In the western world, complimenting someone on their appearance or accessories is a great way to strike up a conversation. It doesn’t always work like that for Samoans. I remember one time, I mentioned to a relative that her bag was pretty, and then when she tried to give it to me, I was like, … Continue reading Be careful when you praise Samoans
2015 is out the door in a couple of days – can you believe it? I’ve been spring cleaning our Samoan Lyrics database, finding all these musical gems from back in the day. And then I rediscovered Aaradhna. First it was the lyrics for ‘Down Time‘ and ‘I Love You Too‘ – those throwbacks to … Continue reading Wake up! It’s 2016!
May you all have a blessed and peaceful Christmas.
After some embarrassing criticism from Samoa’s prime minister (embarrassing for him, that is), 21-year-old Latafale Auva’a headed to China with a promise to “represent the Pacific with pride” on the Miss World stage. And she did!
If you’re anywhere near Gardena, California on the 18th of September, drop by the Normandie Casino to catch live performances by acts like Urban Dread, Kontiki, Ray Leger, Hooligans and TSB’s friend Spawnbreezie.
It’s a reggae rush to mark the end of summer 2010, brought to you buy Ovaw8 Entertainment. (By the way, if you’re a performer, check out Ovaw8’s faleo’o to find out how you can get on stage at one of their gigs.)
Because someone beat me to the punch of “Checkers” lol, I moved on to Bingo. What a game. I actually have no idea to play the darn thing. lol Even when I yelled out “BINGO” because obviously I had bingo’d, thanks to Aunty Fuala’au who marked my paper along with her eight. Can we say … Continue reading Samoans and Bingo
Anyways. I get this message in my myspace in box claiming that I’ve lost my position in the ex’s life and that I need not worry because he’s well taken care of. Mind you as I’m reading this email, I’ve fallen off of my chair going thru hysterics, laughing my ass off. For the first in awhile, the simple knowledge of this man in some other females life didn’t hurt me a bit, it use to.. well yea, because of the whole “we’re married” part, but now? It even surprised me. I was on the verge of taking my bra off and running around screaming freedom, might be TMI and I’m straying off the subject.
In response to this broads letter, I emailed back asking how she knew I had been the ex, trust being on myspace I was actually trying to be incognito and I received this response:
On the way to work the other morning, I listened to a bunch of The Edge FM djs broadcast from poolside, Aggie Greys, over in Samoa. The typically irreverent crew eschewed any sightseeing for lazing about in the sun, bragged about how much they’d had (and were planning) to drink, and conducted interviews with local hotel staff that bordered on lewd – “With a name like Ru-ta, you’d be a popular girl in NZ!” and so forth. And then the girl dj recorded this pitiful, painful to the ears, rendition of some pop song celebrating her time in Samoa.
At first I winced at the audacity. That’s MY Samoa you all are enjoying way too much over there! But then I realized, wait… less than two months after this year’s devastating tsunami took too many lives and destroyed some of our most treasured resorts, people are enjoying Samoa again.
Whoever it was that came up with the plan to send a bunch of boisterous Kiwi djs over to prove that Samoa, as a tourism industry, is definitely open for business again… you did good!
You’re probably also responsible for this heartwarming gem:
Congressman Faleomavaega today acknowledged the deployment of twenty-one AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team leaders for a three week assignment in American Samoa. The scope of the team’s work is to focus on 1) assisting the American Red Cross with mass care and shelter operations; and 2) feeding, and bulk distribution to those affected by the disaster.[FULL STORY]
Folklore has it that the original Maori traveled to Aotearoa from Havaiki on board several canoes, or waka. Each waka had a name, arrived at different times and landed at different parts of the islands now known as New Zealand.
Today Maori tribes, or iwi, can trace their genealogy back to the settlers who arrived on each waka.
A couple weeks ago I was in Hastings, home of the iwi Ngati Kahungunu, to celebrate their waka – Takitimu. At a cultural summit held during this four-day festival, a church minister from the Cook Islands got up and told us the history of this waka.