Tuilagi: Honouring his memory, celebrating his life

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene ,

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FITTING FAREWELL: Individuals and groups paid tribute to Tuilagi through performances at U.S.P. on Friday evening giving the audience and participants a snapshot of the amazing talent of one of Samoa’s own.

On Friday night, people from all over the Pacific came together to showcase a tribute extravaganza to honour the memory and legacy of Seiuli Tuilagi Allan Alo Alapati Va’ai.

There were also tributes paid in other parts of the world as people whose lives he had touched, mourned his death and celebrated his life. 

Hosted by the University of the South Pacific, the extravaganza was designed to inspire the audience to creatively celebrate Allan’s life through singing, dancing, choreography, poetry, photography, while wearing rainbow colors reflecting his vibrant life, style and personality. 

FITTING FAREWELL: Individuals and groups paid tribute to Tuilagi through performances at U.S.P. on Friday evening giving the audience and participants a snapshot of the amazing talent of one of Samoa’s own. Photo / Misiona Simo
FITTING FAREWELL: Individuals and groups paid tribute to Tuilagi through performances at U.S.P. on Friday evening giving the audience and participants a snapshot of the amazing talent of one of Samoa’s own. Photo / Misiona Simo
FITTING FAREWELL: Individuals and groups paid tribute to Tuilagi through performances at U.S.P. on Friday evening giving the audience and participants a snapshot of the amazing talent of one of Samoa’s own.
FITTING FAREWELL: Individuals and groups paid tribute to Tuilagi through performances at U.S.P. on Friday evening giving the audience and participants a snapshot of the amazing talent of one of Samoa’s own.
FITTING FAREWELL: Individuals and groups paid tribute to Tuilagi through performances at U.S.P. on Friday evening giving the audience and participants a snapshot of the amazing talent of one of Samoa’s own.
FITTING FAREWELL: Individuals and groups paid tribute to Tuilagi through performances at U.S.P. on Friday evening giving the audience and participants a snapshot of the amazing talent of one of Samoa’s own.
FITTING FAREWELL: Individuals and groups paid tribute to Tuilagi through performances at U.S.P. on Friday evening giving the audience and participants a snapshot of the amazing talent of one of Samoa’s own.
FITTING FAREWELL: Individuals and groups paid tribute to Tuilagi through performances at U.S.P. on Friday evening giving the audience and participants a snapshot of the amazing talent of one of Samoa’s own.

Attending the event were professors, businesses owners, politicians and unemployed youth whose only forte is dancing, all of whom were embraced by Allan. 

The dances also featured performances choreographed by Allan himself and were brought to life by his expressive art students from Samoa, the USP-Laucala-based Oceania Dance Theatre group, the latter group being led by the world-renowned dancer and choreographer Peter Espiritu. 

Those who performed included the EKFS Vini Fou Choir and members of the Pasifika Voices under the guidance of Igelese Ete a world class musician whose work featured in big screens favorites including the Lord of the Rings and Moana. 

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