Work on Fiafia Park on schedule – Tupa’i Bruno Loyale
Work at Samoa’s first ever amusement park is progressing well and its owner is confident it will be ready next month.
Owner of Samoa’s Magic Circus fame and Fiafia Park, Tupa’i Bruno Loyale, told the Samoa Observer in an interview that work on the site will continue and he and his staff are keen to get it completed on time.
He said he is aware of the Ministry of Health public notice cautioning people against public gatherings but work has not stopped at the site.
“There are a lot of things to do as we’re not close to being ready yet,” he said. “Regarding public gathering, we have to work, we can’t stop, everybody has to work, we’d have to continue.”
Inspectors from the U.S. have inspected the facilities at the site, added Tupa’i and his workers are now doing the final touching up with paint, fixing and decorations.
One of the rides at the park was American-theme with the flag painted all over it, but he said he had to remove the stars-and-stripes and give it a local touch with a splash of coconut trees to make it more Samoan homegrown.
“So that’s what we’re doing, we’re making things themed and having that skill being developed with an outdoor amphitheater with free shows,” he said.
The rides at the amusement park will be for both children and adults and includes the 16-seat ferris wheel, which Tupa’i called the “Samoan giant”.
“Right now what we’re basically doing is touching up the lighting, touching up paint and making new tents for everything,” he said. “We’re just changing, making things, putting down the gravel, cleaning the land, installing the electricity because we have local power, we have backup generators, we have all that.”
The amusement park will cater for everyone including those who are physically challenged.
“So it’s a fun place for people to enjoy themselves,” he added.
Part of the entertainment at the park will include performances by members of the Magic Circus, which opened up employment opportunities for locals.
“It takes a minimum of six months of training to create a new show where they will showcase it to Pago, here and there to get it ready for another world tour,” he said.
Training for the performers can last from 6-7 hours a day with instructors from Cuba and Argentina, who ensure safety standards are followed at all times. About 15-20 Samoans have been recruited for the new shows.
The new recruits include 20-year-old Hitila Ima of Salelavalu village, Savaii. When asked why he signed up, he said he was doing it for his parents and siblings’ future.
“There’s nothing else I am focusing on right now as I am fully focused on my trampoline training in preparation for the show that is nearing for the grand opening of this park,” he said.