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Christmas in American Samoa - IA MANUIA LE KERISIMASI
« on: December 28, 2010, 10:12:04 AM »
December 15, 2010

Annual American Samoa Government Territorial Christmas Program
at Malaeoletalu in Fagatogo.

Joined by First Lady Mary Ann Tulafono, who officially turned on the 2010 Territorial Christmas Tree,  Lieutenant Governor Faoa Sunia and Mrs. Elisapeta Sunia, Governor Togiola expressed the best wishes of the happiest time of the year to the people of American Samoa.

The opening was attended by Senate President Gaoteote Palaie Tofau, House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale, lawmakers, Samoan Affairs Secretary Tufele Fa’ato’ia Li’amatua, Manu’a District Governor Misaalefua John Hudson, Western District Governor Satele Galu Teutusi, Eastern District Governor Gaoteote Tapatonu, and members of the Cabinet.

The following is the official text of the remarks presented at the opening by Governor Togiola:
Malaeoletalu, Fagatogo Pavilion
American Samoa

Last year we celebrated the festival of Christ’s birth in the shadow of a disaster that reached through all corners and the deepest depths of our lives here in American Samoa. And while we have recovered well, so far, we are still struggling in the aftermath. Not only of the natural disaster, but also from an economic disaster that was created for us by people who live far away and are probably having a nice Christmas.

There’s a reason why I’ve taken this message as a way of asking our community to share. Share this Christmas equally with your family and your neighbors. As we look into our own houses and as we look to our own children, let us see in them the eyes of those who do not have enough. Just to put food on the table, let alone buying a simple toy for a child.

I know we are being challenged by the economic conditions we’ve been handed, but we don’t have to give in to those circumstances this Christmas. Now is the time that we must dig deep and search our souls and do what we have always done as Samoans and Christian people: helping one another. I know there will be families without enough resources to even buy to’ana’i for Christmas. I know there are families who are not buying toys for their children. There just isn’t enough to spread.

I dare say, however; American Samoa, let this Christmas be an opportunity to really show our spirit of sharing and looking after one another. Let there be no family that will go hungry for a nice meal on Christmas Day. If you are well off, if you have enough, share with your neighbors. Don’t wait to be asked. Let’s look across the fanua and see if we need to share with someone else. The crying shame in my estimation in this time is, if after Christmas we throw away a lot of good food because we had too much, you will know that someone else could have had a nice meal.

Let’s seek to share and not wait to be told. Let’s seek to give love and not wait to be loved first. Let’s seek to be neighborly and not wait to be made a neighbor first. Let’s seek to be brotherly even if the one you have to share with hates you with a passion.  Let’s all enjoy the festival of Christmas equally.

Friends, foes, families, neighbors alike, even if it’s just for this one day: Let me take this opportunity to wish our men and women in the armed forces of the United States of America and their families a wonderful and peaceful Christmas season.

I also would ask, now that you indulge me by paying tribute, by standing in a moment of silence in remembrance of a colleague who has been taken from us in the service of our Government. Le Tofa i le to’otoo Alaalamua La’auli Filoiali’i, who has been a stallwart in this administration. I ask that we rise for a few seconds in a moment of silence as a tribute to the service of this great leader.

Fa’afetai. In conclusion, Mary and I, our children and our families together with Lieutenant Governor Faoa and Mrs. Elisapeta Sunia and their families wish all our people here and abroad a very joyous Christmas and a prosperous year.

IA MANUIA LE KERISIMASI, AMERIKA SAMOA

Ua paia le Malae o Letalu ua aufaga mai ai le Malo o Amerika Samoa. O lo’o silafaga maimoa mai fo’i I ai le atunu’u i ana tapua’iga i maota ma laoa ma malae faitauina o le atunuu. O lea ua e’eta’i le Malo i lona tafatolu.

Afio lau afioga le peresitene le Tama’ita’i o le Ao, Gaoteote Palaie Tofau. Mamalu o le Maota o le Senate. Afio lau afioga i le Fofoga Fetalai, lau tofa i le  Tauto’otoo Savali Talavou Ale. Mamalu o sui filifilia o le Maota o Sui. E’eta’i fo’i mamalu o le vaega o fa’amasinoga. Le afio o le Fa’amasino Sili ma le lala o fa’amasinoga a le tatou Malo.

E’eta’i fo’i le mamalu o le vaega fa’amalosi tulafono. Afio le afioga i le Lutena Kovana ma le mamalu o le kapeneta. Paia fo’i o le malo i ona tafa e fia, ou te fa’atalofa atu.

Susu lau susuga i le Fa’afeagaiga fai lotu, o le mamalu lava lea I Ie  aufaigaluega paia a le Atua o loo talafa’auto i tulimanu e fa o Samoa. Tapua’ia ma nono manu aua le saogalemu ma le manuia o tagata o Amerika Samoa. Paia fo’i o le maimoaga ma le fa’asausauga.  Tupu ma e’e, ma le mamalu o Amerika Samoa, ou te fa’atalofa atu.

Ia ua lava ia le fetalaiga i le tofa ia Afuola e fa’alaulelei ai o outou paia ma o outou sa. Ae o le a taumafai atu se fa’amatalaga i lenei aso ona o le fa’amoemoe o le malo.

Ua tatou fa’atasi e siitia le viiga i le Atua i lenei tausaga. Tausaga lele o le a afu. Ua tatou tulata fo’i  i taimi totoe a o lo’o maualuga pea le alofa ma le agalelei o le Atua.

A mafaufau i lena tausaga na tatou savalia, ia e ofo a fo’i le loto ma le agaga. Faafetai fo’i a lua afioga Ta’ita’i Fono ma le mamalu o le Fono Faitulafono. Lau afioga i le Fa’amasino Sili ma le paia o le faamasinoga sili a le tatou malo.

Lau afioga i le Kovana Lutena ma le mamalu o le Kapeneta. Paia o le malo i le tou tautua matavela ma le galuega mae’ae’a o lenei tausaga. Ia ua malo fai o le faiva.  Faafetaia fo’i le au fai oloa ma le au fai pisinisi. I lea fo’i vaega o le tautua o le atunuu i le tulaga ua o’o iai le tamaoaiga o le atunuu ma le Malo, ae o lo’o tou loto tetele pea e tausisi i le tausia o le atunuu i ia vaega, malo faafetai i lo outou tautua.

O le Kerisimasi ua tatou ta’u o le aso fiafia. O le aso o lo’o sami i tulimanu uma o le lalolagi i gagana eseese, lanu eseese ma atunu’u eseese. E o’o lava i atunu’u e le talitonu i le pa’ia o le Atua, o lo’o sami ai ma patipatia lenei aso ua tatou ta’ua o le kerisimasi e le au kerisiano uma i le lalolagi i lea tulimanu ma lea tulimanu.

E ui lava i vasa ma vasa o le au le talitonu, ma e o lo’o fa’atu’iese i le suafa mamalu o le tatou Atua, o lo’o lotolotoi ai i totonu le samiga o le aso lenei sa fanau mai ai lo tatou Ali’i fa’ola. E le o mafai fo’i i ia tulaga ona aveesea le moni o lenei aso ma le fa’ailogaina o lona taua o lenei aso i finagalo ma loto.  O le aso fiafia.

Ae paga, tatou te ta’ua le aso fiafia ma le aso faafetai, ae i le tauafiafi o le faalavelave na tupe i lena tausaga ma le tatou savalia mai, ua fa’amata lelei ma matagofie le toe fa’afo’i o aiga, le toe fa’afo’i o mea na fa’aletonu, le toe fa’afo’i o mea na fa’aleagaina i totonu o le atunuu i se tulaga ua mata talafeagai.

A i totonu o ia tulaga o lo’o tula’i mai pea faafitauli ma faigata o lo’o a’afia ai ma lutia ai le atunu’u. Ona o tulaga fa’afitauli i le tatou atina’e ma le tamaoaiga o le atunuu, ua fa’apena ona ogotia ai tatou.

O lena tausaga sa filogia le tatou fiafia ona o le manatu i matua ma fanau, o aiga na to’esea o latou soifua. O le fa’aleagaina o aiga ma afioaga, o le fa’aleagaina o le malo ma le atunuu. Ae ui lava ina lofia  i tatou ma o tatou laufanua ma aiga i fili ma faigata, sa le’i fa’agaloina le faafetai i le Atua ona o lona agalelei fa’asoa na soloa ai mala ma fa’alavelave e fai ma laulelei o le atunuu ma ana fa’amanuiaga to’amai.

Fa’ata’i ua oo mai le savaliga i lenei tausaga, o lo’o tatou fa’afeagai pea ma nisi fa’afitauli e le’i ala mai i ni mala po o ni fa’alavelave fa’anatura, ae ona o le fa’afitauli ua ala mai i finagalo ma fuafuaga a nisi tagata o lo’o nonofo mamao. Atonu o lo’o fiafia latou, a o lenei ua tatou taufeagai ma faigata o le leai o ni galuega, o aiga matitiva, aiga ua leai se mea e maua ai se seleni po o se tupe maua. Atonu o iai nisi o aiga ua le o mautinoa pe maua sina to’ana’i mo le Kerisimasi ona ua afaina i le le maua o ni galuega.

Mai ia fa’afitauli le atunu’u, o iina ua ou manatu, e mana’omia ai le tatou tutu fa’atasi ma fasaga’i fa’ataumuaa’i ma faigata ua fa’amalumalu mai i nisi o tatou aiga ma ma vaega o le tatou atunuu. Ua ou tapa ai lou agaga tausi tua’oi. Se’i taga’i ane i si ou tua’oi po o a mai lenei kerisimasi. Fa’apei i le aga’i atu i le ala i le aso soifua o le Alii. Ma le taofi, afai o va’aia ni fa’aletonu le atunu’u, tatou fetufa’a’i.  A’apa atu ma lou a’ao fesoasoani.

Afai ua e silafia, ua lava nai au tapenaga, fa’asoa, fa’asoa,  aua o le fa’aletonu e tupu mai, a uma le kerisimasi, ae ua tele le foa’i ma faatamaia le toega o aiga o lenei aso, a o loo e silafia le pagatia o le tua’oi, ou te manatu, o le a le i’u fiafia le kerisimasi. Ou te manatu fo’i a tupu lena mea ona fai lea o le Kerisimasi ma aso faanoanoa, ae le o se aso fiafia.

Tatou taumfai e faasalalau le fiafia ma fa’amafola le alofa na fa’asalalau ma fofola mai e Iesu lea ua tatou se’e ai i ma’a o malie, ma le tai tafola a le fa’amanuiaga a le Atua.

E ui lava ina fita, e ui lava ona o aso faigata, ou te tatalo, o le a maua e aiga uma o Amerika Samoa se kerisimasi fiafia i lenei tausaga, e ala mai lea i le fa’aalia o lou alofa ma lou soifua fa’asoa, ma lou tausi tua’oi e le o fa’atua’oia.

O le upu masani e fai e le atunuu pe afai ua mae’a fesilafa’iga ‘ae ua le lava se oloa e tali a’i le agalelei, ona fa’apea lea. O le a ‘ou pese ma ‘ou fa’afiafia. Le Atunu’u, afai ua le lava, afai ua le tau, afai fo’i ua le tautamali’i le tautua a lou Malo mo ‘oe, ia alo maia, alo maia ae se’i o matou fa’afiafia atu, nai fisaga o le Kerisimasi, ia tau ia ina fa’ailoga ai le matou fiafia ma le matou faafetai, e ala i au fa’amanuiaga  i le tautua mo lou Malo.

Ia manuia tele le Kerisimasi, tatou maua se tausaga fou manuia mo le atunuu i le aga’i atu i luma. Soifua.

 


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