's destructive carronades that brought down the Nuku'alofa fortress, the strongest fort in Tongatapu, in an hour? 
    Got questions? Send them to my email rwolfgramm@gmail.com. 

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    • 45 min
    Vava'u be like "Screw You!"

    Vava'u be like "Screw You!"

    After Tupouniua's assassination, the people of Vava'u return home and so are sick of Finau 'Ulukālala's shit so they build the biggest fort ever in Tongan history in Feletoa called Fatungakoa. Toe'umu, Vava'u's new leader and also 'Ulukālala's aunt, garrisons the entire citizenry of the island in and around the perimeters of the fort. 'Ulukālala is furious at this act of rebellion from Vava'u's chiefs and Toe'umu and prepares to go to war. However, his priests advise him against it and to first propose a peaceful resolution. 
    Got questions? Send them to rwolfgramm@gmail.com 

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    • 45 min

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