HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Tuinei is a name that is synonymous with football greats.
The late Mark Tuinei played many years in the National Football League and won multiple Super Bowl's as a member of the Dallas Cowboys offensive line.
His brother, Tom Tuinei, played defensive tackle at the University of Hawaii where he was an all-conference selection before embarking on his own journey of professional football for many years.
Tumua Tuinei is the son of Tom and he played four seasons as a linebacker for the University of Hawaii.
“My uncle and my dad were these big football stars back in the day,” Tuinei said. “But I never got the height.”
And that’s where the football legacy ends for the youngest Tuinei, who traded his helmet and shoulder pads for a stage and a microphone.
Two years ago, one class at the University of Hawaii would change Tumua’s life forever.
“I took a stand up comedy class, as a way to boost my GPA,” she said. "I learned the ropes of stand-up comedy, I took off and never looked back since.”
Tuinei has spent the last two years opening for other local comedians, performing 20-minute sets around Honolulu.
This Friday will be the biggest show of his life as he headlines his first comedy show in Hawaii entitled, “Tumua Tuinei presents Broka Da Mic.”
“This is my first big headlining show," Tuinei said. “This show I’m trying to take over the whole show and do a good job.”
The former Warrior differs than most comedians; he doesn’t swear, he keeps his comedy clean and it's fun for all ages to enjoy his shows.
Although football will always be apart of him, Tuinei said there are similarities between the game he loves and his newfound passion for stand-up.
“There is comedy in anything in life,” Tuinei said. “You just have to find the humor in it.”
Tuinei’s show will be held this Friday Jan. 11 at 8:00 p.m. at Hawaiian Brians
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