NIUEAN / TUVALUAN / TOKELAUAN & AMERICAN SAMOA
Fakaalofa lahi atu, Taloha ni, Talofa, Kia ora, Asalaam alykum!
I am Ali Foa’i and I am an actor slash writer born and raised in West Auckland, currently residing in Te Aro, Wellington. I am Niuean, Tuvaluan, Tokelauan and American Samoan, a proud child of the Pacific.
You're currently in rehearsals for the show 'MoodPorn' can you tell us a bit about it and why you were attracted to the role?
MoodPorn (showing at Bats Theatre, Wellington April 23-May 4) is a brand new play by Wellington based Filipino writer Matthew Loveranes about two old uni friends catching up one night and spilling secrets and drama! It’s very melodramatic but anchored in a hypnotically poetic and modern script. My character Atlas is a migrant to New Zealand, his family moving for a better life which as a PI I could relate to.…more
Fa'afetai "Tai" Fa'aleava
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate
My name is Tai Faaleava, I was born in Moto’otua in Samoa; lived there for 6 years. Then moved to Jamaica for 5 years; New Zealand for 8 years; and currently reside in America since the year 2006. My villages in Samoa are Lano, Vaiusu, Malie, Samata, and Fagaloa. I am currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology and anticipate graduating in 2020.
You are currently heading towards a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology - can you tell us what that is, what made you interested in that field and what you love about it?
Yes, I am currently pursuing a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco, California. I intend to become a licensed clinical psychologist to provide mental health services to people of color and other vulnerable populations. My parents have worked in the ministry my entire life. Seeing them constantly helping people in various ways instilled in me the desire to help others as well.…more
Emmanuel “E-MAN” Carlos
Samoan / Cook Islands
Kia Orana, Talofa and G’day CoconetTV fans.
It's an absolute honour to share a little insight about myself, my life and my journey so far. My name is Emmanuel Carlos and I'm 26 years old. I was born in Sydney, Australia but now living in Melbourne, Victoria. My father is Samoan, from the village of Sogi (Chan Chuni) and my mother is Cook Islander (Vakatini). Everyone is always misled by my surname Carlos, and always mistake my background with anything but Polynesian. The Carlos name comes from my step grandfather who is Spanish.
I was born and raised here in Australia. I'm what you call an Aussie. Even though I was born in Oz, I am very proud of my pacific heritage and culture.
I'm a professional boxer, my current record is 10 fights - 9 wins with 7 knockouts. The one loss was against Junior World IBF Champion Dwight Ritchie a fight I took on a week and a half notice.…more
The extraordinary life of Arrianna Princess Auva'a who is the first fa'afafine in the US military.
She tells her story here in this Coconet exclusive and you can check out her new comedy page - Jordan and Princess Comedy Channel on Facebook here
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New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands.
Cook Islands / Samoan
I can trace my Cook Island heritage back 26 generations to Kaitini Ariki, the eldest child of Uke who settled the island of Mauke. My father, Tiatoa Temata, married my mother, Jane Crichton, whose aiga are from Asau in Samoa. There is also a wee dram of Scottish voyager in there dating back to the 19th century when a sailor called William Crichton decided to settle in Samoa.
I was born and raised in Taranaki. The seventh of nine children.…more
CEO of Divergent Talent Management
Native Hawaiian / Filipino
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii to Benjamin Pulawa III and Danelle Pulawa. My father's family is of Native Hawaiian descent, deeply rooted to the Hawaiian genealogy, language, and culture. My mother's side of the family migrated from the Philippines. My father is a retired operators engineer and my mother is an artist and entrepreneur. She has owned and operated an archery store for over 30 years and enjoys playing classical guitar. I have a younger brother, Benjamin Pulawa IV, who lives in California. He owns a bridal hair and make up business; he's also a hair stylist, dancer, and performer. Currently, I am the CEO of Divergent Talent Management. Prior to talent management, I've attended multiple universities, owned businesses and studied the craft of acting while raising my children.…more
PATRICA, OCEAN & THE ALATINI FAMILY
FAMILY FOOD FIGHT CONTESTANTS
TONGAN / MAORI
Miss Nevada USA 2019
Samoan / Tongan / African-American / Japanese / Irish
I grew up a Military brat where both of my parents were in the United States Army. I was born in Fort Riley, Kansas, moved around to about 4 states from the South to the West Coast and finally my parents retired to Las Vegas, Nevada where we have lived for the last 14 years. Though my 3 brothers and I grew up in the mainland, we were always reminded of where we truly come from. My parents Simi, Jr and Salamasina Nomura McMoore Timu Tuamoheloa hail from Illilli, Utulei and Lealoaloa, American Samoa. My father is Samoan/Tongan/African-American and my mother is Samoan/Japanese/Irish.
Being Samoan has taught me the most important value, and that’s respect.…more
Asuelu Pula'a from a little village in Falealili, Upolu, Samoa went viral around the world after appearing in the US TV show '90 Day Fiance' Season 6 with his fiance Kalani.
We check in with him to find out how he's enjoying his new life in America!
They just started their own Youtube Channel which you can subscribe to here and watch their first video about how they met below
President - World Wide Safety Org
I was born and raised in Matautu, but I also had family from Saleimoa. My Dad came to the States to check out the land of opportunities that we heard so many stories about. A couple of months later, my Dad came back to Samoa and my siblings and I were sent to America.
Fast forward many years, I worked and networked in the construction industry like never before. I loved the arena and my ex-husband and I opened our own business. Unfortunately, our marriage did not last, so I left everything we built together to establish my own empire for my daughters and I. I left him with $12 to my name & my girls and I had to move back to my parents’ house because I didn’t have the means to make it on our own. I was determined to make it happen.
I stepped out in faith and invested in my future by attending meetings, events and other gatherings with leaders in the industry.…more