Elinor was invited to represent the PCW at this years World Assembly. This is her story…
Watch the A’oloau Youth performance
American Samoa (not to be confused with the independent state of Western Samoa) takes up only about 76 square miles in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, small enough to have only one post code! The island is an “unincorporated territory” of the U.S. meaning that residents have free and unrestricted entry into the U.S. but are not citizens and therefore may not vote in U.S. presidential elections. There is a curious co-existence of cultures – the prominent American fast food industry, and the traditional Samoan rituals, craftsmanship and structures, especially on village levels where “matai” (chiefs) are elected by consensus. Fun fact: there are two McDonald’s on the island, one of which is the only McDonald’s in the world to ever run out of food!
|The Youth delegates|
|working on the statement|
|Church at Kanana Fou|
|Twain’s coconut impression|
|Wearing our gifts from Lata|