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Tokinivae is an islet of Nui atoll, in the Pacific Ocean state of Tuvalu. [1] [2] Nui tradition is that Kolaka, a warrior from Nukufetau came on several raiding expeditions to Tokinivae, until he was killed and buried at Tararorae. [3]

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  1. Map of Nui.
  2. British Admiralty Nautical Chart 766 Ellice Islands (1893 ed.). United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO). 21 March 1872.
  3. Sotaga Pape, Hugh Laracy (ed.) (1983). "Chapter 10 – Nui". Tuvalu: A History. Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific and Government of Tuvalu. pp. 75–76.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)

Coordinates: 7°12′5″S177°9′20″E / 7.20139°S 177.15556°E / -7.20139; 177.15556