ʻElisiva Fusipala Vahaʻi

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Princess Fusipala Vaha'i
Princess of Tonga
Born (1949-06-12)12 June 1949
Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
Died 2 October 2014(2014-10-02) (aged 65)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Spouse Hahano-ki-Malaʻe Kula-ʻa Sione Ngu Namoa, Lord Vahaʻi
Full name
ʻElisiva Fusipala Taukiʻonetuku Tukuʻaho
House Tupou
Father Prince Sione Ngu Tuʻi Pelehake
Mother Melenaite Tupou-Moheofo Veikune
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Royal family of Tonga
Royal Arms of Tonga

Princess 'Elisiva Fusipala Tauki'onetuku Tuku'aho Vaha'i of Tonga (12 June 1949 – 2 October 2014), normally referred to as Princess Fusipala or even just Fusipala, was a daughter of Fatafehi Tuʻipelehake. Fusipala was one of the Tuʻi Pelehake's six children, four of whom were girls.

On the occasion of her marriage to Hahano-ki-Mala'e Kula-'a Sione Ngu Namoa, Lord Vaha'i (1936–2005), the Vahaʻi of Foʻui, a member of the Tongan nobility, John H. Groberg, then the mission president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in Tonga, gave Fusipala and Hahano a copy of the Standard Works of the LDS Church as a wedding present. This was in 1968.

In 1989 Fusipala joined the LDS Church. ʻIsileli T. Kongaika, who was president of the Tongan Mission at the time of Fusipala's baptism, said that she was the first member of Tonga's royal family to join the LDS Church.[1] Her main period of learning about the denomination was while visiting Sepiuta and Larripotoa Fehoko in Santa Ana, California. The Fehokos took Fusipala to church with them at the Santa Ana 6th (Tongan-speaking) branch. Her instruction in the gospel was done by branch president Heilala T. Finau.

Marriage and descent[edit]

Princess 'Elisiva Fusipala Tauki'onetuku Tuku'aho married at the Chapel Royal, Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu, 13 March 1968, The Hon Hahano-ki-Mala'e Kula-'a Sione Ngu Namoa, Lord Vaha'i, of Fo'ui (b. at Kolosi'i, Fo'ui, Tongatapu, 1 May 1936; d. at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand, 22 May 2005), sometime MLA, eldest son of The Hon Vilisoni Fahitaha Namoa, Vaha'i, of Foui, by his wife, The Hon Vika Kaufusi Vaha'i, daughter of Tevita 'Unga Taufu'-i-'aevalu, of Koulo, Lifuka.[2]

She has issue, two sons and two daughters:[3]

  • Hon. Nikotimasi Fatafehi Laufilitonga Kakau Vahaʻi (born 13 Septembre 1971); married Va'etu'ikoloa Amelia Tunakaimanu Tuita-Vaha'i. They have three children; 3 daughters & a son. Fusipala Tukuofo Kihe Hau, Fatafehi Nikotimasi Laufilitonga Kakau Jnr who is the heir to the Vaha'i title; Vika Kaufusi Vahai and youngest Amethyst Tukumuli-Ki-Uvea Vaha'i.
  • Hon. Siosifa ʻAlematea Vahaʻi; married Dr. Veisinia Matoto Vaha'i and they have one daughter, Jordan Lavinia Veiongo Matoto Vaha'i.
  • Hon. ʻElisiva Taukiʻonetuku Vete, née Vahaʻi. oo Semi Vete Jnr. She has three children: two daughters, Melenaite and Simone, and a son, Hirohito.
  • Hon. Sinaitakala ʻOfeina Leanahola Vahaʻi

Honours[edit]

Orders[edit]

Medals[edit]

  • Coronation Jubilee Medal Tonga 04071992.png King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV Coronation Silver Jubilee Medal (4.7.1992)[2]
  • Coronation Medal 01082008 (Tonga).png King George Tupou V Coronation Medal (1.8.2008 )[2]

Ancestry[edit]

See the Tongan language page and ancestor's page ...

Sources[edit]