FAIVA ‘EVA

German consul, Hopisi and Tongan charmer, Butterfly, vie for the hand in marriage of Vava’u beauty, Mata’ilose. Tinitini (Tevita Koloamatangi), Siua Tutone and Falanise Foliaki, playing Mata’ilose’s mother are the leading stars. Lasting 28 minutes, this sketch shows the improvisional ability of the actors and the degree of Tinitini’s engagement with the crowd. His crying scene is a classic. This sketch was filmed in November 1999 in the shadow of the Catholic Church in Falaleu, Vava’u.

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FAIVA TEVOLO

Tinitini is too afraid to go to the bush to get food because of his fear of tevolo. Attacked by his own dogs and nagged by his wife, he eventually goes and meets a tragic end.

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FAIVA MALANGA

A visiting Palangi minister’s sermon is dramatically mistranslated by an inspirational Tinitini. Who would think vegetables would feature in his sermon?

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With Siua Tutone singing Salataue.

FAIVA FUA’A

An old man and his young wife go to a bar with hilarious results. Jealousy is the main subject of the sketch.

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In the preview clip from Fun(d)raising below, you will be able to see how much of these two clips I have used in the documentary, guided by the commentary of Sione Taufa, who we met coincidentally when Tinitini went to drink some kava.

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