Dr. Paula Folau Nonu is one of two new professors hired to teach in the construction and facilities management minor. Dr. Nonu was born and raised in Tonga. He graduated from Tonga High School in 1999 and moved to Hawaii as an undergraduate student at BYU–Hawaii in 2000. He served a full-time mission in San Antonio, Texas, from 2001-2002. Dr. Nonu returned to BYU–Hawaii, where he met and married his wife. He then transferred to the University of Hawaii, where he completed his bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary study-focus in construction management and design. Dr. Nonu then continued his education and earned a doctorate in architecture from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa's School of Architecture.
Dr. Nonu has worked in the construction industry for 20 years and is well acquainted with residential, commercial, state, and federal construction projects. He's been married to his wife for 17 years and they are the parents of five children. He is eager to share his knowledge and experience with students at BYU–Hawaii regarding the new position.