Aoloau is a village in the west of Tutuila Island, American Samoa. It is located inland, 5 miles (8 km) southwest of Pago Pago. It is also known as A’oloaufou, which means "new A’olou". An abandoned area in town is known as A'olautuai, which means Old A’oloau’. Aoloau nickname is Nuu Puaolele which it mean the Fog Viilage.[1] The village is reached from a road near Shins Mart in the village of Pava'ia'i. It sits inland, high on the central plain of Tutuila.[2] It has an elevation of 1,340 ft (410 m).[3] A hiking trail from A’oloaufou leads down to A'asu on Massacre Bay.[4]

Panorama from A'oloau, facing south
Panorama from A'oloau, facing south
A'oloau is located in American Samoa
Coordinates: 14°19′11″S 170°46′12″W / 14.31972°S 170.77000°WCoordinates: 14°19′11″S 170°46′12″W / 14.31972°S 170.77000°W
Country United States
Territory American Samoa
 • Total2.5 sq mi (6.5 km2)
 • Total790
 • Density310/sq mi (120/km2)
Aoloau Village on top of the mountain
Aoloau Village

Massacre Bay Trail

A’oloaufou is home to a hiking trail which leads to the village of Aasu. Aasu is a historic village where, on December 11, 1787, twelve men from the La Pérouse’ ships La Boussole and Astrolabe and 39 Samoans were killed in a battle. Aasu is a near-abandoned village which is home to just a few families. Aasu village has no road outlet, and can only be reached by hiking trails.[5]

The trail from A’oloaufou takes off downhill just east of a colorful garden which was created by Department of Tourism. It is a 2.5-mile trail which leads to the beach and monument in Aasu. The trail down is mostly made of volcanic clay which may be muddy, waxy and treacherous when wet. It is possible to camp at Aasu village before returning to A’oloaufou. Other trails in A’oloaufou includes a trail to the abandoned village of A’oloautuai, as well as another trail leading down the ridge to the village of Fagamalo.[6]


  1. ^ Talbot, Dorinda and Deanna Swaney (1998). Samoa. Lonely Planet. Page 173. ISBN 9780864425553.
  2. ^ Goodwin,Bill (2006). Frommer’s South Pacific. Wiley. Page 402. ISBN 9780471769804.
  3. ^ https://www.nps.gov/npsa/planyourvisit/upload/Area_Map.pdf
  4. ^ https://www.lonelyplanet.com/american-samoa/tutuila/activities/massacre-bay/a/poi-act/1456121/362248
  5. ^ Swaney, Deanna (1994). Samoa: Western & American Samoa: a Lonely Planet Travel Survival Kit. Lonely Planet Publications. Pages 181-182. ISBN 9780864422255.
  6. ^ Swaney, Deanna (1994). Samoa: Western & American Samoa: a Lonely Planet Travel Survival Kit. Lonely Planet Publications. Pages 181-182. ISBN 9780864422255.
2010 Chile earthquake

The 2010 Chile earthquake (Spanish: Terremoto del 27F) occurred off the coast of central Chile on Saturday, 27 February at 03:34 local time (06:34 UTC), having a magnitude of 8.8 on the moment magnitude scale, with intense shaking lasting for about three minutes. It was felt strongly in six Chilean regions (from Valparaíso in the north to Araucanía in the south), that together make up about 80 percent of the country's population. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) the cities experiencing the strongest shaking—VIII (Severe) on the Mercalli intensity scale (MM)—were Concepción, Arauco and Coronel. According to Chile's Seismological Service Concepción experienced the strongest shaking at MM IX (Violent). The earthquake was felt in the capital Santiago at MM VII (Very strong) or MM VIII. Tremors were felt in many Argentine cities, including Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Mendoza and La Rioja. Tremors were felt as far north as the city of Ica in southern Peru (approx. 2,400 km (1,500 mi) away).The earthquake triggered a tsunami which devastated several coastal towns in south-central Chile and damaged the port at Talcahuano. Tsunami warnings were issued in 53 countries, and the wave caused minor damage in the San Diego area of California and in the Tōhoku region of Japan, where damage to the fisheries business was estimated at ¥6.26 billion (US$66.7 million). The earthquake also generated a blackout that affected 93 percent of the Chilean population and which went on for several days in some locations. President Michelle Bachelet declared a "state of catastrophe" and sent military troops to take control of the most affected areas. According to official sources, 525 people lost their lives, 25 people went missing and about 9% of the population in the affected regions lost their homes.On 10 March, Swiss Reinsurance Co. estimated that the Chilean quake would cost insurance companies between 4 and 7 billion dollars. The rival German-based Munich Re AG made the same estimate. Earthquake's losses to the economy of Chile are estimated at US$15–30 billion.

Aasu, American Samoa

Aasu is a village on the north coast of Tutuila Island, American Samoa. It is located to the west of Fagasa and northwest of Pago Pago. It is one of multiple villages involved in an archaeological survey of the island. Aasu lies on Massacre Bay and can be reached from a hiking trail in A’oloaufou. Aasu has no road outlets, and can only be reached by hiking trails. It is a near-abandoned village which is home to just a few families. It is possible to camp in the village before returning to A'oloau. Aasu might be most famous for a battle which took place on December 11, 1787, where twelve Europeans and 39 Samoans were killed.

Index of American Samoa-related articles

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The elevation of a towns or city affects the social and physical arrangement of the place. In many cases, the cold climate in winter necessitates a particular style of house; the type of agriculture practised and the domestic animals kept there are limited; or, the type of work carried on is specialised.

Miss Island Queen Pageant

Miss Island Queen is a fa'afafine pageant held annually in American Samoa, it is noted for being the longest standing pageant of its kind in the south pacific. It was first held in 1979 before undergoing a series of changes. No pageant was held in 1980 and 1982 as it endured shifts in ownership. It was canceled in 1986 due to a tropical cyclone and ceased again in 1999 and 2002 when it struggled with funding. In 1996 It was held simultaneously on the same evening as another fa'afafine pageant Empress of Samoa. In 2008 the pageant coincided with the Festival of Pacific Arts and became the closing event of festivities. After undergoing extensive reestablishment in 2010 the pageant has since been held during Flag Day week and broadcast live on KVZK-2. It is now known as Miss SOFIAS and maintains yearly advocacy and charity programs.

Pago Pago International Airport

Pago Pago International Airport (IATA: PPG, ICAO: NSTU, FAA LID: PPG), also known as Tafuna Airport, is a public airport located 7 miles (11.3 km) southwest of the central business district of Pago Pago, in the village and plains of Tafuna on the island of Tutuila in American Samoa, an unincorporated territory of the United States.

3,099 flights arrived at Pago Pago International Airport in 2014, down from 3,665 in 2013. Incoming flights carried 55,728 passengers in 2014, while flights carrying 57,355 passengers took off from the airport. 1.8 million pounds of cargo and 1.3 million pounds of mail were brought in by commercial carriers.


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