Savaii Ready to Host Palolo Festival 2020

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Sunday 4 October 2020, Savaii Samoa. Palolo fever will hit the Big Island next week when the much anticipated Palolo Festival kicks off with an exciting line-up of activities planned by the Savaii tourism industry who intend to celebrate the spirit of Palolo in unique Savaiian style!

A coordinated effort between participating Savaii hoteliers has produced a diverse schedule of activities and events to celebrate palolo season, that is unique to their respective locations on the island to ensure anticipated visitors are spoilt for choice.

In the northwest end of Savaii, the Vaimoana Seaside Lodge will open the Palolo festival on Wednesday, 7 October with a live performance by cover band, Poly flavour who will also be playing throughout Savaii during the festival.

The hotel will be taking their guests on a local tradition and cultural journey of palolo catching over three days with the added element of raising awareness on the protection of our coral reef.

Catching palolo at Vaimoana Hotel, 2019 in Asau. PC Taupau Tauileave Toluono.

Owner of Vaimoana Seaside Resort, Tupai Saleimoa Vaai says that this is a perfect time of the year for the Savaii tourism industry to host a festival especially when the population in the big island spikes with locals from Upolu flocking to Savaii in search of an abundant palolo harvest.

“We wanted to create something that is uniquely Savaii and celebrate the gift of palolo with a festival”, said Tupai.

This is the opportune time to have an event this time of the year especially for our tourism industry because palolo always brings people to Savaii every year.”

Samoan caviar, palolo, rises every October, 7 days after full moon.

Hotel guests at the Palolo festival will be taken through the preparations of making ula leis or flower adornments and a’a’ (hand nets) as well as learning about the importance of marine environment protection. For an authentic experience, guests and visitors are invited to join the locals in locations where the palolo is harvested in Asau.

“It’s also important for us to raise awareness about protecting our coral reef so that the tradition of palolo can be enjoyed and celebrated for generations to come”,  said Tupai.

“With the support of MNRE, we will be educating our guests and visitors with information about preserving our precious marine resources by incorporating it into our activities during the festival.”

Faletalimalo o le Amoa Resort i Savaii. Ata: Trip Advisor

Over in Siufaga, the Amoa Resort will be paying tribute to the ‘faiga faiva’ (fishers) of Savaii and hosting a “White night” themed dinner and live music by Poly Flavour on Friday 9th October.

The evening will open with a Parade of Canoes, made up of local fishers from the village making their way to Amoa pier at dusk followed by a re-enactment of “Ta Palolo” performed by the women of the village.

The Palolo festival will close in spectacular fashion by the entertainers of Savaii in the village of Manase who will be hosting the Vodafone Manase Beach Party on Saturday 10th of October. The event brings together the entire village community and will feature live music, food stalls, games and activities, giveaways, dance performances and traditional food demonstrations on the day.