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Explore the Islands of Sacred Earth

September 10, 2012

Pola Island @ Tuafanua trailhead.

Located in the Southwest Pacific Ocean, the national park is on three volcanic and mountainous islands clothed in tropical rainforest, ringed with rugged cliffs, glistening beaches, and coral reefs.

The national park preserves and protects tropical rainforests, coral reefs, fruit bats, and the Samoan culture.

The Samoan culture is Polynesia’s oldest. We believe the first people of the Samoan Islands came by sea from southwest Asia some 3,000 years ago. Over the centuries, distinct cultural traits emerged that we now call fa’asamoa (fah-ah-SAH-mo-ah). From Samoa seafaring explorers and settlers journeyed to other Polynesian island groups hundreds of miles away.

Except for perhaps a few thousand individuals–nearly all inhabitants of American Samoa are indigenous Samoans of Polynesian ancestry. More than any other U.S. or Polynesians people, Samoans are tradition-oriented and closely follow social customs and hierarchies from long before arrival of the first Europeans. This Samoan way-or fa’asamoa-is still deeply ingrained in American Samoa culture.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Justin permalink
    September 25, 2012 10:47 am

    Heading here for our honeymoon in July. Man, I can’t wait.

    • Pacific Island Ranger permalink*
      September 25, 2012 11:53 am

      Great! We’ll see you then…if you have any questions, just let us know! Aloha

      • Anonymous permalink
        September 25, 2012 2:21 pm

        Will do. Thanks!


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