Jul 04

Eni Faleomavaega

Personal Life:

Eni Faleomavaega (born August 15, 1943, Vailoatai, American Samoa) is a former Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa, and current Democratic House of Representative in Congress since 1989. He served in the United States Army from 1966-1969, and as an officer in the United States Army Reserve from 1982-1989. Faleomavaega also served in the Vietnam War and left the military with the rank of Captain.

In 1987, he participated in an event that followed traditional Polynesian life experiences by sailing from Tahiti to Hawaii in a canoe.

Faleomavaega is the author of Navigating the Future: A Samoan Perspective on U.S.-Pacific Relations and was a crew member of the Polynesian voyaging canoe, Hokule’a, which sailed from Tahiti to Hawaii in 1987. He also sailed on the Rainbow Warrior in protest of French nuclear testing in Polynesia.

Faleomavaega is married to Hinanui Bambridge Cave and they have five children.



Faleomavaega attended Brigham Young University in Hawaii, completing an Associates degree. He then transferred to BYU in Utah where he obtained a B.A in Political Science. He then went on to attended the University of House Law Center and the University of California in Berkley, where he earned a Juris Doctor and Master of Law degree.


Professional Career:

Faleomavaega served as the administrative assistant to American Samoa Delegate A.U. Fuimaono from 1973-1975, and as staff counsel for the House Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs from 1975-1981. He worked as Deputy Attorney General for the territory of American Samoa between 1981-1984.

Faleomavaega entered elective politics when he ran alongside A.P. Lutali in the 1985 gubernatorial race. He served as Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa from 1985-1989.

Faleomavaega was elected as a Democrat to the House of Representatives in 1988, serving from January 3, 1989 to the present.


Highlights and Awards:

  • Vietnam War Veteran
  • One of the First Samoans ranked as Captain while serving in the Vietnam War

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