Malaetasi Togafau

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Sialega Malaetasi Mauga Togafau (died March 9, 2007) was Attorney General of the U.S. Territory of American Samoa. He served two terms, first from 1993–1996 and again from January 2005 until his death in March 2007. He died due to complications of colon cancer. Married to Dr. Oreta Mapu Togafau.


    Malaetasi was born on June 4, 1946 to Femalua'i Palepoi Mauga Sialo'i. His grandparents Posiulai Mamea of the Maluia family in Nuuuli and Togafau Sefulu Aumoeualogo of Amouli raised him in Nuuuli, American Samoa.
    Given the name Steve Mauga at birth, Malaetasi was the third of 10 children born to Famalua'i. Malaetasi was baptized by his loving grandparents Posiulai and Togafau at the Nuuuli Congregational Christian Church, officiated by the Reverend Elder Tanielu Aasa's tenture as pastor of Nuuuli EFKS. His mother's father, Paramont Chief Mauga Palepoi anointed him as *Malaetasi."
    Malaetasi was ordained as a Deacon of the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa and held this sacred role until his death in

2007. He was a staunch advocate in having more youth participation in church roles and functions.

Service to Family and Nuuuli Village Malaetasi held the chiefly title of

Afioga ile Taumafaalofi --- SIALEGA title bestowed on November 27, 2003

    He was bestowed this ancient title of Nuuuli, that was held by his uncle, Palepoi Mauga Jr, who went on to hold the paramount high chief title of Mauga at Pago Pago. Sialega was also held by Malaetasi's maternal grandfather, Mauga Palepoi Afamasaga Sr, another title holder of the paramount title - Mauga. Historically, it is through the Sialega lineage that a grandson of Fiame of Lotofaga married Solagaliua, daughter of Sialega. This line descends from the Fonoti line of the Seutatia link to the Tuiatua title of Atua.

and a minor chiefly title of Maluia Family--- Atilave'a conferred in 1993

As Atilavea, Malaetasi was responsible for organizing and supporting activities for the young men of the Maluia clan as well as the village in general. Malaetasi actively participated in the Nuuuli Aumaga, young untitle men of Nuuuli, with the coordinating of training for the yearly long boat regatta, or tuuga Fautasi.


Brothers: James Mauga Young, Jack Mauga Young, Willie Togafau, Tasi Mauga Pisa Tivao, Homer Pelesasa, Benson Mauga, Benjamin Tili 

Sisters: Vaiula Tivao, Aolele Toilolo,

Marriage: Malaetasi married Dr. Oreta S. Mapu, from the villages of Aua and Aoa, on December 10, 1977 at Laie, Hawaii

Children: (son) Malaetasi Jr. & Tanja: Tatjana, Tasmin, Timo, Timothy

(son) Steve Malaetasi & Maria: Atilavea Togafau

(daughter) June Malaetasi & Kenith Cooper: Kenith Talalelei (deceased), Kedralynn, Kentaro, Kennedy, Kenith

(son) Wayne Ames (first marriage) & Gwendolyn Folau - Talalelei, June & Jasmine (twins) (current Marriage) Annie : Heavenlee, Solagaliua, Taheshja

(daughter) Heidi Ima Togafau & Imanueli Kotobalavu: Haley Nohea-Suitafa'ilagi Kotobalavu

(daughter)Hillary Sinapioa Togafau

Malaetasi had many nieces and nephews he raised as Children of own:

Tasiaeafe Mapu-Sandoval, Imoasina Solomona, Mose Paopao, Margaret Pisa, Vainiu Afo Jocelynn, Renne, Terrie, Grace Togafau. Jimmy Togafau, Tony Togafau Malaetasi Jack Sialo'i, Iosef Toilolo Johnny Ene, Roman Ene Stephen & Sammy(TJ) Maifea

Professional Career:

Assistant Public Defender - American Samoa High High Court September - December, 1974

Legal Cousel - American Samoa Delegates-at-Large Office, Washington DC (1975–1978)

Legislative Cousel - American Samoa Representative Office U.S Congress(1979–1982)

Member - American Samoa Legislature District # 12 (Ituau County)

First Term 1983-1984
Second Term 1985-1986
Third Term 1997-1998
Fourth Term 1999-2000

District Court Judge: High Court Of American Samoa 1985-1992

American Samoa Cabinet:

Attorney General January 1993 - December 1996

AdministrativeLaw Judge May 2000 - January 2005
Attorney General January 2005 – Present


Peru State University Graduate of 1971 Awarded Bachelor Science in Geography With Honors

California Western University Graduate of 1974 Awarded Juris Doctorate

Leone High School Graduate of 1966 First School Valedictorian.

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