Tafuna, American Samoa

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Tafuna, American Samoa
Tafuna, American Samoa is located in American Samoa
Tafuna, American Samoa
Tafuna, American Samoa
Coordinates: 14°20′09″S 170°43′12″W / 14.33583°S 170.72000°W / -14.33583; -170.72000
Country United States of America
Territory American Samoa
 • Total2.53 sq mi (6.54 km2)
 • Total9,756
 • Density3,900/sq mi (1,500/km2)

Tafuna' is a village on the east coast of Tutuila Island, American Samoa. It is located on a peninsula a mile north of Pago Pago International Airport and one mile south of Nu'uuli, American Samoa.

Tafuna is the most populous village in American Samoa,[1] with a population of 9,756 according to the 2012 US Census, and is the center of nightlife on the island. The Cathedral of the Holy Family (1986) located in the village is the episcopal see of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Samoa–Pago Pago.[2]


Tafuna is home to the most accessible of American Samoa's star mounds, known as Tia Seu Lupe. This can be seen right behind the state of St. Mary near the large Catholic cathedral. The name literally translates to "earthen mound to catch pigeons."[3] The star mound is almost ten feet high, and is one of the best-preserved mounds on the island. It is believed to have been used in rituals by tribal chiefs to capture pigeons for an unknown rite. Similar step-stone mounds can be found throughout Polynesia.[4]

Economic activity[edit]

Pago Pago International Airport has the headquarters of Inter Island Airways.[5] Tafuna contains the location of the headquarters of Island Choice Factory, along with The Tradewinds Hotel and a Cost U Less supermarket. Kanana Fou Private School was built in the village in 1979 for the Congregational Christian Church in American Samoa.


The Christian Church of American Samoa (CCCAS) made plans to construct a church center in Tafuna in 1982. The first phase of the construction of the center, which was named Kanana Fou, was completed by 1984. In 1997 a multimillion-dollar gymnasium and athletic facility was completed. Kanama Fou had now become a large religious center for seminars, conferences, athletic- and youth activities, and many more community uses. Tafuna also became the center of American Samoa's Catholic Church. Construction began on the cathedral, church hall, dormitories, and other support buildings in the 1980s and 1990s. Construction of the new complex, known as Fatu O Aiga, was completed at the cost of $3 million. [6]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/201954/american-samoa-census-puts-population-at-55,500
  2. ^ "Cathedral of the Holy Family". GCatholic.org. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  3. ^ https://www.lonelyplanet.com/american-samoa/tutuila/attractions/tia-seu-lupe/a/poi-sig/1456066/362248
  4. ^ https://www.afar.com/places/roman-catholic-cathedral-of-the-holy-family-pago-pago
  5. ^ "About / Contact Us." Inter Island Airways. Retrieved on February 25, 2012. "Inter Island Airways, Inc. Airport Road, Hangar 2 Pago Pago International Airport"
  6. ^ Shaffer, Robert J. (2000). American Samoa: 100 Years Under the United States Flag. Island Heritage. Page 71. ISBN 9780896103399.
  7. ^ "Jonathan Fanene". Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  8. ^ "Frankie Luvu". Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  9. ^ "Junior Siavii". Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  10. ^ "Destiny Vaeao". Retrieved January 12, 2019.

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Coordinates: 14°20′09″S 170°43′12″W / 14.33583°S 170.72000°W / -14.33583; -170.72000