01 March 2012

1940 Blog Ambassador- Famous Person I will be looking for??

You may see the nice little badge in the upper left hand corner. Samoan Genealogy Group is an official 1940 Blog Ambassador. The NARA is apart of this community project. Refer to the Feb 28, 2012 blog more on this or visit the NARA site.

One famous person I will be looking for is Freddie Letuli. My grandfather William Kalehuawehe worked with him in Los Angeles, California. I have seen a few pictures of him with my grandfather. However, I don't have with me at the time to post.

Freddy Letuli was also known as Uluao Letuli Misilagi born Apirl 30, 1919 in the Nu'uuli Village of American Samoa. He is known as the Father of the Fire Knife Dance. 
"Freddie Letuli... originated the fire knife dance in 1946 at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, previously dancing in Hawaii and Los Angeles with two knives. Along with performing, Freddie was also the teacher to the early fire knife dancers. 
Dating back from the 40's to the 60's, Freddie Letuli performed throughout the US and Europe with his dance troupes formerly known as "Freddie Letuli and the Flaming Sword of Samoa, showcasing his talents and his island. Additional dance troupes (such as the Samoan Warriors, Freddie Letuli and his Wild Polynesians, Freddie Letuli and the Samoans, and Freddie Letuli and the Hawaiians.) were formed to fill his contracts and to keep up with the demand for Polynesian shows. They preformed regularly at various venues in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Reno, Italy, Chicago, Kentucky, Washington, Australia, and New York.
Freddie's great talents and experise got him on movies like "Pagan Love Song", the 1953 Rita Hayworth film "Salome", and "Sailor Beware", just to name a few. Aside from other movies, he was also seen on television shows and had recurring roles on "Adventures in Paradise" and "The Bob Cummings Show". / With the urging of Governor Rex Lee, Freddie returned home to American Samoa where he joined the Department of Education and taught numerous school children the art of Polynesian dancing. 
Freddie Letuli served as Assistant Director of Tourism, and later served as a Senator in the Legislature of American Samoa, and as an Associate Judge in the High Court of American Samoa. Letuli held the High Talking Cheif title of "Olo" for 40 years. In 2001, he was bestowed as the Paramount Chief title of "Letuli", becoming one of only five Paramount Chiefs in American Samoa./ Freddie died in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2003." Wikipedia
This video is for Tutu Lani McIntire who married Freddie Letuli. In 1998 I met Aunty Lani McIntire. She was a wonderful woman with a great spirit. Watch the video and see some amazing pictures of Freddie Letuli. 
Patricia Letuli tells the story of Freddie Letuli in the book, "Flaming Sword of Samoa


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    1. Thank you for visiting! I posted a link at the bottom of the blog if you'd like to learn more about Freddie Letuli there is a book out about him called, "Flaming Sword of Samoa: The Story of the Fire Knife Dance". I read this book and it is awesome!!

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    1. Thank you for visiting the blog! I think it's pretty neat to. My best friend's dad also fire knifed dance with Freddie Letuli. Also click on the link at the bottom of the blog so you can see the book about him.