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By Terry Tavita

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Dec. 28) – The Sa Loau family of Faleula held a special service yesterday morning to dedicated its new tia sa, family tomb.

Three late Loau titleholders, who have been removed from their original graves, were yesterday enshrined in the tomb.

According to Loau Sio, who is the current sa'o, family head, the tomb was an initiative to pay respect to the past family leaders who have been buried at different plots around the village.

"Now they will have this special place where they will be buried," he said.

The three family heads who have now been buried in the tomb are Loau Fili, who died in the 1940s, Loau Galo, died in 1952 and Loau Fa'afou who passed away in 1977.

The late Soana Tanuvasa and Meleane Purcell, respective wives of Loau Fa'afou and Loau Galo have also been exhumed and reburied in the tomb.

The family augafa'apae, maiden, Iliganoa who passed away in 1983 has also been brought to the tomb.

Yesterday's dedication service was held at the Faleula Catholic Church.

Traditional exchanges followed.

The tomb, which sits on a hillside overlooking the main road, cost $45,000 tala (US$16,500), Loau Sio said.

December 31, 2004

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