Captain Cook’s “Friendly Islands” is the only kingdom still surviving in Polynesia.

King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV has ruled since 1965. The king actually rules the country with his appointees, representatives of the nobles, governors of the outer islands and those elected to represent the people.

Cook visited the islands on all three of his Pacific voyages and a Galapagos Tortoise which he presented to the Tongans, lived at the Palace until it died in 1966.

The people have large families, making it the most populous Island in the Pacific. Of the 150 islands only 36 are inhabited.