Okay, continuing the story from last time…
After the sealing, they moved back into their home in Fasi, Nukualofa, Tongatapu. Grandpa continued working for the radio station and the church. They had three more children; Lani, Tupu, and Leola. Grandpa actually sent Grandma to Utah to give birth to Leola here.
Grandpa got a job as an engineer at Liahona High School, so the family moved to Matangiake, Tongatapu, Tonga. They lived in a house right across the street from Liahona. Their house had four bedrooms (one was a master bedroom), kitchen, living room, and two bathrooms. They also had an eight acre plantation in the Vaheloto.
Grandpa took the family to Hawaii in 1974(?) so he could finish his school. He went to BYU Hawaii for a year. This was my dad’s sixth grade year. They lived in Hauula, in a house that belonged to Uncle Tui’one (my grandpa’s youngest brother). Uncle Tui’one had been living there, but bought a property in between Laie and Hauula. This property was big enough for his carving, so he moved there. When my grandparents went to Hawaii, they stayed there. Great Grandpa Taufa was still living in the little house in the backyard. He lived there by himself, because Grandma Ane Lupe had already passed away. He had a garden and everything. During their time in Hawaii, Tupu passed away. She is buried in Laie.
Grandpa then took the family to live in San Mateo, California. All the Brown family (Grandma Hika’s family) lived in San Mateo at the time, including her mom, Grandma Soko. Grandpa moved back to Tonga to work, but Grandma and the rest of the family stayed in San Mateo for about six months. Dad started seventh grade at San Mateo Junior High School. Grandma and the rest of the family moved back to Tonga by the time the school year started in Tonga, in January. Instead of finishing seventh grade, dad went straight into eighth grade.
Grandpa was in the bishopric in Fasi. When they moved to Matangiake, he was called to be the bishop in Kolomotu’a. This was a brand new ward and building. Dad remembers traveling all the way to Kolomotu’a every Sunday to go to church.
Grandpa Ka was the only engineer at Liahona for a very long time. Eventually he hired an assistant, but it wasn’t till many years later. In addition to engineering, he was in charge of taking all the pictures for Liahona, for all the students and staff. He also became the head translator for the church in Tonga. He would do a lot of his translating at home at night. When the Nuku’alofa Tonga Temple was dedicated in 1983, Grandpa Ka was hired as the temple engineer and then years later called as a temple sealer (my dad had already moved to the states by this time).
In 1991, Grandma and Grandpa came to Utah for my parents’ wedding. They were here for a couple months and then they went back. Not long after that, they retired and officially moved here to Utah. All of my dad’s siblings had already moved to the states anyway, mostly Utah. Because he left, they closed the translation department for the church in Tonga and moved it to Salt Lake City. Grandpa no longer worked for them, but they frequently brought things to him to proofread. They’d still pay him for that too.
Part of the reason they moved here was because of Grandpa Ka’s health problems. He had diabetes, and he needed surgery. He had a cataract in both his eyes, due to diabetes, and he was going blind. He had surgery in the worst eye, which helped him see better. But later, he developed a heart disease, and he was put on dialysis for kidney failure.
Well that’s a wrap. Great life right? I’m pretty impressed myself.