The descendants of the late Inifi Titara and his wife, Tunufa’i of Toāmua and Tuana’i are gathering for a very special occasion this week.
The week-long reunion brought together five generations of family members from Hawai’i and Missouri as well as those here in Samoa.
Family representative, Alaga Inifi told the Samoa Observer that the reunion is all about building relationships and offering thanksgiving together as a family.
“This first reunion is all about thinking back to God and how great he is for the gift of life especially in bringing our family together this year.
“To be honest, it is such a pleasure and privilege to meet all of our relatives this week.
“My siblings and I saw this as an opportunity to pass down our traditional values and beliefs from our forefathers to many of our children and it’s great to see so many of them but especially our brothers and sisters.
Alaga says that the significance of the reunion is to remind the children of their roots.
“It’s all about family and this is also a great way to share stories of our lives and be with the whole family again after so many years of separation.
“The idea is that no matter where in the world they (our children) might end up, they will know exactly where they come from.”
The late Inifi and his wife, Tunufa’i had 14 children, seven girls and seven boys with over three hundred great-great-grandchildren from the villages of Toāmua and Tuana’i.
Family members will enjoy this week of getting to know each other, zumba, laughter, fun and games.