On Monday, October 24, 2022, our beautiful grandma, mom, and wife Leilani Takavaha Po’uha Tu’ikolovatu peacefully crossed the veil surrounded by her husband and children.
Our mom had a bright, bubbly personality, with a sense of humor to match. She was devoted in every way to her husband and children, dedicating her daily life to church callings, school meetings, piano lessons, driving to and from sports practices, hanging out with the grandkids, and the occasional lunch outing, courtesy of her husband.
Leilani took pride in her work at East High School, from 2001-2020, where she was an advocate for Polynesian students. She was heavily involved in the East High football booster club within these years, organizing the annual luau and team dinners.
Our mom loved our dad and he loved her right back, and that’s how it was til the very end.
To call our mom a “spiritual giant” would be an understatement. From a young age, we were not only taught but shown what it means to love the Lord wholeheartedly. In her firm faith, she sent all 7 of her kids on their missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She always said it was her mission to do so.
Leilani is preceded in death by her father Sonasi Manu Po’uha and sister Taina. Survived by her mother Susana ‘Auhangamea Kinikini Po’uha, and siblings Salote Fuikavamoa Tukuafu, Lea’aetohi Halaufia, and Sione Sonasi Po’uha.
Our mom’s legacy is carried on by her husband of 40+ years, Viliami, and their 7 children and their spouses and kids, Uiha and Ine Tu’ikolovatu, Via and Mark Roberts and Baby Roberts on the way, Tomu and Uinise Tu’ikolovatu, Pauline Senivia, Viliami “Vil”, Steve “DxBO” Camae, Pilimilose “Flim” Malia, and Tongamakave “Tongaboy”, Sana and Ed Gassant, Sainmavois “Sammy” and Leilani “Nani”, Steve and Kalo Tu’ikolovatu and Sabrina “Bina”, Salote, Sionebaby and Mary Tu’ikolovatu.
You better get it, Mam. Walk fast and don’t look back. We love you forever!
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 E. Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, Utah. There will be a viewing and family service from 7:00 to 11:30 am followed by the Bishop's service at 12:00 pm.