Every year Kahuku High School holds a competition amongst the students of the Pasefika Club. The competition, known as “Tausala” or “Fiafia Night,” is held to not only raise funds for the club, but to also see who will be the group’s Taupou or Manaia at the “We Are Samoa Festival” held at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Here is a passage from Lagi Oloa, her sister-in-law who assisted with choreography and history.
Our vision was to showcase not only our Samoan culture, but to pay tribute to the late Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III, the very man who laid out the path of Independence for Samoa. Nanz Piotaufinu’u (Taupou) dressed in an all red fala and natural fala. The red represents the colour of royalty in Samoa and according to Salamasina Oloa, the red is also a representation and reminder of the of the blood that was shed due to their great sacrifice.
Natalie was our princess who danced in his Honour and to serve the great sacrifice he made for our country (Thats where the Ava ceremony came in)..The song Arise/Tu i luga (written by Lole) was a key reminder to us all that we must remember where we came from and the sacrifices that were made before us and that we must stand, remain strong and carry on traditions that have made us who we are today.
The Nifo oti spinning and dancing was in representation of “Toa ole Mau” and their fight for our freedom, as you can see in the video the men are not dancing/they are still (no aiuli) this was because they are the soldiers protective of our Taupou (Princess) and also showing stillness of peace as Tupua Tamasese Was all about fighting for his country in Peace, also as you can see the men all dressed in the uniform that “le Mau o Samoa” wears.
The song “Tamasese” is about the man himself and how he was shot and killed in the fight for our independence..This was not your typical Samoan Taualuga and the aim was to tell a story about our History that some of the younger generation don’t know much about today, we as a family wanted to create a platform of great knowledge and understanding in our culture and had the help of each other and a lot of research was done to recall the events that took place during that time, we also had a lot of knowledge from stories that were told to us from grandparents/parents as we grew up and this is why we wanted to tell this great story 😊 From every little detail of costuming, to the people that were asked to help, to the song choices to the props that were used,it was all taken into consideration, for us it no longer became a competition but a message of courage, peace, independence, culture, tradition and our love and passion for our Samoan ancestors..We thank you all..Our Taupou did an amazing job and also took away the win which was a bonus but we pray the message got through..sorry for the long one this is for those who are wondering 😊😊😊💯
Natalie Oloa, along with two other High School Seniors, put their creations head to head in their Taupou presentation. Congratulations, Nati, for winning this year.