Saturday, March 9, 2013

HCGS Mtg April 13, 2013 Tongan Genealogy -Fa'aki 'Alatini Richter

The Honolulu County Genealogical Society was unable to have our meeting at our usual Manoa Gardens Community Center on April 13th, so for just April so we met at the LDS Church community room at 1931 Lusitana St., Honolulu, HI 96813.  9 am.
    Forty persons were in attendance for a meeting that is sure to be the highlight of the year.
Kurt and Fa'aki Richter in front of Tongan items like Tapa
    Fa'aki Richter and husband, Kurt, new Society members, hosted us there and gave a wonderful presentation on Tongan Genealogy.  Fa'aki has produced three books which demonstrated her professionalism and research capability.  There were lots of Tongan artifacts and hand made items on display.  Members of her family prepared a sumptuous Tongan luncheon for all of us.  Some society members wore their South Pacific attire, pareo, aloha shirts, etc.  Many of the Tongans wore a traditional hand made mat overskirt.
     Fa'aki and Kurt planned the program as follows:
     1. Introductions
     2. Acknowledgments
     3. An introduction to Tonga:    

            a. explain map of Tonga
            b. Foreigners that came to Tonga
     4. Meet The Royal House
     5. My roots
     6. Explanation of artifacts displayed
     7. The Tongan luncheon

 Plenty of free parking.     The entrance to the parking is to take the driveway on the left side of the chapel - as you face the chapel.  Take the driveway all the way back to the first right and turn into the Parking Lot
The LDS Church - Bishop Sam Fong
Fa'aki and family

Home grown Taro, Manioca, Okinawa Sweet Potato, Cooked banana

Fa'aki and family
Jean Neuer introducing herself
Fa'aki , Ann Sloat , Angela Sacrider and others
Strawberry, melon, coconut fruit salad

Fa'aki with her book "From Tonga To Zion"
Tongan artifacts
Linda Dubee - checking Membership Roster

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