Ma'afu Tu'itonga Suliafu
Ma'afu Tu'itonga Suliafu, Director of PEAU Pasifika Enriching Arts of Utah Born in Salt Lake City, raised in Lā'ie, Hawai'i. Growing up near the Polynesian Cultural Center and having a constant education in all Pacific Island Cultures from the center to the community and being solidified in the home.
Moving here to Utah I searched for a hub that would create a space to perpetuate and invigorate Pasifika culture and customs through words, music and art.
PEAU, has been that hub. Serving as a volunteer three years ago and then becoming Project Coordinator to eventually curating my first Art Exhibit, Māsima.
Transitioning in different facets and capacities while serving in PEAU has given more depth to my role as a volunteer. I have also discovered in my I have been able to create my art and create an avenue to be an artist. I have been able to venture in creating art out recycled and up-cycled products merging them with cultural techniques to fuse conceptual art and cultural art.
Currently serving on the board at Art Access. Art Access builds an inclusive and diverse arts community in Utah through creative opportunities for people with disabilities and other marginalized communities, and through public engagement in the arts.
Outside of my role as Director of PEAU, I coach volleyball for Club Union and Head Girls Volleyball Coach at Hunter High School. I have been coaching for 18 years in total. My goal as a coach is to help young women learn skills and techniques in volleyball and hopefully take that training to better their skills and abilities and further their career at the next level and to get a college education.