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Shunny Leona

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#105 May 25, 2010
to be samoan is an honor in my opinion.. to be samoan youre taught to be respectful, truthful, and to be able to stick up for yourself when you need it. even when youre not on the islands you have the honor to spread your cultures ideals and traditions around the globe and thats huge in many peoples opinion. im half samoan but i try all i can to spred the word of my cultures.


#106 Jun 18, 2010
to be samoan is an be brought up in a culture where dicipline and manners are taught to you at a young age and also to hav an understanding of not only one language but of two!!im humbled by the experiences within my family for it has molded into the very person i am today..
without harsh reality of samoan culture then i wouldve went astray and probley loose myself with worldly things!! but in saying so it is alright to do things that are which of the white man but dont do it to the point where you loose yourself and your heritage
remember where your from remember the life you where brought up in and remember the love that was shareds within family and exicute it within your own.. so these are my words of wisdom and my opinion of what it is to be samoan..

Parramatta, Australia

#107 Jun 19, 2010
I've never been back to Samoa, and I'm an afakasi. I grew up with my Samoan grandparents and am usually called,'le palagi,' by older Samoans. I was taught the culture though, the whole thing of fa'aloalo. And I try my best to practice the fa'a Samoa. I hope someday to go to Samoa, because although I have never been there, and was born and raised overseas, it still seems like home in my heart. It is the strongest culture I know of, heavily practiced outside of Samoa- I am deeply proud of my roots.

The culture gives me identity.

Lower Hutt, New Zealand

#108 Jun 20, 2010

Samoa la'u pele
Ou te mitamita ia oe
Itiiti ma fa'atauva'a
Ae ua lauiloa i le atuvasa
Lau aganu'u fa'aaloalo
Tupulaga taofi aua ne'i galo
Ma ia tatou manatua
O Samoa lou fa'avae o le Atua

O mo'omo'oga e o tupulaga
Ia tumau pea oe Samoana
Ia avea oe ma o'u sulu
Ma o'u sei
I lo'u ola

Samoa la'u pele
Ou te le fa'agalo oe
Laufanua lanu lau'ava
Si'omia e le sami tioata
E oso a'e i le Matasaua
Le la ua sulugia Samoa uma
A galo ifo loa i Sisifo
Se va'aiga e mitamita ai lo'u tino

Canberra, Australia

#109 Aug 1, 2010
What it means to be Samoan:
-knowing your culture and never forgetting it
-knowing who you are and where you come from and being proud of it
-never loosing your mother tongue

I was born and raised in Samoa, taught to respect my elders, my culture came second to my family
I am currently in Canberra, Australia but I still carry being Samoan around proudly. And yes Bill we are VERY proud people. If you don't like that idea, put a sock in it!:)

I love Lemalu's poem on what it is to be Samoan. We need to absorb those other cultures that will help but never loose our own along the way. Integrate into other cultures but not so much that you will become detached from that of your own. Learn the languages so that it will benefit you but not so much that you loose your own mother tongue, for their is no greater regret than that of a person who is born Samoan, but never speaks his/her own mother tongue. This has become a rising problem in todays youth, most of them do not know how to speak fa'aSamoa which is really sad.

And lastly, everyone in the world is proud of their culture. There is no one you will ever meet that will openly admit that they do not feel pride everytime they hear someone talk about their culture negatively or positively.:) SAMOAN FOR LIFE ;)

Memphis, TN

#110 Sep 28, 2010
Being half black and half Samoan kinda put me in an akward spot. My parents, mother Samoan and father black made sure that I was accepted no matter what both sides of the family were saying. Though speak very limited Samoan, I would not trade that in for fluentsy in any other language. I live in Southern United States, Memphis, TN to be exact, where bing different isn't always accepted. But I am proud to stand for my Samoan heritage here even if it is only my brother sister and I standing in the entire state of Tennessee. I hate that it took to the death of my mother to get me to Apia, Samoa but I am glad that I got a chance to go, glad that I am going back and would not give it up for anything less than having the opportunity for more time with my family there. Ou te alofa ia te oe Tin'a. Malolo Totonu Filemu. God Bless Samoa

Plano, TX

#111 Sep 29, 2010
Living outside of Samoa doesn't make me any less Samoan or any difference. I know le fa'a Samoa and I pass that on to my kids. E le galo ia te a'u ia le mea oute sau ai.
I look at some of the Samoans here and how they act towards there parents OMG! Ua fia aluaku e fuki mai. Samoa is a Very Proud race.
freedom poloie

Auckland, New Zealand

#112 Aug 11, 2011
Proud Hamo wrote:
Being Samoan represent different things to different people,for me personally it represents my roots (fa'asinomaga),aiga,its one thing that nobody else can take away from me..being Samoan keeps me grounded because I know I belong somewhere..o lea la sou manatu??..
aawwww o oe ma au know what it means to take strength and prid to be samoan
freedom poloie

Auckland, New Zealand

#113 Aug 11, 2011
i take pride and strength to be samoan and the roots that i fear cover me so that i may not be afraid of what i am i have become a better person to st annes school manurewa and my name is freedom poloie and i take pride in my culture samoa thats what being a samoan is

Hamilton, New Zealand

#114 May 13, 2013
There is no other place than home .

Since: Apr 12

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#115 May 15, 2013
Cornbeef heaven

Lower Hutt, New Zealand

#116 May 15, 2013
Samoa e lo'u atunu'u pele i lo'u agaga. Pe o fea o lenei kelope e te lagonaina ai lenei fatuga, ia e manatua upu a o tatou tua'a. Se fai mai... "E iloa le tamali'i i lana tu, o lana savali ma lana tautala. Ia le fa'atuaoia lou alofa i so'o se tagata. Ia aua ne'i tanumia lau fa'aaloalo i le suamalie o mea o le olaga lenei,ma ia manatua ia fa'amuamua le Atua i mea uma tatou te faia. Aua pe e te le toe fo'i mai i ou laufanua lanulau'ava, ia aua ne'i galo....
"O oe o le Samoa moni".

Vania Toloa (Samoa maopoopo mai)

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