Five chiefly titles bestowed at Auala

By Sarafina Sanerivi ,

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ALL SMILES:  The family before the ceremony.

ALL SMILES: The family before the ceremony.

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Five new matai holders celebrated a fresh chapter of their lives at Auala Savai’i during the weekend. Asoto’elau, the Maota of Leali’ifanolevalevale, was the venue of the special occasion.  The bestowal ceremony was conducted by Reverend Fa’auuga Pula of the Congregational Christian Church at Auala. 

BLESSINGS: Reverend Fa’auuga Pula blessing the new title holders.

BLESSINGS: Reverend Fa’auuga Pula blessing the new title holders.

The new matai holders are Tuifa’asisina Selefuti Tamana Tanielu, Tuifa’asisina Eliu Iakopo, Puipuioa’ana Ionatana Tanielu, Le’autuleo’o Poseta Iakopo and Avamua Tavina Toai. 

Tuifa’asisina Eliu Iakopo, Fesola’i Cecily Iakopo and Lorenzo Pelenato.

BLESSINGS: Reverend Fa’auuga Pula blessing the new title holders.
BLESSINGS: Reverend Fa’auuga Pula blessing the new title holders.
Tuifa’asisina Eliu Iakopo, Fesola’i Cecily Iakopo and Lorenzo Pelenato.
Tuifa’asisina Eliu Iakopo, Fesola’i Cecily Iakopo and Lorenzo Pelenato.
Avamua Tavina Toai, Puipuioa'ana Ionatana Tanielu, Leali’ifanovalevale Iopu Tanielu, Le'atuleo’o Poseta Iakopo.
Avamua Tavina Toai, Puipuioa'ana Ionatana Tanielu, Leali’ifanovalevale Iopu Tanielu, Le'atuleo’o Poseta Iakopo.

Tuifa’asisina Eliu Iakopo, Fesola’i Cecily Iakopo and Lorenzo Pelenato.

According to Leali’ifanolevalevale Dr. Iopu Tanielu, the high chief of the family, this is the first time in a long time their family has carried out a saofa’i.

Avamua Tavina Toai, Puipuioa'ana Ionatana Tanielu, Leali’ifanovalevale Iopu Tanielu, Le'atuleo’o Poseta Iakopo.

Avamua Tavina Toai, Puipuioa'ana Ionatana Tanielu, Leali’ifanovalevale Iopu Tanielu, Le'atuleo’o Poseta Iakopo.

“It has been almost twenty years since we last had a saofa’i,” he said. “And we thought that it was time to have a saofa’i as our children have grown up already and are ready to serve the family and the village through their new titles.”

Family members from New Zealand, America and Samoa gathered at Asoto’elau on Saturday 2 July, 2016 for this occasion.

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