Umukuka | The Cooking Place (Kitchen)

We love our Samoan food! Join us in One Samoana’s Umukuka for a celebration of some of our favourite, iconic Samoan dishes.

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,...

Fa’alupega and the Samoan lauga

Fa’alupega and the Samoan lauga

Fa'alupega is often the first building block of a Samoan lauga (speech). When addressing a gathering of people, it is custom for the speaker to acknowledge all the other matai in the room, to greet each of them not just by title name, but with an acknowledgement of...

Ie Sina – a lost Samoan art

Ie Sina – a lost Samoan art

I was back of house at the Melbourne Museum, browsing their hidden Pasifika collection, when I first saw one of these. This is Samoan? I asked. Yes, came the reply... and apparently, when a group of Samoan community elders visited a few weeks earlier, they gasped and...

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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