The author John Steinbeck said the following about a journey: “A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.”

The literal English translation of the Samoan phrase Le Folauga is, “The Journey”. As a freelance writer of more than a dozen years, I’ve found very few things that can properly and accurately represent life as does a journey.

Like most people, an accumulation of life experiences has given me perspective. My view of the world can be warped, humorous, analytical, illogical and at the same time logical but it will never be the same as yours because we all see life through different lenses.

I view my journey through the eyes of a Pacific Islander, born in the United States and raised in the islands of Polynesia. I have the good fortune of having the ability to jump seamlessly between both worlds. I love my Polynesian heritage just as much as I love being an American.

This blog is an attempt to divulge my unique personal, Pacific Island perspective on current events, Pacific Islander news, the arts, sports, the media, politics and more. My posts will be humorous at times and thought-provoking other times but it will always be written in a laid-back, editorial style.

I welcome and encourage your thoughts on the pieces that I post here and gratefully accept any recommendations for future articles and subject matter.

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3 thoughts on “Map

  1. Malo lava le fai ole faiva. It is wonderful to stumble across your blog, thanks to my brother, Alex Arona who resides in UT, who posted your blog on his facebook page, your thoughts on your five friends, o si au fanau.
    Continue to write and enlighten us with your wonderful insights on our culture and also your life in the U; don’t know if you are a U fan or a Y. Ia manuia la’asaga o le a e fa’afeagai atu ai. I am one proud Samoan to read your writing.

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