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Samoan Heritage Week

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    Dancers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Waipahu 1st Ward performed yesterday at Keehi Lagoon as part of the Samoan Heritage Week celebration.
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    Brittne Fuimano of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Waipahu First Ward performed a Samoan Taupau dance.
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    The governor of American Samoa, Togiola Tulafono, raised his cup during an ava ceremony.
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    Milton Papali'i of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Waipahu First Ward performed during the celebration.
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    Honeygirl Fuimano, 12, kept cool in the shade of a tent.
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    Tasi To'omalaitai presented a cup of ava to a dignitary during a ceremony.
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    Women from the audience got up to dance during a Samoan Taupau performance.
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    Brittne Fuimano prepared ava for dignitaries in a ceremonial setting.
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    Rita Salavea and Ipu So'o showed off the Samoan plate lunch they were selling at the Wings of Love Samoan Assembly of God tent. For $10 an individual portion included lamb stew, baked banana or fa'i, turkey tail, brisket, BBQ chicken, bread fruit or ulu, and long rice with corned beef and vegetable also known as sapasui.
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    Tyson Mitania performed a knife dance with his Sunday School classmates.
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