KEYNOTE SPEAKER IS SHOPO PRESIDENT TENARI MA'AFALA
(HONOLULU)--Malofie Samoa Hawai'i President Tufuga Ta Tatau Samoa Su'a Sulu'ape Peter, will lead the flag raising parade for the Aso o Tupulaga "Loto Tasi" Youth Festival, Saturday, Sept. 5 at Ke'ehi Lagoon Beach Park.
The ceremony starts at 8:30 a.m.
As is customary for weeklong Samoan events held at Ke'ehi, the flags are raised on the final day. The flags of the United States of America, the Independent State of Samoa, Hawai'i and Amerika Samoa will be raised, according to a schedule provided to Faletuiga Sunday, Aug. 30.
These groups and individuals will sing the national anthems for the raising of the flags: Tonga Sisters (USA); Fa'afitauli Seiuli (Samoa); Polynesian Cultural Center (Hawai'i) and Tui Pule (Amerika Samoa).
The Saturday morning devotional will be led by Pastor Joe Hunkin of the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church in Waipahu and music will be provided by Taumesina Band,
Tumuatasi Danny Aumua will provide a traditional Samoan welcome, there will be a performance and the day's Keynote Speaker is Tenari Ma'afala, president of the State of Hawai'i Organization of Police Officers (SHOPO).
Saturday entertainment includes cultural games, Malu Productions, Tihati's Productions, Chief Sielu's Luau Productions and Kalena's Productions. Awards from the week's talent and sports competitions will be presented at the closing of the program.
Aso o Tupulaga opened Sunday with a church service. Nineteen food booths featuring Samoan foods also opened Sunday and will remain open through Saturday the fifth.
The last public event for Malofie Samoa Hawai'i was hosting the 'ava ceremony which opened the three-day Pacific Ink & Art Expo, held early August.
The Aso o Tupulaga "Loto Tasi" Youth Festival is geared toward nurturing the innate "God-given" talent of Samoan youth in dance, sports and competition, according to a statement from the committee.
Chairman for the Aso o Tupulaga committee is La'ie resident Pulefano Galea'i.