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Sunday, May 4, 1997

Political leaders from throughout the Pacific will arrive in Honolulu this week to pay final respects to the late Peter Tali Coleman, three-term Governor of American Samoa, who died at his Honolulu home of liver cancer April 28. He was 77.

Peter Coleman, Jr., one of the Governor's thirteen children, told the Honolulu PACNEWS Bureau that funeral services will take place Saturday morning, May 10, at 7:30 a.m., at St. Augustine's Church in Waikiki, followed by internment at Diamond Head Memorial Park at approximately 10:45 a.m.

The previous evening, the Governor's body will be on public view at St. Augustine's from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., followed by a requiem mass and all-night vigil.

Among the many leaders expected to personally bid farewell to Governor Coleman are the King of Tonga, Taufa' ahau Tupou IV; Fiji's President, Ratu Kamisese Mara; Samoa's Head of State, Malietoa Tanumafili, II; and the current Governor of American Samoa, Tauese Sunia.

Peter Coleman, Jr., an English teacher at Roosevelt High School in Honolulu, said he and his family are "overwhelmed by the enormity of the response" to his father's passing. He noted that whole villages are coming from American Samoa to pay their respects.

"This is going to be a joyful occasion," the Governor's son said, "free of pain."

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