HONOLULU (AP) — Tonga’s Queen Nanasipauu Tukuaho received an elaborate welcome on her first royal visit to Oahu.
The Polynesian Cultural Center hosted a private ceremony to greet the queen Friday. She’s visiting Oahu at the invitation of Hawaii’s Tongan community and alumni of Queen Salote College in Tonga.
The queen was greeted with a special chant and by a hula kahiko from dancers at the center. Fijian warriors then escorted the queen by canoe to a welcome by managers at the center who represent different island nations.