The Lakalai are a subgroup of the Nakanai, who live on the north coast of New Britain. The name "Lakalai" is sometimes considered patronising, and for this reason, the Lakalai are sometimes known as the West Nakanai - however, "Lakalai" is dominant in the literature. Historically, the Lakalai worshipped ancestors and other spirits of the deceased. The most influential of these spirits was Sumua, who lived in the volcano that overlooked Lakalai territory and controlled its forces.