Who are we?
From the humble shores of Samoa the owners of Le Malae have made the commitment to empower the Samoan community through a network of individual city news reports from Samoans living in these cities to give the world and the other Samoans a portal into their lives and activities which are all part of the fabric we call Samoa. Our ancestors created the largest oceanic empire stretching from New Zealand to Hawaii and from Asia to America. We understood the concept of setting up island networks for the travelers to come to on their way from one end of Polynesia to the other. The Ocean was our enabler. It was the highway and we were its occupants. The constant travel between island states was common and regular. Our Alias were the best technology available for Oceanic sailing for thousands of years. Its no wonder that in spite of the long distances between our islands we maintain a common language and culture that is distinct and cohesive as if we were all connected by land.
Now fast forward to the 2010s and we stand on the shores of one of the largest oceans ever, the world wide web. It is connecting all of us whether we are in Apia, Pago Pago, Wellington, Brisbane or Los Angeles. This is the ocean we must now learn to navigate for it is empowering and enabling for us as a people to share our experiences, our language, our stories, and our culture in a manner that puts us all within inches of each other even though we are separated by thousands of miles. This is the purpose of Le Malae. To link all of us as a family and for us to meet here as we have done in years past, on the Malae, where the events of our communities are held for all to witness, experience and appreciate. My name is Namulauulu Alapati Ainuu and together with Kalala Foxworthy, Nielsen Petersen in New Zealand we welcome you to the Malae.