Congressman Faleomavaega announced today his nomination to the American Samoa Political Status Commission and named Senator Faiivae Galea’i as his choice as provided by law.
In a letter to Governor Togiola Tulafono, Faleomavaega wrote briefly: “I write to inform you that pursuant to Public Law 29-6 that authorizes the Congressman to nominate a representative to the American Samoa Political Status Commission, I hereby submit the name of Senator Faiivae Galea’i of Fofo County as a member of the Commission.”
“Senator Faiivae Galea’i is one of American Samoa’s most noted contemporary political as well as traditional leader. Through his life-long experience, he has become deeply rooted in his understanding of the cultural and traditional aspects of Tutuila and Manu’a; and his academic qualifications stand him out as a modern figure in these times of fast technological changes,” Faleomavaega said in a separate statement.
“His traditional status for the chiefly title he holds not only within the Fofo County itself, but also in relation to other counties and districts, is well recognized and respected. His wisdom of the historical, social and economical ways of life in American Samoa is a vital asset that he possesses. In addition, his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Hawaii (UH) are extra dimensions to this fine gentleman’s qualifications,” Faleomavaega continued.
“After graduating from UH a few decades ago, he not only became involved in government through the Office of Tourism, but at one time was the General Manager of the then only hotel in the territory, the Rainmaker Hotel. Aside from his numerous involvements in government services, he is also an experienced businessman, a farmer, a legal practitioner, and among all else, holds a Master of Theology degree form the Pacific School of Religion, University of California - Berkeley,” Faleomavaega said.
“I believe Senator Faiivae will bring to the Commission a deeply rooted understanding and wealth of experience of the fa’asamoa in every perspective, and I am happy to have him as my nomination,” the Congressman concluded.