TONGAN KING RETURNS FROM THE U.S. AFTER TWO-WEEK VISIT

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NUKU‘ALOFA, Tonga (July 26, 1999 – PACNEWS/Radio Tonga)---King of Tonga Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV and Queen Halaevalu Mata‘aho returned to the Kingdom on Saturday after a two-week tour of the United States, including Hawai‘i.

While on the U.S. mainland, the King’s Private Secretary, Eleni ‘Aho, said King Tupou received satisfactory results from his medical check-up at Stanford University’s Medical Center, in Palo Alton, California.

Among other activities, the University of Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Oklahoma hosted a luncheon in honor of the royal guests.

The royal party reportedly stayed at the Crown Plaza Hotel in San Francisco because the Tau‘akipulu Residence in Hillsborough, California is undergoing extension work. Work on the official royal residence is expected to be completed by November.

While in Hawai‘i, the King took time out to visit a plot of land in western Oahu, which is owned by the Tongan Government. Work is under way in the area to construct an accommodation block for people who will farm the land. King Tupou also visited another plot of land in Haleiwa where fruit trees have been planted.

Director of Agriculture Haniteli Fa‘anunu, who met the King in Hawai‘i, briefed him on the progress of the farming initiatives on the two plots of land.

The royal party left Honolulu for Pago Pago in American Samoa, where, before traveling on to Tonga, the King visited another lot which the Tongan Government is interested in developing.

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