okinaEua is a smaller but still major island in the kingdom of Tonga. It is close to Tongatapu.


okinaEua is a hilly island, the highest tops are the "Teokinaemoa" (chicken manure) 312m, with the grave of the soldier on top, and the "Vaiangina" (watersprings) 305m. Yet the island is not volcanic. It is shaped by the rubbing of the Tonga plate against the Pacific plate, pushing okinaEua up and leaving the 7 km (10.8km if you ask Dan) deep Tonga trench on the bottom of the ocean, a short distance towards the east. The soil of okinaEua is volcanic, as it is of Tongatapu, but that is only the toplayer, deposited by eruptions of nearby volcanoes tenthousands years ago. Under it are the solid rocks of pushed up coral. okinaEua counts many huge caves and holes, which not all yet have been explored.

okinaEua is the only island in Tonga that has a river (only after rain), and has (until Vavaokinau got one too) the only bridge in the kingdom. It drains into the harbour near the capital of the island, okinaOhonua.

A unique feature is the shore between okinaOhonua and Tufuvai. It is coralreef only a little bit pushed up by and still cose to the sealevel. Many small tidal pools are found, named the okinaotumatafena.


Together with okinaAta, okinaEua was the first island to be hooked up by Maui.


okinaEua was put on the European maps by Abel Tasman would reached it and Tongatapuon 21 January 1643. He called it "Middelburg" island, after the capital of the Netherlands province of Zeeland. He did not go on land, but proceeded to the Hihifo district of Tongatapu, which he named "Amsterdam" island after the capital of the Netherlands.


The villages of the original inhabitants of okinaEua are all in the north Houma, Taokinaanga, okinaOhonua, Pangai, Tufuvai.

Haokinaatuokinaa and Kolomaile are from the original inhabitants from okinaAta, who were resettled there in 1863. The villages just north of that up to Angahā, are from the inhabitants of Niuafookinaou who were resettled there in 19xx.

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • ʻEua — Küste von ʻEua Gewässer Pazifischer Ozean Inselgruppe …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • ʻEua — Eua National park, looking south, on the Eastern side of Eua ʻEua is a smaller but still major island in the kingdom of Tonga. It is close to Tongatapu, but forms a separate administrative division. It has an area of 87.44 km2, and a… …   Wikipedia

  • EUA — steht für: ʻEua, eine pazifische Insel Eua (Messenien), ein Berg bei der antiken griechischen Stadt Messene, Nebengipfel des Ithome Eua (Thyreatis), eine antike Stadt am Argolischen Golf Eua Lophos, ein Berg bei der antiken Stadt Sellasia EUA ist …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Eua — steht für: ʻEua, eine pazifische Insel Eua, ein Berg der antiken griechischen Stadt Messene EUA ist die Abkürzung für: Europäische Umweltagentur European University Association, ein Universitätsverbund Équipe unifiée d Allemagne als olympisches… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • EUA — can stand for:* European University Association * EU emission Allowance (EUA), see European Union Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading Scheme * Portuguese, Spanish and French abbreviation of USA * Emergency Use Authorization, a category from the… …   Wikipedia

  • Eua — (gr. Euan), Ermunterungs , Jubelruf, bes. der Bakchantinnen, bei Bakchosfesten. Daher Euădes, so v.w. Bakchantinnen, u. Euasmos, Jubelruf derselben …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 'Eua — Para otros usos de Eua , véase EUA (desambiguación). Bosque tropical en Eua. ‘Eua es una isla de Tonga, la isla hermana de Tongatapu situada a 18 km al sureste. Sus coordenadas son …   Wikipedia Español

  • 'Eua — 21° 23′ 15″ S 174° 56′ 02″ W / 21.3875, 174.934 ‘Eua est une île …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Eua — Taxobox name = Eua regnum = Animalia phylum = Mollusca classis = Gastropoda ordo = Stylommatophora familia = Partulidae genus = Eua Eua is a genus of gastropod in the Partulidae family. It contains the following species: * Eua zebrina …   Wikipedia

  • EUA — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom.   Sigles d’une seule lettre   Sigles de deux lettres > Sigles de trois lettres   Sigles de quatre lettres …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Euaʿ — ▪ island, Tonga       volcanic and limestone island in the Tongatapu Group of Tonga, southwestern Pacific Ocean. The second largest of the group, ʿEua is hilly and rises to an elevation of 1,078 feet (329 metres). Sighted in 1643 by the Dutch… …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.