Title and Kingship Genealogy History of King Fonoti Tafa’ifa of Samoa.

GAFA AIGA O TUPU, AIGA O PAPA, AIGA NA TAFA’IFA, AIGA TAULAGI O SAMOA

[King Fonoti Tupu Tafa’ifa Of Samoa Since The 1600’s]

SOURCE: J.B. Fonoti Family

Tui-Fiti, the ancient King of Fiji.
Spouse of 1:
1 – Sinasamoa Loa. (daughter of chief Loa and Sinaletigae of Fagaloa in Samoa)
Children of 2:
1 – Sinavaitu’u (female)
2 – Latu (male)
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Sinavaitu’u Tuifiti. (daughter of King Tui-Fiti of Fiji and Sinasamoa of Fagaloa)
Spouse of 1:
1 – Tui-Toga Puipuifatu King of Tonga (son of Tui-Toga (viii) and Taufaito’a)
Children of 2:
1 – Faisautele Tui-Toga (male)
2 – Manaia (male).
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Faisautele Tui-Toga, King of Tonga. (son of Tui-Toga Puipuifatu and Sinavaitu’u Tuifiti)
Spouse of 1:
1 – Painu’ulasi. (daughter of King Tui-Manu’a Ali’atama of Manu’a island)
Children of 2:
1 – Vaetoefaga (female)
2 – Ulualofaiga (male)
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Vaetoefaga Faisautele. (eldest daughter of Faisautele Tui-Toga, King of Tonga and Painu’ulasi)
Spouse of 1: and Tuia’ana Tamalelagi’s #10 Spouse.
1 – Tuia’ana Tamalelagi. (son of Tuia’ana Tagaloa Selaginato and Vaetamasoali’i)
NOTE: Tuia’ana Tamalelagi had ten spouses (Falesefulu). From his very first spouse ‘Namoaitele’ they begot a son name Tuala (the ‘eldest son: O Le Ali’i O Aiga’ and ‘founder of the family Sa-Tuala’) became The Two Main Families of Samoa; le “Aiga Pa’ia Sa-Levalasi” and le aiga fa’alagilagi “Aiga Sa-Tuala”. This was pronounced also by Queen Salamasina Tupu Tafa’ifa in her mavaega of the two families, Le Aiga Pa’ia o Sa-Levalasi and Le Aiga Sa-Tuala, and their royal mats are called ‘Pulu’ and ‘Leuleu’.
Children of 2:
1 – Tuioneoupolu (male – This boy went to Tonga and never came back.)
2 – Salamasina (female: youngest) NOTE: Became Queen Salamasina Tupu Tafa’ifa.

NOTE: When warrior Goddess Nafanua offered the honours for the four Titles to So’oaemalelagi Levalasi of le “Aiga Pa’ia O Sa-Levalasi” of Atua, she accepted them and gave her niece and adopted daughter Salamasina all four Titles to become Tafa’ifa; Queen of Upolu, Savai’i, and Tutuila Islands of Samoa. Queen Salamasina was the first Tupu Tafa’ifa of Samoa and held all four Ancient Paramount Titles of Samoa [also known as ‘Tafa’ifa’] namely as:
– Tuiatua.
– Tuia’ana.
– Vaetamasoali’i.
– Gatoaitele.
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Queen Salamasina Tupu Tafa’ifa. [1570] (daughter of Tuia’ana Tamalelagi and Vaetoefaga)
Spouse of 1:
1 – Tonumaipe’a Tapumanaia. (son of Tonumaipe’a Saumaipe’a of Auala in Savai’i island)
Children of 2:
1 – Fofoaivaoese (female: eldest) – [Feagaiga A Le Aiga]
2 – Tapulesatele (male)
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Tuiatua Tuia’ana Fofoaivaoese. [1600: Feagaiga A Le Aiga] (eldest daughter of Queen Salamasina Tupu Tafa’ifa and Tonumaipe’a Tapumanaia)
Spouse of 1:
1 – Tauatamaniula’aita. (of Satupa’itea and Tonumaipe’a line in Savai’i island)
Children of 3:
1 – Tuiatua Tuia’ana Taufau (female: eldest – Na Tafea lana Utu; line of succession terminated)
2 – Sina (female: – Na Au lana Utu; bestowed line of succession)
3 – Asomua Lemalama (male)

NOTE: Taufau was sick and she let her family and faleupolu gather and have a messenger to go look for her son Tupuivao three times to have him come quickly to see her for she was weak. Tupuivao keep refusing and answered he will not go until he had caught the pigeons after the full moon. Then Queen Taufau spoke: “Let our family and Tumua gather heed my word as i am growing weak, my own descendants and their line are to be terminated and my sister Sina’s line is to take it’s place”.
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Tuiatua Tuia’ana Sina. [1630: Na Au Lana Utu] (daughter of Tuiatua Tuia’ana Fofoaivaoese and Tauatamaniula’aita)
Spouse of 1:
1 – Titoi’aivao. (of Faleatiu, A’ana district)
Children of 1:
1 -Faumuina (male: eldest) – [O Le Ali’i O Aiga] NOTE: Le Tupufia.
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Tuiatua Tuia’ana Faumuina Le Tupufia. [1660] (son of Tuiatua Tuia’ana Sina and Titoi’aivao)
Spouse of 3 & Children of 3: ‘The Three Of Faumuina’. This is where the title “Tupufia” initiated from referring to Tuiatua Tuia’ana Faumuina and his three children when they all contested for the Kingship after his death.
Spouse #1:
1 – Manalelei or Talaleomalie. (daughter of Vaovasamanaia of Gataivai village in Savai’i)
Children of 1: Le Tupufia
1 – Fonoti (male: eldest) – [O le Ali’i o Aiga] NOTE: Became King Fonoti Tupu Tafa’ifa.

NOTE: ‘The Paegauo War’ or ‘The War of the Tupufia’ between Fonoti and his kin Samala’ulu and Va’afusuaga for the Tafa’ifa Kingship. Fonoti won and was ultimately proclaimed The King Fonoti Tafa’ifa of Samoa and held all four Ancient Paramount Titles of Samoa [also known as ‘Tafa’ifa’] King Fonoti conferred many honours, rewards upon all and such privileges etc. are still honoured by all. And there was no other war ever since or recorded in history by anyone raised against King Fonoti Tafa’ifa nor through the bloodline and title lineage the ‘Sa-Fonoti’ right down to the present time to claim the four Papa titles namely as:
– Tuiatua.
– Tuia’ana.
– Vaetamasoali’i.
– Gatoaitele.
(King Fonoti’s words in his wish: “The Four High Titles Be For Me And My Children”)

The distribution in the war was about as follows: With Fonoti: Fagaloa, Faleapuna, Falefa, Saluafata, Solosolo, Vaimauga, Faleata, Safata, Falealili, Fasitoouta, Falelatai, Manono, half of Lufilufi and of Leulumoega; On The Side Of Va’afusuaga Tole’afoa and Samalaulu Were: Aleipata, Luatuanuu, Lepa, Lotofaga, Siumu, Faleula, Sagana, Sale’imoa, Faleasi’u and Samatau, also all of Savai’i island through Va’afusuaga Tole’afoa’s influence.

Reference To: Lauaki Namaluaulu Mamoe of Safotulafai in Savaii, he claimed that Malietoa held none of the titles, not even that of Malietoa, since none had been bestowed by Samoan custom. In this contention Lauaki was supported by the Orators of Malie and Manono. Another was the most powerful chief Tamafaiga of Manono in 1810 who gave himself the title as ‘Tupu o Salafai’. According to this tradition the only person to hold the Tafa’ifa since Salamasina was Fonoti who was known as Fonoti the King. (Refer also to story ‘Kingdom by the Three Powers and The Kingdom by Samoan Customs’).

Spouse #2:
1 – Tu’umaleulua’iali’i. (daughter of high Chief Manu’aifua of Afega village in Upolu)
Children of 1:
1 – Samala’ulu (female: Le Tupufia)

Spouse #3:
1 – Atamulau. (daughter of high Chief Segi of Amoa West, Fa’asaleleaga in Savai’i)
Children of 1:
1 – Va’afusuaga Tole’afoa (male: Le Tupufia, and founder of family “Aiga Taulagi”)
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King Fonoti Tupu Tafa’ifa. [1690: O Le Ali’i O Aiga] (eldest son of Tuiatua Tuia’ana Faumuina Le Tupufia and his first spouse Manalelei or Talaleomalie)
Spouse of 2 & Children of 2:
Spouse #1:
1- Fuatino. (daughter of high chief To’alepaiali’i of Satapuala and Sinamulivanuiana of Satuala family)
Children of 1:
1 – Muagututi’a (male: eldest) – [O Le Ali’i O Aiga]

Spouse #2:
1 – Ta’eleasa’asa. (daughter of high Chief Tautaiolefue of Lealatele in Savai’i. The Satuala family)
Children of 1:
1 – Falegaoti (female) – [“Ma’opu O Tuala Ma Sa’la“]

NOTE: It Is In The Lineage of King Fonoti Tupu Tafa’ifa of Samoa, that his son Muagututi’a to be recognised also a King, but his ‘tofiga’ or appointments given in the presents of ‘Tumua’ were the following: O Muagututi’a; O le a e alu ma lou Muagututi’a, lou Fuatino, lou Faumuina ma lou Melegalenu’u. E te nofo i Mulifusi. E te tua ia Sa-Tuala, ae tausi oe e Leulumoega. None of the Papa titles were given nor any evidence in history that Fonoti Tupu Tafa’ifa had given any away. (refer to articles: 1. ‘E Ta’aalo Tama A’o Se Uso’, 2. ‘O Le Fa’anofo I Le Suafa ‘Tama-a-Aiga’ Ma Le Tupua A Fuiava’iliili’)
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NOTE: THE PARAMOUNT TITLE ‘FONOTI’ OF LOTOFAGA HEADQUARTERS ATUA.

Muagututi’a. [1720: O Le Ali’i O Aiga] (eldest son of King Fonoti Tupu Tafa’ifa and his first spouse Fuatino)
Spouse of 4 & Children of 7:
Spouse #1:
1- Poto. (daughter of high Chief Amituana’i Manaia of Si’ufaitoto’a at Faleata in Upolu)
Children of 1:
1- Seutatia (female: eldest) – [Feagaiga A Le Aiga, and appointed to stay at the Palace of Mulinu’u Lalogafu’afu’a Sepolata’emo in Lufilufi Tumua Atua]

Spouse #2:
1 – Agaitafili. (daughter of high Chief Lilo Seve of Fogasavai’i at Salega in Savai’i Island)
Children of 3:
1 – Mata’utia (male)
2 – Fualau (male)
3 – Talopatina (female)

Spouse #3:
1 – Taumata. (daughter of high chief To’aali’i of Saluafata at Anoama’a in Upolu)
Children of 2:
1 – Fepulea’i (male)
2 – Lagi (female) – NOTE: THE MATA’AFA CONNECTION. – [Tama-A-Aiga] – “Lagi + Aumoemalogo = Lealamanu’a + Vaafusumataala = Leativaosalafai + Fa’asuamaleaui Mata’afa.”

Spouse #4:
1 – Fenunuivao. (daughter of high chief Leutele of Falefa in Upolu)
Children of 1:
1 – Tupua Fuiava’iliili (male – an adopted son) The couple adopted a son of Fuimaono and wife Oilau of Salani at Falealili. “Na saesae laufa’i ai Tumua”, the affair was questioned hard by ‘Tumua’ the Upolu Orators. The Sa-Tuala family was also declined and said “Ia ifo tonu le fuiniu i le lapalapa”, and ended to honoured Fuiavailiili the title ‘Tupua’ and as a ‘Tama-A-Aiga’ – a person with wide family connection. (refer to article: O Le Fa’anofo I Le Ulua’i Suafa ‘Tama-a-Aiga’ Ma Le Ulua’i ‘Tupua’ a Fuiava’iliili) – NOTE: THE TUPUA CONNECTION.
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Seutatia [1750: Feagaiga A Le Aiga] – (at the Palace of Mulinu’u in Lufilufi the eldest daughter of Muagututi’a “O Le Ali’i O Aiga” and his first spouse Poto)
Spouse of 1:
1 – Lilomaiava Naivai’ili’ili. (high chief of Palauli in Savai’i island. The Lilomaiava family)
Children of 1:
1 – Nofoa-tolu Lilomaiava Vae-ole-nofoa-fia (male)

NOTE: This was The Very First “Nofoa-tolu” Title that was honoured and bestowed at the Palace of Mulinu’u Lalogafu’afu’a and Sepolata’emo in Lufilufi Atua.
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Nofoatolu Lilomaiava Vaeolenofoafia. (son of Seutatia “Feagaiga A Le Aiga” and Lilomaiava Naivai’ili’ili)
Spouse of 1:
1 – Sinaivaiana. (daughter of high chief Va’afusuaga of Faga village in Savai’I island)
Children of 1:
1 – Fonoti Nofoatolu Laufeti’iti’i (male: SA-FONOTI FAMILY LOTOFAGA ATUA)
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Fonoti Nofoatolu Laufeti’iti’i. (from the Palace of Mulinu’u in Lufilufi the son of Nofoatolu Lilomaiava Vaeolenofoafia and Sinaivaiana)
Spouse of 1:
1 – Va’asa. (daughter of Fiame Le Sa’ofaapito Muagututi’a and the sacred family of Salevalasi at Lotofaga Atua)
Children of 3:
1 – Fonoti Oliovaigafa (male: eldest) – [O Le Ali’i O Aiga]
NOTE: Molio’o and the Ailaoa of Faleapuna district adopted Fonoti Oliovaigafa as there chief in the place at his house called Vainiu. He died and buried there, he had no children.
2 – Nofoatolu Ti’auliva’a (male)
3 – Lagouta (female)

NOTE: THE HIGH RANKING TITLE: FIAME LE SA’O FA’APITO, VA’ASA, MA LE “AIGA PA’IA O SA-LEVALASI” [THE SACRED FAMILY] OF LOTOFAGA, ATUA. – “Samatau’a Siolosega + Vaimoe Po’alaga = Fiame Ufi’avapupu + Levalasi Tapu = Fiame Muagututi’a + Masu Sitagata Timalesa = Va’asa”.
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Nofoatolu Ti’auliva’a. (son of Fonoti Nofoatolu Laufeti’iti’i and Va’asa Fiame Muagututi’a)
Spouse of 1:
1 – Tamasailau. (daughter of high chief Lualemana of Asu village in Tutuila island)
Children of 1:
1 – Nofoatolu Ti’auliva’a (ii) (male)
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Nofoatolu Ti’auliva’a (ii) (son of Nofoatolu Ti’auliva’a and Tamasailau)
Spouse of 3 & Children of 6:
Spouse #1:
1 – Sologaliua. (daughter of high chief Sialega of Nu’uuli in Tutuila island)
Children of 2:
1 – Fonoti Nofoatolu Fata (male: eldest) – [O Le Ali’i O Aiga]
2 – Taelimu (female)

Spouse #2:
1 – Timaima. (daughter of chief Lolo Salulu of Salani village, Falealili in Upolu)
Children of 2:
1 – Nofoatolu Tamasipani (male)
2 – Fualeva (female)

Spouse #3:
1 – Sina. (daughter of chief Gaugau of Sapapali’I village in Savai’i island)
Children of 2:
1 – Nofoatolu Salatielu (male)
2 – Nofoatolu Fata (male)
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Fonoti Nofoatolu Fata. [O Le Ali’i O Aiga] – (eldest son of Nofoatolu Ti’auliva’a (ii) and his first spouse Sologaliua)
Spouse of 1:
1 – Teoteo Taufagalupe. (daughter of Seinafolava, of Lotofaga in Upolu.)
Children of 1:
1 – Fonoti Teoteo Tuipu’avai (male)
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Fonoti Teoteo Tuipu’avai. (son of Fonoti Nofoatolu Fata “O Le Alii O Aiga” and Teoteo Taufagalupe)
Spouse of 1:
1 – Saumaloto. (daughter of high chief Tuala Tamalelagi of Safa’ato’a at Lefaga in Upolu)
Children of 5:
1 – Muaimana (female: eldest) – [Feagaiga A Le Aiga]
2 – Fonoti Tuala Sola (male)
3 – Gauifaiva Samuela (male)
4 – Poto (female)
5 – Fipe (female)
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Muaimana. [Feagaiga A Le Aiga] – (eldest daughter of Fonoti Teoteo Tuipu’avai and Saumaloto)
Spouse of 2 & Children of 4:
Spouse #1:
1 – Teleso. (of Si’umu at Mulivai village in Upolu.)
Children of 3:
1 – Fonoti Pua’a (male)
2 – Lasela (female)
3 – Leota Tafilipepe Ioane (male)

Spouse #2:
1 – Tafea Maioa Elise. (son of Lupe Tafea Tuai’ipuniu and Fonoti Letaupe Tuipalepale of Mata’tufu at Lotofaga Atua)
Children of 1:
1 – Tafea Lomano Maioa (male)
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Tafea Lomano Maioa. (son of Muaimana “Feagaiga A Le Aiga” and Tafea Maioa Elise)
Spouse of 1:
1 – Anne Vaelua Brown. (daughter of Paramount High Chief ‘Tuimanu’a Alexander Brown‘ of Ti’avea at Aleipata Upolu – A Scotishman from Scotland in Great Britain)
Children of 5:
1 – Ola Mika Brown (male)
2 – Fonoti Mata’utia John Brown (male – Paramount Title Fonoti of Lotofaga Atua)
3 – Tasala Brown (male)
4 – Bella Brown (female)
5 – Fiava’ai Brown (female)

NOTE: A Paramount Chief in the 18th century bestowed to ‘Alexander Brown’ by King ‘Tui-Manu’a of Manu’a island’ at Tau where about the Palace of King or Queen Tui-Manu’a down to the present time, in the eastern side of Western Samoa.
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Hon Fonoti Mata’utia John Brown. [1927] (Paramount Title Fonoti of Lotofaga, Atua. – Son of Tafea Lomano Maioa and Anne Vaelua Brown)
NOTE: Hon Fonoti the leader Fono a Faipule of Samoa 1939 to 1947, a Member of Legislative Assembly 1948 to 1952, M.L.A. & Govt Constitutional Convention Committee 1954, 1955 to 1957. And he was also the leader of the MAU for Atua from 1935 to 1942. The Petition for Self Government by leader Faipule Hon Fonoti that presented directly to New Zealand Governor General Sir Cyral Newall and Prime Minister the Rt Hon Mr. Peter Fraser in 1944, And the United Nations Approval on 13th December 1946. The Newly Samoan Flag was Raised on 1st June 1948: “Samoa’s Freedom!”
Spouse of 1:
1 – Luisa. (daughter of L.M.S. Pastor Rev. Ieremia Manulesa Mata’utia Tuala of Sataua, Lealatele, Leauva’a & Fasito’o-tai in Savai’i and Upolu.)
Children of 12:
1 – Uatogitau Alosio Fonoti Brown (male)
2 – Fonoti Letaupe Ioane Jr. Brown (male: 1953: Title Fonoti Letaupe of Matatufu)
3Fonoti Inu Saufo’i Brown (male: 1975: Paramount Title Fonoti of Lotofaga Atua)
4 – Hon Teoteo Asiasi’au Tiatia Sauso’o Fonoti Brown (male: Government of Samoa MP x 3-1973 to 1984)
5 Fonoti Tuala Le Sa’oalii Kamilo Brown (male: 1963: Paramount chief title of Satuala, 2003: Paramount Title Fonoti of Lotofaga Atua)
6 – Falesefulu-o-TualamaSala Judith Fonoti Brown-Gibbs (female)
7 – Lili’i Sae Benedict Fonoti Brown (male)
8 – Lemalu Galusina Lalogafau Lui Paulo Asalemo Fonoti Brown (male)
9 – Sailivao Peter Fonoti Brown (male)
10 – Feiloa’ivao Paulo Fonoti Brown (male)
11 – Fonoti Tagaloamamana Inu Fonoti Brown (male: 2016: Paramount Title Fonoti of Lotofaga Atua)
12 – Samala’ulu Otila Fonoti Brown (female)
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NOTE: THE CURRENT HOLDER OF PARAMOUNT TITLE: ‘FONOTI OF LOTOFAGA’ WITHIN J.B. FONOTI FAMILY:‘Fonoti Tagaloamamana Inu Tulo Brown’ of Lotofaga ma Le Aiga Pa’ia o Sa-Levalasi Lotofaga Atua. [Son of Hon Fonoti Mata’utia John Brown and Mrs Luisa Tuala Fonoti Brown]
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Hon Teoteo Asiasi’au Tiatia Sauso’o Fonoti Brown. (son of Hon Fonoti Mata’utia John Brown and Mrs Luisa Tuala Fonoti Brown)
Spouse of 1: – Etevise Strickland. (One Ligo Family, of Lepea at Faleata)
Children of 9: – (Seven Sisters and Two Brothers.)

As Written And Published By: Christian Teoteo Tiatia Fonoti Brown.- (Son of HonTeoteo Asiasi’au Tiatia Sauso’o Fonoti Brown and Etevise Strickland Brown)
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Tupu Tafa’ifa o Salamasina ma Fonoti o lo’o lagomau i le Aiga Pa’ia o Sa-Levalasi i Mulifusi ma Tanumaleu, po’o le Malae o Papa i Lotofaga, Atua. (Tupu Tafa’ifa was only held by Salamasina and Fonoti.)

A SPECIAL NOTE: A’e malamalama i lou gafa ma tagata na e tupuna mai ai, o le a fa’apena fo’i ona ofi atu ia te oe lagona o ia tagata. O TOA O SAMOA. Knowing your genealogy, po’o lou malamalama i le gafa a oe ma lou aiga, e atili fafaga ai le agaga ia te oe o le loto nu’u, ma lou loto aiga.

(“e ufiufi a le tama’imoa i le tanoa, ae ioio lava..”)

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~ by Christian Brown on July 25, 2008.

5 Responses to “Title and Kingship Genealogy History of King Fonoti Tafa’ifa of Samoa.”

  1. So are you going to add onto the tree you and the rest of the kids etc…???

  2. My Grandfather Is Fonoti Ioane Brown Jr. My Father….Fonoti Mikaele Brown. Currently residing in Samoa and Im sure you met him at your fathers funeral back in Samoa…I cant remember if it was in 03…it wasnt long after my Grandfather passed away…which was on the 3/3/03…I still remember the date because of all the “3’s”. Im my fathers only daughter and you have me as a friend on your bebo page…I really do appreciate that some of the family members like you take some time in their busy lives to do geneaology work for the sake of those in our family that dont know where they come from…lol I can say Im proud that I come from a very good family but as always theres always the bad fruits on the tree hahaha and we sure do have a few. Reading the article on your Grandfather whos my Great Grandpa. It made me think back to the time I used your Dad for a History I.A. back in High School in Samoa. Due to the fact that he passed away I had to go to Aunty Otila at lalovaea for info on him and the family history…Hearing it then and putting it together with all the amazing past history ive read on here of our family…I think to myself…where did they go wrong that we now dont have the status that our great grandfather had built for the family? I catch up with soo many relatives at lalovae when we go to family meetings over their…they talk about how great our family was…”WAS” and “WERE” I in the other hand hope to help bring back the name into our island. I hope our family gets over the greed of material things and just try to work as “FAMILY” to rebuild our name back to its main status.

  3. My name is Salome Sera daughter of Ualesi Semu, granddaughter of Salome Brown. My grandmothers parents were Vaelua and Mika Brown of Matatufu Lotofaga. I am proud to be part of this family although some members of the family live high standards, ours in Matatufu only have a lil, but we were happy with what we have, I know for a fact that my great uncle Tiapu’u Brown was a man with a big heart, he was very mean and outspoken…
    Thank you for creating this site for all of us…

  4. Do you have anymore information about the family tree of Tonumaipea Tapumanaia from Auala Savaii.

    My Grand Father Tapu Tai was killed in the Mau movement.

    I really enjoy reading and studing about the geneolgy of Samoa.

    You have set fire on my soul to find out more about my family tree.

    Any information you have at your disposal, so I may create a family tree for Tapumanaia from Auala Savaii will be greatly appreciated.

    Faafetai Lava

  5. Talofa lava. My name is Joan Posia Meki. I am the daughter of Tavita and Vaifoa “Otila” Meki of Masausi & Afao AMerican Samoa. I am the grandchild of -Late Grandfather Fonoti Ioane Jr. Brown 1953: Title Fonoti Letaupe of Matatufu. Its really amazing to find out that half of the stories my grandfather used to repeated to me when I was a little girl is true. John Fonoti Brown used to come and visit us in American Samoa and wanting me to visit him in W. Samoa and meet the family down there, but I didnt acknoledge. Now I am a grown woman, I will like to meet my aiga. I am now in Seattle, WA with my family and will be visiting Western Samoa by the end of the year. One of my main reason of visiting Samoa is to check on grandfather’s grave and will be gladly love to meet everyone. I believe that is all for now until next time. Tofaina ma ia Manuia

    Joan Posia Meki

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