In 1825, at Papara on Tahiti, the LMS missionary, John Davies met a Fijian named Takai from Lakeba. He had traveled to Tahiti by way of Sydney, accompanied by a Tongan, Langi, from Tongatapu. Both Davies’ visitors had lived in Fiji. They knew Walter Lawry was preaching Christianity on Tongatapu. Davies taught them to read; he imparted some Tahitian. Takai and Langi `expressed a strong desire that Teachers should be sent to Lageba in the Fiji’s, saying the chief Tuineau (Tui Nayau) was a friendly peaceable man, and would give the teachers a good reception.
<b>John Garrett, “To Live Among the Stars”(book reviewed in the Journal of Pacific History, Sept, 1998, by Roderic Lacey) . Geneva/Suva: World Council of Churches in Association with the Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific. 2-8254-0692-9 </b>