|Paulo and Family|
Paulo volunteered to take us around the island, plus to his village to meet his family. No way we are going to miss that opportunity!
Paulo's father, Salesa, is one of the head Matais (Chiefs) of the village; Paulo is one of the Chief Orators (Talking Chiefs).
|Paulo and Doug having fun|
After a short visit, Paulo took us touring around the island, but promised that we would come back and have lunch with his family. So, off we went.
|What a beautiful coast|
We visited the Sopoago Waterfalls visitor center, which is run by Tia, her family, and all of her chickens. Just put some Tala in the Honesty Box.
Paulo and Tia showed us how to husk, open, and shred the coconuts and extract the tasty coconut milk. Tia's chickens sure love coconut - you had to fight them off!
|Tia and her chickens|
|To-Sua swimming hole|
He said it was very refreshing and worth the climb. I should have gone in.
|Climbing back up|
Large handmade mats were brought out and placed in a cool spot for us to sit. Well, we aren't very flexible, so the family thought it very interesting/entertaining that we couldn't sit cross legged like they do, but we managed.
|Lunch with the Chief|
The food was brought out on big platters covered with banana leaves and were filled with Samoan chicken and rice, taro covered with coconut milk, and corned beef.
A prayer was said by Salesa and then we ate - only the 3 of us. The rest of the family had to wait until we had finished until they were allowed to eat. Strange, but that is the custom. Paulo did sit with us to fan us and make sure we were comfortable and enjoying our meal.
After lunch, Salesa showed us all of the beautiful mats made by his wife, Sita, and insisted that we take one home with us, plus woven necklaces, papaya, and taro. Paulo's family leads a very simple life, but were so very generous and we only brought brownies!
|Enjoying the falls and cool air|
|Looking over the valley|
|Checking out the beautiful coast|
PS: You should have seen Doug trying to stand up after sitting crosslegged - what a hoot.