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It's a beautiful and breezy day, so lace up your hiking boots and #optoutside . #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS102
Yellowmargin triggerfish, pseudobalistes flavimarginatus is one of many species in park waters. #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS102
Life in Manu'a island is slower and more traditional than Tutuila. There are no restaurants, bars, or shopping centers. The isolation and small population of these islands has limited the amenities and made life simple. #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS102
Visitor's thank you post on Instagram for one of our Homestay program hosts, Flo Maiava. “Faafetai Maiava family! You’ve been so hospitality for letting us stay in your home while visiting American Samoa. To anyone who visit this territory, I highly recommend using the homestay program and taking the time to spend with the locals.” #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #homestayprogram
From the staff at the National Park of American Samoa, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends. In Samoan, we say "Manuia Le Aso Faafetai." #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS102
Rangers Tai and Ronald successfully took a field trip with Kanana Fou Elementary School, home of the "Stallions" fourth graders to visit their national park, "Special Place" for their very first time. The students and teachers enjoyed their time interacting with nature and learning about how they can help protect their natural resources by keeping their environment clean. #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS102 #EKIP2018
Once or twice a year, palolo swarm to the surface of the sea in great numbers. Samoans eagerly await this night and scoop up large amounts of this delicacy along the shoreline with hand nets. This gift from the sea was traditionally greeted with necklaces made from the fragrant moso’oi flower and the night of the palolo was and still remains a happy time of celebration.The rich taste of palolo is enjoyed raw or fried with butter, onions or eggs, or spread on toast. #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS102
Efforts to establish the National Park of American Samoa date mid-1980s when a group of private citizens expressed their concerns about the decline of fruit bats and wanted to preserve their habitats the tropical rainforest. #BatWeek #SaveTheBats #BatHero #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS102
Little miracles. Will always be in awe of nature’s wonders. #SunsetHike #Hike #NightTrek #MtAlava #AmSam #Nature #Sunset #IslandLife #SailiLouPaka #AdventureIsOutThere
Peek a boo! I see you! 🏝️ Please continue to keep our ocean and our national park clean. Respect these beautiful creature's habitat. #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS101 #IYOR2018 #OceanMonth
This is one of the many coral nurseries in Ofu, Manua. #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS101 #OceanMonth #IYOR2018
This starfish is one to look at, but not touch. The upper surface is covered with nasty spines. There are toxic chemicals in the spines, and once you are stuck, it will hurt, and continue to hurt for hours if not days. Such evidence to support it is that unusually heavy rainstorms wash nutrients from the land into the water, which feed the tiny plants and animals that are the food of the young starfish, so more juveniles survive and they grow up into the invading hordes of coral-killers. From this viewpoint it makes sense to reduce the amount of soil, piggery sewage, and high phosphate laundry detergents that flush down our streams into the ocean. These nutrients might help more crown-of-thorn juveniles survive and grow up to eat our corals. #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS101 #IYOR2018 #OceanMonth
Matafao looking shady 😏
National parks are great places to see wildlife. Just remember to keep your distance. Have you had a memorable wildlife watching experience? #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS101
Ended our National Park Service and Earth Day Week with a WAVE. END PLASTIC POLLUTION NOW is the theme for this year 2018 Earth Day and Celebrating Parks Stars is the theme for the National Park Service Week. Today, NPSA and partner agencies (Park Stars) such as EPA, CRAG, ASCC Landgrant, and NMSAS greeted morning commuters Samoa style with messages to end plastic pollution. Plastic pollution poses a big issue for our small island, and its important that we act together to tackle this important issue. Many thanks to all those who showed their support. Together we can make a difference. ("E mama le avega pe a tatou galulue fa'atasi"). #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS101 #NationalParkWeek #EarthDay #IYOR2018
Healthy corals mean healthy fish! #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS101 #IYOR2018
Happy National Park Week! We celebrate "Park Stars" Mystical southern night sky from Ofu Island! We get a brighter, richer view of the Milky Way in the southern hemisphere due to our location on the globe. Earth is part of the Milky Way Galaxy. It is our home! Because we are part of this galaxy, when we look up into the night sky, we are looking at it on-edge, thus it appears as a whitish band across the sky. It's as if we held a round hand mirror at arms length and then turned the mirror to the right or left, we would then see only its straight edge. Some groups of stars called constellations have been given fanciful names like the Big Dipper or Orion the Hunter. Several of these constellations provide important navigational guides to travelers, including the early Polynesians who crossed vast expanses of open ocean. But one key reference point is missing in the southern sky-there is no South Pole Star to act as a compass point like there is a North Pole Star (Polaris) in the northern hemisphere, so an important southern constellation is the Southern Cross (sumu). #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS101 #IYOR2018
These awesome 4th graders had the chance to go on a field trip to explore our local park. The Every Kid in a Park program was created so fourth graders could witness the beauty of our national parks. In addition, students have the chance to learn more about our wildlife, environment and our history all for FREE while outdoors. How awesome is that? Please contact us at 633-7082 ext. 21 for more information. Visit us soon! #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPS101 #BeautifulAmSamoa #EKIP #everykidinapark 🌳 #AmericanSamoa #LupeleleElementarySchool @everykidpark
Between May 1804 and September 1806, 31 men, one woman, and a baby traveled from the plains of the Midwest to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. They called themselves the Corps of Discovery. In their search for a water route to the Pacific Ocean, they opened a window into the west for the young United States. ‪#FindYourPark ‬ ‪#SailiLouPaka ‬ ‪#NPWest ‬ ‪#AdventuresOfTheTravelingParkShirt ‬ Site: Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Location: Nebraska, USA Designation: National Historic Trail Photos by Cheryl Wenzel Carver
With warm, crystal clear waters that are rich to marine wildlife, your national park has plenty of options for underwater explorer. #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS101
Over 13,000 acres of American Samoa, from mountain peaks to underwater reefs, make up the National Park of American Samoa which we protect and preserve. Your national park does more than maintain our islands’ land resources. About 4,000 acres of the park are offshore and underwater. #FindYourPark and join us in our efforts to preserve our marine wildlife as well! #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS101
#Repost @npsamericansamoa ・・・ The healthy and diverse Indo-Pacific coral reefs protected by the National Park of American Samoa are fragile and complex ecosystem that is both socially and scientifically significant to American Samoa and the world. #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS101
The healthy and diverse Indo-Pacific coral reefs protected by the National Park of American Samoa are fragile and complex ecosystem that is both socially and scientifically significant to American Samoa and the world. #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS101
Love my island. Love my national park 🇦🇸 . . . #americansamoa #nps #findyourpark #saililoupaka #islandlife
Enjoy their presence, but don't pester them. Avoid the temptation to boat right up to them or follow them at close quarters. Boaters, divers and swimmers should stay at least 100 yards away. #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS101
The Pacific Golden Plover ("tuli") is one of the three different kinds of ("tuli") that is a common visitor here between the months of September and April. It is often seen on the beaches, but even more commonly can be found searching for food on the short grass of the village malae, parks, the golf course, and the airport. #FindYourPark #NPWest #NPS101 #SailiLouPaka
Repost @npsamericansamoa #theamericanwildmagazine #americanwildmag #Repost @npsamericansamoa (@get_repost ) ・・・ The Manu'a Island group, 60 miles east of Tutuila, includes the volcanic islands of Ofu and Olosega (joined by bridge), and Ta'u. They are sparsely populated-each village has only a few hundred people. #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS100 . National Park of American Samoa contains 13,500 acres including 9000 acres of land and 4,500 acres of coral reefs and ocean. The park is our only National Park Service system unit south of the equator.
While snorkeling, it's always a pleasure to see one of these beauties on the reef. Giant clams ("faisua") are large, colorful and surprisingly, they are part animal and part “plant”. That's because giant clams, like corals, have plant-like cells (zooxanthellae) that live in their tissues and produce free food for the clams. When a clam opens its shell and spreads out its pretty mantle, it exposes these "solar panels" of zooxanthellae to the sun to make food, like a plant unfolding its leaves. #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS101
Hermit crabs ("uga") use empty snail shells to protect their abdomen and to provide a moist environment for their gills. When threatened, they withdraw quickly into their snail shell with their legs forming a clever protective door. But they sure seem to pay a hefty price for this convenience by having to drag those heavy shells wherever they go. :) #FindYOurPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS101
A critical reason to leave baby turtles on the beach is that, THAT EXACT BEACH is very important to them. Baby turtles remember or “imprint on” the beach where they hatched. Like many animals, turtles have little natural magnets in their brains that allow them to home-in on their native beach. #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS100
Parrotfish like to munch on coral polyps to get to the zooxanthellae, which are the tiny algae living inside coral. They digest the coral and turn it into sand. Thank you to the hungry parrotfish for making some of the most beautiful sandy beaches, we see around the world. #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS101
It's a beautiful place filled with beautiful people. 🌴 #Repost @npsamericansamoa (@get_repost ) ・・・ The Manu'a Island group, 60 miles east of Tutuila, includes the volcanic islands of Ofu and Olosega (joined by bridge), and Ta'u. They are sparsely populated-each village has only a few hundred people. #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS100
The National Park of American Samoa (NPSA), America’s 50th National Park, is the only park south of the equator. NPSA is located in the South Pacific Ocean about 3,700 km (2,298 mi) southwest of Honolulu, HI and 2,575 km (2,220 mi) northeast of New Zealand. Three park units occur on three islands, the main island of Tutuila and the more remote islands of Ofu and Ta’u. The NPSA marine program was established to provide marine natural resources management and to investigate marine concerns through research and monitoring. The majority of surveys conducted by the marine program are in the Tutuila unit with future expansion in the Ofu and Ta’u units. #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPSWest #NPS100
The Manu'a Island group, 60 miles east of Tutuila, includes the volcanic islands of Ofu and Olosega (joined by bridge), and Ta'u. They are sparsely populated-each village has only a few hundred people. #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS100
About one mile southeast of Tutuila's eastern tip is the volcanic island of 'Aunu'u, the smallest inhabited island. It can be reached by boat and explored by foot in a day. #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS100
About one mile southeast of Tutuila's eastern tip is the volcanic island of 'Aunu'u, the smallest inhabited island. It can be reached by boat and explored by foot in a day. #discover #AmericanSamoa #travel #Samoa #cousins #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS100 Photo - National Park of American Samoa
Tropical areas in the national park have the highest numbers of plant and animals species. #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS100
As fruit eaters, bats are excellent and vital pollinators. Plants rely on the fruit bat to spread its seeds through droppings. A colony of bats ensures that the rainforest remains healthy and full of new trees.#FindYourPark #beautifulAmericanSamoa #NationalParkofAmericanSamoa #Fruitbats #Pe 'a #SailiLouPaka #NPS100 #NPWest
The Samoan culture is Polynesia's oldest. It is believed that the first people on the Samoa Islands came by sea from southwest Asia about 3,000 years ago. Over the centuries, distinct cultural traits emerged that we now call fa'asamoa (fah-ah-SAH-mo-ah). #NationalParkofAmericanSamoa #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPS100 #Faasamoa #SamoanCulture #beautifulAmericanSamoa
If you're looking to relax and unwind, Toaga Beach (located on the island of Ofu) is a destination of a lifetime with its beautiful white sand and natural beauty. Located in our National Park! Travel now. #OfuManua #Toaga #NationalParkofAmericanSamoa #saililoupaka #npsamericansamoa #beautifulAmericanSamoa #nature #Tutuila pc: @malamamaisaua
Greetings & Talofa from American Samoa! Congratulations to our newly appointed Chief of Interpretation, Mr. Jason Bordelon. Here's a picture of our new Chief of Interpretation (left) with Park Ranger Tai Seloti (middle) and Park Ranger Pua Tuaua (right). Welcome to your new aiga, Chief! #npsamericansamoa #beautifulAmericanSamoa #InterpTeam #saililoupaka #findyourpark #TalofaFromAS
One day this coconut crab will be a foot wide! For now he is master of disguise! #natureisneat #americansamoa #saililoupaka #findyourpark #coconutcrabs #nationalparkgeek
🌴🙌🏻🌺🌏 See that line where the sky meets the sea, it calls me. One does not simply put the Manua Islands American stamp in a passport book. #saililoupaka #findyourpark #nationalparks #nationalparkgeek #nationalparkstamp #journaling #ocean
Back from a week in Manua-- still processing all the magic. More pictures to come! #saililoupaka #findyourpark #americansamoa #rangerlife #islandlife #ocean #faafetai
#mountaincrush Mt. Rainmaker just does it for me. 😍#americansamoa #findyourpark #saililoupaka
Went out with the marine research crew today. Falling in love with this wild place.. #SailiLouPaka #FindYourPark #americansamoa #rangerlife #nationalparklove #americasbestidea
Exploring American Samoa! #AmericanSamoa #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #ocean
May have shed a tear when I finally made it to the top. The view is unbelievable but also pretty nerve wrecking- this outcropping is up some boulders and only about five feet in diameter...and on the very edge of a cliff! . . . . . #hike #hiking #outdoors #gooutside #explore #wander #adventure #adrenaline #scaredofheights #solohike #amerikasamoa #americansamoa #manuaislands #ofuolosega #ofuisland #islands #saililoupaka #findyourpark #npsamericansamoa #nationalpark #coralreef #viewfromthetop #scenery #landscape #beautifulplaces #stormyweather
Still can't believe I've lived here for 5.5 months. So breathtaking. Imagine this view on a sunny day too, rather than this- it's been storming for the last three days and is about to pick up again. And for the geography for those of you not familiar with this place, I'm standing atop Mt. Tumutumu on Ofu. The island right behind it is Olosega, and that island in the background is Ta'u. These three islands make up the Manu'a segment of American Samoa. The reef directly below me is also part of the National Park of American Samoa- one of he least visited national parks and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere! . . . . #breathtaking #thatview #hike #stormyweather #samoa #amerikasamoa #manuaislands #manuatele #ofuisland #ofuolosega #findyourpark #nationalparkofamericansamoa #saililoupaka #islands #island #coralreef #viewfromthetop #explore #wander #adventure #nature #gooutside
I love being a Park Ranger. But today I am really missing Samoa (these days still hit me hard 3 years later) and all my lovable hooligans. So here's a #tbt featuring both: my hooligans on their very first field trip to the National Park of American Samoa. #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka
#saililoupaka Grand Canyon Nat'l park with the Aiga
National Park Adventures! #visitAmSamoa #ManuaIslands #Repost @nerelleque with @repostapp ・・・ Found my park. #SailiLouPaka
In honor of the National Park Service’s Centennial this year, I’ve done a tribute to American Samoa National Park as part of the @typehike initiative. It's the only NPS location South of the Equator. It’s filled with serene beauty and inspiring cultural traditions. Maybe someday I’ll be able to fly all the way out to their island to visit @npsamericansamoa. Follow @typehike to see all of the other 59 designer’s works. #findyourpark #type #hike #typography #outdoors #NPSCentennial #AmericanSamoa #SailiLouPaka #Samoa #SupplyandDesign
I’m a part to 59 different designers/typographers/creators/cool people that have been designing tributes to a National Park of their choosing in honor of the National Park Service’s Centennial this year. All of the designs are for sale in postcard form, posters and other media. Follow @typehike to see all of the designs. #findyourpark #type #hike #typography #outdoors #NPSCentennial #AmericanSamoa #SailiLouPaka #Samoa
Explore the Islands of Sacred Earth! 🌺🔆🌴🌺🔆🌴🌺 The National Park of American Samoa welcomes you into the heart of the South Pacific, to a world of sights, sounds, and experiences that you will find in no other national park in the United States. Enjoy this unique national park and the welcoming people of American Samoa. We are here to protect its rich culture and natural resources. Come explore them with us! #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPWest #NPSCentennial #NPS100 #AmericanSamoa #Samoa #Samoan #Tutuila #PagoPago #ParkRanger #NPSRanger #Rainmaker #Utulei
The Centennial Cake! Happy 💯 years of preservation and protection of America's greatest idea. #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPSCentennial #NPS100 #NPWest #AmericanSamoa #Samoan #Samoa 🎂🎉🎂🎉🎂
Matu'u and Faganeanea Youth group performed an inspiring hymn for the event. #FindYourPark #SailiLouPaka #NPSCentennial #NPS100 #NPWest #AmericanSamoa #Samoan #Samoa
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