Anetone family gathers
The descendants of the late Anetone Luafatasaga Kalapu of Matautu, Tuana’i, Lauli’i and Luatuanu’u are gathering for a very special occasion this week.
The late Anetone Luafatasaga Kalapu’s father, Luafatasaga Kalapu was the first Speaker of Parliament, appointed by the New Zealand government before Samoa became independent in 1962.
The five day reunion at Matautu brought relatives from New Zealand, Australia, United States and American Samoa home.
Family representative, Kiliafaga Ricky Anetone said the reunion is all about building relationships and offering thanksgiving together as a family.
“This is our first reunion and we are looking forward to continuing this great gathering every year,” said Kiliafaga. “We have three generations and it’s a blessing for us to come together this year and meet each other. Everyone is having a great time.”
The reunion included lots of entertainment, sports and fun activities designed for bonding.
“It has been such a great opportunity for us to bring together our children not only in Samoa but also from other countries in the world,” he said.
“This first reunion is all about thinking back of How Great Thou Art for the gift of life especially in bringing our family together this year… it was such a pleasure and privilege to meet all of our relatives this week.”
“The idea is that no matter where in the world they (our children) might end up, they will know exactly where they come from.” The late Anetone Luafatasaga Kalapu has 16 children.