How do you like your Samoan Chop Suey? (Sapasui)

How do you like your Samoan Chop Suey? (Sapasui)

Based on Chinese chop suey, a "traditional" Samoan style chop suey - or sapasui - is as varied as the Samoans who make them. Okay, not really. Our only real sapasui variations are whether to add aromatics (onions, garlic, ginger) or not and whether to add vegetables...

Matai: A Complicated System of Chiefs

Matai: A Complicated System of Chiefs

Matai is the Samoan word for leader, or chief, or even (in the poetic sense) father. Samoan society is organized by family, and each family has its own matai titles, which are connected to certain districts, villages and plots of family land. And that was the short...

How to Greet a Samoan Matai (Chief)

How to Greet a Samoan Matai (Chief)

The heartbeat of Samoan culture is love and respect, or fa'aaloalo. How we greet people is a very public demonstration of this respect. Like a lot of languages, we have informal greetings for our peers and friends and then formal greetings for people we don't know as...

Matai – How to become a Samoan Chief [Part 2]

Matai – How to become a Samoan Chief [Part 2]

This is the second part of our series on The Path to Becoming a Samoan Chief. Please read Part 1 first, if you haven't already. Part 1 gives you a bit of background - where do matai titles come from? Who decides how your family's titles are distributed? How do you...

15+ Samoan names for your lover (from old Samoan love songs)

15+ Samoan names for your lover (from old Samoan love songs)

What is your favourite loved up pet name for your significant other? It is babe? Baby? Bae? Honey? Hun? Sweetheart? Sweetie? Darling? Dear? So many Samoan couples I know have adopted these English terms of affection, but until quite recently, I had no idea how many...

How Samoans treat their elders

How Samoans treat their elders

In general, the Samoan attitude towards aging is pretty similar to other cultures. To us, old age is wisdom and accomplishment. It's a time to sit back and enjoy the spoils of life. But how do younger Samoans treat our elders?  Samoan culture emphasizes alofa (love)...

The Lord’s Prayer in Samoan (with video)

The Lord’s Prayer in Samoan (with video)

It's been a crazy several weeks on this side of the One Samoana screen. I could write a very boring book about the 'technical issues' that took this entire site off the interwebs for over a month. (Summary: if you're going to run a website, find a webhost who loves...

A Samoan Matai and Language Challenge

A Samoan Matai and Language Challenge

I love the Samoan culture the way I love my family: I would protect and defend it with my life I don't always agree with it and sometimes we fight One aspect of our culture I always seem to be in the ring with is our matai system, or fa'amatai. On the one hand,...

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Were you once a One Samoana ‘Native’? If you were a member of the One Samoana social network (which ran from 2008 – 2012), then a you may recognize some of these Native-written blogs from a heartbeat and a lifetime ago.

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