Home is where the heart is.
For Amituana’i Pulepule from the village of Solosolo, Samoa is where he was born and where his heart will always be.
The Village Voice caught up with him at his side of the road fruit stall, selling nius and cucumbers.
“Our stall is new on the side of the road; we just thought we needed one to sell what we get from the plantation,” he said.
The 62 year old is a father to two sons, who are both all grown up with successful lives.
And while his wife went for a visit to one of his sons in Australia, Amituana’i is managing things at home with his other son.
“I’ve thought about going with my wife but I’m not used to the life there.
“I want to work on the lands everyday so if I go overseas, I might get sick from there because I wouldn’t know what else to do besides eating and just sitting around.
Amituana’i said life in Samoa is easy to anyone who feels they belong here.
“It may be expensive but you can always be sure that you will find something to eat from the lands.
“If not from the lands, you can just walk over to your neighbors and they offer you something to eat and drink.
“And that’s because that is the nature of Samoans; people supporting each other in times of needs.
“Another thing, most of us have our own lands, your own home and we have the freedom to do whatever we want whereas overseas you have to pay for almost everything.
“Life in Samoa requires work and that’s good both physically and mentally.
“We have good leadership and counsel in villages to guide the actions of the new generation or anyone else for that matter.
“That is why I feel my feet are stuck in this place because my heart loves everything about my own country.
“I love my children, I love my family and I know that wherever they are, wherever they will go, they feel the same way as I do.
“But I understand the reasons why Samoan people leave and it’s because they seek better futures.
“For me, I’m certain my future is in Samoa and it’s going to be good because I’m home.”