The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001301578-01
Funeral Notices


Age 68, of Kailua, HI, passed away September 9, 2020 after a courageous seven month battle with cancer. He was born May 18, 1952 in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

Lau is survived by his loving wife Sabrina Sekona; daughters, Sela (Keone) Tuamoheloa, Ana (Tupu) Sekona-Alualu, Teisa (Luis) Sekona; son, Duran Sekona; brothers, Langoia, Kuliloa, Lesili, Vitalini; sisters, Hu’avai, Teisa, Meite; 8 grandchildren, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Hausia and mother, Lata’i Solosolo; brothers, Taliauli, Fatusama, Taniela, and sister, Tupou.

A natural athlete, Lau moved from Tonga briefly to Fiji and New Zealand, then finally to Honolulu as an amateur boxer, known as “Sekona Kid”. He soon ventured into rugby and after playing for the UH Rugby Football Club for a few years, he was chosen to represent the state of Hawaii (USA) in the 1979 International Seven-A-Side Championship in Hong Kong. He continued to play rugby for years after, well into his late 50s. During this time he also took up golf, and as always honed his skills and excelled at the sport. He ultimately developed a passion for the game, and could be found playing alongside friends and family every weekend, throughout the rest of his life.

Lau briefly performed with Kamoiwa Productions, a Polynesian revue in Waikiki, which included fire knife dancing. He toured with the show to South Korea, and during this time met his lifelong partner and love, Sabrina. As a mason, he was a true master of his craft. He took pride in his work and has built many of the beautiful walls you see around the islands of Oahu and Big Island, specializing in Moss rock walls.

He will always be known for his kind heart, giving spirit, humbleness, integrity, and his infectious sense of humor. He brought many people together, holding numerous relationships with both friends and family through the years. He was so loved and well respected by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed, and although his passing leaves a huge hole in our hearts, his memories, love, and inspirational way of living life to the fullest will always live on within us.

Thank you all for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support.

A celebration of his life will take place next year at a time yet to be determined, due to current restrictions of social gatherings. For more information, please contact the family.