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Independent State of Samoa
(formerly Western Samoa on my 1986 trip)

Samoa Documentary

other South Pacific islands

American Samoa    Tahiti

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Tahiti, Samoa and American Samoa
Tahiti, Samoa and American Samoa


Samoa, formerly Western Samoa (when I visited it in 1986), is a Polynesian South Pacific 10 island group about 2,300 miles southwest of Hawaii. The islands are volcanic in origin with the highest point on Savai’i at 6097 feet.  Its two main islands are Upolu and Savai'i .  The largest and highest (6097 feet) of these is Savai'i, which covers 622 sq miles of tropical verdant terrain.  The second largest is Upolu, 8 miles southwest across the Apolima Strait.  Upolu Island is the home of Samoa’s capital – Apia.  The island I visited was Upolu, home of Robert Luis Stevenson, Falefa Falls and Aggie Grey’s Hotel.

Polynesians (possibly from Tonga) first settled in the Samoan islands about 1000 B.C.  Dutch and French traders first explored the region in the 18th century.  In an 1899 treaty the sphere of influence was divided between the USA over American Samoa and Germany over Western Samoa.  In 1914 New Zealand seized Western Samoa from Germany and in 1946 it became a United
Nations Trust Territory administered by New Zealand. A resistance movement known as the Mau helped to steer Western Samoa toward independence and it became a self governing constitutional monarchy on January 1, 1962.  In 1997 Western Samoa’s official name was changed to Samoa.




(Western) Samoa Photos

Aggie Grey's Hotel in Apia, Samoa (1986)


The fale is the basic structure in Samoa


An inviting beach seen on my visit to (Western) Samoa in 1986. Quite a contrast to the crowded beaches of California and Hawaii.


Falefa Falls


Large tree and dense foliage near Robert Luis Stevenson's former home


A small village on Western Samoa