Photos of Falealupo Peninsula, western Savai'i, Samoa

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Falealupo Peninsula, western Savai'i

The western end of Savai'i is probably the most significant as far as Samoan legends are concerned; the easternmost point, Cape Mulinu'u is the place where, according to tradition, the dead pass into the underworld. This is Fafa O Sauai'i, the ancestral gathering place of the souls of Samoa's dead. There is a large rock pool here, where in the old days only chiefs were allowed to bathe, a star mound, the Vaatausili Cave and the "Blood Well", Via Sua Toto, so named as in those good old days Tupa'ilevaililigi, a warrior, threw the heads of his decapitated enemies in it.

At Moso's Footprint
Fales between trees
Housing in Falealupo
Playing Samoan cricket
Pastor and Chief
Going to school
Biology lesson
Large traditional fales
Tufutafoe village
Boy with coconuts
Falealupo Beach Fales
Falealupo church
Commemorative plaque
Interior of the church
New Catholic church
Where the village was
Rocky coast, Falealupo
School veranda
Platform, canopy walk
Taro plantation
Moso's Footprint
Rock House entrance
“Rock House”
House in Falealupo
Playing volleyball
New fales in Falealupo
Under the palms
Cape Mulinu'u
Rock pool
Vaatausili Cave
The Blood Well
Ancient star mound
Small beach fales
Fresh water pool
The road in Falealupo
Tufutafoe church

The village of Falealupo was one of the most beautiful villages in Samoa until it was completely destroyed during Hurricane Ofa in 1990, followed by Hurricane Val the following year. The only structure left standing is the ruins of the Catholic church which has a plaque commemorating the event, when people had to swim for their lives. A new church has been built further inland and in front of the pastor's house is a crypt where the bones of victims, that were later found, have been interred. Nearby is a partially collapsed lava tube, with an associated legend, known as "Rock House" that has been used as a shelter during hurricanes.

Along the road leading from the coastal village (Falealupo-tai) to the inland village along the main road along the island (Falealupo-uta) a depression in the rock, about 3 metres long and one metre wide, known as "Moso's Footprint" can be seen; legend had it that this is the footprint of a giant, Moso, when he stepped from Fiji to Samoa. A few kilometres beyond is the Falealupo Rainforest Preserve where, behind the local school, the Canopy Walkway has been constructed, a 24 metre long bridge 9 metres above the forest floor. The forest is traditionally very important to the local people and is now the first customary-owned conservation area in Samoa.