Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Sustainable this and that

"Interesting how the term sustainable was a hit in the 80s -90s, then it got overused/obsolete/disliked/ambiguous and now it's coming back with a vengeance.
So bad that now it is being used to mean anything really, like, "we need to generate sustainable solutions to rahrahrah and ensure that sustainable outcomes are achieved" Overused me thinks. Now I hope that people can grow up and break down what they mean by sustainable,. and not use it as just another catchphrase.
If we want the Joe Publics and Sione Polos to get engaged with global issues and "Sustainable" Development Goals, my free advice is:
- Keep it simple.
Your Sustainability Goddess.

 #sustainable #sustainabledevelopmentgoals #sustainableBS #kigakaliga 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


The first time I witnessed a ta'alolo was at the opening of the EFKS church in Fogapoa.

A ta'alolo is where a group(village or family) walk/dance together in song and dance to present gifts at the opening of a new building or church or the celebration of some sort.

Large fine mats are usually displayed and there is much noise and celebration.

At the front of the ta'alolo is the dancer - who could be the taupou (female), or manaia (male) or it could also be a chief.

I enjoy watching the dancing in this occasion because it is more ...jovial and fun., almost too sure at times la lea.

On the morning of the Fogapoa celebrations, we gathered at Tuasivi, looking down onto the village below - I was young, bored, and wishing I was home but also intrigued at the chaos that surrounded my mom, who was leading the ta'alolo that day.

The tuiga she wore was gorgeous and so was the fine mat wrapped around her.

I remember thinking, I want to lead a ta'alolo one day, but the trouble is, I have 3 +1 sisters and the baatches dance better than me.

I was the cinderfella that carried the bags while the kolilas danced. But hey- I'm fine about it., I'm still young and there are plenty more churches being built. Haha Hhmmm, now where was I?

Yes---the ta'alolo, it is a beautiful sight and if you ever participate in one, don't forget, be joyful, lively, swing that nifo oti like a bawse and make the most of it.

One of my favourite modern day pics of a ta'alolo with the beautiful Siainiusami Imelda as the taupou.
(Photo credit: Image belongs to Leua Aiono Frost).

The mystery of Pulemelei

This is the view from Pulemelei Mound in Savaii:....I keep wondering and marvelling at the grandeur and poweress of our ancestors....
 I marvel at their strength in creating these structures (the largest of its kind in Polynesia)
 and then fast forward to today,....
                                                 ....what happened?
chooohoooo....(jokes bro, just joking Kilisi!)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Just for the record ...

Money Tuiga is something that has been made popular by Samoans in the States in recent years.
It is NOT a tradition (well now it is in America among those who have been doing it for a while).
But please -----know that it is something that is recent and is not a MUST in a graduation.
It's yet an example of how we take our cultural values, inject cash and no class into it until you're broke as a mo'fo and then call it culture.
And for families who are unsure and feeling pressured, DO NOT DO IT.

If you have cash growing on the tree outside your house, go for it. If you are well off and have money to throw away, do it. Make a money tuiga, but please, if you can't afford it - Don't do it.

What is it with our people and the obsession with "Bigger and Better and Grander!"

This is why we have so much dramas, because we bend over backwards to look fab ae uma ae le fa'auuga kago I le u.f.a.

And that, my darlings, should hopefully stop people from emailing me about making money tuigas.


Monday, July 13, 2015