Son returns home

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SAMOA IS HOME: Arno Gurau and Karin Reynolds.

SAMOA IS HOME: Arno Gurau and Karin Reynolds.

There’s a saying that a bird may wander everywhere but it will always make its way back to its nest.

It’s the same thing for Arno Gurau.

Despite living abroad for a very long time, he will always call Samoa home.

Arno lost his father at a young age but coming back to Samoa has been the best way for him to get a deeper understanding of what his father’s culture is like.

“It is important for me to always come back. This is the place to reconnect with my father because it is where he came from,” he said.

Arno said that because his father died when he was young, he was not able to teach him anything about the Samoan culture and so he has had to find out everything on his own.

“Coming back home is always a good time to visit family and loved ones here in Samoa. Every time I come, I always especially make time to see my aunt, my father’s sister.

On the other hand, Arno said that it was also great to have his two kids come to Samoa even though it turned out to be during the time of the 2009 tsunami.

 “But whenever you visit, it’s always important.

 “This is my fifth time now, being in Samoa. There is nothing that I love more than coming back for the fa’asamoa, the traditional food and the people,” he said.

Arno said that he will definitely return soon and he is already looking forward to when that next trip may be. 

He said that he loves Samoa and he will not stop coming back to the place that he still calls home.

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