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Sunset at Sapapali'i
Sunset at Sapapali'i
Sapapali'i is located in Samoa
Coordinates: 13°41′21″S 172°11′11″W / 13.68917°S 172.18639°W / -13.68917; -172.18639Coordinates: 13°41′21″S 172°11′11″W / 13.68917°S 172.18639°W / -13.68917; -172.18639
Country  Samoa
District Fa'asaleleaga
Population (2006)
 • Total 868
Time zone -11

Sapapali'i is a village on the north east coast of Savai'i island in Samoa. It is the village where John Williams, the first missionary to bring Christianity to Samoa landed in 1830.[1] Sapapali'i is in the Fa'asaleleaga political district.[2]

Sapapali'i became the second Malietoa base in the district in 1750 when Malietoa Ti’a married a woman from the village. Their son Malietoa Fitisemanu was the father of Malietoa Vaiinupo who received Williams in 1830.[1]

Sapapali'i is 8 km north of Salelologa ferry terminal and township.


Main article: Archaeology in Samoa

In the 1970s, Gregory Jackmond carried out archaeological surveys inland from Sapapali'i. Jackmond, a Peace Corps in Samoa, surveyed a 20 hectare area with extensive pre-historic settlements. Jackmond later carried out field work at Palauli on the south east coast where the Pulemelei Mound is situated.[1]


  1. ^ a b c [1], Lagaga: a short history of Western Samoa By Malama Meleisea & Penelope Schoeffel Meleisea
  2. ^ "Population and Housing Census Report 2006" (PDF). Samoa Bureau of Statistics. July 2008. Retrieved 19 December 2009.