Tinitini, nicknamed after one of the dogs in his earlier shows, is the main star of Fun(d)raising. It is his journey around his village of Pangaimotu and to Neiafu that helps us understand the origins and reasons for some of his most famous sketches. Unlike most of his comedy companions, he has not married, dedicating himself almost exclusively to fundraising and looking after his family. He has travelled widely in Tonga, New Zealand, Australia and the US to fundraise overseas. He currently lives in Nuku’alofa.
Nicknamed Moala Lahi, Siua has always seen the fundraising performances as a way to both help the church and his family. He joined in 1994 to fundraise for the Catholic Church in Pangaimotu. He initially found it difficult performing infront of so many people, but gained increasing confidence. The song Salataue, about preparing hulali (sea slug) to eat, became his signature tune. Sadly he died of complications of diabetes.
Falanise is from Pangaimotu but also works at the hospital. He has played many key roles in the sketches, but is perhaps most famous for the energy and beauty of his tulafale, danced behind a young woman performing the single tau’olunga.
Pote was one of the original performers and though he does not appear in any of the filmed skits, he has a prominent role in the film explaining the history of some of the performances. He is famous local singer and has his own band, called the Hausia Brothers.