Kafoa Hala Latu

Tongan coach who died at sea remembered as ‘a giant of the Waka Ama’

Kafoa Hala Latu, was laid to rest after his body was recovered from the water off Waikowhai Beach on Auckland’s Manukau Harbour on Sunday 10.

Known as a successful paddler, a soccer and tennis player and was also a Surf Life Saver,  he had been a coach for the club since 2014.

Kaniva News reports Latu also co-founded the Tu’i Tonga Canoe Club in Hawaii before moving to New Zealand more than a decade ago.

He was a huge supporter of the Tu’i Tonga Mafua team in Tonga, investing both his time and money in the team.