Talofa Lava! News Update from Samoa
Malo soifua famili.
I am happy to be back at "our little home on the web". I just got back from Tonga this week after a three-week holiday at home in Matahau. Matahau is still the same, landscape and all but one thing I noticed and happy about our beloved village is the peaceful atmosphere and happiness that exists among our people. The three churches,Uesiliana, Katolika and Mamonga, are all working together. Ko e ki'i komunio 'a Sangato Sosefo Tangata Ngaue ko e malo pe si'enau lele'i atu e fuka ka kuo fu'u tokosi'i 'aupito. Si'i kau fine'eiki, hange ko Mele'ufi, 'Anamaka, Maliana, Lotiola, Soana Uinisi, Pipiena, pea ko e kau tangata'eiki pe ko Matakai, pea holo hifo ai pe kia Manu, Siua mo e kau kaka mai ki mui ni. Ko Maliana 'oku fu'u mo'ui lelei 'aupito pea kou fa'a lea ange kia Lotiola ke fakasi'isi'i 'ene ngaue. Ko Lotiola, ko e hoko lelei ia 'o Fatai kae sai 'a Fatai ia na'e mo'ui lelei pe ka ko e mahaki hela 'oku ne ma'u 'oku 'ikai 'aonga ia ke pehe.
However, as you all know I accompanied my mum back to Tonga and now am back to my normal routine in the parish. This year is my last year here at St Andrews Parish and I want to finish on a good note. Certainly I will miss this parish, the people and even the country, Samoa. These people are very proud people. They are proud of their "faasamoa", the Samoan way, and they don't tolerate those who come and laulaupisi around here. I used to tell the Tongan students who are here for further studies, respect the people and their culture and the people respect you. But sometimes I think the people here overdo it like oku 'ikai hanau ua but that is how they love their identity as Samoans. So, long live Samoa!!!
Congratulation to Seini on your upcoming wedding. May God's will be done in your life as well as your husband to be. To Lana, I am looking forward to see you in April. I will be happy to take you wherever you wanna go, but remember fuel here in Samoa is very expensive. I don't want to end up like Fr Lutoviko's pick up truck eh. Aussie dollar is so powerful here so no worries at all.
I went and dropped Fr Lutoviko's kava I brought from Tonga and to meet him since last year and he shared with me some from his keli koula in Australia. He looks healthy and to let you know that Chanel college 'a e 'oku faiako ai did very well 'i he ola 'a e sivi 'a e ngaahi kolisi i Ha'amoa ni. Me'a fakafiefia ia he na'e tu'ulu 'aupito e kolisi ko 'eni 'o hange ko e ngaahi kolisi faama 'i Tonga ka kuo ake mai 'eni thanks to Hiko and his new team. Hei'ilo ki St John's Cawaci pe kuo taimi ke tamate'i a ia pe 'ikai?
Mahalo ko ia pe famili. Ki he tangata 'a'a (Hiko jr), mahalo ko kimoua pe 'oku kei 'a'a 'i Tonga katoa. 'Ai kae tuku 'ena mo e fakamole 'uhila. Ta ne'ine'i keu 'alu atu 'o fiutali kuo mate mai e 'uhila ia...ha ha! 'Ofa atu Hiko pea tokanga'i lelei e hoosi tea (Hiko's car). 'Oua e 'oange ki he kalasi 'oku nau 'alu tavale pe kae 'ikai tokanga ki hono tauhi hange ko e kula 'i kauhala.
Mou nofo a famili. 'Ofa atu 'aupito mo e hufaki.