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15+ Samoan names for your lover (from old Samoan love songs)

15+ Samoan names for your lover (from old Samoan love songs)

What is your favourite loved up pet name for your significant other? It is babe? Baby? Bae? Honey? Hun? Sweetheart? Sweetie? Darling? Dear? So many Samoan couples I know have adopted these English terms of affection, but until quite recently, I had no idea how many...

7 Reasons you should watch ‘Return to Paradise’

7 Reasons you should watch ‘Return to Paradise’

Want to see real Samoans on screen but from 70 years ago? How about... wanna hear the Samoan language spoken beautifully (mostly) on a Hollywood film? You gotta watch Return to Paradise (1953). You can watch right now, even, right here:Why I Love Return to Paradise...

Secrets of the Samoan-style pineapple custard pie

Secrets of the Samoan-style pineapple custard pie

The Short Story Variations of pineapple pie abound in the Pacific but I had never been a real fan of them until one fateful evening function at my Uncle's church, when I was either extra hungry or extra-trying to be polite, because I tasted a pineapple pie that...

How to Greet a Samoan Matai (Chief)

How to Greet a Samoan Matai (Chief)

The heartbeat of Samoan culture is love and respect, or fa'aaloalo. How we greet people is a very public demonstration of this respect. Like a lot of languages, we have informal greetings for our peers and friends and then formal greetings for people we don't know as...

Matai – How to become a Samoan Chief [Part 2]

Matai – How to become a Samoan Chief [Part 2]

In the first article of this series, we looked at what it means to be a matai and how you could begin the process of becoming a Samoan chief. So now, let’s say your family has finished deliberating and you are the chosen one… then let’s say you did some...

Matai – How to Become a Samoan Chief [Part 1]

Matai – How to Become a Samoan Chief [Part 1]

How does one become a matai, or Samoan chief? The process is a fascinating mix of inheritance and election. You have to be an heir to a title - but all Samoans are heirs to at least one matai title - and then your family has to elect you to the role. That's generally...

15+ pretty Samoan girl names, with nice meanings [and audio]

15+ pretty Samoan girl names, with nice meanings [and audio]

A relative once asked my mom for baby names. He and his wife were expecting a girl and wanted to give her a beautiful, meaningful Samoan name. My mom delved into the family history and over a few days she came up with a list of names. Each of these Samoan names...

Beautiful Samoan Words… that make great baby names too!

Beautiful Samoan Words… that make great baby names too!

I once read in a travel guide that the Samoan language is like the French of the Pacific. Apparently, French is known to be a beautiful, romantic sounding language and Samoan has a similar, sexy, musical quality. I don’t disagree - lots of our words just sound so...

The Truth about the Samoan Tattoo (Tatau) – Part III

The Truth about the Samoan Tattoo (Tatau) – Part III

This is Part III of a series of posts about the Samoan tattoo - tauau. If you haven't already, please check out the previous articles in this series: The Full SeriesThe Truth about the Samoan Tattoo (Tatau)The Truth about the Samoan Tattoo (Tatau) – Part IIDo I have...

This Samoan Proverb is a warning about procrastination

This Samoan Proverb is a warning about procrastination

I've been hanging out with my uncle lately. He's a pretty intense kinda guy. He's loud. He laughs like thunderclaps... or sometimes suffocation. And he tells those long, drawn out jokes with such conviction that the anticipation kills you... ...and then the punchline...

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