Wally Rank

Former professional NBA Basketball player and CEO of Top Rank Properties. He was the founder of Youth Outreach United (Y.O.U), which sponsored the South Pacific Games in Carson, California for many years.

Luamanuvao Winnie Laban

Assistant Vice Chancellor (Pasifika) at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Laban has previously served as a Member of Parliament for Mana Electorate representing the Labour Party, Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, and Associate Minister of Social Development, Economic Development, and Trade. In 1992 she was bestowed the Samoan chiefly title of Luamanuvao.

Michael Jones

A former Manu Samoa, New Zealand All Black, Auckland NPC and Auckland Blues rugby player. Jones is also a former Coach of the Manu Samoa rugby team. Jones was voted 3rd best All Black of the 20th century, and former All Blacks coach, John Hart, called Jones “almost the perfect rugby player”.

Selina Tusitala Marsh

A Pacific Island Poet, particularly in Spoken Word poetry, and a Professor who lectures in New Zealand & Pacific Literature at Auckland University’s Department of English. She runs a website in Pasifika Poetry, and is also the co-Chair of the South Pacific Association of Language and Literature.

Tony Solaita

First Samoan to play professional Baseball in the United States. Tolia “Tony” Solaita was a Major League Baseball player for the New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals, California Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, and Montreal Expos between 1968 and 1979. He also played four seasons in Japan for the Nippon-Ham Fighters from 1980 to 1983.

Naomi Mulitauaopele-Tagaleo’o

CEO and founder of Education with Purpose Foundation for Pacific Islanders, and a former WNBA player. First Pacific Islander to graduate from Stanford University and the first and only Pacific Islander to play professional women’s basketball (overseas and in the U.S.). A Motivational Speaker and Owner of Publishing with Purpose, LLC.