|Pic 1: A faleo'o in Samoa|
|Pic 3: Our faleo'o in America|
Personally, I believe that having a meal of strictly Samoan foods (taro, palusami, etc.), and/or wearing a lavalava are less authentic and less representative of Samoan life than sitting in a faleo'o. But consider this, if you wear a lavalava and sit down to a meal of taro, palusami and other Samoan foods in a faleo'o, then your immediate setting is a slice and transplant right out of the islands ... makua seki a kakou. I must admit that I have done that on several occasions here in my American backyard, and we also play cards (suipi, lami, etc.) and hang out late into the night in the faleo'o. You can't help but feel the native connection and island similarities in such a simple structure.
We look forward to the summer months so we can spend time in the faleo'o. And believe me when I say that it's quite a therapeutic and relaxing experience which also restores much of my sanity. Again, it's in the faleo'o where, amazingly, we can quickly connect with beautiful and enchanting Samoa. Even during an occasional summer downpour, we enjoy more the sound of it on the roof and on the pebbles outside. And the words of the song immediately come to mind:
Se funa e, sau ia sou leo lea ua ta fia faalogo
Mapu maia i o'u vae ma lo'u fale lea suga o le faleo'o
E malu lona ea, a timu fo'i e te fia faalogo
Ma lau sogi tasi mai la'u pele ona uma ai lea.
If you want to have a semblance of Samoa at your place that's inspiring and convincingly alluring, making you feel like you're in Samoa, a faleo'o is an ideal construct - pun intended ....LOL!!