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Re: I have some facts..

leatapo (View posts)
Posted: 14 Nov 2005 10:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Malo Foti,

If you search my name Leatapo your parents will tell you that Sinapati had three brothers and one sister. One of the brothers was named Leatapo (taulelea name) and later took on the name of Lesolo (matai).

I find this search for Salanoa name fascinating because so far the Salanoa family from Fagasa is mentioned. The root of the Salanoa family is in Falefa, Samoa from the great aiga of SaFenunuivao whose lineage comes the Tupua Tamasese title. It is of this lineage that the tootoo of LufiLufi decides who will be the Tupua Tamasese. The suafa (title) of Salanoa is formally Lealaisalanoa.

The question then becomes are all Salanoa family related? I don't know. But, I do know that our family from Tula are direct descendants of Falefa. I have been to Falefa and met with Iuli who explained how our family come to live in Tula. As in Tula, Iuli title is the matua of Salanoa family. Iuli told me that our great great grandfather Salanoa Iuli married the taupou of Pago Pago Tulimalefoi. And his wife wanted to stay in Tutuila and then established a village of Tula. This marriage becomes more evident when the paramount chief Mauga dies (maliu). High Chief Salanoa plays the important role as Tamasa who oversees the funeral arrangements. (fue lagi) I wasn;t surprise when I met Iuli Veni in 1988 in Falefa that he said my brother and I were suli moni of the family. My mother always told us that we came from Falefa and Iuli just confirmed it. Too bad he died. If you watched Tupua Tamasese Efi coronation in 1984 you could see him being the tootoo guest along with Moeono, the matua of Leutele.

I don't know if Falefa recognizies the other Salanoa familes like in Fagasa and Laulii of American Samoa. If you compare and contrast each village faalupega Tula is the closest. Having the same high chief, matua, and taupou. I hope this discourse help others to seek for themselves how they are related to the Salanoas in Falefa, Samoa.

I never met your grandfather or his kids. My mother is Fuatapu Salanoa whose father was Leatapo one of Sinapati's brothers. Looking forward to talking with you.

Leatapo Tupua Salanoa
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susan 25 Sep 2002 10:20AM GMT 
misi 25 Sep 2002 10:48PM GMT 
FOTI M SALANOA 16 Jul 2004 7:08AM GMT 
leatapo 15 Nov 2005 5:00AM GMT 
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Ese160 27 Jul 2007 11:14AM GMT 
sinavevela 30 Jul 2007 5:30PM GMT 
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