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10 Things We WISH We Knew BEFORE Moving To AMERICAN SAMOA

Before moving here, we had some skewed ideas of what life would be like in the territory. Three years later, we're sharing the top 10 things that we WISH we knew BEFORE moving to AMERICAN SAMOA.

We're sharing everything from food to shopping to healthcare to traditions and so much more.

We always do our best to get the facts right, but if we got anything wrong, please let us know. We're ready to learn.

Let us know if we missed anything that you wished you had known before coming to AMERICAN SAMOA or, if you're still working on making it here, let us know what questions you still have.

Thanks again for watching and for all the love. You guys are the best!

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GROCERY SHOPPING | COST of LIVING IN AMERICAN SAMOA | Cost-U-Less, KS Mart, Mini-Marts

Wondering what it costs to live in AMERICAN SAMOA?

GROCERY SHOPPING is the first in a series of videos intended to provide information, as well as entertainment, discussing the COST OF LIVING on the island.

We take you into local stores, where you can see for yourself how much you'll need to budget in order to eat and live in American Samoa. We also let you in on a few tricks to make your $ go further in Paradise.

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Ask a Local: American Samoa

Adventure abounds in the city of Pago Pago in American Samoa. Explore the lush tropical beauty of the island and the friendly local culture.

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American Samoa | Top Places You Have To See

Top Places You Have To See In American Samoa:
▶ 0:30 Aunu'u Island
▶ 1:08 Blunt's Point
▶ 1:43 National Park of American Samoa
▶ 2:17 Nua
▶ 2:47 Aoloau Overlook
▶ 3:21 Massacre Beach
▶ More locations detailed in post: Fogama’a, Nu’uuli Falls, Sliding Rock.

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American Samoa

It's been more than 3 years since I last went back home and made the first drone video of American Samoa. Enjoy this new video of beautiful American Samoa. Filmed using a DJI Spark.

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PIZZA TASTE TEST | AMERICAN SAMOAN MUKBANG | Shan J's, KS Mart, Dickie's Diner, Paradise Pizza

Back with another TASTE TEST of one of America's favorite food- We're bringing you an American Samoan Pizza Mukbang with the whole AmSamFam!

We know we missed a few pizza favorites, here on Tutuila, so we might just have to do a part two sometime soon, but for today, we got pizza from Shan J's Pizza Park, KS Mart, Dickie's Diner found inside Cost-U-Less, and Paradise Pizza.

Which will be our favorite?

Which one is your favorite?

Thanks so much for joining us again! Tofa Soifua

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00:00- Intro
2:06- Shan J's Pizza Park
4:47- KS Pizza
9:01- Dickie's Diner Pizza
11:54- Paradise Pizza
16:27- And the Winner Is...
17:00- Tofa Soifua

American Samoa National Park

American Samoa is an island park located on three volcanoes, with tropical rainforest, beaches and coral reefs.

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WHY WE MOVED TO AMERICAN SAMOA | AMSAMFAM LIVING ON A TINY ISLAND IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC

Why did you move to American Samoa?

That's a question that we get ALL THE TIME!

And while we don't mind answering it, we thought it was time to tell you in video form. From feeling stuck in the American Dream, through a couple of moves, a few trips, and lots of adventure planning, our family took a huge leap across the ocean and moved to a tiny island in the South Pacific.

Now, American Samoa is our home and we couldn't be happier!

Plus, join us this Saturday, April 17, at 10 am Pago Pago time for a YouTube LIVE announcement and Q&A.

TIME CONVERSION
Sydney/Brisbane, Australia: Sunday, April 18, 7 am
New Zealand: Sunday, April 18, 9 am
Apia, Samoa: Sunday, April 18, 10 am
Pago Pago, American Samoa: Saturday, April 17, 10 am
Hawaii, USA: Saturday, April 17, 11 am
West Coast, USA: Saturday, April 17, 2 pm
Mountain Time, USA: Saturday, April 17, 3 pm
Central Time, USA: Saturday, April 17, 4 pm
East Coast, USA: Saturday, April 17, 5 pm

Thank you again for coming along with us! Hope to see you LIVE, this Saturday (maybe Sunday for you).

Tofa Soifua!

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AMERICAN SAMOA: Exploring the disappointing capital ☹️ of PAGO PAGO (Pacific Ocean)

SUBSCRIBE ► - American Samoa and the capital of Pago Pago. Let's go for a walk around this town, also capital of the American territory of American Samoa, let's see a variety of sights and I will explain to you why this place will not on anyone's visitation plans any time soon. American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Samoa.
Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa, comprises a string of coastal villages on Tutuila Island. It’s a gateway to the National Park of American Samoa, which protects lush rainforest, coral reefs and waters visited by humpback whales. Fagatogo village is home to the Jean P. Haydon Museum, exhibiting local historic artifacts in a former U.S. Navy facility. A trail leads up to Blunts Point Battery, a WWII gun site.
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TOUR of AMERICAN SAMOA | Road Trip from the West End to the East End of Tutuila Island

We've had a lot of excitement in our lives lately, so we decided to slow it down and cruise the island.

The islands of American Samoa are full of beautiful views, lush rainforests, and friendly villages. We're showing you them all, on a road trip from the East end of Tutuila to the West end and everything in between.

Come along with us and drop a comment below if you see your village, or better yet, if you see your own home!

We love this island home of ours and we love you guys and all of your support!

Fa'afetai Lava ❤️

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10 Things NOT To Do in Samoa

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The Samoan islands are surrounded by miles of pristine beaches, crystal blue ocean, and dazzling reef. But keep in mind that Samoa is a conservative country, and you should do your research ahead of time. Here’s our list of 10 things you should NOT in Samoa.

1. Don’t Stay Standing
When it’s time to get down to business, you’ll notice that Samoans all sit down on the floor to engage in discussion. It’s also considered rude to eat or drink while you’re standing.


2. Don’t Indulge in Kava
It’s customary to take part in the kava ceremony. This narcotic brew is made with the roots of a pepper plant, and the cup of liquid is passed around for everyone to sip and enjoy. Overindulging in the drink can decrease your reaction times and motor coordination.


3. Don’t forget to brush up on the Culture
Samoan Cultural Village and Knowledgeable guides will take you around through different exhibits where you’ll be given a fun history lesson. You’ll also be taught coconut weaving, watch an entertaining dance performance, and be treated to a traditional meal cooked over an earth oven.


4. Don’t Underestimate a Beach Fale
A fale is a hut on the beaches. You can actually rent one and wake up to the waves crashing right at your feet. These handmade structures range from simple to luxurious, but to get a true experience, you’ll definitely want to stay in the old school version made of wood and dried coconut fiber.


5. Don’t Leave the Water Without Your Lava Lava
After soaking up some sun on the beach, make sure to cover up with a lava lava afterward. It’s similar to a sarong, and it basically covers up your body so that you don’t offend the locals. And keep in mind, the lava lava is worn by both men and women.


6. Don’t Forget to Pay Taefu T Matafeo Store a Visit
Between Salelologa and the north coast, you’ll find a tiny establishment called Taefu T Matafeo Store. Inside, you can sip on some of the best espressos ever, while nibbling on homemade cakes. They also serve up light fare, including kimchi, and they have more than enough icy beer to go around.


7. Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls…Just Joking
Samoa’s backdrop is rich with gorgeous tropical forests that are home to some of the most stunning waterfalls. On Upolu Island, you will find Sopoaga Waterfall at the foot of Lotofaga Village. At the base of the falls, you can also take part in an umu demonstration and coconut husking.


8. Don’t Be Surprised by Beach Fees
In Samoa, the majority of the beaches are owned by families and villages, and they charge visitors a small fee (from 5 to 20 tala) to swim, take photos on the beach, or even wander around the sand. If you’re staying at a resort, you won’t have to worry about this fee at all.


9. Don’t Visit the National Museum on Weekends
This museum should definitely be at the top of your itinerary, but make sure you stop by during the week, because they’re closed on weekends. You can send a special request to ask that they open their doors for you on a Saturday or Sunday, but there’s no guarantee that they’ll honor it.


10. Don’t Enter During Prayer
Prayer sessions can happen frequently, and if you find that you’ve arrived at someone’s home during a prayer, wait outside until it is finished. If you’re inside their home at the time the prayer’s set to take place, you’ll be expected to take part in the service as well.

American Samoa 2018

AMERICAN SAMOA
December 24-29, 2018

In order of appearance:
- Aoloau
- Pago Pago
- Pola Island
- Aunu'u Island
- North coast (National Park)
- Driving Route 1: Onenoa to Pago Pago
- Tisa's Bar and Grill
- Visiting my Guide Tintin's homestead with
fish pond
- Sadie by the Sea hotel, where I stayed,
view from bar
- Pago Pago
- Christmas Day
- Bonus: Evalani's Cabaret dance floor

GROCERY SHOPPING 2021 | COST OF LIVING IN AMERICAN SAMOA | Living Expenses on a Tropical Island

A lot has changed during this past year, including the COST OF LIVING IN AMERICAN SAMOA. We're here today to show you how much you can expect to spend when grocery shopping on Tutuila.

Last time we made a Grocery Shopping Cost of Living video, we focused solely on grocery stores, but this time we decided we'd better include one of the many roadside produce stands, where they sell locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Let us know where you do your grocery shopping in American Samoa or which place you'd like to try. Thanks again for watching! Tofa Soifua!

00:00- Intro
01:03- Patreon & Travel Guide
01:51- Cost U Less
06:40- KS Mart
09:46- Produce Stand
12:25- Matai Mart
15:26- Tofa Soifua

You can purchase your own ebook or paperback copy of “Explore American Samoa: The Complete Guide to Tutuila, Aunu’u, and Manu’a Islands” on Amazon, at

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Culture, Wildlife, Adventure: A Guide to the National Park of American Samoa

A tropical paradise in the South Pacific. A culture that has roots deep within the past. A species protected by “America’s Best Idea”. You can find all of those things at the National Park of American Samoa, one of the most unique and special national parks on the entire roster of NPS units! Join us as we delve into what makes this place so special through looking at the history of the islanders, the activities at the park, and the wildlife found within it.

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TRANSPORTATION in AMERICAN SAMOA | COST of LIVING | Aiga Buses, Taxis, Rentals, Buying, or Shipping

TRANSPORTATION in AMERICAN SAMOA is part two of our COST of LIVING series.

If you're looking at moving to American Samoa, chances are that you'll want to own a vehicle of your own, meaning either shipping one in or buying one locally.

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If you're simply coming for a short visit or looking for alternative ways to get around the island, your options are aiga buses, taxis, rental cars, or possibly biking, if you don't mind being chased by dogs.

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Coconut Car Rentals- #684-272-1879 or

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National Park of American Samoa Fire Crew, 2016

The National Park of American Samoa Fire Crew visiting Lassen Volcanic National Park in 2016. Thanks to Alex Behr for the video.

WE SAW BOOBIES ON A BOAT TRIP AROUND TUTUILA with CRUX MARINE BOAT TOURS | Tourism in American Samoa

We saw Brown-Footed Boobies on a boat trip with Crux Marine Boat Tours. What did you think we meant?

Melinda is joining some friends to see the island from a new perspective. We start in Pago Pago Harbor and head to the National Marine Sanctuary at Fagatele Bay, then around to the north side of the island to stand under a waterfall at Tafeu Cove, on to Pola Island, a hidden ocean cave, and finally back around to the harbor.

A huge THANK-YOU to Peter and Pate from Crux Marine Boat Tours for the incredible day!! It was one of the best experiences I've had in American Samoa!

Thanks for joining us again and for all your love and support!

If you want to SCHEDLUE a BOAT TOUR with Peter too, you can find him at or email him at konelio.talivaa@gmail.com.

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TOP 10 THINGS to BUY in AMERICAN SAMOA | Samoan Food & Drinks, Island Wear, and Souvenirs

It can be hard to tell the difference between authentic items and the stuff that's displayed just for tourists. That's why we've put together our TOP 10 THINGS to BUY in AMERICAN SAMOA.

We've included some of the more traditional SAMOAN FOOD, DRINKS, and APPAREL. Plus, some modern twists on local traditions.

Whether you're moving to American Samoa or just coming for a visit, these 10 Things are are not to be missed.

We couldn't fit everything on this list, so we've already started a part 2 list. Tell us what things you think we should include.

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OUR TOP 5 FAVORITE HIKING TRAILS IN AMERICAN SAMOA | EXPLORE AMERICAN SAMOA TRAVEL GUIDEBOOK

We're taking you back up the trails of American Samoa, but this time we're showing you all our own personal favorite hikes on Tutuila and Ofu (part of the Manu'a Islands), and one of the trails is a new one we haven't shown you in our videos before.

If you haven't checked out our new guidebook, EXPLORE AMERICAN SAMOA, you can head over to Amazon to see all of our TOP 5 lists.

You can purchase your own eBook or paperback copy of “Explore American Samoa: The Complete Guide to Tutuila, Aunu’u, and Manu’a Islands” on Amazon, at

If you'd like to support our channel, please consider pledging to our PATREON account, where you can pay $5, $10, or $25 per month, helping us keep these and other videos about our life and adventures in American Samoa coming each week.


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0:00- Intro
1:38- Lower Sauma Ridge Trail
3:02- Blunt's Point Trail
4:35- Mount Alava Trail
6:09- Tuafanua Trail
8:11- Mount Tumu Trail
10:27- Tofa Soifua

SUNDAYS IN AMERICAN SAMOA | DO'S and DON'TS | CHURCHES

SUNDAY in AMERICAN SAMOA is a day of rest, a day of worship, and a day to spend with family.

We've brought two friends along to tell their experiences growing up in American Samoa. They share some do's and don'ts and how best to experience an authentic Samoan Sunday.

We add lessons we've learned ourselves and some of our own favorite things to do on Sundays.

Whether you're religious or not, have local family, or if you're all alone, there's something for everyone to do on an American Samoan Sunday.

What's your favorite thing to do on Sundays? Have you been to a Samoan church service? Tell us in the comments below.

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