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...

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...

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Village One Samoana

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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