Tongan migration and settlement on Wallis for purposes of family reunion, migration and trade were an aspect of a wider restless movement at of canoes from Tonga, along the sides of a triangle with its other two points in northern Tonga and eastern Fiji.
Long pattern of Tonga – Fiji engagement: From the sixteenth century onward Tongan trading and dynastic connections, formed in the Lau group of Fiji, had opened up a pathway for Tongan rovers through Lomaiviti, central Fiji, to the large and influential islands of Taveuni and Vanua Levu.
Tui Cakau, dominated the Cakaudrove “kingdom”: Taveuni’ s highest chief, the Tui Cakau, who dominated the Cakaudrove “kingdom” reaching to Vanua Levu, had become traditionally allied with the Tui Nayau, whose ancestors derived their title from the island of Nayau but had come to dominate Lakeba, the main landing point for incoming Tongan canoes.
By the early nineteenth century Tongans were familiar infiltrators of Fiji. They traded in canoes and wooden bowls. Tongan names and titles had become joined, through intermarriage, with the family of the Tui Nayau. This Tongan connection aided the coming of Christianity from Tonga to Fiji.
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