Fiji Times News
THE Marama na Tui Bua, Adi Ana Lalanabaravi (left) was laid to rest on Friday at the chiefly village of Bua with more than 1000 people to bid her farewell.
Chiefs, senior government officials, government ministers, business people and the vanua of Bua gathered at Bua lomanikoro to pay their last respects.
Adi Ana passed away in Suva on October 28 after a short illness.
Tui Wainunu Ratu Orisi Baleitavea, who delivered an eulogy on behalf of the vanua, described the gathering as an emotional time for the people of Bua.
"The whole of Bua came to farewell our chief who was like our mother in the vanua," he said. "She has always encouraged us to work together and love one another no matter what the situation was. "In her eight years of leadership, she always reminded the chiefs of their role to serve the people of Bua. "We will have to continue with that heartbeat of our chief's because she believed so much in serving the people of Cakaunitabua."
Ratu Orisi said the villagers from the nine districts hired trucks despite the high costs as they wanted to be part of the last chiefly ceremony done to their Marama na Tui Bua.