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By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (The Samoa News, Jan. 25) - The national anthem of the United States, "The Star-Spangled Banner" has been translated into the Samoan language and American Samoa Senator Fai'ivae A. Galea'i has called for its official adoption into the law.

The bill for the adoption process was introduced into the Senate yesterday, sponsored by Fai'ivae, who told his colleagues that it's been more than a century since "we have been singing" the United States anthem, but no official translation of the song has been adopted and sung.

Fai'ivae said the U.S. anthem was translated by Namulau'ulu Dr. Pouesi Pouesi Jr., of the American Samoa Community College and the Community College choir is scheduled to perform the song next week in the Senate chambers.

The measure seeks to amend current law, ASCA 1.0305, titled "Song", which states: "The official song of the Territory of American Samoa is designated as ‘Amerika Samoa’."

The Senate bill amends this provision, deleting the word "Song" and making a new title "Territorial Anthem". The 'Amerika Samoa' song (the territory's national anthem) provision remains intact.

A new provision states that "The Territory of American Samoa acknowledges the national anthem of the United States, 'The Star-Spangled Banner', and its Samoan translation, 'Vi'i o le Tagavai o le Iunaite Setete'."

When the bill was introduced yesterday, it was accompanied by the lyrics of the U.S. National Anthem, its Samoan translation and the music sheet. The measure is assigned to Sen. Pulefa'asisina Palauni Tuiasosopo, a former American Samoa Community College musical instructor and director, to oversee a Senate Committee hearing, which is not yet set.

By yesterday afternoon, Senate President Lolo M. Moliga had written a letter to the Community College President Dr. Adele Satele-Galeai about the pending bill.

"We are now enjoying 106th year of partnership with the greatest country in the world, yet we have not honored this union by memorializing the anthem of the United States in our native language," Lolo wrote.

He said the initiative is a collaborative effort with the Community College - with the involvement of Dr. Pouesi in getting the notes aligned with the Samoan translation of the anthem. The letter is the official invitation for the Community College choir under the direction of Dr. Pouese to sing in public for the first time the Samoan version of the U.S. anthem, Lolo said.

The choir's performance is set for Monday at 10 a.m. during the opening of the Senate regular session and Lolo has asked the American Samoa Community College president to grant permission to facilitate execution of this request for the choir to perform.

The following is the Samoan translation, submitted as part of the bill:

Aue! se'i e vaai, le malama o ataata mai

Na sisi a'e ma le mimita, i le sesega mai o le vaveao

O ai e ona tosi ma fetu, o alu a'e i taimi vevesi tu

I luga o 'Olo mata'utia, ma loto toa tausa'afia

O Roketi mumu fa'aafi, o pomu ma fana ma aloi afi

E fa'amaonia i le po atoa, le fu'a o lo'o tu maninoa

Aue! ia tumau le fe'ilafi mai, ma agiagia pea

I eleele o Sa'olotoga, ma Nofoaga o le au totoa

January 26, 2006

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