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Toa O Samoa: Samoans in the Armed Forces

    Guest Blogger J.M. Levi is half-Samoan or afatasi and grew up in Missouri. We are pleased to feature her thoughts on Toa-o-Samoa – Samoans who serve in the military in honor of Memorial Day.     In 1872, Samoa agreed to allow the United States of America to build naval bases at Pago Pago, Tutuila in return for Military protection. (American Samoa became a Territory of the United States in 1900.) Later, during World War II, males 14 years and older trained for the opportunity to serve in the US Armed Forces. My grandpa, Atonio Fuimaono, served...
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Sweet Memories of Paradise

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up INTRODUCTION: Jimmy Mapu is one of our newest bloggers, but he has been with the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC)  for many years. Currently, he serves as the Director of Guest Services – which consists of students from around the globe who guide our guests through the PCC. Many have written to us about how these students have inspired and touched them. Many describe the experience as magical. Once you get to know Jimmy, you’ll know where that magic comes from.     What was lost was found at...
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PCC’s Sione Milford: Immersed in T...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   The Polynesian Cultural Center recently participated in a media blitz on the U.S. East coast that included our Tongan Culture Ambassador Sione Milford. We think you will enjoy meeting him, too. But first, there’s something even many native Tongans don’t realize about Sione: Becoming Tongan All Polynesians share some ancient heritage and contemporary commonalities, but the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Tongan Culture Ambassador has taken that concept to a new level. Imagine a burly, handsome...