Families of Sialafau celebrate reunion

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu ,

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One of the bonding acitivities where families were given the opportunity to outline their parent.

One of the bonding acitivities where families were given the opportunity to outline their parent. (Photo: supplied)

The families of Sialafau from Nofoali’i are reuniting in Samoa this year after many years apart. 

The reunion which is themed “Family are forever” was held at St Theresa in Leauva’a. 

Leota Otaota Pula Aia-Silafau, who spoke on behalf of the family, said the main purpose of their get together is to strengthen family ties and create new bonds with one another.

 “Like branches of a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one, and that is why it is vital for our families to know one another."

“We must go back to our roots, where everything started in Nofoali’i and Maagiagi,” she said.

They are the children of Mana Savelio and Fa’alataina Sialafau of Nofoali’i and Ma’agiagi.  

One of the bonding acitivities where families were given the opportunity to outline their parent.
One of the bonding acitivities where families were given the opportunity to outline their parent.
An Ava ceremony to officially welcome members of the Sialafau family for their reunion which is held at the St Theresa compound.
An Ava ceremony to officially welcome members of the Sialafau family for their reunion which is held at the St Theresa compound.
An Ava ceremony to officially welcome members of the Sialafau family for their reunion which is held at the St Theresa compound.
An Ava ceremony to officially welcome members of the Sialafau family for their reunion which is held at the St Theresa compound.
An Ava ceremony to officially welcome members of the Sialafau family for their reunion which is held at the St Theresa compound.
An Ava ceremony to officially welcome members of the Sialafau family for their reunion which is held at the St Theresa compound.
An Ava ceremony to officially welcome members of the Sialafau family for their reunion which is held at the St Theresa compound.
An Ava ceremony to officially welcome members of the Sialafau family for their reunion which is held at the St Theresa compound.

Another important aspect of our reunion is learning family history, she added and indicated that a committee is putting together of program of activities which focused on family health, unity and togetherness.

According to Leota, they anticipate completing their reunion program tomorrow with entertainment. 

“We had activities involving family history, which is vital to know where our roots, right from the beginning. One must know where we come from and knowing how far we’ve come from our elders.”

There will be a lot of emphasis on family bonding and ensuring that members who went their separate ways in their youth are reunited. 

“It is the greatest feeling seeing the children who were separated at such a young age, come together and just connecting like they have known each other for a very long time." 

“Also seeing the younger generations connect on another level the way their parents are as siblings. Other than that, there has been a lot going on in the name of bonding,” Leota added.

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