Hometown:  Kalaheo, Hawaii
Birth Year: 1987
Position: Middle Blocker
Height: 6-8 (200 cm)
Weight: 235 lbs (110kg)
College: Brigham Young University ('12, commercial management)
Joined Team: 2013

Twitter: @FutiTavana
Instagram: futitavana


  • Helped the U.S. Men win the 2013 NORCECA Continental Championship
  • Three-time AVCA All-American and four-time All-MPSF First Team at BYU
  • Finished his collegiate career ranking first in BYU history for career total blocks


  • Played in the 2013 FIVB Grand Champions Cup
  • Played professionally in Italy, France and Jakarta
  • Born Va’afuti Gaugau Tavana Jr. in 1987 in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Married Tumua Anae in 2014. Tumua won a gold medal in water polo at the 2012 Olympic Games. The couple had a daughter named Olive in 2015 
  • Parents are Dr. Tofa Tavana Namulauulu G. Vaafuti and Palagi Tavana
  • Has two brothers, Dennis Murray (1980) and Devin Matauaina (1991), and four sisters, Taufao Faith (1976), Lupeautino Phaedra (1978), Justina Puluafi (1982) and Delsa Julie (1985)
  • Favorite foods are kalo and palusami
  • He most admires his dad because, “he has always been a great example of hard work and dedication.”

Updated October, 2015