POHAKALANI DAWN MAUGA
POHAKALANI DAWN MAUGA Pohakalani Dawn Mauga, a loving and supportive wife, the greatest mom ever, happy grandma, daughter extraordinaire, the bestest sister, respected kumu hula, visionary, educator and role model to many has made her final journey to rest with our Lord. At 53 years of age she passed away peacefully at her Hawai'i residence on June 30th, 2016. She was surrounded with love by her husband, Lt. Governor of American Samoa, Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga, her son Peleti Jr. (Sina'aletoaga), Palepoi (Railyn), Punalehua and her mo'opuna Hope and Harmony. Poha was born in Hilo, Hawaii on September 28, 1962 to James and Roselle Bailey. She grew up traveling the world and was educated in Mujar El Kabir, Iraq, Amsterdam, Hilo, Hawaii, Kaumakani, Kaua'i, Waimea High School, Kaua'i and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at University of Hawaii (Hilo) and a Master's in Education at University of Hawaii (Manoa) where she met the love of her life, her husband, Peleti. They married in Hawaii on December 3, 1988. Poha taught at wherever she lived: at Varsity High in Honolulu, BSEP at Ft. Riley, Kansas, ECE in American Samoa, Barton Community College in Chicago and as a teacher, counselor and Vice Principal at Samoana High School in the Samoan community that she loved. In her last years upon the election of her husband as lieutenant governor of American Samoa, she devoted much of her time helping the troubled young boys and girls as a volunteer teacher and counselor at the Tafuna Juvenile Detention Center and serving on the Board for the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition. A dedicated and supportive wife to her husband and his culture, Poha enjoyed serving alongside her husband as faletua since 1996 when her husband was bestowed the high chiefly title Lemanu in the Togiola family in Sa'ilele. She also was a committed and faithful partner in their service as deacons in the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa in Sa'ilele since 2009. The funeral service for Poha in Hawai'i will be held on July 19, 2016 at Kanana Fou EFKAS - U.C.C. HI, 94-261 Kunia Rd. Waipahu 96797. Viewing from 8:30 to 9:30 with a church service at 9:30 followed by burial at Hawai'i State Veteran's Cemetery in Kane'ohe at 2pm. We miss her! We miss her humor and her laughter, her ideas and her kindness. We have treasured memories of our time with her. We will holomua with her aloha and her guidance in our hearts and in our actions.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased