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The word tonga is cognate to the Hawaiian word "kona", meaning "leeward", which is the origin of the name for the Kona District in Hawai’i. Tonga became known in the West as the "Friendly Islands" because of the congenial reception accorded to Captain James Cook on his first visit in 1773.Where are the friendliest countries in the world?
What’s most interesting about this list of the friendliest countries is how unexpected it is. Popular travel destinations like Italy (44th), France (51st) and the United Kingdom (55th) are nowhere near the top; instead, you’ll find quite a few hidden gems ideal for those seeking a warm welcome from the locals.How do you find friendly people in your country?
But how to find friendly people? Enter a 2019 survey released by InterNations, a global network for people who live and work abroad. The organization polled its 20,259-person membership, hailing from more than 187 countries, to find out which countries are the most welcoming to expats — and, by extension, to travelers as well.What is Islanders of the south?
Islanders of the South: Production, Kinship and Ideology in the Polynesian Kingdom of Tonga (1993) by Paul van der Grijp. Leiden: KITLV Press. ISBN 90 6718 058 0