ASG Hawai’i Office hosts cultural event as part of Samoan Heritage initiative
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Mana Plantation in Mililani, Hawaii was the venue for a cultural activities event in the ongoing Samoan Heritage Program initiated by the ASG Hawaii office.
The Nov. 18 event welcomed a diverse audience including community leaders and members of the community, to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Samoa. Guests were greeted the traditional sounds of the Lali, which was used in the past to warn the village or to announce meetings, and it is widely used today by churches.
Attendees received Fa’amaoni cards, akin to loyalty cards, which played a central role in the day's activities. These cards were stamped at various workshops, each representing a unique aspect of the Samoan heritage. When fully stamped, attendees became eligible for a raffle, adding an element of excitement to the event.
Five workshops were presented, which offered hands-on experiences in the Ava ceremony, Tuiga-making, Elei art, basket weaving, and the art of Siva Samoa.
The participants gained insights into the intricacies of the Fa’aSamoa and also participated in husking coconuts and mastering the art of fire making (Siaga afi). The food was a highlight with guests eating Samoan delicacies to include umu, koko rice, hot bread and an array of native fruits.
Guests included the Director of Treasury To’oto’o Malemo, pastors, youth leaders, students, as well as friends and family who contributed to the event’s success.
For those interested in learning more about the Samoan Heritage Initiative Program and how to get involved can find detailed information on the official website at www.shipasghi.com.