Palolo, a Samoan (worm) delicacy [video]

Some cultures eat frog legs and snails. Others eat crickets and roaches. Samoans eat worms from the ocean. And they’re yum! When I was very young in Hawaii, the stories about palolo were like fairy-tales to me: They only come out once a year, under a waning moon The villagers wade out into the night … Continue reading Palolo, a Samoan (worm) delicacy

Wake up! It’s 2016! [video]

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!

Samoan Tradition: Ifoga

One Samoana Throwback: First published Jan 4, 2009, this post explores a tradition of forgiveness like no other. It’s a fact of life: humans are attracted to drama… which makes me – and apparently, Samoans in general – oh so very human. I don’t remember when I first heard about the Samoan tradition of ‘ifoga’, … Continue reading Samoan Tradition: Ifoga

Scarlet Lies – Mostly to Herself

A Review by Hamo Geek Girl WARNING: This post contains (a FEW) spoilers from the book, Scarlet Lies. So here’s why I don’t read romance novels. You know, those chick-lit ones narrated by yet another sad, lonely, neurotic female who lusts after an impossibly perfect demi-godly man, who by some miraculous mercy of fate happens … Continue reading Scarlet Lies – Mostly to Herself

Lies are Beautiful, When the Truth Hurts: Scarlet Lies

A Review by Keep it Hood WARNING: This post contains (a FEW) spoilers from the book, Scarlet Lies. OMG so where do I begin with Lani Wendt Young’s new book Scarlet Lies! Can you believe I read this whole book in one night as I was hooked and couldn’t let it go as I just … Continue reading Lies are Beautiful, When the Truth Hurts: Scarlet Lies

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

How the Tatau (Samoan tattoo) helped one man re-discover his cultural heritage [video]

Here’s a beautiful little film by Crystal Vaega that might help you learn the significance of the traditional Samoan tattoo to Samoan people. It tells the story of Sonny Natanielu, who was born in Samoa but lost his connection to our culture when his family moved with him to New Zealand. The film explores a … Continue reading How the Tatau (Samoan tattoo) helped one man re-discover his cultural heritage