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Posted on: Sunday, February 4, 2001

The Ma'afala Children

Punipuao Brown, 44

  • McKinley High School graduate
  • Resides in Bellingham, Wash., and works for a seafood company.

Katarina Ieru, 43

  • Graduated from McKinley
  • Is a security officer at Farrington High School.

Albert Maafala, 41

  • Earned all-state basketball honors at McKinley.
  • Is a professional musician with Encore Productions who lives in Kaneohe. Son, Albert Jr., nicknamed "Abu," is a defensive lineman for Kamehameha Schools.

Tenari Maafala, 38

  • McKinley graduate who lettered in basketball, football and volleyball his senior year.
  • Honolulu police officer for 12 years. In July 1998, he was awarded the Warrior Gold Medal of Valor, department’s highest award for risking his life to protect innocent bystanders when he fatally shot a gunman at Mayor Wright Homes on New Year’s Day of that year. Four years earlier, he received the Warrior Silver Medal of Valor for helping to rescue Kristen Brown from a burning Jeep on Moanalua Road. He was off duty both times. Married to the former Tracy Nerona.

Benson Maafala, 37

  • McKinley High quarterback who earned OIA East all-star honors and played one season for the University of Hawaii.
  • Works at Central Middle School as an educational assistant. Married to the former Caroline Ioane.

Leimomi Maafala, 36

  • Since graduating from McKinley, she has helped her mother to raise the younger children. "I’m following my mother’s footsteps," she said. "The older children were expected to help mom with bringing up the younger ones."

Nick Maafala, 33

  • McKinley graduate who was 1984 OIA East Defensive Player of the Year. Went on to play for the University of Hawaii, but injuries and being a young parent cut into his career.
  • Nick was diagnosed with leukemia last year and received a bone-marrow transplant last week at St. Francis Hospital. The donor is his sister, Leimomi. Resides in Pearl City and was working in security for Kø Olina before his illness. Married to Shannon Sandry.

Naomi Maiava, 32

  • Graduated from McKinley
  • Resides in Pearl City. Married to Max Maiava.

Roy Maafala, 27

  • Attended St. Louis School and the University of Utah where he starred as an offensive lineman in football. Played in the 1995 Hula Bowl.
  • Resides in Kapolei and works in security. Married to the former Pina Uiagaleilei.

Tanya Fuamatu, 26

  • University High graduate who was inducted last month into the University of Hawaii-Hilo Vulcans Hall of Fame. A four-year starter for UH-Hilo, she was the NAIA’s 1993 women’s volleyball player of the year.
  • Works at Verizon Hawaii and is an assistant volleyball coach at Chaminade University.

Christopher Fuamatu Maafala, 23

  • Attended St. Louis School and the University of Utah.
  • Recently completed third season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Married Adriana Wilson of Waianae yesterday.

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