You know what? You are the first person to ever say that Fonokimoana Afualo was Opapo's father. Do you have proof of that? I want evidence of this because it is shocking to me.
Everyone in the family says that Fonoimoana is a made up name stemming from when the family had a "meeting by the sea" or that the name belongs to a family in the Cook Islands who took Opapo in when he was banned for joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. No one has ever said that Fonokimoana was Opapo's father's name.
For a long time I've been searching for the exact link between the Afualo's and the Fonoimoana's. Pago Afualo, who lives in Kahuku, is one of my mother's older brothers. I have been searching for the link between Opapo and Luteru (my grandfather, Pago's father).
When I visited Sauniatu years ago with my church youth group, we were orally told the history of Sauniatu. I remember the "tour guide" mentioning Opapo Afualo as one of the founders of the village. The "tour guide" did not say Opapo Fonoimoana. Would you know anything about that? Did Opapo use the Afualo last name during that time because of the Church? Sometimes everything seems so confusing!
Fiatagata, please share any and all information. This is helpful and greatly appreciated. It was sad to hear of your grandmother's passing earlier this year. I would have loved to been able to sit and talk with her about our family history.