Born Vaimoana Litia Makakaufaki Niumeitolu, Moana is a Poet, Painter, and Actor. She was born in Nuku’alofa, Tonga; raised in Hawa’ii and Utah; and now lives, creates and loves in NYC.
She is a founding member of Mahina Movement, the phenomenal all woman trio who have performed on over 400 stages including having performed with Amiri and Amina Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Kool Herc, Suheir Hammad, Sarah Jones, Tony Kushner, Noam Chomsky, Deepak Chopra, Medusa, Dead Prez and countless others.
Moana is the author of a poetry, performance text, and visual art chapbook, tonga provo harlem. Moana has traveled and shared her poetry & painting all over the US and in Fiji, Tonga, Ireland, Italy, and South Africa. She has been seen acting at the Metropolitan Opera and sharing her one woman show, Tongue-in Paint, which had it’s world premiere at soloNOVA's 5th Annual Arts Festival at Performance Space 122 in NYC. Her other production, A Prayer for Tonga, premiered at Harvard University. She graduated from New York University in painting and performance, earned the Ellen Stoekel Fellowship/fulll scholarship in painting & drawing from Yale University and attended Columbia University’s Graduate Program in Acting.
Moana gives much eternal appreciation to her parents, her familia, friends and her comunidad all over the world for supporting her, encouraging her, and listening for the gold. She loves to eat with her hands, go barefoot absolutely anywhere in the world, her harmonica named Smoothie and Boxing & Beatboxing, both with a capital “B.” She loves that she is growing older. Life has just begun.