’90 Day Fiancé’: Asuelu Wants to Go to Samoa With Kalani and the Kids Despite a Dangerous Measles Outbreak
Kalani Faagata, a 31-year-old from Utah, and Asuelu Pulaa, a 24-year-old from Samoa, are struggling to navigate parenthood and marriage at the same time on the fifth season of TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After. The couple’s two young sons, Oliver and Kennedy, are a handful for stay-at-home-mom Kalani, who admits she doesn’t feel supported by her husband with childcare, cooking, or household chores.
On top of their difficulties with maintaining their romantic spark while parenting two kids under two, Asuelu and Kalani butted heads on a recent episode of 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After about Asuelu’s desire to head back to his home country for a vacation. In addition to the expense of the trip, Kalani worried about a dangerous measles outbreak in Samoa that was especially affecting young children.
Asuelu told his wife that a measles outbreak in Samoa could complicate their trip
Over coffee, Asuelu revealed to Kalani that he’d recently gotten concerning news from his sister about the current situation in Samoa.
“She’s kind of worried,” the 90 Day Fiancé star told his wife. “There’s a measles outbreak going [on] there right now. I didn’t know it was so bad. Lots of children die from the measles going there.”
Kalani was obviously concerned, especially because the couple’s younger son hadn’t yet received the MMR vaccine. “Kennedy’s not vaccinated,” she said worriedly. “I think you’re not supposed to get that shot until 12 to 24 months, and he’s only seven months.”
While Asuelu implored Kalani to consider visiting Samoa anyway, she seemed unconvinced. “We’re in a tough position, because we could potentially put the babies at risk,” she pointed out.
But Asuelu’s homesickness and longing for his family back in Samoa were overpowering. “I feel so mad about the measles outbreak,” the 90 Day Fiancé star told TLC producers. “I want to take my kids where I was born and raised, and to experience my culture and my island.”
Kalani and Asuelu took their kids to the doctor to find out about an MMR vaccine
Asuelu and Kalani visited their sons’ pediatrician to ask for her advice when it came to the measles outbreak in Samoa. What’s more, they wanted to know if it was truly safe for Kennedy to be vaccinated before the trip.
“Asuelu is still dead set on going to Samoa, but hearing about the measles outbreak as a mom is scaring me,” Kalani admitted. “I would just feel more comfortable talking to a doctor about the risks that we would be taking by taking the boys there.”
Meanwhile, Asuelu insisted that Kalani was worrying over nothing. “I know the measles is really scary, but I really miss my dad and my sister,” the 90 Day Fiancé star lamented. “And since they have shots for the measles, I think that it’s still safe for my kids to go to Samoa.”
Kalani and Asuelu explained their situation to the doctor, who told them that many young children were likely dying of measles in Samoa because they weren’t vaccinated. And while the measles vaccination would protect their children somewhat, it wasn’t a guarantee.
But Asuelu took the doctor’s words as good news. “So, you mean, it’s safe for us to go to Samoa if we get the vaccination?” he asked hopefully.
“That’s completely your choice,” the doctor responded in a measured tone. She paused before adding, “But if it can wait, I would probably wait.”
The ’90 Day Fiancé’ stars disagreed about whether they should go through with their travel
While Asuelu said he “really wanted” to get Kennedy the vaccination immediately, Kalani was alarmed by the doctor’s warnings. “I would just feel more comfortable waiting and not going at all,” she admitted. They accepted a prescription for Kennedy’s MMR vaccination, but Kalani wasn’t ready to commit to the vaccine that day.
“I just don’t feel like it’s smart,” Kalani told her disappointed husband. “The recommended age is 12-15 months.” The 90 Day Fiancé star added that even a vaccination didn’t offer them complete immunity. “Why would we go to a country that currently has a measles outbreak?” she asked.
Asuelu, however, wasn’t swayed at all. “I think Kalani need to relax if it come to the boys,” he declared confidently. “It’s really small risk if we vaccinate the kids right now, and let’s do that, and we go to Samoa and be safe.”
Asuelu and Kalani were obviously miffed with each other as they left the doctor’s office. Asuelu believed Kalani was being overly cautious, while Kalani thought it was just too dangerous of a risk to take at the moment.
“I don’t feel like this trip is necessary right now,” she said. “I feel like this is something that we could put off, just for the safety of everybody.” The couple left the clinic at a standstill.