SAMOAN CHIEFLY TITLE TO BE BESTOWED IN HAWAII

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Sunday, May 4, 1997

The Western Samoan Head of State, His Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II, will bestow a chiefly title on the President of Hawaii's Polynesian Cultural Center, Lester Moore, Saturday morning, May 10.

Honoring Moore for the Center's work in making visitors from throughout the world aware of Samoan culture, the formal investiture ceremonies will take place at Brigham Young University-Hawaii, near Honolulu. It will be the first time for His Highness to award a chiefly title outside of Samoa.

While in Hawaii, Malietoa also will open the Fifth Annual World Fire Knife Dance Competition.

In addition, he will preside over this year's We Are Samoa Festival at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Festival activities will include coconut-husking, basket-weaving, and Samoan food preparation, as well as traditional singing, dancing, and story telling.

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