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Travel advice and tips / Retire In Samoa?
« Last post by Todd.P on May 07, 2016, 01:24:14 PM »
My wife and I are looking for a place to retire with our 4 year old daughter.  We have a retirement pension of about $2,000 per month, and enough cash to buy a house and lot and car.  We are all US Citizens, but my wife is also a native Filipina.  We own land on Luzon, but are concerned about safety there due to recent events.  Last night, I had a dream about Samoa - but do not know much about it.  So, I need to ask if this is a place where we could retire, or should we look elsewhere?  Thanks.
Samoan Language / Re: Samoan Baby Boy Names
« Last post by lindapace28 on May 01, 2016, 04:43:34 AM »
These are top 50 Samoan Boy Names:

cool J
Samoan Language / Re: Help please - need translation
« Last post by lindapace28 on May 01, 2016, 04:34:36 AM »
Translation in English language:

for ke like kama from your kalagoa lol nice is not it
Local Customs Fa'a Samoa / Re: Fashion from the Old Days
« Last post by alstonamos on April 11, 2016, 09:24:13 PM »
Samoans invented the firedance, a dance with flaming swords now seen all over polynesia in polynesian dance revues or Hawaiian luaus
Visitor's Fale West / Re: Tourism video for Samoa
« Last post by nnisha12 on April 06, 2016, 08:17:19 AM »
Great post.thanks for this post
South Pacific News and features / Re: Underwater in Fiji and Tonga
« Last post by nnisha12 on April 06, 2016, 08:12:11 AM »
Great post.thanks for this post.
South Pacific News and features / Underwater in Fiji and Tonga
« Last post by ipacific on February 20, 2016, 02:25:38 PM »
Beautiful underwater footage from Fiji and Tonga.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcbHKAWIk3I" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcbHKAWIk3I</a>

Visitor's Fale West / The history of independence of modern (Western) Samoa
« Last post by ipacific on January 31, 2016, 03:05:03 PM »
The Independent State of Samoa, formerly known as Western Samoa  became independent from New Zealand in 1962.
The modern nation of Samoa and American Samoa share a common history up until the coming of the Europeans.

The earliest human settlement of the Samoan archipelago is thought to be around 1500 B.C  based upon the lapita pottery shards found in the islands. Samoan oral history extends as far back as 1000 A.D.

Prior to the arrival of the Europeans in the early 1700s, Samoa's history was interwoven with that of Fiji as well as the history of the kingdom of Tonga. The oral history of Samoa preserves the memories of many battles fought between Samoa and neighboring islands. Too, intermarriage of Tongan and Fijian royalty to Samoan nobility has helped build close relationships between these island nations that exists even to the present day.

In 1722, Dutchman Jacob Roggeveen was the first European to sight the islands. This visit was followed by the French explorer Louis-Antoine de Bougainville (1729–1811), the man who named them the Navigator Islands in 1768.

In the latter part of 19th century, the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States all claimed parts of the kingdom of Samoa, and established trade posts. The rivalry between these powers exacerbated the indigenous factions that were struggling to preserve their ancient political system.
The First Samoan Civil War was fought roughly between 1886 and 1894, primarily between rival Samoan factions though the rival powers intervened on several occasions with military forces. There followed an eight-year civil war, where each of the three powers supplied arms, training, and in some cases, combat troops to the warring Samoan parties.
The Second Samoan Civil War was a conflict that reached a head in 1898 when Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States were locked in dispute over who should have control over the Samoa Islands.

The Siege of Apia, or the Battle of Apia, occurred during the Second Samoan Civil War in March 1899 at Apia. Samoan forces loyal to Prince Tanu were besieged by a larger force of Samoan rebels loyal to powerful chief Mata'afa Iosefo. Supporting Prince Tanu were landing parties from four British and American warships. Over the course of several days of fighting, the Samoan rebels were defeated.
The Samoa Tripartite Convention, a joint commission of three members composed of Bartlett Tripp for the United States, C. N. E. Eliot, C.B. for Great Britain, and Freiherr Speck von Sternburg for Germany, agreed to divide the islands.

The Tripartite Convention gave control of the islands west of 171 degrees west longitude to Germany, (later known as Western Samoa), containing Upolu and Savaii (the current Samoa) and other adjoining islands. These islands became known as German Samoa. The United States accepted the eastern islands of Tutuila and Manu'a, (present-day American Samoa).[3] In exchange for United Kingdom ceding claims in Samoa, Germany transferred their protectorates in the North Solomon Islands and other territories in West Africa. The Samoan monarchy was also abolished.

Even so, Samoan citizens kept their traditions and the island chiefs continued to govern the daily lives of Western Samoa.
Shortly after the outbreak of World War I, in August 1914, New Zealand sent an expeditionary force to seize and occupy German (Western) Samoa.

New Zealand administered Western Samoa first as a League of Nations Mandate and then as a United Nations trusteeship until the country received its independence on 1 January 1962 as Western Samoa.
Samoa's decided to drop the adjective "Western" from its name by an act of the Legislative Assembly of Western Samoa adopted on July 4, 1997.


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFpgDu4wIbU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFpgDu4wIbU</a>

American Samoa continues with a close relationship with the United States as an "unorganized" territory.  American Samoa is self-governing under a constitution that became effective on July 1, 1967.
Visitor's Fale West / Tourism video for Samoa
« Last post by ipacific on January 31, 2016, 02:39:52 PM »
Here is a video showing the idyllic side of the (Western) Samoa landscape for potential tourists.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qt04Barg40" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qt04Barg40</a>
Samoan Music / Amerika Samoa - national anthem of American Samoa
« Last post by ipacific on January 31, 2016, 02:31:31 PM »
Amerika Samoa - national anthem of American Samoa

    Amerika Samoa
    Lo’u Atunu’u pele ‘oe
    Oute tiu I lou igoa
    O ‘oe o lo’u fa’amoemoe
    O ‘oe ole Penina ole Pasefika
    E mo’omia e motu e lima
    E ua ta’uta’ua au aga I fanua
    Ma ou tala mai anamua
    Tutuila ma Manu’a
    Ala mai ia tu I luga
    Tautua ma punou I lou Malo
    Ia manuia ia ulu ola
    Amerika Samoa
    Ole Malo ole sa’olotoga
    Tautua ma punou I lou Malo
    Ia manuia ia ulu ola
    Amerika Samoa
    Ole Malo ole sa’olotoga

English translation:

    American Samoa
    You are my beloved country
    Your name I shan't search for
    You are my hope
    You are the jewel of the Pacific
    That is the lure of the five islands
    Your name forever holds
    Your legends of yore
    Tutuila and Manu'a Ala mai
    Stand up and be counted
    Serve and bow down to your country
    Let it be blessed and grow
    American Samoa
    The land of the free
    Serve and bow down to your country
    Let it be blessed and grow
    American Samoa
    The land of the free
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