He was a humble man, P.M. Tuilaepa pays tribute

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La’auli Alan Grey and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

La’auli Alan Grey and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has described the late La’auli Alan Grey as a humble man who has served Samoa well.

Tuilaepa offered the compliments during La’auli’s final service at the Mulivai Cathedral on Wednesday.

Tuilaepa spoke on behalf of the Government and the people of Samoa to thank La’auli and his family for their service to Samoa.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa, who is also the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union, said there would never be another La’auli. 

He said Cabinet’s decision to accord him the rare honour of a state funeral was befitting of what he had offered Samoa during his lifetime of service.

As recognition of his services to Samoa, Tuilaepa said La’auli was awarded the Western Samoa Order of Merit in 1993 to honour his contribution to tourism development, employment creation, investments and his role in the development of rugby.

He highlighted La’auli’s key strategic contribution to the development of the tourism industry, through the Aggie Grey’s hotel brand. What the Aggie Grey’s hotel achieved under La’auli’s guidance in terms “word of mouth” promotion as a result of exceptional Samoan hospitality was ahead of its time, Tuilaepa said.

Even with today’s standards of service, Tuilaepa said they have not been able to recreate the magic and ambience of what Aggie Grey’s did by simply welcoming visitors and treating them like Samoans do.

 

This is what Tuilaepa said in Samoan:

Le Faletua ia Marina, ia faapea foi le nofoaalo, ma Samoa ua potopoto,

O outou paia, sa ma faigata o le a faataalolo. O le molimau lenei a le tatou Malo, i le soifua galue o le susuga ia Laauli Alan Grey.

O Laauli o se tasi o i latou to’aitiiti na ulua’i filifilia faapitoa e lo tatou Malo e faaee i ai le pine taualoa a le tatou Malo. O mamalu maualuga ia faalupelupe faa-le-malo e aloaia ma amanaia ai se tautua ua maualuga ma maoa’e mo le atunuu. 

O lenei pine taualoa ua faaigoa o le Western Samoa Order of Merit, na tauaaoina i le tausaga e 1993, i le taimi lea a’o le’i suia le igoa o Samoa mai le Western Samoa i le upu e tasi SAMOA, ina ua soloia ese le upu Western ona avea ai lea o le igoa o le tatou atunuu ma Samoa moni ma Samoa moni ai le faalupega o le tatou Malo.

E le’o na ma le laina le sao o lenei tamalii i le atina’e ina o alamanuia o turisi, o i latou ia o e asiasi mai i Samoa. O loo pito maualuga foi lona sao i le faafaigaluegaina o fanau a Samoa, aemaise le faatupulaia pea o teugatupe mo le sologa lelei o le faaulufale mai o oloa eseese e moomia e o tatou tagata. Tupe ia a isi foi atunuu e taulia i na foi atunuu mo le tatou oloa e fia oka ina mai.

O le faagaioina foi o le latou faletalimalo o le Aggie Grey, pau lea o le faletalimalo na tulagaese lona sao i le faalauiloa ina ai o Samoa i le lalolagi, ona sa matua faaoga ai le ituaiga taligamalo tonu faasamoa, o le faafeiloai o i latou faatoa taunuu i le faletalimalo i fofoga fiafia ma upu masani o le feofoofoa’i ma toe faatofa foi ma faamavae i a’i latou i le taimi o le a tuua ai Samoa faapei o ni mafutaga ua motusia faaleaiga i Samoa, ma atili ai ona iloa faalauaitele i le lalolagi e i latou e asiasi mai ma nonofo mau ai i le Aggies Hotels, le uiga ese maoa’e foi o le tausaafia ma uiga faamasani gofie o tagata i o tatou tagatanuu o Samoa, uiga mafana ia e tupu ai foi ma lagona o e asiasi mai i Samoa ma nonofo ai i le faletalimalo o Aggies. O se siosiomaga fiafia faaleaiga truly a home away from home.

Sa le’i taufaailoa ai lenei atina’e taua i ni faasalalauga faapitoa taugata o tala ave lava tuufofoga a i latou na malaga mai. O latou foi na latou toe faasalalau ina i aiga uo ma e masani le talalelei i le faletalimalo lenei ta’uta’ua ma logologoa ma atili lauiloa ai lenei faletalimalo i atunuu i fafo atu o Samoa, ma ta’uta’ua ai ma le igoa o Samoa. O faataitaiga lelei ia e oo mai nei i ona po nei, e le’o mafai lava ona faia e se isi lava faletalimalo i Samoa nei.

O le vaega lua o le soifua o Laauli, o se tagata e loto maualalo tele, ae na oo lava i ai le faatofalaiga a le Komiti o Pine ma Mamalu Taualoa a lo tatou Malo. O le sao lea o Laauli i le faagatama o le lakapi, i le faafailele ina lea o le au a Samoa; le Manu Samoa mai lava i le amataga se’i tau mai lava i le tausaga 1997 ina ua lauiloa lea o le Manu Samoa ua ofi atu i tauvaga lakapi a le lalolagi, faatupe toatasi lava ma tauave e Laauli fitu ma faigata o le tau faamaopoopo ina o lenei au lakapi a le atunuu, leai lava ma se lagolago a le tatou Malo e pei on ua i ai nei. Sa faaoga ai lona faletalimalo ma seleni o le pisinisi i saailiga malo a fanau a Samoa, i le faalelea ai lea o le tagavai o Samoa i malae taaalo lauiloa o le Lalolagi.

Ina ua liliu le taaloga e avea ma taaloga faapolofesa i le tausaga e 1997, na taunuu ai ia le iuni i se faaiuga taua tele ua le mafai ona tatou faaauau pea ona faatupe le taaloga lakapi ua taugata tele mo se tagata e toatasi. O le mafuaaga lea na faatau atu ia le Manu Samoa, ma pulea ai e ni alii mauoloa se toalua i Niu Sila Sir Michael ma Fay Richwhite

Ina ua avea a’u ma taitaifono a le Iuni Lakapi a Samoa, ae see ane Laauli e avea ma sui taitaifono i le 1999, sa ma galulue faatasi ai ma lenei foi toa o Samoa e toe faafoi mai le pulega o le Manu Samoa i lo tatou lava atunuu i le mother unio, ina ua matou iloa ua amata ona fealoalofai le au mauoloa ia a Niu Sila, e auai le Manu Samoa i nisi o taaloga faitauina faavaomalo ma e tasi lava le mafuaaga na matou iloa ua gau aano foi nei alii i le taugata tele o le faatupega o le tatou au lakapi, lea la na toe foi mai ai le pulega o le Manu Samoa i le iuni

Ua ou tautomanatu nei pei o le tausaga e 2002 na litaea ai Laauli mai le iuni ona ua le atoatoa le malosi o lona tino ua matua foi. O a’u foi ia pei ua ou tau sela atu ai i le tele o le gaosa o nei mea o lakapi.

O upu faaiu a le tatou Malo e fai lea i le sauniga faaiu i lona olioli saga tumau.

O le tagavai o le Malo lea ua tatala, o le faafeao e Alii o le Malu o le Malo o le sa o le susuga ia Laauli o le toe faalo lea a lo tatou Malo ma le atunuu i le ua tatau i ai le faaaloalo.

Manuia tele lau malaga Laauli, faamaise foi i le faletua ma le aiga faanoanoa.

Soifua.

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