The Samoan terms for our days of the week are made up of two parts: the word Aso, or day, and then a second word to describe that day.
For example, Aso Sā is what we call Sunday, and the word sā means sacred. As Samoa is a very Christian country with most denominations observing the Sabbath on Sunday, you can see how we might have come up with the term, Aso Sā.
Monday to Sunday
Samoan is traditionally an oral language – we’ve only recently come up with a written system – so you may come across different ways of spelling our words. I’ve seen Aso To’ona’i (Saturday) spelled to’ana’i or tona’i.
But based on decades in the Samoan language media industry (we used to run a Samoan newspaper), the word to’ona’i – which refers to a feast we usually have on the weekends – is correct, so let’s go with that!