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.