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Tongan Love Song

Updated on June 11, 2016
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Ruth Kongaika was born in the Rocky Mountains and has lived most of her life in the South Pacific. She travels, gardens and writes.

It took a separation from my usually non-romantic husband to squeeze the sentiments out of him. We had been married about three years and had two beautiful children when I left him behind for a couple of months. No we were not fighting or anything like that. I had a health issue that I needed to check out. We lived in a small South Pacific Island Kingdom. I had given birth to our little son in Tonga, but had complications. My parents came to visit and I returned to stay with them for a while.

We were over 5000 miles apart but it seemed like light years. I had the two chubby little babies to keep me busy, but at night I missed my husband and his sweet adoration. He was left alone in our humble little apartment. Each day after teaching high school, he would spend the evenings with his friends at kava parties. He loved to sing and it is well known that Polynesians have a knack for harmonizing. He developed a tune with his little group of friends and then they added the words. After a few weeks apart, he mailed me the words they had come up with. Here is my song written by 'Isileli Tupou Kongaika, my husband:


Memories have arisen in my mind

For the love we have for each other

Send my love to Timpanogas (name of mountain)

To Utah and the Rocky Mountains

There is love in store for the Lily of the Valley

Desert and wilderness, how is my fragrant flower?

And our only treasure that has been

Sealed for time and for all eternity?

My heart cries day and night

as I envision your lovely being

For life is tasteless and

you will never be forgotten

Elements of true love

are abundant in my heart

I will carry for it is my cross

For this love, Ruth, will never end.


Goodbye, goodbye my sweetheart

Tongan Words

Langa e manatu ‘i hoku ‘atamai

Ki he fe’ofa’aki kuo fepulingaki.

Tala hoku ‘ofa ki Timipanokasi

Ki Iuta moe ‘otu mo’unga maka.

Ukuma e ‘ofa kihe lile ‘oe tele’a

Toafa mamate ‘oku fe fe koa?

A hoto kakala mo ‘eta koloa

Ne ‘osi sila’i ke tuputupu’a

Tangi hoku loto ‘i he ‘aho pea moe po

Ete mata vision ki si’o sino

He kuo ‘ikai ifo si’eku nofo

He ikai ngalo koe ‘i hoku loto.

Elemeniti ‘o e ‘ofa mo’oni

Kuo fihi tu’u ‘I hoku lotoni

Teu fua pe he kohoku kolosi

He koe ‘ofani LUTE he ‘ikai ‘osi.


Pe‘I alu a pe’I nofo a

Pe’I nofo a pe’I alu a

‘a sioku ofa anga

I was supposed to stay longer at my parents, but after hearing the song he wrote for me, I decided to go home a bit earlier.

As you can tell, there are plenty of metaphors in the song. That made if even more romantic.

My first name is Ruth, and in the Tongan language it translates to Lute . The language has only 17 letters. It does not have an R and a vowel follows each consonant. So there were four verses and each verse started with one letter of my Tongan first name.

It touched me deeply that he had spent so much time coming up with words that told our little story. When I returned to Tonga, they were already playing my song on A3Z, the local radio station.

I hope you don’t mind if I share the song with you. Perhaps it might inspire you to write your loved one a poem or a song for Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion.


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  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    11 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks sophs. Yes, it is a very touching romantic song. I am lucky, I know. Happy hubbing!

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    11 years ago

    awwww this is sooo sweet, it's beautiful! :-)

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    11 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    What can I say to that Tina V. Yes, we are in love, but we are not perfect. A loving relationship needs to be worked on continually. Romance can only keep it interesting. Thanks for the comments.

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    TINA V 

    11 years ago

    Indeed, this is such a romantic story. It just shows that both of you are so much in-love with each other. Take care of your relationship and your two lovely babies.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    11 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Aloha fishtiger58. Yes, I feel so lucky to have a romantic guy to make me feel special for Valentines and all year thru.

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    11 years ago from Momence, Illinois

    That is awesome. Some guys are just not that romantic. How very nice for you. Made me want to cry.

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    Rose West 

    11 years ago from Michigan

    This is so sweet! Loved reading this :)

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    11 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks nightbear for your comments. Yes, distance makes the heart grow fonder as they say. In this case, it was true.

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    11 years ago

    Oh I am so glad he came to his senses and was able to win you back. Beautiful and meaningful story.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    11 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I appreciate all the comments. Yes, he is a great husband.

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    11 years ago from NYC

    Beautiful, I love to read a sweet romantic story.

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    11 years ago

    What a lovely story and a great guy.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Very sweet story and sounds like a great husband.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    11 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks to all for your great comments. I feel so fortunate to have this thoughtful person in my life. Aloha!

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    11 years ago

    Touching story: should be more trouble taken over communication like this between people...Bob

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    11 years ago

    Love it!!! What a great story--it has also inspired me. Maybe I will try to be creative and write something for my sweetheart this Valentines :)

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    11 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

    Aaaaw, this is so sweet and touching! Reminds me of the love that my sweetie and I share. He has written a poem or two during our time together, and yes, it has inpired me to try to write a poem for Valentines. :)

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    Hello, hello, 

    11 years ago from London, UK

    That is so heartwarming to read something like that amongst all the trouble and problems around. Thank you.

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    Isileli Tupou 

    11 years ago

    Thanks for the reminder and for all the love that you have shared with all you have come in contact with. He is pretty romantic after all. Cheers


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