19 Jan 2010

Entertainer warns Samoa about Hawaii tourism trends

1:20 pm on 19 January 2010

A Samoan entertainer in Hawaii is warning Samoa not to rush into tourism development without considering the consequences.

Pipi Kapeneta Suli Te'o-Tafiti, the star of the Polynesian cultural Center in Hawaii, says Samoans would do well to learn from Hawaii's experience.

He told the Samoa Observer, he doesn't want what has happened to Hawaii, where he says the native people have no control over their land, to happen to Samoa.

He says investors instead of land owners often end up benefitting .

Pipi says while tourism is important visitors must come to see the beauty of the country and land and then go back to where they come from.