Category Archive: Academics

Nov 28

Leilani Warren

QUICK FACTS: NAME: Leilani Warren A.K.A: Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren BIRTH DATE: November 28, 1972 PLACE OF BIRTH: Apia, Samoa EDUCATION: University of Sydney: Bachelor in Economics (BEc); Waikato University: Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) and a Master of Laws degree (LLM with Distinction).   KNOWN FOR: District Court Judge in Samoa VILLAGES IN SAMOA: Leilani …

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Nov 27

Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi

Personal Life: His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi (born March 1, 1938 in Apia, Samoa) is Samoa’s Head of State, known as ‘O le Ao o le Malo’. He is also an experienced former Politician, a Writer, an Academic Historian, and a Cultural expert. His Highness is a descendant of notable family roots from …

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Nov 22

Sefa Aina

QUICK FACTS: NAME: Sefa Aina A.K.A: Iosefa Aina BIRTH DATE: PLACE OF BIRTH: Honolulu, Hawai’i EDUCATION: UCLA: Bachelor of Arts in History and a Masters degree (in progress) VILLAGES IN SAMOA: Sefa’s father is from Fitiuta in Manua and his mother is from Aoa in Tutuila, American Samoa   KNOWN FOR: Associate Dean and Director of …

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Jul 06

Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard

Personal Life: Dr. Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard (born in Utulei, Tutuila) is an Educator at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a critically acclaimed Poet currently living in Manoa Valley in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father was a U.S veteran, whose family moved from American Samoa to Florida in the 1950’s and traces her interest in poetry …

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Jul 06

Emma Kruse Va’ai

Personal Life: Letuimanu’asina Dr. Emma Kruse-Va’ai (born in Samoa) is a published Writer in Poetry and Short Stories, and is also an Educator at the University of Samoa. Kruse-Va’ai is one of eight children in her family and is married to lawyer Alo Vaimoa Va’ai and they have four children together. Her matai chief title …

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Jul 05

Damon Salesa

Personal Life: Toeolesulusulu Damon Ieremia Salesa (born in Auckland, New Zealand) is a head Professor at Auckland University’s Centre of Pacific Studies and the author of a number of books on the History of the Pacific, and on the British and U.S. empires. Trained as both an historian of nineteenth century empire, and as an …

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