Ma’ake was born and raised in Tonga. Ma’ake moved to Hawaii where he attended Leilehua High School and was a three-sport athlete in football, wrestling, and track and field. After graduating high school, Ma’ake continued his education and football career at Azusa Pacific University in California. He was named GNAC Defensive Linemen of the Year in 2018, his senior year.
Once football was over, Ma’ake joined the rugby club at Azusa Pacific. In 2019, Ma’ake helped the team win the NSCRO Challenge Cup in New York and was named the Impact Player. He was selected for the Pacific Coast Grizzlies All-Star Competition team. He traveled to Houston, Texas with the Grizzlies where the team won the championship.
Sports are a big part of Ma’ake’s family in which he is the oldest of five kids. His oldest brother, Netane Muti, also played football in college and is a guard for the Denver Broncos. Ma’ake said, “I am so excited to join the Jackals because I get to further develop my skills as a rugby player and play with awesome teammates from around the world.”