Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tui Suva laid to rest

Fiji Sun News - 01 July 2010

Roko Tui Suva, Ratu Epeli Kanakana Kinitavaya, 85, was laid to rest at the chiefly burial site, Nadonumai, a hill atop the Suva Cemetery yesterday.
His funeral was attended by relatives and representatives from various government ministries.

Ratu Epeli was battling heart disease before he died in his home at Suvavou late last week.

A church service was held in Suvavou village, Lami,s and was conducted by Reverend Kalivati Ravoka.

Also present was the Marama Na Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa, President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and President for the Methodist Church, Reverend Ame Tugue.

The Tui Suva’s son, Joji Kuruduadua, 42, said that his father was a man of his words.
"He really helped his people and the vanua. 
"I really miss him and I will always remember him as a family man. 
"I was at his bedside when he passed away," he said.

Mr Kuruduadua said that his father was always concerned when criminal activities took place in Suvavou Village and was a kind hearted person.

"When something bad happens in our village, he will call for a village meeting and punish whoever was responsible for it. 
"Or he would step in and render his advice to the young people in our village," he said.

Ratu Epeli Kanakana was the traditional ruler of the area that includes Suva city, the nation's capital. 
The Tui Suva title is reserved within the Naivutuvutu family of the Tokatoka Solia of Mataqali Vuanimocelolo of the yavusa Vatuwaqa. 
He also owns the biggest area of land in the Rewa province. Ratu Epeli is survived by his wife, Vilisi Kubou of Vunaniu, Serua, a son and three grandchildren.

1 comment:

  1. Looks to me that some of you who write this blogs should get their facts straight. He was NOT Tui Suva and will NEVER be one. The same goes to his family, Mataqali and Yavusa...

    That title does not belong to that Mataqali and Yavusa. It belongs to the yavusa Nauluvatu and the true blood is still very much alive and well..with that said, i just wanna say to all of those who thinks other wise i only have one thing to say..Isa kerekere mo muria na nomu i yatu.