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Ha'apai Islands, Pangai on the western coast of Lifuka

Pangai is the administrative capital village of the Haʻapai Group in Tonga.

Tonga country in Oceania

Tonga, officially the Kingdom of Tonga, is a Polynesian country and archipelago comprising 169 islands, of which 36 are inhabited. The total surface area is about 750 square kilometres (290 sq mi) scattered over 700,000 square kilometres (270,000 sq mi) of the southern Pacific Ocean. The sovereign state has a population of 100,651 people, of whom 70% reside on the main island of Tongatapu.


The Town

The village is on the western shore of Lifuka and has about 2,000 inhabitants. [1]

Lifuka island in Tonga

Lifuka is an island in the Kingdom of Tonga. It is located within the Haʻapai Group in the centre of the country, to northeast of the national capital of Nukuʻalofa.

The village center is around the Catholic Church (Siasi Katolika) [2] and Holopeka Road by the harbor. There are only a few shops and markets and one bank.

There are few historic sites besides some churches, [2] [3] [4] a few Colonial styled houses and cemeteries. [5] [6]


The island's Pilolevu Airport (Lifuka Island Airport, IATA code "HPA") is situated about 5 km north of Pangai.

Lifuka Island Airport airport in Lifuka, Tonga

Lifuka Island Airport, also known as Salote Pilolevu Airport or Haʻapai Airport, is an airport on Lifuka in Tonga. The airport is located 5 km (3.1 mi) north of the capital Pangai.

There is a ferry dock, called the Pangai Ferry Terminal.


The Methodist missionary Shirley Waldemar Baker, who was prime minister of Tonga under king George Tupou I, died in Pangai on 16 November 1903. His grave and monument in the cemetery still stand as a tourist attraction.

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