Samoa – a Photo Essay

All images by Penina Momoisea

My paternal grandmother – Mataniufeagaimaleata – passed away on the 20th of September 2012. My sister Penina, and Dad and Mum went back to Samoa for her funeral. Penina came back with an amazing photo journal of their time there, you can check out the entire collection of images at Le Penina – Pu’eata.

Some of the pictures are obviously very personal, but a lot of them I think are very relatable, not just for Samoans, but for anyone who has either grown up or visited any of the islands in the Pacific. While I didn’t grow up in Samoa, I did grow up in the islands (Rarotonga, Titikaveka) and there’s a definite childhood nostalgia I get when I look through these pictures of the beautiful island life.

The images also give a great insight into Samoan culture, custom and tradition and the love and closeness of family. I loved them so much I wanted to share some of my favourite pictures with you. But definitely check out the rest of them here. Thanks for these Pens, RIP Nanny.

A very old photo of my Dad when he was just a kid. He’s the lil guy on the far left.

Mum, Dad, Penina

5 Responses to Samoa – a Photo Essay

  1. peninajoy October 29, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    Wow! Thanks Lanz!

  2. JonsR October 29, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    Amazing pics and photo journey… yes journey because makes me think of times as a kid in the Cooks also.

  3. kellyhansen78 November 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm #


  4. nikaugabrielle November 5, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    last photo. that boy is beatiful- great photos hun. x

  5. October 16, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked
    submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing alll that over
    again. Anyhow, just wanted to say excellent blog!

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