Samoans Abroad

N.F.L. stars Paul Soliai and Isaako Aaitui are returning home with plenty of wonderful memories from their visit to Samoa.

A MATAI NOW: American football star Paul Soliai is now a chief. He was bestowed the title of Leuluaialii at his home village of Solosolo.

The Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, and his Masiofo, Her Highness Filifilia Tamasese, welcomed two National Football League (N.F.L.) stars yesterday.

Paul Soliai and Isaako Aaitui touched down at Faleolo International Airport yesterday morning and one of their first stops was their Highnesses’ residence at Tuaefu.

Many children and parents were seen yesterday at Apia Park with N.F.L stars, visiting Samoa to promote healthy living.

“Teaching us skills of how to handle the ball in American football and know more about the game was something very interesting to me,” said one attendee, Michael Lei.

Sammisano’s parents knew he was a big one. When he was born in August in San Francisco, the hospital’s newborn unit didn’t have diapers roomy enough to fit him, and the baby clothes he’d received as gifts were way too small.

But there are big babies, and then there is Sammisano Joshua Talai Otuhiva, who was more than 16 pounds.