The Heilala Festival is a unique event which blends ancient traditions and timeless culture with modern entertainment and recreational activities. The Heilala Festival symbolises the Kingdom of Tonga’s great pride in its cultural heritage and is the perfect time to witness the splendor and grace of Tonga’s traditional dances; share in the Tongan people’s amazing gift for song and harmony; marvel at the handiwork of local artisans, and enjoy watching or participating in different sporting events.
Check out some of the photos we took whilst the festival was in Vava'u.
Mr Sakopo Lolohea, CEO of the Tonga Visitors Bureau (Ministry of Tourism), noted “many people overseas make plans every year to come to Tonga during the Heilala Festival. They feel that this is a good time to be in Tonga. We wanted to foster that feeling, as a new spirit of cooperation could help further boost the tourism industries and our economy in general”.