PHOTO: NRL star Haumole Olakau’atu surprises parents with their first home.
Moving Moments Unfold as NRL Manly Sea Eagles Star Makes Dreams Come True
A heartwarming video captures the emotional surprise as Haumole Olakau’atu gifts his parents their first home in Sydney’s Hinchinbrook.
A video has surfaced, showcasing the touching moment when NRL Manly Sea Eagles star, Haumole Olakau’atu, presents his parents, Ana and Ofa, with their first-ever home. The emotional scene unfolds in the southwestern suburb of Hinchinbrook on a memorable Monday. As his mother wipes away tears of joy, the family comes together to proudly put up the ‘Sold’ sign, surrounded by cheers and applause.
Ray White Carnes Hill agent, Shafeel Haq, describes the experience as “a moment of pure joy.” He shares that the Olakau’atu family has never owned a property for generations, having moved from Tonga to Australia with nothing. Witnessing this heartfelt occasion, Mr. Haq becomes emotional himself, stepping back to allow the family to fully immerse themselves in the significance of the moment.
“It means so much to them,” he says. “They were so grateful, you could see it.”
Olakau’atu has spoken of his love and gratitude for his parents. Picture: Brendon Thorne
Mr. Haq explains that Olakau’atu’s agent approached him when they began searching for a property, and they worked closely together to find the perfect home. The house met all their requirements, boasting four bedrooms, an open-plan living and dining area, a modern kitchen, and a spacious entertaining area, including a retreat for the kids. The property was fully renovated and listed at $960,000.
Olakau’atu, being the eldest of five children, was raised in Sydney’s west after his parents relocated from Tonga in 1997, seeking a better life for their family. Throughout his NRL career, the second rower has spoken fondly of his parents’ love and passion for their heritage, describing his mother as his “rock” and his father as his “best mate.”
Currently residing in the Fairfield area, the family has now secured a sought-after location in Hinchinbrook, creating a new chapter in their lives with their cherished first home.
The four bedroom house is the family’s first home.