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Moala Island
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Location Fiji
Coordinates 18°36′S 179°52′E / 18.600°S 179.867°E / -18.600; 179.867Coordinates: 18°36′S 179°52′E / 18.600°S 179.867°E / -18.600; 179.867
Archipelago Moala Islands
Adjacent bodies of water Koro Sea
Area 65 km2 (25 sq mi)[1]
Length 11 km (6.8 mi)
Division Eastern
Province Lau Province
Largest settlement Naroi (pop. 550)
Population 3000 (as of 2014)
Density 46.15 /km2 (119.53 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups

Native Fijians,

Indo-Fijians ; other (Asian, Europeans, other Pacific Islander)

Moala is a volcanic island in the Moala subgroup of Fiji's Lau archipelago. It has an area of 62.5 square kilometers (24.1 sq mi), making it the ninth largest island of Fiji. The highest point on the island of Moala, at a maximum elevation of 468 meters (1,535 ft), is called Delaimoala which has rich vegetation and consists of dark thick forest. The population of around 3000 live in eight villages. The chiefly village of these is Naroi, whose population is over 500. Economic activities include coconut farming, cocoa production, fishing and yaqona (kava) production.

The last Tui Moala to be installed was the Late Roko Jaoji Baba from the household "Wailiwaliwa". Roko Jaoji Baba was the last rightful holder, under colonial literature, of the title "Tui Moala" apart from other claimants to the title. Naroi as principal village is unique to other parts of Fiji because of its chiefly status where only the Yavusa "Turagalevu" and the Yavusa Nayavutoka are believed to have existed until today. The direct descendants of Kubunavanua's households: Ravula, Kolimatua and Rovarovaivalu (Tui Vanuakula)exists in the two chiefly households of the Yavusa Turagalevu and Yavusa Nayavutoka. The title of the Tui Moala is hereditary and has previously been bestowed upon the chief from the Nayavutoka clan. Part of the Island's History like that of the whole of Fiji is not properly documented, especially prior to colonialism era and the western institutionalization of the Fijian Tradition and Culture as known today.

Religious congregations in Moala represent the Methodist.

Some well-known Moalan natives include deceased former Cabinet Minister Colonel Savenaca Draunidalo, who comes from the household Wailiwaliwa from the mataqali of the Tui Moala Turagaulu, a career military Colonel who was awarded a Military Cross for bravery from Queen Elizabeth II in 1980. His mother, Roko Tema, was the most chiefly member of the Nayavutoka clan, making him, higher in status than other claimants from Wailiwaliwa and directly in line for the Tui Moala.


  1. ^ Gillespie, Rosemary G.; D. A. Clague (2009). Encyclopedia of Islands. University of California Press. p. 299. ISBN 0520256492. 

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Fiji Times
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:26:15 -0800

Biu, as he is commonly known, is originally from Muaikacuni Village on Moala Island in Lau and has maternal links to Nabouwalu Village, Bua on Vanua Levu. He is a full-time missionary with Campus Crusade for Christ Fiji — a religious organisation. "I ...
Fiji Times
Sat, 10 May 2014 13:14:02 -0700

The rest of the group is made up of Iliesa Maqanatagane from Nabua Village in Savusavu, Vilikesa Yaca, 30, from Moala Island and Viliame's older brother Uraia Cokanauto. Produced by Solomon Islander David Bogese or Young Davey as he is commonly ...
Fiji Times
Sat, 09 Mar 2013 12:27:02 -0800

His story of Ratu Cakobau starts in 1822 on Moala Island when Cakobau was only a young boy visiting the island with warriors from Bau. A chief of Moala wanted to avenge the killing of his son by a rival clan and asked the Bauans to help him to ...
Fiji Times
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:15:00 -0700

Villagers of Nuku on Moala Island are now seeking government's assistance in trying to remove the wreck from their beachfront. Nuku Village headmen Jimi Malumu claims seafood in their area is now scarce because of drums of fuel that were on board the ...
Fiji Times
Sat, 12 Oct 2013 13:37:30 -0700

"A man from Moala Island named Digi introduced this practice to us and every new year we used to beat our drums, going around the neighbourhood," Taniela said. Their talent was recognised by one of their neighbours Aqela Cakobau who urged them to ...
Fiji Times
Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:06:59 -0700

Hailing from Moala Island in Lau, Kesaia won the right to represent Fiji at the recently held Miss International Fiji pageant which was held in conjunction with the Miss Earth Fiji contest in Suva two weeks ago. The University of the South Pacific ...
Fiji Times
Sat, 19 May 2012 15:18:45 -0700

FOUR years and three months after courting, 26-year old Meli Biu Tuifagalele of Mualevu in Vanuabalavu, Lau finally married the love of his life, Salote Buli Vulaono on May 4, 2012 at the Centenary Church in Suva. Salote of Keteira village in Moala ...
Fiji Times
Tue, 24 Apr 2012 14:56:15 -0700

Yasayasa Moala Secondary School 400m inter hopeful Junior Kalougata breathes a sigh of relief after winning the heat. Picture: JONE LUVENITOGA. IT was a case of David meeting Goliath. When the Yasayasa Moala College athletes saw Pacific sprint king ...

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