Heilala Festival 2015

The Heilala Festival is an annual event celebrating the King’s birthday through various shows and events. One of the highlights being the Miss Heilala beauty pageant, where by contestants from various places come together to showcase the tradition and unique culture of Tonga through talent, beauty and knowledge


The Festival is named after Tonga’s national flower, the Heilala, which is the highest in the hierarchy of the Tongan flowers. The Heilala plant is very difficult to propagate and has to be closely nurtured to survive.

The Heilala Festival was first organised in 1980 by the Tonga Visitors Bureau (Ministry of Tourism) to celebrate the birthday of His Late Majesty’s King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV. It has since then become the highlight of the year for Tonga.


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22nd June – 11th July, 2015

“tangane! TONGA

 Monday 30th June – Friday 03rd July MISS HEILALA ORIENTATION WEEK

Monday, 22nd June

5:00pm – 12: 00am Tonga’s Got Talent (Reference: Ruby Ma’afu)

Venue: Digicel Square Nuku’alofa

Tuesday, 23rd June

5:00pm – 12: 00am Brass Band Show

Venue: Queen Salote Memorial Hall

Wednesday, 24th June

5:00pm – 12: 00am Cultural Event – Miss Junior Tau’olunga Competition

Venue: Queen Salote Memorial Hall

Thursday, 25th June

5:00pm – 12: 00am Real Tonga Coronation Golden Kava Bowl Singing Competition- Sivi Hiva Kalapu Kava Tonga sponsor by Real Tonga- Elimination Round

Venue: Queen Salote Memorial Hall

Friday, 26th June

7:00pm International Night Sponsor by TCC

Venue: (tbc)

Real Tonga Golden Kava Bowl- Sivi Hiva Kalapu Kava Tonga sponsor by Real Tonga- Finale

Venue: (tbc)

Saturday, 27th June

10:00am Royal Kava- Ceremony Taumafa Kava

Venue: Pangai

Sunday, 28th June

7:00pm ONE TONGA (Sponsor by Western Union/Fexco)

Venue: (tbc)

Monday, 29th June

Tuesday, 30th June

Miss Heilala Orientation Day

Venue: tbc

Wednesday, 01st July

All day Miss Heilala Program

Venue: (tbc)

10:00am- 12noon Education Day

Venue: Teufaiva Stadium

Thursday, 02nd July

All day Miss Heilala Program

Venue: (tbc)

2:30pm Traditional Entertainment

Venue: Pangai

Friday, 03rd July

All day Miss Heilala Program

Venue: (tbc)

6:30pm – 8:00pm Official Welcome Reception

Venue: Fa’onelua Convention Centre

Saturday, 04th July His Majesty King Tupou VI’s Coronation Day

10:00am Coronation Service and Ceremony

Venue: Free Wesleyan Church, Centenary Church

Evening Welcome Reception for Miss Heilala

Venue: (tbc)