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“Vika, my condolences go out to you and your family. I remember the time when we were sparring one another as red belts and enjoyed the privilege to...Read More »
1 of 34 | Posted by: Whayne F. Locke - Albany, NY

“My heart felt condolences go out to the family. I am saddened by his loss. I had the privilege to have him as my teacher. I was at the original...Read More »
2 of 34 | Posted by: whayne Locke - Albany, NY

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3 of 34 | Posted by: whayne locj - Albany, NY

“My heartfelt condolences to your family. I am saddened to recently learn of the loss of such a great man. I had heard many a facinating stories of...Read More »
4 of 34 | Posted by: Susan Henshaw - Wappingers Falls, NY

“I had the Honor of meeting Master Folau at my belt tests.I was a student under the great care of Masters Craig and Wayne Derosa. He was at my black...Read More »
5 of 34 | Posted by: Christopher Downing - key largo, FL

“Please accept our sincere condolences to the entire Folau family. We are saddened by the news of Master Folau's passing. He was one of the nicest...Read More »
6 of 34 | Posted by: Ibrahim and Muhammad Chishti - CA

“I met Master Folau, 34 years ago when I was 16 years old at the First Chung Ma's Taekwondo Institute in Wappingers Falls. I trained under Master Ma's...Read More »
7 of 34 | Posted by: Kenneth Torreggiani - Modena, NY

“To the family of Kakala, We're so very sorry for your loss. We worked with him at Wester Printing years ago. He was always so calm and quiet. The...Read More »
8 of 34 | Posted by: Ellen Allard - Red Hook, NY

“You and Carol were so very good to our Grandchildren I am sure they will carry your infulance in their lives for all of their life. I never got a...Read More »
9 of 34 | Posted by: Lynne and Leander DeGuise Sr - NY

“He will be missed. Thank you for allowing me to be part of you all lives. love you pop ”
10 of 34 | Posted by: Yolanda Pinkney - Norfolk, VA

“Master Ma was a true Pioneer of the Martial Arts World. He brought us to a new level in respect for life, others and ourselves. We will keep his name...Read More »
11 of 34 | Posted by: Mansfield Kyoshi - Poughkeepsie

“Dear Folau Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are truly sorry for your loss, and Kakala will always be in...Read More »
12 of 34 | Posted by: Ma Family - Family friends

“Carol and Family, So sad to hear of Kakala's passing. We played alot of golf and had shared a few beers, together. He had such an infectious laugh,...Read More »
13 of 34 | Posted by: cal fowx - thiells, NY - friend

“Carol, Vika and family, we are very sorry for your loss.Please know that we are thinking of you and our hearts and prayers go out to you. Jim and...Read More »
14 of 34 | Posted by: Jim and Jean Joyce - Monson, MA

“Dear Mrs.Folau,(Carol) First of all we would like to thank our Heavenly Father for giving us this opportunity to share our blessings with all of you....Read More »
15 of 34 | Posted by: Meliame Ahonima, Vaha Ahonima, Pekia Ahonima, Joshua Ahonima - NV

“Dear Mrs. Folau, Vika, Kakala Jr., and Family, We are deeply saddened to hear of Master Folau's passing. We will keep Master Folau and your family...Read More »
16 of 34 | Posted by: John R. Adam - Kingston, NY

“We are very sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Master Folau was a wonderful and kind man. Thomas learned so much during...Read More »
17 of 34 | Posted by: Debbie, Gerry, Tom & Nicole Mower - NY

“We express our deepest sympathy to Kakala, Vika, and all the Folau family. Master Folau will always have a special place in our hearts. He taught our...Read More »
18 of 34 | Posted by: Faramarz, Susan, and Faraz Ardalan

“Dear Kalo, Vika, Sean, Max and Kakala Jr, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your famili during this difficult time. I'm very sorry that I...Read More »
19 of 34 | Posted by: Siosifa 'Isama'u - Nephew

“There are not enough words nor enough pages to list all that Master Folau has given to myself and my family over the years. Master Folau was a true...Read More »
20 of 34 | Posted by: Andrew Guattery and family

“Master Folau was one of the kindest, nicest people I could have ever met and I'm proud to say that I'm a student of his. He taught me a lot more than...Read More »
21 of 34 | Posted by: Garrett Rohr - Saugerties, NY

“Vika, He brought us together in a beautiful place, halfway around the world. Newt races, the secret beach, my first kiss. (Sioape!) I don't know who...Read More »
22 of 34 | Posted by: Leslie Florio - niece

“Michael and I want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you always. I will never forget how Master Folau took Michael under his wing...Read More »
23 of 34 | Posted by: Judy Beckert - friend

“Carol - I am so sorry to hear of Kakala's passing. I can still remember when he was a member of the Western Printing bowling team. It was like the...Read More »
24 of 34 | Posted by: Cheryl (Fingar) Morrison - NY

“Vika, My condolences to you, your Mother and Brothers on the loss of your Father. Your Father's accomplishments speak loudly of the type of man he...Read More »
25 of 34 | Posted by: Tracy Bailey - Highland Falls, NY

“Dear Vika and Sean, My thoughts and prayers are with you during these days of sorry for you and your families. Love and blessings to you all, Grandma ”
26 of 34 | Posted by: Catherine Shock - Indiana,, PA

“Vika and Sean, My heart felt condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. I know that your father will always hold a very special...Read More »
27 of 34 | Posted by: Nora Shock Wegener

“Dear Vika, Our prayers and thoughts are with you during your time of sorrow. We know how hard it is to lose a parent, especially when you are so...Read More »
28 of 34 | Posted by: Terri Medvetz

“Dear Carol, Vika, Kakala Jr and Shawn, In memory of a loving, kind and gentle Kakala, our thoughts are with you. Kakala will alays be remembered and...Read More »
29 of 34 | Posted by: Etikeni Samani - DC - Brother

“I will always remember Kakala as a great gentle man who inspires us all. I remember his first arrival in NY (many years ago) and the fun we all had...Read More »
30 of 34 | Posted by: Eileen DuBreuil - cousin

“Dear Vika: We want you and your family to know how saddened we are of your father's passing. His life and accomplishments were quite remarkable. ...Read More »
31 of 34 | Posted by: Office of Undergraduate Admission - NY

“We have only fond memories of Kakala and the Folau family. I really enjoyed his stories about his life in Tonga, and his exploits elsewhere. Carol...Read More »
32 of 34 | Posted by: Joe, Yoko and Katie - VA

“Dear Carol and Vicka, My first memory of you, Vicka and Kakala was at your Uncle Bob's funeral. You all were so kind and accepting of me. Then Jim...Read More »
33 of 34 | Posted by: Sharon DuBreuil - Tampa, FL

“Kakala's warm smile and gentle approach with people endeared him to the DuBreuil family ever since the first time we met. His curiosity about...Read More »
34 of 34 | Posted by: Jim & Sharon DuBreuil - Tampa, FL

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Staatsburg - Kakala Tauleva Folau, 68, a forty year local resident previously of Tonga, died Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at home.
Mr. Folau was a Tae Kwon Do Master and instructor for over thirty years. He owned and operated Chung Ma's Tae Kwon Do in Kingston until his retirement in 2007.
Tae Kwon Do was a large part of Kakala's life. He was a member of the New York State Tae Kwon Do Referee Association; founding member of the Tae Kwon Do Referees for Excellence (TRUE); and member of the United States Tae Kwon Do Union. He was also an international referee with the World Tae Kwon Do Federation; and served as a U.S. Delegate for Tae Kwon Do to the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Kakala had attained the rank of 7th Dan Black Belt by Kukkiwon in Korea.
He also enjoyed playing golf, and was a member of the Dinsmore Golf League and Club.
Born in Ta'anea, Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga, on July 30, 1941, he was the son of the late Sione Tunufa'i Ili and Ana Folau. He was raised by his grandmother Vika Tu’ipulotu Samani.
He was a graduate of Tupou College in Tonga and taught in the Methodist Primary School System.
Kakala emigrated to the United States following his marriage to U.S. Peace Corps volunteer Carol Fulton on March 15, 1969 in Tonga. Mrs. Folau survives at home.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Vika Folau Shock and husband, Sean, of New York; two sons, Shawn Tyre Pinkney of Virginia, and Kakala Ta'ufo'ou Folau Jr. of New York; three grandchildren, Anyssa Pinkney of Virginia, Maximilian Shock of New York, and Tyre Pinkney of Virginia; sister, Meliame To'alatoe 'Isama'u of California; three brothers, Seimisi Ta'ufo'ou of Utah, Sani Kinikini of Tonga, and Totauola Samani of Utah; and many nieces and nephews in the United States and Tonga.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his mother and father-in-law.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm, Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at Sweet's Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park.
Rev. Thom Fiet will conduct services at 8 pm during the visitation.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am, Thursday, May 27th at St. Paul's Church, Mulford Ave., Staatsburg.
Cremation will take place and his ashes will be interred in his family's cemetery plot in Tonga.
The Folau family would like to thank the Albany Medical Center Renal Transplant Unit, Kingston Dialysis Center, Hospice, and most especially, Dr. Michelle Abis for their care and compassion during this difficult time.
To send a condolence or for directions, please visit www.sweetsfuneralhome.com.

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