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tama upolu

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#22
Jul 11, 2009
 
La'ulu is the name of a reef in Falealupo,e tele ai le ia...

Ua tagi le tagata e ona le va'a ile tautai ia ave le va'a i laulu ia goto ona ole tele o ia..The owner of the boat begged a tautai to take his boat to la'ulu...(Na tagisia La'ulu se va'a ia goto).
Proud

Lower Hutt, New Zealand

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#23
Jul 11, 2009
 
E matuaoti le puapuaga ma le tuavale...Adversity is an orphan..meaning no one wants to lay claim to what is bad or of hindrance. Instead we lay claim to what are good and worth holding on to.

Matu'u palapala.....There is no good deed that goes without reward

O le faiva o le Tamaali'i o le gasese...it is the mark of the chief and the progeny of chief to perform and serve well.
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#24
Jul 11, 2009
 
E leai se gaumata’u na o le gaualofa.... which means what you do out of love endures. What you do out of fear will not endure because once whatever motivates fear disappears, then there will be nothing to provide guidance and direction in conduct. The reason is that the origin of fear is extraneous whereas love is from within oneself. So long as love is alive in one’s heart, love will provide guidance and direction for good conduct.

O le ala i le pule o le tautua...the path to authority is through service.
Proud

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#26
Jul 13, 2009
 
O le au o matua fanau

Means the pinnacle of the parents’ love are their children i.e. love is founded in the hope that their children will turn out right. If parents by word and example undermine the process of good rearing then the saying o le au o matua fanau – children are the pinnacle of parents’ affection – will have neither meaning nor substance.
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#27
Jul 13, 2009
 
Piipii ama vaevae manava

Vaevae manava means literally the mother sharing her body to make new life. Piipii ama means holding on to the outrigger of the canoe to maintain or retain balance. The message here is that the priorities are: firstly love and secondly balance.
Proud

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#28
Jul 13, 2009
 
O alagaupu nei na ou aumaia (extracted) mai i tusitusiga a Masiofo Filifilia Tamasese. Such a privilege and an honor.
JaSan

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#29
Jul 13, 2009
 
Hey Proud these are so awsome to read and take in.
thank you!
very interrsting
doomo.
Proud

Lower Hutt, New Zealand

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#30
Jul 14, 2009
 
Na o le fa'alele fulu...meaning too much talk ae no action..lol..Tele upu ae leai se mea e faia.
Proud

Lower Hutt, New Zealand

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#31
Jul 14, 2009
 
Si'u gutu i aute..a talkative person. Tagata tautala so'o.
tama upolu

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#32
Jul 14, 2009
 
Tuitogama'atoe, the wife of cheif Salima Galemai of Fagali'i,fell in love with Lemafalimalelei, the son of Leota of Solosolo...When the affair came puplic,the Fagali'i people wanted to kill the offender...Leota obtained pardon for his son...Salima,however advised the young lad to retire,to his house at Galagala inland of Magiagi, incase the Fagali'i people would still seek revenge...(Ia tili ile papa i Galagala)...
tama upolu

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#33
Jul 14, 2009
 
(Ua tino le soifua, ua to i tua Apolima)..Life is assured...Apolima has passed.

(Ua malele le ava a Leausa)...The ava call of Leausa has been heard.
Proud

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#34
Jul 21, 2009
 
E le taumasina...meaning the movement of the moon is beyond the control of man.

This saying according to Samoan cosmology, notes the connection between man and the cosmos.
Proud

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#35
Jul 21, 2009
 
Tapuitea..the morning and evening star

Ua pa'u le la...literally,‘the sun has fallen’
Ua gasetoto le masina (literally,‘the moon has died from haemorrhaging’) both speak honorifically to the death of a chief.

In each of these cosmic occurences the indigenous Samoan culture finds that despite man’s superior intelligence as earthly specie, the mysteries of the cosmic and physical world are beyond them. This reminds man of, among other things, the need to respect the environment.
Proud

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#36
Jul 22, 2009
 
Ua magoto i le va o i'a feai....meaning you are sitting between very important people (rank)

Ua e nofo i le va o ni tagata mamalu
Proud

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#37
Jul 24, 2009
 
O le suaga ipo i Falealupo e saele fua....meaning futile work which brings no useful outcome
tama upolu

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#38
Jul 25, 2009
 
e sa'olele le tuamafa i lou figagalo...your will is as the flight of an old pigeon..
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#39
Jul 25, 2009
 
ole a sosopo le manu vale ile fogatia..a worthless bird flies over the tia.
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#40
Jul 25, 2009
 
ile vai taimi ole oge i Asau Savaii, the people taking pity on their hungry chiefs, went to look for some soi or ufi vao. They wrapped the jubers in leaves a cooked it in the umu..the chiefs ate and were thankful to the kindhearted villagers. However, when things got better and breadfruit was once more plentiful, they treated the village people as harshly as ever....Ua "ai ulu tuana'i ta'isi.
tama upolu

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#41
Jul 25, 2009
 
warriors from all over western polynesian used to come to Samoa and test their skill out on these malae..Amouta, Amotai, Moamoa and Laloifi..
O LALOIFI NEI...
Loloifi.. is in Satupaitea, Savaii,Valomua is the owner of the field, was one day instructing his young warriors in a club fighting.One student has master the art so well, that he struck down the master...when the terrified young warrior was about to run away, the chief jumped and said.......O LALOIFI NEI...here in Laloifi no one has witnessed it..What happened on the field stays on the field..
Proud

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#42
Jul 26, 2009
 
O fanau a tagata e fafaga i upu, a o fanau a manu e fafaga i fugalaau.... literally meaning the young of birds are fed with the blossoms of trees whereas the young of humans are fed with words -

Meaning that children are entitled to be nurtured on good thinking and good behavior.

It is this nurturing that provides the moral compass to being, feeling, knowing and doing. Nurturing is a responsibility shared by parents, elders, matai and the village hierarchy.

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