For Lui Ainoa, from the village of Tuana’i, he doesn’t believe in wasting precious time. While others his age are mucking around, he makes every minute count.
Aged 23 and currently employed at the Sheraton, Lui uses any time off work to take care of his family’s pineapple plantation.
He admits that his family goes through a lot of problems, but there is always a way out.
“There are a lot of problems we face,” Lui told the Village Voice.
“It’s the usual problems which come when you are lazy and do not work hard. One of the main problems faced by my family is the state of the house.
“I live in town but my family has used this house for many years now. We are actually trying to fix up the house and the money we make from the pineapples will go a long way towards that goal.
“We try not to rely on the strength of others; we try and do the work on our own.”
With many young adults prancing around the town area causing trouble, Lui says that there are more important things in life to use your time with.
“I hear of a lot of trouble caused by young adults in town,” he said.
“Unlike those youths, I hate wasting time on unnecessary things. Other than always going down to town and causing trouble; the youth should be helping out with their families.
“If you love your family then do things like this, use your time to grow some pineapples or bananas which can earn your family some money. That’s what I live by.”
He mentions that aside from earning money from his job, pineapples can earn you a quick sum if you keep at it.
“I am employed and today is my day off,” Lui said.
“I work at the Sheraton and when I am resting then I use my free time to grow some pineapples because it’s one of the only things that really grow well here.
“Pineapples are a very fast source of money. My family has been doing this for a while now.”
But the money depends on how many crops you work to grow.
“The money we get depends on how many pineapples grow well,” Lui said.
“If I harvest 50 pineapples then on that day I can make about $200 from it. Growing these crops is very important to family’s living in this village.
“I actually live in Apia, and this is my uncle’s place. My family left for Australia so I am just cleaning up a little and taking care of the place.”
No matter how busy he gets, Lui will always find time to take care of his crops.
“I always try and find time off to tend to my pineapples,” he said.
“The Lord provides for us and if you do work hard like this then you won’t struggle in life. I don’t believe there is any poverty in Samoa.
“If there was poverty then you will find people really starving to death and we don’t have that in Samoa. We are blessed with good land.
“To be honest, the money farmers make is much more than those who work in offices.”