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Leatapo Fesili (View posts)
Posted: 29 Jul 2001 10:20AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 29 Jul 2005 9:44PM GMT
Surnames: Salanoa
Ms. Auelua,I can relate to your experience of frustation and confusion searching for family roots. For starters, the Salanoa title is a gafa tau i aiga tupu ma tamaalii so people might be askance when asked if and what their relation is to aiga Salanoa. However, the name originates from Falefa, Upolu but I learn that there is two Salanoa titles in Falefa. Alaisa and Mago respectively, but Alaisa is the main family title holder. The branch is bigger in Tutuila, American Samoa where as the Salanoa name is found in Tula, Fagasa, and Laulii. Are these different Salanoa related or one of the same family but divided into three villages? Well, the answer is that the Salanoa in Tula is the direct descendants of Salanoa Iuli of Falefa, Upolu. When I visited Falefa in 1988, I spoke to Iuli Lua Veni, the matua for Salanoa and with Moeono were the totoo for Tupua Tamasese Efi's saofai in 1984. The royal saofai was televised in both Samoas and I saw on tv, in Tafuana, Iuli and Moeono presiding for the Sa'o of the aiga Safenuinuivao family, his highness Tupua Tamasese Efi. Back to 1988, I was with a Kananfou malaga that had a afega in Falefa after a wedding we attended in Aleipata of a classmate. I was one of the ushers. But, my brother and I knew that Falefa is where my ancestors are from and like you my mother told us this since childhood. My brother and I were silent and did not make known our family name. However, one of my aoao class mate, an upoluian, told someone that there are alo Salanoa in their malaga. There we met Iuli Veni, Sunday evening, who sent his faletua to inquire about the word that alo Sasalanoa were among the Kananfou Theological Seminary malaga. The funny thing is, Ms Auelua, Iuli had asked me and my brother to which Salanoa family in Tutuila that we come from. So I told him that our mother is Fuatapu Salanoa and she is from Tula. Iuli and his wife feasogi both of us and started to apologize to us that the aiga had not ta'i a sua on our behalf to acknowledge to the seminare our family ties. Long story short, I had asked Iuli Lua Veni of why the family extended itself from Falefa to Tula, American Samoa? According to Iuli, Salanoa Iuli had married the taopou Tulimalefoi of SaMauga family in Pagopago. There the connection Salanoa has with Mauga and referred to as the Tamasa and hold the duty of presiding over Mauga's lagi when he maliu. Furthermore, the marriage lead to the formulation of village of Tula where my mother said that her great grandfather brought people to live there such that the Tagoai, Vaa family, Iuli, etc. The reference of the Salanoa family in Tula is Tama o le vasa. Finally, Iuli told my brother and I that we were suli, true heirs, of the Salanoa title in Falefa. Sad thing is, I heard that Iuli Lua Veni had died and so has Salanoa Augustino who both held the suafas when I lived in Samoa. And the Alaisa family you inquired about must not know about the Tula connection. It is better to talk to Iuli, I am not sure who he is now, but Iuli is the matua and knows geneology as part of his duty.By the way, I am interested to know your father's name and how he is related to Salanoa. I hope this helps. Happy hunting,Po
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Lai Salanoa 23 Mar 2000 12:00PM GMT 
leatapo tupua salanoa fesili 21 Jul 2000 12:00PM GMT 
ahneeg 24 Jul 2001 5:59PM GMT 
Lai 25 Jul 2001 3:54PM GMT 
loisalanoa 28 Aug 2009 12:04AM GMT 
Leatapo Fesili 29 Jul 2001 4:20PM GMT 
smith iuli 29 Dec 2001 7:46PM GMT 
LinaBarber 11 Apr 2008 2:06PM GMT 
famosa82 17 Apr 2008 9:17AM GMT 
Manaia_A 18 Apr 2008 10:05AM GMT 
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