A Place to Stay in Samoa

Samoa has so many amazing accommodations these days that any visitor (packing a decent-sized wallet) is spoiled for choice. You could stay in a fancy (air-conditioned) resort or a romantic fale on the beach… But what if you’re coming over with your entire family in tow… and it includes children? What if you just need … Continue reading A Place to Stay in Samoa

Samoan Plant Life: What is this tree?

A powerful antiseptic, the leaves and branches of this tree can be used to treat cuts, punctures and burns My cousin’s eye was injured in a welding accident. They applied this plant’s leaves to the burn and the next day it was completely healed. Do you know what it’s called? Check back next week for … Continue reading Samoan Plant Life: What is this tree?

Samoan Villages: Do you know this nu’u?

Spotted this great scene on the way to Apia from Piula. Can you imagine coming home after a hard day of work, grabbing a cold drink and just unwinding in your own private faleo’o on the beach? That’s what I call “paradise”. This lovely village on a peninsula in the Atua district is known for … Continue reading Samoan Villages: Do you know this nu’u?

Samoa Plant Life: Do you know this plant?

Apparently, the root of this plant can help relieve pain. It’s widely used in Asian cooking, but I’m not sure that’s for the flavor. I’ve eaten a lot of food with this stuff in it, but I still couldn’t tell you what it tastes like – it’s so subtle and almost bland. It grows well … Continue reading Samoa Plant Life: Do you know this plant?

Samoan Landmarks: Do you know this building?

It should be one of the most recognizable buildings in Upolu – just about everyone has to come here at least once in their lives. Does it look familiar to you? Check back next week for the big reveal. ~*~ Last week’s answer: This herb is indeed the moegalo, or lemongrass. Can someone please do … Continue reading Samoan Landmarks: Do you know this building?

The many uses of the Samoan ili

Samoans call this the ili, or fan. This hand-held version is Polynesia’s personal cooling system, except in the often relentless heat of Samoa, I’ve noticed it’s not the most effective tool for the job. It’s just as well they make these ili so pretty then or I wouldn’t have bothered getting one. It got me … Continue reading The many uses of the Samoan ili

Samoan Independence Day – Memories and Contemplation

Today marks the 51st year since (Western) Samoa gained independence. (Well, it actually happened on the first of January, 1962, but we celebrate it in June). For a relatively young island nation, Samoa has a rich and spirited history, and every year on this day we remember with gratitude the long and painful protests our … Continue reading Samoan Independence Day – Memories and Contemplation