They lived at Heketā, along the northcoast of Tongatapu, with its rocky shore. Launching and landing canoes was difficult and the surf of the sea was always noisy. The nearby village of Kolonga, nowadays is nicknamed ʻUtulongoaʻa (noisy coast), because that was what Talatama's sister Fatafehi said.
Either to please her or just to find a better harbour for themselves Talatama and his younger brother Talaihaʻapepe decided to move the royal court to Muʻa (meaning: first, because as the new capital, the village would be the first to receive honours). Indeed, the coast there was sandy and muddy, safe for the boats, the big royal canoes, named ʻĀkiheuho and Tongafuesia, and it was quiet. The place was named Fangalongonoa (silent shore).
Since that time, up to the last Tuʻi Tonga, Laufilitonga, the dynasty has always remained in Muʻa.
When Talatama died he had no sons. Talaihaʻapepe seemed to be the most straightforward one to succeed him, but he himself saw it as a bad omen to break the tradition from father to son. Now when Talaihaʻapepe had been a boy (some say he was still a boy at that time) he had a doll, made of tou wood, called Tamatou. This doll was declared the son of Talatama and installed with all the pomp and splendour of a Tuʻi Tonga, even a queen was assigned to him, and he was named Tuʻi-Tonga-nui-(ko-e)-tama-tou (Great Tonga king (that is) tou person).
Three years later Talaihaʻapepe declared that the king, Tamatou, had died and would be buried in a vault, while his wife was supposed to have been pregnant and born a son. This son, Talatama's grandson, would succeed as the 14th Tuʻi Tonga. Needless to say that this was Talaihaʻapepe himself.
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- This is the only known example where the eastern-Polynesian word nui (big) occurs in the Tongan language; the normal word is lahi.
- No vault has ever been found at the place pointed out by tradition.
- I.C. Campbell; Classical Tongan kingship; 1989
- E. Bott; Tonga society at the time of Captain Cook's visit; 1982
- ʻO. Māhina; Images from the history and culture of Tonga; 2006
- E.W. Gifford; Tongan myths and tales; BPB bulletin 8, 1924