The Genealogy of the Kings of Rarotonga and Mangaia as illustrating the colonisation of that island and the Hervey Group
Pedigree of Makea Takau, as given to me by herself in 1883
Pedigree of Makea Takau, as given to me by herself in 1883.
|3.||Makea te ariki akamataku||Makea-the-king-striking-terror.|
|4.||Makea Ātea* rere ao||Makea-Noon* rushing-on-the-world|
|5.||Makea te ariki iti au||Mak ea-the-king-giving-peace.|
|6.||Makea te ariki noo marie||Makea-the-quiet-king.|
|7.||Makea te rā tu||Makea-(like)-the-upright-mast.|
|8.||Makea Rongo-oe†||Makea-Rongo† of-the-paddle.|
|9.||Makea vai katau||Makea-of-the-right-wing.|
|10.||Makea peau rango||Makea-of-the-fly-like-wings.|
|11.||Makea putua ariki||Makea-the-feasted-king.|
|13.||Rangi Makea ko Takaia||Heavenly Makea or Takaia (who went to Mangaia to wage war).|
|14.||Makea tumu pu||Makea-of-the-(royal)-conch-shell (who went to Atiu to wage war).|
|15.||Makea, who went to Tahiti on a peaceful errand.|
|16.||Makea te ariki ape tini||Makea-the-king-with-many-faults.|
|21.||Makea Pori||Makea the fat (who welcomed Mr. Williams in 1823).|
|22.||Makea Davida||Makea David.|
|25.||Maker Abela||Makea-Abel.page 634|
|26.||Makea Takau*||Makea-Twenty,* now living.|
There can be no doubt that the first list is the complete one. In this latter account there is no reference to the dual kingship at "Araitetonga." It is confessed that Rarotongan history (so far as Makea is concerned) begins with Karika; but there is lying before me a list of purely mythological names, given as ancestors of the Karika who sailed from Tonga, Rotuma, Avaiki (= Savai'i), and Manuka (the Manu'a cluster of three islands, forming the eastern portion of the Saruoan group. Sometimes Tau, the largest of these three islands, is called by Hervey Islanders Manuka). It is believed that Karika made his final start for the southeast and Rarotonga from the island of Tau or Manu'a, where the marae of "Salia" = "Karika" may still be seen. The place is called "Rarptonga." Tau is 700 miles northwest of the island of Rarotonga.
Karika's great double canoe, in which he made eight wonderful voyages, had two masts, and carried (tradition says) 170 people (okoitu). He gave to the queen-island of the Hervey Group, the home of his descendants, its name "Rarotonga" = "(in memory of) Western Tonga." Karika selected as his followers the fleetest runners and the bravest, men of the various islands he touched at, i.e., of Tonga, Rotuma, Savai'i, and Tau.
It is said that on the island of Rotuma is still shown the "footprint of Salia" = Karika. And at the famous marae of Opoa, in the island of Raiatea, "the stone-seat of Ari'a" = Karika.
* In the memory of "twenty" heads obtained at Maugaia by Makea's warriors generations ago. It is an ancient uame. See my "Savage Life in Polynesia," page 17.