Pōle‘o family hit by double tragedy in less than a week

The Pōle’o family of Vainī in Tonga have been left devastated after a father and nephew both died within days of each other.

Vakaolafehi Pōle’o, who was also known as Vaka Pōle’o, died Saturday.

The family have yet to officially reveal the cause of his death.

His works of computer and print designs as well as music were popular with Tongan community and businesses.

Vaka was one of the few Tongans who had graduated with a BA qualification in visual designs and art from Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

His nephew Li’ekina He Vahafolau Fīnau died three days earlier.

As Kaniva News reported, Fīnau died in hospital after police alleged he jumped out of a moving Police van on Tuesday night.

Fīnau was the son of Foni Pōle’o, an elder brother of Vaka.

His mother was Meliame from Tatakamotonga.

Vaka’s son Tu’ipulotu and daughter Dianne Pōle’o have confirmed their father’s death on Facebook.

Tu’ipulotu who is also known by DJ name Darren said his father’s death really hurt him.

He said he was proud of his music and works of art.