Much inaccurate information has appeared here about Siale`ataongo. Although he was the only surviving child of Ma`afu, Fiji's first Tui Lau, and Elenoa Gataialupe, Siale never became Tui Lau himself. At the time of Ma`afu's death in Feb 1881, Siale had been resident on Vanuabalavu for several years. His time there was not distinguished: he was once reprimanded for arresting several people without a warrant and, when acting as a magistrate on Vanuabalavu, sometimes condemned the accused without hearing any evidence. In the mid 1870s, his father Ma`afu exiled him to Lakeba for a while. Siale fled to Tonga in 1877 after attracting many complaints from Tui Lomaloma for seizing Fijian lands and giving them to Tongans. After returning to Lau, Siale was in trouble again in 1880, this time for striking two married women with whom he had been having relationships. He also appeared drunk on Levuka wharf, in the company of his father Ma`afu and others, during the same year. Ma`afu's long-serving matapule, Mafi, referred to Siale as "a daring, bad young man", an echo of the Rev. John Thomas who, in Nuku`alofa in 1847, had called the young Ma`afu "a fast, ignorant, vain young man".
When Siale appeared in Levuka in Feb 1881 with news of his father's severe illness, he brought with him a load of copra that the Chief Secretary, John Thurston, suspected of being stolen. After Ma`afu's death a few days later, Siale remained in Fiji, although after taking a stolen cutter to Tonga, he was held in custody in Draiba in May 1881. Thurston referred to Siale as "a frightful liar" and wrote "Charley Ma`afu ought to be in gaol". Thurston refused Siale permission to return to Lomaloma to gather his father's possessions, because Thurston believed that Siale's real purpose was to sell his father's goods and to turn his mother Elenoa out of her house. On orders from the Governor of Fiji, Sir William Des Voeux, Siale was deported to Tonga, and refused permission to land at Moala on the way. Siale was referred to in official correspondence as "the vagrant Tongan". Siale protested against his removal, writing "my grandfather was king of Tonga", but to no avail. (He was referring to Aleamotu`a who, although never king of Tonga in the modern sense, had been Tu`i Kanokupolu from 1827 until his death in 1845). Siale, who had long been an alcoholic, died in Nuku`alofa in May 1883 and was buried in the Mala`e Aloa in Kolomotu`a, where Aleamotu`a was also interred. In July 1885, the "Fiji Times" reported that Siale's mother Elenoa was sailing to Tonga in order to visit her son's grave.
Following Ma`afu's death, there was no Tui Lau until 1938, when Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna was chosen for the position.
I have details of Siale`ataongo's children with various women, as given me by some of his descendants in Tonga, and will be happy to post the details in this forum.