translates to "Kiss the Ocean"
This is a scene from an old Tongan folk tale that I'll include below. This was painted with Acrylics, Montana cans, and white out on a 53"x42" canvas
It's my favorite piece so far xb Hope you enjoy the story!
Side note: Sisimataela'a is really small in the wave by her lips lol like the side of my pinky
My "summary" of Tupou Posesi Fanua's version of "Foha 'o e La'a" (Son of the Sun)
"In Felemea (on 'Uiha in Ha'apai), a beautiful woman Fataimoeloa falls in love with the Sun. Everyday she lies naked under the sun and one day finds herself pregnant. The son will grow up as Sisimataela'a ("to call the attraction of the sun") and be chosen by the Tu'i Tonga (King of Tonga) to marry the Princess of Tonga.
Sisimataela'a returns to 'Uiha and tells his mother, who in return tells him who his father is and how to reach him so as to tell him of his wedding. The boy swims to the same rock in the ocean his mother used to visit and awaits the first rays of the morning sun.
As he wakes, he finds the Sun rising and calls out to his father who raises him into the sky so that they may talk. The Sun gives his son 2parcels attached to a little boat: Mala (misfortune) & Monu (fortune). Monu is2b opened the day of the wedding and mala after the ceremony is over.
As he rows away, his curiosity gets to him & he opens Mala. Lightning lit up the sky, thunder roared, &earthquakes shook the sea. The boat sank but he swam as long as he could with Mala &Monu tied around his neck. The wind was pushing the waves against him and he soon grew weary&knew he would never reach land, giving in to the tide. His father saw all this and quieted the earth and the sea. The wind then blew gently, allowing the waves to carry Sisimataela'a to the shore by his mother's home. There Fataimoeloa took him home and cared for him until he was well enough to return to Tongatapu with his mother for the wedding.
On arrival, the citizens were in shock by how poor the two were, only bringing their bedding and the 2packets. However, on the day of the wedding after the ceremony, Sisimataela'a opened Monu. Suddenly a huge "falehau" (large housing for a chief) appeared that stretched miles and was filled with koloa (food and gifts). People came into being and carried the koloa and the umu. The amount of gifts and food that appeared was enough to cover the whole town of Mu'a, and the people came to know that Sisimataela'a had supernatural connections. This is why, at weddings, the koloa and 'umu of the groom's party are greater than those of the bride's party. His mother made a vakai (garment for special occasion) and put the kie tonga (very fine mat) on top. That is why, till this day, the kie tonga is worn on top of the wedding garments.
After everything was done, Sisimataela'a opened Mala and a strong wind cleared the town of all the garbage from the day's events, including the falehau. However, the people that were created stayed and served Sisimataela'a.
The newly wed couple would one day bear a son named Fakatou'io meaning "yes to both". So is someone asked "Is he a god?" the answer would be yes. And if they asked, "Is he human?", the answer would still be yes.
One day, Sisimataela'a, Fatafehi, Fataimoeloa, and Fakatou'io would return to 'Uiha with his servants to establish his own village, naming it Felemea. "Fele e me'a" means "jumble of things" and refers to the jumbled appearance of Mu'a because of Sisimataela'a's 'umu and koloa on his wedding day."