Photos of the Aleipata District, eastern Upolu, Samoa

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The Aleipata District, eastern Upolu

The east coast of Upolu island is known as the Aleipata district, a sub-division of the most ancient Samoan district of Atua in eastern Upolu.

View of Malaela
Huts near Ti'avea
Road in Aleipata
Children of Salea'aumua
Fales in Salea'aumua
Salea'aumua village
Pandanus leaves
Traditional fales
Church near Mutiatele
Aleipata High School
Mutiatele village
Fales and canoe, Pu'e
Satitoa village
Bay of Satitoa
Blowing a conch
Two fishermen
Across Satitoa Bay
Playing volleyball
Ulutogia village
Weaving in Vailoa
Doing the laundry
Family in Vailoa
Cricket in Lalomanu
View from Cape Tapaga
House in Aleipata
Village of Lotopu'e
Village along river
Vailoa Church
Vailoa village
Canoe, Ulutogia
View to Namua island
Church of Satitoa
Namua island
Lotopu'e lagoon
Lotopu'e church
Aleipata view

Historically Aleipata was very important; in the old days travellers from Manu'a (the easternmost of the Samoan islands, where it is believed the ancestors of today's Samoans first landed, now in American Samoa) on their way to Upolu and Savai'i would stop here; their host would be the chief of the village of Salea'aumua, the seat of government of the Aleipata district.

It used to be a rather remote place in 1977, when these first photos were taken, with a dirt road ending at Ti'avia on the north east coast and the rough Richardson Track leading to the cross islands road; there is now a good bitumen road with daily buses and there are even plans for an airport as especially the south east coast of Upolu has great tourist potential.

There are four small uninhabited islands off the coast: Nu'utele (1.08 km²), Nu'ulua (0.25 km²), Namua (0.20 km²) and Fanuatapu (0.15 km²). The islands are important nesting locations for seabirds and only Namua may be visited: it has a small resort with beach fales and may be reached by motor boat.