by Zonaye Tupuola & Kitahna Moe // Staff Writers
It has been shared that on April 24, 2020, we lost our beloved friend, teacher, and fellow colleague, Nu’usoliafaifuaina Tuimolau aka Tui. Looking back, all that is remembered of Tui are the good times and the incredible impact that he had on many.
Ms. Bird, his loving wife and Carson High School teacher, shared, “43 years ago I met Tui at Venice High School. He was my goofy fun friend who would just show up. 30 years later, we reconnected. He was my trifecta: best friend, love of my life, and partner in all things Carson and soon to be beyond. Together, we created a garden teeming with life and lessons, a robotics lab full of creativity, and Enginuity.”
Tui and Ms. Bird continued to honor their Carson family in every way for many years while simultaneously building a proud legacy.
“We never had children together, (Tui has 3, his youngest, Taimai, is soon to be a senior at Carson) but we do…we always considered Carson High School students as our ‘kids’”, said Mrs. Bird. “We will all miss Tui for so many reasons, and we need to keep those memories fondly in our hearts. More importantly, take the lessons he taught and succeed in life. Enjoy life! Tui enjoyed life to its fullest not by following a set of rules but by incredible integrity, generosity, intelligence, and humbleness.”
“Tui was an amazing and passionate person in every way! He dedicated many years of volunteer service toward the development and care of Carson’s ‘Edible Urban Garden’, toward the animals that thrive there, toward building the robotics lab in the ESET Academy, and toward helping individual students,” added CHS principal Dr. Warren. “He cared deeply about making the ESET Academy great in every way and was instrumental in bringing public attention to the wonderful work that ESET students and staff accomplished throughout the years. He was always willing to give a hug, share his thoughts, and cook a great meal! Tui will be sorely missed.”
Many showed their love for Tui by creating posters and signs in remembrance of him.
“Carson High School will be developing a plaque in his honor to be placed in the Edible Urban Garden,” Dr. Warren explained.
April 24th will forever be marked as a sad day for CHS, but we will always cherish the wonderful memories made with such a sweet soul. Kisses to the sky. Rest in peace Tui!