Kalolaine Mataele Soukop

Genuine Gold Award Recipient
December 2011

Kalolaine Mataele Soukop
1960, Business
Writer/Producer, Kalo’s South Seas Revue

Kalo has been a pioneer throughout her life. She came to the Church College of Hawaii in 1957 as one of the first three Tongan students to enroll. After graduation, Kalo’s talents were utilized for two years as a labor missionary at the Polynesian Cultural Center, where she taught, performed, and made the Tongan Village a success.

Kalo started various organizations, including a South Pacific handicraft import business, the Tongan Cultural Society, a travel agency and a television show. Kalo also started a Polynesian dance revue, which she operated for 38 consecutive years as the writer and producer of Kalo’s South Seas Revue. These opportunities gave her the ability to provide employment to hundreds of people and fund various scholarships for Tongan college students at BYU–Hawaii

and elsewhere.

Service and leadership are hallmarks of Kalo’s life. In 1982, Tonga was devastated by Hurricane Isaac. Kalo organized a relief campaign that collected 70,000 pounds of clothing and food. This shipment of supplies greatly benefited the people in Tonga. In 1991, Kalo, became the first woman to serve on the Board of Directors of the PCC, where she remains serving today. Kalo has received service awards from Liahona High School, Pacific Women’s Network, PCC, INS, Girl Scouts, Rotary Club of Honolulu, University of Hawaii, the King of Tonga, and the President of the United States.

Amongst all of her professional commitments, Kalo has also made attending the temple a weekly commitment and has served as a temple worker for more than 20 years.

The most rewarding experiences of my life have always had to do with giving. The Lord has given me so much, I would be ungrateful to not try and reach out to others.