AMERICAN SAMOA’S FALEOMAVAEGA SENDS CONDOLENCES ON PASSING OF FORMERSAMOA PRIME MINISTER VAAI KOLONE

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CONGRESSMAN ENI F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA American Samoa U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

NEWS RELEASE April 25, 2001

AMERICAN SAMOA’S FALEOMAVAEGA SENDS CONDOLENCES ON PASSING OF FORMER SAMOA PRIME MINISTER VAAI KOLONE

Congressman Eni F.H. Faleomavaega today sent His Excellency Tuilaepa Malielegaoi the following message of condolence on the passing of Former Prime Minister Vaai Kolone.

April 25, 2001

His Excellency Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi Prime Minister of Samoa Government of Samoa P.O. Box 193 Apia, SAMOA

Dear Mr. Prime Minister:

It is a sad day for all of Samoa as I have been informed of the recent passing of His Excellency, former Prime Minister Vaai Kolone.

A great leader and a self-made man, Va'ai Kolone epitomized the essence of the Samoan people's existence, toiling the land and educating our children. A farmer by trade, he was able to feel the pulse of our countrymen and established himself early in public life championing causes to benefit the people of Samoa. His persevering and adoring leadership qualities provided stability to his country during some trying periods in Samoa's political and economic development. It was also Va'ai Kolone's skillful leadership that caused both American Samoa and Samoa to prosper from the tremendous trading opportunities that were opened between our two countries.

As a father to his successful children, he was able to instill hope and inspiration to many Samoans that hard work and determination would build the independent state of Samoa to the nation that it is today. It was also his love for our traditions and a zealous defender of our culture in the modern world that got him nominated to the esteemed Council of Deputies. In Va'ai Kolone's passing, I am reminded of a true Samoan saying, "Ia pa'u se toa, ae tu se toa." My prayer is that our generation and those to follow will emulate the heart of this great Samoan leader.

My wife Hinanui and I extend to you and Mrs. Ida Kolone and the people of Samoa our sincere condolences and deepest sympathies. Ia fa'amafanafana le Atua i le faletua fa'apea le fanau fa'avauvau, aemaise lau Afioga ma le mamalu o le atunu'u.

Soifua,

ENI F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA Member of Congress

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