“David Whippy, an American from New Hampshire, who, as a mere lad, came to Fiji in 1822 on a beche-de-mer ship commanded by his brother. Being badly treated, he ran away, and settled on the beach at Levuka. Here his industry and steadiness gained him the respect and good-will of whites and chefs alike.
Mata-ki-Bau (ambassador to Bau): He spoke the Fijian language well, was adopted into the local tribe, and held the high and responsible position of Mata-ki-Bau (ambassador to Bau). He became the principal man in the European settlement. Wilkes employed him as interpreter, and reported that he was prudent and trustworthy. Shortly after Wilkes’s return to America, Whippy was appointed vice-consul for the United States”.