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 its surfing spots (not for beginners, though – too many rocks) and for its association with a certain vicious, mythical creature.

Do you know this nu’u?

Check back next week for the answer.


Did you figure out what the Samoan herb was in last week’s Quiz Post?

Well, it grows abundantly in Samoa, but I don’t think a lot of locals know what it is.


This is would be turmeric. Some people call it the healthiest food in the world, as it helps to alleviate pain and studies have apparently shown evidence of its benefits against cancer, liver disease and other ailments.


Turmeric (a slightly different variety) is everywhere in Indian cuisine. Maybe it’s time for Samoans to pay more attention to this amazing herb growing wild in everybody’s back yard.

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Known offline as Lillian (Lils, Lei'a) Arp, Hamo Geek Girl is just learning what it means to be Samoan. When she's not here, she's over at Manaui: Savour Oceania mostly talking about her other favourite topic: Food!

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