Whilst we were staying at Lauiula Beach Fales, Lano Beach the young man who worked on the fales invited us to watch him cook some traditional Samoan food. He made a dish called Palusami which is taro, coconut cream and onion wrapped in taro leaves. He prepared the fire first named a Umu using coconut shells, then adding stones. When they were hot enough he added the Palusami which took about 40mins.
While the food was cooking he gave a demonstration on how to extract the milk from a coconut, using a handmade coconut grating stool.
He invited us to church on Sunday, my sons werent that keen so I went on my own. Each village has its own church and there seemed to be a church on every corner. They are usually painted in bright colours and families dress up for the service. I was invited into the pastor’s house which was behind the church and his wife made me a coffee. We then went to the church service, which was all in Samoan. There was music and singing which was beautiful.
You can read more on Samoan Culture and Traditions here
Below is a few pics of my three sons: