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Hunga Rattles Our Front Door, All the Way from Tonga

This past Saturday in Suva was a rainy one. Tropical downpours are typical this time of year; it's summer here and cyclone season. In the late afternoon, I heard a deep, persistent rumbling. It fluctuated between low and loud. Our dogs, Guthrie and Jolene, were nervous. I walked out into the yard to find where… Continue reading Hunga Rattles Our Front Door, All the Way from Tonga

The Legend of Baron Toa

Watch: The Legend of Baron To’a

If you're looking for a good indie action comedy, I highly recommend "The Legend of Baron To'a." It's ostensibly about a niche ethnic group--Tongans--but the movie has universal resonance. The dry and witty sense of humor is hilarious, and there's a good twist at the end. The movie follows the classic arc of the hero's… Continue reading Watch: The Legend of Baron To’a

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Adventure, photography, Video

Video: Waves of Tonga

  The waves off Tonga's main island of Tongatapu are mesmerizing. I took these photos from a cliff overlooking the Blowholes and from the beach at the Land Bridge. All photos were shot with a Canon T7. Check out previous posts for recommendations on where to eat and what to do in Tongatapu.

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Adventure, Food

Tonga: Where to Eat

For a small island, Tongatapu has a solid array of good restaurants. Here are five of the best in and around downtown Nuku'alofa. Top Bar: This American-owned restaurant and lounge was only a few months old when we visited in November 2019. We were very impressed. From the street, it doesn't look like much, but… Continue reading Tonga: Where to Eat