Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu

Office: Fall 2020 office hours: W 2-3pm
Research AreasBioPublications
Research Areas
  • Critical Pacific Islander/ Oceania Studies
  • Indigenous and Native Studies
  • Climate Justice and Land Rematriation
  • Indigenous Decolonization Movements in the Pacific/ Oceania and Turtle Island (U.S)

Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu is a Tongan/Pacific Islander scholar, poet and community organizer. She received her doctorate from the Comparative Ethnic Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley in 2019. She is currently working on her book manuscripts, The Mana of the Tongan Everyday: Tongan Grief and Mourning, Patriarchal Violence, and Remembering Va and a book of creative non-fiction titled, Looking For Hine Nui Te Po: Searching for Our Mother. She is on the founding committee of the Moana Nui Pacific Islander Climate Justice Project and Oceania Coalition of Northern California (OCNC), community organizations working for Indigenous Pacific Islander self-determination through organizing land and climate justice projects, facilitating groups and Ceremony with Pacific Islander prisoners in Northern California as well as creating solidarities with California American Indian tribes to protect Indigenous Sacred spaces in California and in the Pacific. Fui hosts a radio segment titled “From Moana Nui to California; Indigenous Stories of Land” on 94.1 KPFA radio. In addition, she currently hosts the Sogorea Te Land Trust “Seeding Hope” speaker series, a bi-monthly program that features distinguished Indigenous leaders, artists, scholars and cultural bearers from California and around the globe in conversation about issues of land rematriation, land and climate justice and centering Indigenous cultural practices as pathways for decolonization. Fui is also part of Sogorea Te Land Trust, an Urban Indigenous women’s land trust located in Oakland, California.