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Tavita Tusitala

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American Samoa is for the independent traveler
« on: October 06, 2008, 08:12:26 PM »
With few hotels, few public beaches, American Samoa remains less spoiled by commercial tourism than most South Pacific Islands. It has it's own charm, a wonderful people, culture and language that has been kept mostly intact despite so many years of outside influence.
Local laws protecting outside ownership of land and bi-cultural education have helped preserve many traditions.

Nicholas Von Hoffman wrote a book, "Tales from the Margaret Mead Taproom." and Doonesbury comic strip of the same time had a lot of satire about Samoa and it's appointed governor from the United States. Now the governor is elected locally.

This picture was taken on the far east near Tula. Boys watch the sea and sky as the sun sets in misty warm winds.

Tutuila, the main island of American Samoa,  is only about 30 miles wide and with one major highway near the ocean. The interior is high volcanic mountains but there are some roads and villages inland as well.

Definitely make arrangements ahead, don't expect to just head out from the airport and make your way. You can't be a beach bum when most the beaches belong to the village and they definitely will check out foreign trespassers.

Many people have asked me about the paradise of Samoa and about living or retiring there. It is related to the United States as a territory, but U.S. citizens or other countries cannot own land there. You can visit on a tourist visa, but you cannot live there. There are some government jobs that give you a work visa and often a 2-year contract.

Most foreigners who dream of the romantic paradise of Gaugin in the South Seas find that lving in a warm sunny place with not much to do gets old after a few weeks. Familiar friends, culture and lifestyle beckon most back to their former homes.

American Samoa has many elements of paradise and is a fascinating place unto itself, but it is not full of resorts and typical tourist activities.

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Re: American Samoa for the independent travelor
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2009, 09:13:57 PM »
The American Samoa remains less spoiled by commercial tourism than most South Pacific Islands.
Doonesbury strip about the governor in American Samoa and insincere sentiments.



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Re: American Samoa for the independent travelor
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2009, 05:43:57 AM »
Thanks for your nice information.

In 2001 American Samoa governor, Tauese Sunia, has signed into law, legislation that will half the time it takes to qualify for permanent residency in certain categories.

Tauese said the amendment is of great importance to many foreigners who have made American Samoa their home for more than 20 years but could not obtain residency due to the annual numerical restrictions.

The new law is effective in two months and means those who have lived in the territory for more than 20 years and had filed for residency by December 31st 2001 are not subject to the quota limitation.

More than 300 applicants are pending under this category.

Tauese says any person married to an American Samoan or US citizen will also quailfy for residency after living in the territory for 10 years, as will those with American Samoan or US parents.

Other changes see the Immigration Board come under control of the Attorney General and a lift in the number of people granted permanent residency to 50 each year.


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Re: American Samoa is for the independent traveler
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2010, 03:09:06 PM »
US Citizens CAN indeed live in American Samoa!

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Re: American Samoa is for the independent traveler
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2010, 12:40:07 PM »
One reason why American Samoa is less spoiled as a destination....there are NO touri$t$!

 


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