29 January 2010

1940 PagoPago video

This is a 1940 Samoan video shot at PagoPago by Arthur and Kate Tode (Kahop). It has no audio but just seeing the people and Samoa in 1940 is exciting! Maybe you might even recognize someone.
http://www.archive.org/details/upenn-f16-0451_1940_Pango_Pango_Samoa

20 January 2010

Ati's Print Shop

Ati's Samoan print shop has a variety of books like the Samoan Mission History book 1888-1900 to newspaper articles from 1856-1902. My dad had purchased some books here that have helped tremendously in our samoan genealogy.
Here's the site: http://www.samoa.co.uk/atis_printshop.html
Here's the contact information:
Ati's Samoan Print Shop
2435 E. Hawkins Road
Downey,Idaho 83234
Tel: (+1) 208 897 5743.

16 January 2010

Please Share.

Grandson: "Grandpa, I was online today and saw a samoan name on a genealogy inquiry board."
Grandfather: "Oh, yes. I know the name! You know that name reminds me of......" Grandfather expounds on name.
Grandson: "Grandpa, Wow! I had no idea the history and genealogy behind that name." Grandson in all excitement forgets to share what Grandfather expounded upon.

Don't forget to share! Faamolemole!

15 January 2010

Palusami!



I sure could go for my Grandpa's palusami right now!

Here is a palusami receipe though it's not my grandpa's.

Ingredients: Baking needs:

- 5 coconuts - coconut scraper
- onions - baking tin
- lots of taro leaves - - aluminum foil
(usually the inside leaves are preferred)
-a thin cloth or a 'tauaga' - salt (strainer)

PREPARING THE CREAM:
Scrape 5 fresh coconuts into the baking tin.
Bake in oven until brown. Add ~ cup of warm water. Squeeze with a thin cloth or tauaga to get cream. Add salt and onion to personal taste.

PREPARING THE LUAU/PALUSAMI:
Get taro leaves. (You will need ~ 4 leaves for one luau.
Use 1 big leaf and 3 or 4 smaller leaves. You can break a bigger leaf
to make a smaller leaf.) Lay the 4 pieces flat with the big one
on the bottom and the 3 smaller ones on top.
Place leaves in hand and close hand slightly
to make leaves in a bowl-like shape, into which you pour the cream.
Pour ~ a small cup of coconut cream inside the leaf structure
and close outside edges of the leaves to enclose the cream,
making the leaves like a ball-like structure.
Wrap total package in aluminum foil, twisting the top
to conceal and hold the package tight.
Put in oven and cook for about an hour
at ~ 250`C (quite high).

Tofa Soifua.

08 January 2010

Samoan Genealogy~Fijian and Tongan lines come in!

http://chrisb1967.wordpress.com/

This site has tons of Samoan Genealogy. See Fijian and Tonga lines come into play! Check out the side bar to the right...lots of information.