February 27, 1993 - September 16, 2020
On September 16, 2020, our sweet Jessica Faleana Tanuvasa, 27, became an angel in heaven after succumbing to the injuries she sustained in a tragic auto accident. Jess, as she was known by her friends and family, was born on February 27, 1993 in Leesburg, FL. Fiercely independent, even at a young age, Jess worked as many as 3 jobs to provide a great life for herself and her 2 babies, Aaliyah, 5, and Ariana, 18 months. Even during the shutdown from COVID-19 this year, Jess worked tirelessly to prepare, sell and deliver homemade meals to people around the island in an endless effort to supplement her income. When she wasn’t working, she could be found at the beach with her babies or going on hikes, as she loved the outdoors. We will miss Jess’ laugh and the jokes she loved to play on many of her unsuspecting friends and family. We will also miss the friendly banter on social media about anything from the best place to live to her favorite football team, the Philadelphia Eagles. (We have no idea how a girl born in FL and resided a majority of her life in HI ended up with the Eagles as HER team!) Additionally, Jess was a daredevil, never hesitating to conquer any challenge. One of the many feats she attempted (and accomplished) was to skydive from a plane. As much as this defined a part of Jess, we also will miss the beautiful young woman who had a heart of gold, always willing to lend a hand to anyone who was struggling, even when in the grips of her own debilitating bouts of depression. The strength she displayed throughout her life and its many challenges was an inspiration to everyone who was lucky enough to call her friend. In addition, her outward beauty was obvious to everyone. She was recognized as 1st Runner-Up in the Ms. Hawaii contest in 2018 while competing as Ms. Makiki. Jess will be missed by her huge circle of friends and family. Jessica Faleana Tanuvasa was preceded in death by her grandparents Lopati and Polua Tanuvasa, grandfather Robert King, and cousins Sarah Jessica Miller, Vince Robertson and Nephi Tanuvasa. Jessica is survived by her daughters Aaliyah, 5, and Ariana, 18 months; parents Pati and Rhonda Tanuvasa; brothers Jeremiah & Vanessa Bear and family, Jacksmith & Wilma Tanuvasa and family, and Jason & Charlee Tanuvasa and family; grandmother Marietta King; and her extensive family of aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. Final respects may be paid at the Oahu Mortuary on Saturday, October 17, 2020 in a drive-through style (to protect against any potential spread of COVID-19) starting at 10 am. This will also be live-streamed on Facebook, for friends and family unable to attend due to distance or social distancing necessities. After the threat of COVID has passed, a Celebration of Life will be held so that family and friends may join to honor Jessica and the life she lived which impacted all of us in way we will never forget.
On September 16, 2020, our sweet Jessica Faleana Tanuvasa, 27, became an angel in heaven after succumbing to the injuries she sustained in a tragic auto accident. Jess, as she was known by her friends and family, was born on February 27, 1993... View Obituary & Service Information
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