6 Mar 2017

American Samoa's Faleomavaega remembered at service

2:21 pm on 6 March 2017

The American Samoa memorial service for former US Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin had a bit of everything that Eni loved.

The memorial service for Faleomavaega.

The memorial service for Faleomavaega. Photo: RNZI/Monica Miller

There was singing, dancing, and emotional and funny speeches.

People from all walks of life - government, church, business, community, were there with stories about how Faleomavaega impacted their lives..

Eleven speakers shared their memories of Faleomavaega - among them his sister, Vaitinasa Dr Salu Hunkin.

Faleomavaega and Elvis.

Faleomavaega and Elvis. Photo: Supplied/ RNZI/ Monica Miller

"It was these two sisters, his grandmother and sister of the grandmother that called Eni Senior and Eni Jr, 'Eni' because they couldn't pronounce Henry, which was the real name, 'Henry' but it turned out 'Eni.'"

Faleomavaega's funeral is to be held in Provo, Utah this Friday.

Faleomavaega's Sister Vaitinasa.

Faleomavaega's Sister Vaitinasa. Photo: RNZI/Monica Miller

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