Malagamafaleupolu Alaiva’a Tu’upo

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(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--On June 30, 2013, Malagamafaleupolu Alaiva’a Tu’upo, 69, of Salt Lake, O’ahu, died at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i.

He was born in Matafa’a, Lefaga, Samoa, Dec. 8, 1943. He held these matai titles (villages in parentheses): Matua o Leasi (Sasina); Tausaga (Alofau); Aiolupotea (Falelima) and Selesele (Satupa’itea). Malagamafaleupolu is survived by wife Mrs. Tavu’i Fetuao Asiata Iakopo, their five children and 12 grandchildren. Children: Elisapeta Tu'upo-Alaimaleata (and Sgt. Keresema Penu Alaimaleata); Ioane Tu'upo (and Feliza Zafranco); James Matoka Tu'upo (and LeAnn Tuupo); To’aono Richardson (and Jeremiah Richardson) and Asolelei Tu'upo (deceased).

Malagamafaleupolu attended Poyer High School in American Samoa; secondary school on Upolu and was trained as a Methodist church leader. In service to his faith, he served as a board member for the Methodist Church in American Samoa in the Komiti Tumau. He was also a pianist, conductor, youth president and secretary. A carpenter by trade, he worked in maintenance for Samoa Packing and StarKist Samoa; and retired from the American Samoa Government Department of Commerce.

A family service will be held in Hawaii, 3 p.m., Sunday, July 14, 2013 at the Aiea United Methodist Church. Family members will escort his remains to American Samoa July 17, 2013 via Hawaiian Airlines. Burial services have been set for Sunday, July 21, 2013. He will be interred in Alofau, American Samoa.

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