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110th Flag Day of the Manu’a Islands

July 16, 2014

Today, Manu’atele community celebrates its 110th year since its cession to the United States of America.

The Manu’a Island group, 96 km (60 mi) east of Tutuila, includes the volcanic islands of Ofu and Olosega (joined by a bridge), and Ta’u. They are sparsely populated — each village has only a few hundred people.

On Ta’u, the national park includes the southeastern half of the island. American Samoa’s tallest peak, Lata Mountain (3,170 feet) lies within the park and overlooks the island’s rainforest and steep cliffs. The national park on Ofu features sand beaches and coral reefs with a mountain backdrop.

Besides their natural features, the Manu’a Islands provide many opportunities to experience Samoan culture.

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