Governor Lolo Moliga has expressed heartfelt condolences upon learning of the passing of Mrs. Pohakalani “Poha” Mauga, wife of Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga.
A press release issued this afternoon by the Governor’s Office says Mrs. Mauga passed away peacefully late last night in Honolulu, Hawaii with her husband and children by her side.
Poha was 54-years old and has been married to Lemanu for over 25 years.
They have three sons and two grandchildren.
Poha was an educator and a Hawaiian kumu hula who taught many young children Hawaiian dancing and authentic Hawaiian chants.
For the past three years, Mrs. Mauga would volunteer as a teacher at the Juvenile Detention Center in Tafuna and was an active member of the Cancer Survivors Coalition.
Governor Lolo said, “It is extremely sad to hear of Poha’s passing.
“Although Poha was not Samoan by birth, she spoke the language and endeared herself with her husband’s people, culture and life.
“She became a Samoan at heart, and she will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with Lieutenant Governor Lemanu Mauga, their children and grandchildren, as well as Poha’s family.
“Cynthia joins me, together with the people of American Samoa in praying that the Lord will bless and comfort their family during this most difficult time.”