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American Samoa

Ofu-Olosega

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Conservation benefit: Operation of the National Park of American Samoa in keeping with fa’asamoa (Samoan kava tradition)

Date Approved: 07.2001

Seacology played an important role in the formation of the National Park of American Samoa. The national park leases land from eight villages. To effectively manage the park, park staff must meet with village leaders on a regular basis. And because it is part of the park’s mandate to help preserve fa’asamoa, it is equally crucial that the meetings are conducted with the traditional kava ceremonies that are an important part of Samoan culture.

With funding from Seacology, the National Park of American Samoa is working more effectively with the villages to maintain fa’asamoa and increase NPS credibility.

Project Updates

January 2005

The kava funds helped to facilitate several important meetings between park staff and village chiefs in 2002 and 2003. Remaining funds will be used for ceremonies taking place in future years for the addition of new land to the park.

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