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Liangahuo a Maui
Li'angahuo 'a Maui,
a natural stone bridge on 'Eua

Southern 'Eua

Most of the families in Pangai and farther south were relocated from Niuafo'ou Island after a devastating volcanic eruption there in 1946.

The road south from the wharf terminates after 10 km at Ha'aluma Beach. The deserted beach is a weathered reef with sandy pools to swim in, but it's only safe as long as you hug the shore. There are some small blowholes and a view of Kalau Island.

Just before the descent to the beach, take the road to the left and keep straight one hour almost to the south tip of the island. Here a track veers left through open grasslands and starts going north up the east coast.

The first cliff you come to across the field from the track is Lakufa'anga, where Tongans once called turtles from the sea. Look down on the grassy ledges below the cliffs and you'll spot the nesting places of seabirds.

Continue north on the track a short distance, watching on the left for a huge depression partly visible through the trees. This is Li'angahuo 'a Maui, a tremendous natural stone bridge by the sea, which you can pass right over without realizing if you're not paying attention.

If you see a barbed wire fence on the left you've gone too far. Work your way around the south side of the pothole for a clear view of the bridge. The story goes that after creating Matalanga, Maui threw his digging stick across 'Eua. It pierced the cliffs at this point and dove into the sea to carve out the Tonga Deep. After this impressive sight, continue up the coast a short distance to see more cliffs, which explain why the east side of 'Eua is uninhabited.

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