Melenaite Fifita is a Tongan-American woman, born and raised in Huntington Beach, California. In 2010, she joined members of her Family in co-founding the Orange County Tongan organization, Famili Pe Taha (meaning One Family), providing assistance in Health Care education, immigration issues, and health & wellness education to the Tongan Community.
She is an active member of her Tongan community as a Health Care educator and navigator. The 29 year old currently sits on the board of directors for Pacific Islander Health Partnership (PIHP). She is the Co-Chair of PIHP’s 9th Annual Pacific Islander Festival in Orange County, a role she also held last year. In December 2014, Melenaite earned the Employee of the Year Award from Harmony Title Agency-Trustee Corps, a company she’s been employed with for the past 6 years.
Melenaite has participated in a variety of activities for Pacific Islander Communities. Her favorite events of the Year include; the Pacific Islander Festival; UCLA’s annual Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Youth Health & Fitness Day, which addresses the obesity epidemic in Pacific Islander communities; and The Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual overnight experience, in which Melenaite helps to organize a sleep-over at the Aquarium for 100 Pacific Islander children, teaching the children of their connection to the Pacific waters and the animals of the Ocean.
She is community oriented, professionally responsible, and is becoming an emerging leader in her community.