Love at First Sight Under the Tamaligi Tree at NUS

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Last week Friday, the 19th of July 2019, will forever be engraved in the hearts of Genesis Charlie Kilepoa and Theresa Mailo because this was the day they exchanged vows before God at St Michaels Cathederal, Leauvaa.

Mr. Kilepoa said he met his wife under the tamaligi tree at the National University of Samoa and it was definitely love at first sight.

Following NUS the couple then lived apart while they pursued higher education.

“Our love became stronger during our long distance relationship for the last past few years due to my school and work,” he said.

“Our plan is to move to New Zealand after our honeymoon here in Samoa.”

“Everything is under God’s plan and time and we are truly blessed to have our families on our sides whenever we need them.

“Our parents especially are the reason why we know about love. Everything that they’ve taught us, I thank God for giving us such loving, caring and amazing parents.”

According to the groom’s younger sister Jadyn Ualesi her brother was born and raised in Samoa surrounded by their grandparents, parents and siblings.

“He was the most favored by our grandpa Laulusa Lauano Kilepoa before he passed in 2012,” she said.

“He moved to New Zealand in 2015 to continue his studies and work.”

The bride was also born and raised in Samoa and grew up in the village of Leauvaa with her parents and siblings. Theresa is the eldest of Ausia Nauma Mailo and Juana Mailo’s two children.

She continued her studies at NUS and prior to the wedding she was working full time to support her family.


Deidre Fanene