Fa’afetai Maiava Family! You’ve been so hospitable as you let us stay in your home while visiting American Samoa. To anyone who visits this territory, I highly recommend using the homestay program and taking the time to spend with the locals 🇦🇸
Dance party in the kitchen!
“The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire.” -Pamela Hansford Johnson
In American Samoa, every village has a story. Below lays Fagasa. Years ago, the Polynesian navigator Liava’a sailed to Fagasa in search of pure water. The boat departed, while his daughter was still collecting fresh water. When Liava’a found out later, he threw his crew into the ocean to protect his daughter. The crew transformed into dolphins to expedite their return to Fagasa. In doing so, the dolphins herded fish into the bay for the high chief and the villagers, who cared for Liava’a’s daughter. At low tide, the bay of Fagasa looks like a dolphin fin and to this day, when villagers see dolphins, they walk into the bay with enu baskets to catch the fish, the gift from Liava’a and his dolphins to the village of Fagasa
and I in a little bus struggling to get up the mountain, listening to Samoan music, to get to the village of Fagasa from the capitol of Pago Pago
Our ride pulling up on the front yard 😎
American Samoa has earned its nickname, the “Heart of Polynesia”, due to its central location to the equator, 2,300 miles south of Hawaii (making it the most southern point of the US. America Samoa is also home to one of the oldest Polynesian cultures, being settled around 1000 BC by Protopolynesians, commonly known as the Lapita.
“Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second.” -Mattie Stepanek
Left building is the airport; middle building is the ranger station; the right is Vaoto Lodge, where we stayed for 2 nights. Right in the front yard of these buildings is the landing strip, which is used twice a week
In the Samoan language, Samoa means “Sacred Earth”. Beauty is evident from the rainforest at the peak of he mountains down to the diverse coral at the bottom of the ocean 🌏
“The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.” -Blaise Pascal. Although our land is important to protect, many seem to forget our planet is 70% ocean
You can find beauty no matter where you are
Remember this while using single use plastics: all drains lead to the ocean. “There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.” -Annie Leonard
Protect our oceans♻️ “Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become garbage cans.” -Jacques Cousteau (ft. Guineafowl Puffer)
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” -Jacques Cousteau
American Samoa is home to the greatest marine biodiversity of anywhere in the US. It has over 250 species of coral and 930 species of fish, which is twice the number of fish species found in Hawaii.
Can you see him? He’s hiding in plain sight
Someone’s trying to be sneaky 👀
“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch- we are going back from whence we came.” -John F. Kennedy
“Colors are the smiles of nature.” -Leigh Hunt
“All drains lead to the ocean, kid.” -Gill (he escaped!)
“So just then, the sea cucumber looks over to the mollusk and says, ’With fronds like these, who needs anenomes?’” -Marlin
Something amazing happened yesterday so I gotta give my girl Shelayne a shout 🗣 Here we are taking in the view one more time and waving farewell 👋 to American Samoa just a few hours before our flight home...
Yesterday I was approached about writing a passage for a book that’s coming out, about our national parks! If you’ve been following for a while, then you know our parks have a special place in my heart 💚 And also that I have a tremendous amount of anxiety, and anger, about how little support our current gov has for them. So the opportunity to participate in any project supporting the parks is HUGE for me. I am so over the moon excited!! 🤗 My passage will be about the National Park of American Samoa and I’ve already started writing it 😁👩🏻💻
So, I gotta say thank you to you, Shelayne! ☺️🙏🏼 I seem to be having a little mini streak right now. I’m so grateful you invited me to join you in American Samoa, and that you agreed to trust me to get us to Ofu! 🏝 The stars must have really aligned because it was such an amazing adventure getting there, and so incredibly worth it to see such an incredible, pristine beach! 🌴🐚🐠 And now, it’s parlayed into two big writing opportunities for me - it was the drone footage from Ofu that caught the attention of Women Who Drone (another thank you to you for waiting around for me to drone) and the photos of Ofu that got me an invitation to participate in a book! A book!! 🤗 📖 Literally, the best trip ever!
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It’s quite moist down here
Something’s lookin’ a bit fishy down here
“Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive, and even spiritual satisfaction.” -E.O. Wilson
Taking a break from snorkeling with the perfect view
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” -Jacques Yves Cousteau
A good friend is one who will pick you up when you’re down (whether you want to be or not)
Sometimes while on adventure, we need to stop, relax, and watch the waves roll in
Paka Fa’asao o Amerika Samoa
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is what happens when a tree and an octopus have a baby 🌴🐙
“In all things nature there is something of that marvelous.” -Aristotle
Mountains Rainforest Beach Coral Ocean
“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination, and brings eternal joy to the soul.” -Robert Wyland
Just a short clip of these beauties
It may be a sight to sea but still can’t find Nemo!
Hard work sometimes pays off ☺️
Started hiking Tumu Mountain at sunrise to catch this amazing view of all 3 Manu’a Islands (Ofu, Olosega, Ta’ū) and the national park below me filled with coral just off the coast
Coconut crabs tear apart coconuts to eat them at grow up to 9 pounds and over 3 feet long!
Sometimes you need to just stop what you’re doing and look around to see the natural beauty
Guineafowl Puffer- pufferfish native to the Indo-Pacific and Eastern Pacific
Parrotfish (Laea in Samoan)
Sea cucumber population is on a decline. These creatures are important to our oceans because they eat up all the junk on the bottom and poop out clean sand, making a cleaner ocean and ocean floor
Coral on coral on coral on coral on coral on coral on coral on coral on coral on coral on coral on coral