I’d like to introduce my husband, favorite person and best friend, Hailame Feletoa Tua’one. The man who you’ll rarely ever see not wearing a hat (and has 40+ laying around the house), who loves all things BYU, looks younger than majority of his siblings and has an Australian accent when he starts talking about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I was planning on having him write about himself, but I’m pretty sure the whole post would consist of 3 sentences, and then he would say, “Babe, you already know me, just do it for me,” which he did say when I was asking him some questions about himself. :)… which shows how much I know about him!
From the perspective of his wife and his favorite person, I don’t want this post to seem to bias, some parts will be but I’ll do my best to share who he is as a individual, friend, uncle, brother, son, and future father.
Hailame comes from a large Tongan family, like a really large Tongan family. He is 3rd of 12 kids (6 boys and 6 girls) and is the oldest son. He loves spending time with his family (especially his Dad and brothers) and is the beloved favorite Uncle of 30+ nieces and nephews!
Something unique and wonderful about coming from the rich Tongan heritage is EXTENDED family relationships (and they are most definitely close relationships). Hailame has combined, from both sides of the family, over 200 FIRST cousins, and they are as close as siblings are and all get together regularly.
The amount of love and support that comes from Hailame’s extended family is incredible. They come to support each other for baby blessings, baptisms, birthdays, graduations, weddings and more.
Hailame loves his parents and family so much. He is a Mama’s Boy to his wonderful Mother, and his Dad’s #1 sidekick. There isn’t a day that goes by that doesn’t he calls or texts one of his parents to check in on them to see how they are doing. He lives to serve and support them in any way he can.
Hailame gives all the credit to his father for his hard working ethic. From a young age he was taught how to work, and work well. He is regularly the first to offer to help others and the last to leave a function or event so he can help with cleaning up.
When visiting family in Salt Lake City, you will most likely find Hailame spending his time working a long side his Dad, whether it be at his job or around the house. He looks forward to continually learning from his Dad, as well as talking to and learning from his Dad about his Tongan heritage.
Hailame’s Mom was the first love of his life! He loves spending time in the kitchen with her when she is preparing a wedding or birthday cake or desserts for an event. His Mom taught him how to bake from a young age, and was given the nickname of “Pillsbury Boy” for his mad baking skills.
A large part of Hailame’s big heart was from his Mom. She is the #1 Mom, Grandma, Auntie, and Friend who will lives to bless others with her talents.
Hailame enjoys working and serving others, being productive and providing for our family. He never sees any job below him, and is willing to put in the time to sufficiently provide.
People Person Man
Hailame loves spending time with people. I can guarantee that if you come by our house, he will invite you to stay and ask if you would like anything to eat. On Sundays, he usually asks me to make a little extra dinner so he can invite friends over.
He loves meeting new people, and has a talent for remembering people, and their names. Quite often, people won’t remember my name, but they’ll say, :”aren’t you married to Hyrum?” Or “isn’t your husband the really awesome Polynesian? He is so nice and so cool!” I can accept it, because I always agree that he is an awesome Polynesian and super nice and way cool! I know…I have great taste… I married him obviously!
Hailame has a way of people putting people at ease when they are around him. He is easy to talk to, will start up the conversation if no one is talking, and will leave with a new friend by the end of the conversation.
In addition to being a people person man, Hailame is also a fun man! If you’re hanging out with Hailame, you will most likely be listening to music because he LOVES music and he carries a mini and/or larger Bluetooth speaker around with him EVERYWHERE he goes.
He loves playing pickleball, and especially enjoys teaching our friends how to play pickleball, so he has more friends to play with. If he had his way, we would be playing pickleball every single night of the week!
Playing card games is a regular activity in our relationship. A tradition he started early in our marriage was playing cards when we go out to eat while waiting for our food to come. When we invite friends to our house, we play cards, when we go up north to visit family, he plays cards until 1 or 2 in the morning with his Dad, Mom and brothers.
Hailame has a very contagious positive outlook on life. It’s hard to not have his good attitude and happiness effect you because he has such a huge heart and is always trying to make others happy around him. Very few things in life upset him (one of the few… when BYU loses a football game), and he has a way with helping others see the good in life.
Hailame is a man of action when it comes to living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He loves to serve those around him. He attributes his dedication to living a Christlike life to his parents who taught by example what it means to minister and give to those and need. His testimony of the Gospel shows through the way he lives his life and how he serves and loves those around him.
His motto in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ is “Open Your Mouth.” He believes that the best way in reaching out to those is putting aside your fears and opening your mouth. He is the best at speaking to those he doesn’t know and does his best to find how he can help them and showing true Christlike love to them.
Future Father Man
Obviously this small post can’t possibly encompass and describe the man that Hailame is, but I hope that it will give a small glimpse into the kind of Future Father he will be one day.
Hailame is going to be a wonderful dad. The children that come into our home will be completely adored by him and they will know daily how much he loves them and who their #1 Fan is for life. He will teach by example how to be good, honest, selfless, patient, and hardworking.
He was made to be dad and I promise you, he will be the best dad.
His #1 Fan