While the new look of the village at Leauva’a has been compared by some to a runway at the airport, the matai and faipule of the village are happy with their work.
Despite remarks being made that a plane may soon land there, the leaders are pleased to have invested in a permanent improvement to their village.
The lights on the side of the road start from the beginning of the village and continue along the sides of the road to the end.
In an interview with the Leauva’a mayor, Sagote Laki Mulitalo, he said the idea came from the matais and faipule of the village.
“In the past years, the village has spent a lot of money on temporary things to make the village look beautiful in the eyes of tourists.
“But this time we thought, why not spend money on a permanent project that will ensure we don’t have to spend any money on it again?” said Sagote.
“So the mayors and our matais came up with idea of having permanent lights on the side of the road especially with the Teuila Festival coming up.
“So we have worked on this for about three weeks and now it’s done”
Sagote went on to say that some people might have the idea that the village is trying to get praise from the government and other people but he said that is not the case.
“This is all about beautifying our village and especially with the Teuila Festival celebrations happening.
“Also a lot of government meetings are being held here so we thought this is a good chance to let the tourists know that we as Samoans are all about beauty.
“We care about our lands and we care about our village hence why we have come up with this project.”
For now, he said that cash power is being used for the lights.
“Every family is responsible for ensuring that these lights are on,” he said.
“However it won’t be for long and when the project is completely finished, then we will help out.”
On Saturday night the village held a ceremony to officially light up their new project in the village.