27 Aug 2008

Samoan Head of State welcomed on brief stopover in Hawaii

9:51 am on 27 August 2008

About 500 members of the Samoan community turned out in Honolulu yesterday afternoon to welcome Samoa's Head of State Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi.

The greeting ceremony, which included the traditional presentations of food and gifts, was organized by Samoans United in Action Inc., a coalition of community and church groups.

Tuiatua, is on a three-day stopover in Honolulu on his way home from China, where he was a guest at the Beijing Olympics.

A noted scholar and orator, Tuiatua will speak at the University of Hawaii at Manoa today before returning home.