Uvea (Wallis and Futuna)

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Wallis island (Chiefdom of Uvea) showing the 3 districts
Wallis island (Chiefdom of Uvea) showing the 3 districts
Coordinates: 13°17′S 176°12′W / 13.283°S 176.200°W / -13.283; -176.200Coordinates: 13°17′S 176°12′W / 13.283°S 176.200°W / -13.283; -176.200
Country France
Territory Wallis and Futuna
 • Total159 km2 (61 sq mi)
 (2013 census)
 • Total8,584
 • Density54/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+12
No. of districts3
No. of municipalities21
Map of Wallis island

ʻUvea (Wallisian: ʻUvea, French: Royaume coutumier de Uvea) is one of the three official chiefdoms (Royaume coutumier, "customary kingdom") of the French territory of Wallis and Futuna (the other two being Sigave and Alo) in Oceania in the South Pacific Ocean.



ʻUvea encompasses the whole of Wallis and the surrounding islets. The total area of the kingdom is 96 square kilometres (37 sq mi) with a population of 10,731 spread over three districts; the capital city and largest village is Matāʻutu, situated on the east coast with a population of 1,100.

Administrative division[edit]

The chiefdom counts 3 districts and 21 municipalities:[1]

District Population
(Census 2013)
Hihifo 2,009
Hahake 3,529
Mu'a 3,046
Municipal villages
Village Population District
Alele 839 Hihifo
Vaitupu 607 Hihifo
Mala'e 498 Hihifo
Vailala 446 Hihifo
Tufu'one 237 Hihifo
Mata'utu 1,266 Hahake
Liku 688 Hahake
Falaleu 650 Hahake
Aka'aka 538 Hahake
Ahoa 464 Hahake
Ha'afuasia 419 Hahake
Utufua 736 Mua
Halalo 637 Mua
Vaimalau 529 Mua
Lavegahau 379 Mua
Te'esi 284 Mua
Mala'efo'ou 279 Mua
Gahi 271 Mua
Tepa 246 Mua
Ha'atofo 239 Mua
Kolopopo 176 Mua
Other villages[2]
Village Population District
Alofivai 437 Hahake
Fineveke ? Mua


Talietumu archaeological site
Uvean flag between 1860 and 1896

ʻUvea has probably been inhabited by Polynesians since the 15th century CE and was then part of the Tuʻi Tonga Empire. The two archaeological sites of Talietumu and Tonga Toto are remains from that period.

The kingdom of ʻUvea was founded sometimes in the 15th century and the monarch was titled Tuʻi ʻUvea (king).[3]

April 5, 1887 the island became a French protectorate after queen Amelia Tokagahahau Aliki signed a treaty with France but keeping her royal powers.

In 1888 Sigave and Alo also signed the treaty with France thus creating the "Wallis and Futuna Islands Protectorate".

In 1961 the status was upgraded to being a French overseas territory (territoire d'outre-mer) and in 2003 Wallis and Futuna became a French overseas collectivity (collectivité d'outre-mer), but the local royal powers continue.

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