(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.)—Matthew was long gone from the Atlantic coast early Monday, but the devastation lingered, most notably in North Carolina, where flooded cities tried to dry out and those downstream kept a close eye on rising rivers. The flooding disaster is forecast to slowly unfold over the next several days as all that rain —…

 

Continuous  prayers for families in the East Coast. This too shall pass.

After effects of Hurricane Matthew to Linger in North Carolina — TIME

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Cannonballs dating back to the Civil War era have been discovered on a South Carolina beach in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The military ordnance was found by a local resident walking along Folly Beach in Charleston County, according to CNN. The U.S. Air Force Explosive Team helped to detonate the cannonballs on Sunday, the…

via Hurricane Matthew Unearths Civil War-Era Cannonballs in South Carolina — TIME

Hurricane Matthew Unearths Civil War-Era Cannonballs in South Carolina — TIME

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An Indiana mother said she gave her two young children a “choice” to live or die before she smothered them to death with her hands. Amber Pasztor, who is facing murder charges in the deaths of her 6-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter, reportedly told local news station from jail on Monday that she killed her…

via Mom Explains Why She Killed Her 2 Kids: ‘I Gave Them a Choice’ to Live or Die — TIME

Mom Explains Why She Killed Her 2 Kids: ‘I Gave Them a Choice’ to Live or Die — TIME {I don’t know how a mother can do such a thing to her own babies}

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Fructose, a type of sugar, quickly absorbs into the liver of mice with diabetes, potentially causing health complications, according to a new study published Tuesday in the journal eLife. The findings, if further studied, could provide insight for people with diabetes. In the study, the researchers showed that mice with diabetes absorb fructose very quickly…

via How Fructose May Trigger Body Fat — TIME

How Fructose May Trigger Body Fat — TIME

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It has been a while since I last written in my blog site, nor updated much since Pintail Foundation launched. I guess this is a usual remedy after long nights and days writing. When the book finally distributed to its facilitated channels, it chimed a new feeling about relaxation and not having to worry about panicking or circulating around a due date. During that long relaxation, I spent more time in the gym, even invested more time with snapchat, and catching up with my fave NFL team games (Go STEELERS!) while acclimating back to the normal schedule..

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When the first proof arrived, I was relieved, but scared more than ever. I didn’t know what to expect, then it all ceased after seeing the beautiful picture of a taupou and the beautiful ocean before her.

 

Exposed Photography Samoa had been helpful all along in ensuring the cover image for Pintail Foundation came out perfectly. I think I can still remember when my cover got bumped back several times based on the format and pixel adjustments between the picture and texts. In the end, it all perfectly panned out to fit well on the matte cover.

 

When I uploaded a picture on Facebook, I received a lot of inquiries and feedback. And as usual, more messages filled my inbox. The major question from people was, “What is the book about?”

I get that a lot from people. And usually when I receive these kinds of inquiries, I always wonder if people were really all about reading or just wanting a summary so they can choose if they would buy one or pass. Despite the many questions, people loved the excerpts.

Pintail Foundation is a continuation of the Aiga Series. As each child prepares to leave home in pursuit of opportunities, they are vividly reminded of their Samoan foundation (fa’avae)— to never forget God, family and culture. The narrative is carried through journalism perspectives by each character. It’s the second book of the Aiga Series, begun in 2015 with Lovefolds of Our Upbringing.

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I love writing about the Samoan culture, and so very passionate about telling the world of the simple life our ancestors embraced around village and church functions. That inspired me to introduce the future to our past. I wrote it in hopes of reinforcing a sense of continuity for us as indigenous people in this evolving world.

My writing pays homage to the past, when life was simpler, centered around village and church functions—an era fondly remembered for its humble practices of fa’alavelave’s. Our ancestors valued culture and relationships more than wealth. Our children must not forget that ever.

Growing up in American Samoa is a blessing. I’m always thankful to be born and raised in an island isolated from the world. I used to always dream about future and goals while growing up. Like those commercials on TV, but it never dawned on me – until I left home that I was brought up in a very fortunate and well-preserved country in the South Pacific with so much history between the most prominent topics: colonialism, navigation, demigods, Christianity, culture, family foundations, legends, myths, plights and significant subjects within the Samoan islands. Those topics primarily kept me going. They truly helped me to apply adventures and observations of the Samoan upbringing, where the 120,000+ Samoans in the United States even others all around the world can vividly read about the real Samoan life, and the milestones a Samoan child takes from American Samoa to seek what everyone refers to as the “American Dream.”

Wherever Samoans may pursue endeavors in this world, they will always remember the tides and aura of their beginning. From cities, skyscrapers and many countries afar, home remains unforgotten to Samoan. In the Pasifika circle and over yonder, there’s a Samoan proverb that the Samoan people are well-versed in that goes, “E lele le toloa ae ma’au I le vai.” No matter where a gray duck flies, it will always return to its wetlands. Home.

 

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The Book Arrives…

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Sharing my recent short story displayed on “Tala from Pasifika.”

THROUGH MY EYES: ‘HEROINE OF MY OWN WORLD’

By Lynn Alaimalo –Posted on by Tales from Pasifika

My frantic schedule as a tina (mother) compels certainty that I am a heroine of my own kind. A heroine of my own world. Not the mother who wakes up to the sound of birds in her garden with violin playing in the background. Or one who would snap her finger and the kids would form a formation while singing Do-Re-Mi before single filing out to the car for school. As a heroine of my own world, I persevere through the opposite of that.

When I reflect back to legendary myths about heroines across the Pasifika, I marvel at their strength, preservation, and dauntless examples as warlords. Like Ka wahine ‘ai Honua, or the goddess of fire Pele – she shaped and sheltered the Hawaiian lands. In Samoa, I admire the Siamese twin sisters Taema and Tilafaiga’s journey that procured titles and proverbs presently used by the Samoan people. They profusely left behind tales which not only contributed to histories of lands and the ocean, but also influenced the growing mana of the tina in the family.

As a mother, I find strength to cope with every responsibility through the eyes of my family. My mom has. Grandmothers, great grandmothers and every woman in our lineage of ancestors did. My gratitude extends far out to pillars who appraised the value of culture and family. I wouldn’t be embracing much now, without the restless mothers and goddesses who instilled courage into the feats I now battle with as, “Mom, mommy, ma, Momma, Mummy, Momsy…mummified!”

I remember the tale of the Siamese twin sisters Taema and Tilafaiga, whose breeding voyage knitted a foundation of the Samoan culture. They are known in real stories as the sisters who sailed between Fiji, Tutuila (American Samoa), Manu’a, Savaii and Samoa. Tilafaiga is the mother of a mighty war goddess by the name of Nafanua. Nafanua’s supernatural powers have no equal. Her immortal influences crafted systems currently embraced by the Independent Samoan government.

In the course of an endless hardship in Falelatai village, Nafanua sailed out to save her people from slavery. When Nafanua arrived unaccompanied with her war clubs, there wasn’t a presumption that she’ll drive a force of warriors away from her village. She didn’t have an army. However, her scorching powers formed an army of dragonflies and insects that fought beside her. Although men outnumbered her, Nafanua killed a numerous count during battle. At the wake of dawn, a breeze swept her upper apparel, exposing her breasts to the men. The Warriors were embarrassed and immediately fled out into the forest.

Relatively, my contemporary dream is some sort of power that’ll someday lure my imaginary Edward Scissorhands to organize plates, spoons and laundry around the house. Or perhaps a wand gadget devised to hold all the chores while the other arm is sitting at the drive-thru of Starbucks awaiting a Venti-sized caramel macchiato with two shots of espresso and less foam.

Every tina, or mother is a heroine in many ways. A tina is a representation of her own kind, a legend of her own story and a descendant of heroine ancestors. I am a heroine in my own world who still wakes up to the sound of the fire alarm because my better half has left the toaster notch at 5. A mother who is always relieved to be the first at the school drop off zone, and in the latter discovers a peanut butter face with a missing pair of shoe. Echoing in the hallway some mornings are numerous complaints to start my day: Mommy, the dog ate my science project! Mommy what am I going to wear? Where’s my catcher’s mitt? These mind-boggling occasions happen so often that all I can reminisce about are the days when there was no Starbucks, no toaster or a car; but a dear mother who wakes up before sunrise to grind the Koko Samoa (Samoan cocoa beans) and gather pandanus leaves to weave a fine mat for my family.

 

Pintail Foundation Novella has now been released on Paperback!

Pasifika Through My Own Eyes

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I was in Landstuhl, Germany when a Caucasian man approached me. He smiled and said: Hi Ufa! I was a little insulted but figured he might’ve fallen for a translation prank with a Samoan sometime in his life.

I told him, “Do you know what you’re saying? You gotta’ be careful my friend. You will not only lose your teeth, but you’ll learn the hard way also that what you had just said is a cuss word in Samoan.”

This particular encounter had me wondering about the pervasive yearn of our very own to teach the language, hence the profanity. Let alone, teaching the Samoan language to anyone they meet became a positive perspective to look at.

Any Samoan can apply the exact approach by enabling people to speak words of wisdom like:  Fa’afetai lava, Ua a mai oe, Fa’amolemole, Manuia lou aso, Alofa tele atu. Words like that are our true identity. Our beautiful identity.

I’m always fond of my Samoan identity, especially the fact that I was brought up in the Fa’asamoa. We communicate at home in Samoan. We communicate respectively in special functions and events also using our respective Samoan language.

What I fathom more is the advantage of speaking two different languages and valuing my very first and its unique difference from other languages in the world.

  •  Ou te alofa i la’u gagana Samoa. I love my Samoan language.
  •    Ou te mitamita i la’u gagana Samoa. I am proud of my Samoan language.
  •    O isi punaoa ma measina a Samoa o lana gagana. Some of Samoa’s renowned possessions and resources is its language.

While exploring job engines and software in the United States, I learned that other languages are acknowledged for translations and in optional portals. An incumbent can easily choose the option of their language in a drop down menu. Samoan language is sometimes muddled with languages like Hawaiian, Pidgin Hawaiian or Somalian. For other websites, there’s none in the drop down menu. It is not documented or incorporated into some software and tools.

These are the negated terms our generations need to fill for our ancestors. We can journey pass that void by encouraging organizations and technological companies to recognize the “Samoan” language. Better yet, introduce it as the language of the Samoan people when building software for global companies so it may be known among other world languages.

Hawaii’s language is a fluent Hawaiian language and Pidgin. Jamaica speaks a Jamaican Creole language called Patois. Native Americans have their set of languages among its tribes – Navajo language to be the most spoken language. People from Germany speaks German. Spanish, a language more spoken besides English in the US, is the language of Hispanic communities. What I like about this, especially the Hispanic communities, is the fact that even though children are born away from their roots and countries, they still speak and communicate fluently using their language. All these language are easily located on a drop down menu on any website. Not the Samoan language.

The Samoan language has its phonological variations formally and informally. The formal spoken language is always used among elders or official functions and events. Officially, for example: “Talofa i lau Susuga i le Ao Fa’alupega.” (Translation: Hello or Greetings to a Reverend-a matriarch beyond any chief or respected title.) Informal, as spoken by youths and on a daily basis, we’d say Malo!

While reading about other languages in the world, I gathered facts about the uniqueness of my Samoan language. Here are some of those facts:

  1.   My language defines me whichever way I choose to speak, formal or informal.
  2.    My language only uses the purdy letters AEIOUFGLMNPSTVHKR.
  3.    It unites my people wherever we are in the world. We see each other; we say “Malo” meaning “Hello.” Frankly, even though we do not know each other, we carry on a conversation in Samoan as if we do.
  4.    Hearing my daughter speak Samoan is the most beautiful thing. Although the neighbor’s kids knew not a lick of Samoan, it was kind uh’ awkward hearing her say at three years old, “E fashi’ (fasi) oe?” And to hear them render a prayer by singing, “Malie pule le Tama,” before a meal is just priceless.
  5.    T and K are referred to the same thing. For example Tavita and Kavika is still the same person.
  6.    Dejavue at Home: Samoan language is the mother tongue spoken at home. Whether a child is born in the US, NZ or AUS, they’ll still understand what their parents are saying.
  7.    Shows respect and honor. Samoan language is spoken formally in functions and events to address everyone.
  8.    Several words in the Samoan language have different usages or reused for other terms. Like the word “Malo” itself means many things: Hello, government, hard and win. The only difference is their pronunciations and how the word is used in a sentence.
  9.      The Samoan language is so unique that it has to be studied in order for anyone to actually understand and learn. You have to be around the crowd to listen and hear how words are used to comprehend the quality of the Samoan language.
  10.      Google’s very first erected application to launch a virtual Samoan translation app slightly confused the majority on the translation of Samoan words.”Malo le soifua maua” were translated on Google as, “Government Health Care available.” (Google Translation)
  11.    Like Native Americans, the Samoan language was used as a code talking language during World War 2 also. The language was used via transmitted radio messages to safeguard missions.
  12.    You can enjoy learning this language anytime! Our G’s are pronounced like ng. (angle, bongo, ang) (Say “Pago Pago!” )
  13.    The Samoan language is my identity of who I am and where I am from.
  14.    Every Samoan should be proud of his or her Samoan language. Even when they choose to speak curvy as if they were born off the island (livaliva aso); yet, deep down in their hearts, they know they’re Samoan and can speak the Samoan language.
  15. My very first novella, Lovefolds of Our Upbringing was written with nearly as must Samoan words that no other book in the United States itself had for a dual language. The book was chosen for its own audience, yet in the latter, reviews appeared that there were too many Samoan words. And these were Samoan people writing these reviews. Sooooo, THERE!

 

Be proud of your culture and language. Mitamita i lau aganu’u ma lau gagana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Maui appears to be a strong character with a good heart and it never came across me to ever question his appearance.

Disney’s Teaser Trailer of “Moana”

Positively and essentially – with an openmind towards the ongoing, rambunctious and outpour of concerns for this character – I really don’t think it matters much to other Polynesians as a cartoon will always be an entertainment for the children.

This cartoon didn’t set in as a problem at all, as I know times do evolve and some of the people behind these stories are those who pitched stories from Pacific islanders for their creative ideas and thoughts. Another reason as we all can see – not everyone can reflect a more content or true physique of a Polynesian figure these days around the different dietary and contemporary practices we’ve all submerged into.

There are sensitive disagreements also portraying the obese figure of Maui, but I do want to share something I had recently come to actually realize myself in the military category of tape tests that differentiate such theory of obesity for the Samoan man. When a built-Samoan male  is taped, his body fat is very low compared to the weight accumulated on a scale. Yet he’s still considered obese. A Samoan man, as muscular or big as he may appear, will sprint until his guts falls out and may outrun the average fit-by-the-book male. And we’ve grown to also see/witness that on rugby and NFL football games. That’s why the physique and outer look never really mattered to me when it came to Maui.

I don’t take much of a cartoon seriously, because I know and am well aware of the strength and powerful mana of the Polynesian people. For other Disney stereotypes among other cultures, the gods of Japan were not questioned as it is a taboo to even touch sensitive topics dealing with the gods of Mulan’s family. As for Pocahontas’ elders – they did include a lot of their features, but missed several of the characteristics which made some characters appear Asian than the natural Native beauty.

As for the Cinderella movie where Whoopi Goldberg was the Queen, Victor Garber was the King and the prince being Filipino, it turned necks. Moral of the story is, we may be #6 on world’s most obese countries in the world, but Maui has nothing to do with obesity.

I live on the vibe and belief that no matter how we look, it’s what is in us that matters. My elders always said: It’s the heart that matters more. If you’re beautiful and your personality reflects ugly traits, then you’re ugly. And my darling Maui, you look beautiful, kind and strong like many strong men I know who do not filter themselves to be accepted into society.

I pray that there is some sense of understanding in our communities that obesity is something we can all fix as a community, a society and as Polynesian people, but we can’t fix it by holding out swords without a solution to the problem that affects us most. We can work together to make a difference, but criticizing won’t cure it.

I look forward to embrace the beauty of the turquoise beaches, the lush mountains, the sands, Moana character, Seiuli’s voice while saying “Le Tamatoa!” Lastly, hear the beautiful voices of Tevaka and cheer both Moana and Maui on.

O oe o le Toa, Maui!!

(picture: Disney Moana Movie)

 

Disney’s Maui v. Thoughts

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