Christmas is a magical time of the year and one of the most festive parts of the season is trimming a tree with lights and decorations.
At Taumeasina Island Resort, the hardworking staff used the roots of the pulu tree to make their own Christmas tree.
“The pulu is a very unique floral specimen; it has a complicated root structure and has been used for centuries by people across the South Pacific for shelter and as an appropriate meeting place,” General Manager, Nathan Bucknall said.
“The use of the roots of the Pulu is symbolic of Taumeasina Island Resort relationship with Samoa and the wider South Pacific.
“Many individual pieces, woven circling the frame, come together to make a unified, solid and beautiful Christmas tree, which gives glory to help celebrate the birth of our saviour Jesus Christ.”
He said the staff members worked hard to put the Pulu Christmas tree up.
“Our engineering team welded the frame and our staff all assisted in the collection of the hanging roots of the Pulu tree, which have been woven around the metal frame.
“Of course we have decorated the tree with some beautiful Christmas lights, and we have chosen Blue and Silver as our Christmas colour theme this year and we are all very happy and extremely proud with the outcome.”
The Banyan tree has many names across the Pacific, in Vanuatu it is called the Nambanga, in Fiji it is called the Baka tree, in Solomon Islands it is called the Abalolo tree and of course in Samoa it is called the Pulu tree.
“Taumeasina Island Resort is one of the newest and most modern resorts in Samoa and in the South Pacific.
“Our board of directors all come from the South Pacific, and the General Manager, whilst being originally from Australia, has spent over 10 years in the South Pacific islands.
“It was our connection to the South Pacific which inspired the team at Taumeasina Island Resort to come up with a very unique concept for our annual 18FT Christmas tree.”