Children's Culture Maintenance Summer Program

Four week program hosted by the American Samoa Arts & Humanities Council in conjunction with the Territorial Administration on Aging, designed to teach kids to focus on preserving our Samoa culture through arts, crafts and folklore. This year's courses will also include woodcarving, ukulele, Samoan siva, lei and soap and storytelling. The program will take place at TAOA's Pago Pago offices.

Workforce Day

A government holiday to show appreciation to the local workforce both in the public and private sectors. A formal ceremony is held at the Veterans Memorial Stadium and includes cultural speeches, dances, games and lastly a paraded to showcase the local workforce of the government and participating private sector companies.

Labor Day

A public holiday to celebrate the contributions and achievements of the American workforce. This holiday is observed on the first Monday in September and symbolizes the end of summer for the American culture and is usually celebrated with parties, parades and sporting events. Labor Day was created in 1894 from the labor movement of the Industrial Revolution.

Coast Weeks

A national initiative to celebrate the conservation and management of our ocean and coastlines, Spearheaded by the Coastal Zone management team at the Department of Commerce, this week long initiative encompasses summit meetings, fautasi challenges and a festival to celebrate our healthy coastlines. Our Territory is home to one of the healthiest reefs in the world because of the enormous efforts by the conservation and management teams assigned to protect them. A "healthy coast is a wealthy coast," boasts in the initiative motto.  The event also kicks off our PALS initiative, which is a government wide platform to promote People Air Land and Sea (PALS). It begins in September with Coast Weeks and ends in December with the American Samoa Arts & Humanities Council Christmas Program.

Miss American Samoa Pageant

An elaborate community event when young women vie for the title of Miss American Samoa by competing in the categories of Samoan Siva, Traditionally Inspired Attire, Sarong, Talent and Interview. The winner from this local pageant will go onto represent American Samoa at the regional Miss Pacific Islands Pageant in December begins hosted in the Kingdom of Tonga this year.

Columbus Day

A public holiday to commemorate the discovery of the Americas on October 12, 1492 by Italian-born explorer, Christopher Columbus. This holiday was created in 1937 and is traditionally observed on the second Monday in October. This holiday is a celebration of Christopher Columbus' achievements along with Italian-American culture.

Golden Princess Visit

Princess Cruises ship "Golden Princess" calls into Pago Pago Harbor bringing 4258 passengers and crew on a day visit. The ship is on a 35 night return cruise from Brisbane, Australia.

White Sunday

A religious holiday to celebrate children and the joy they bring to their families. A special church service is held where children perform songs, dances and plays for the congregation. Originally everyone dressed in white to attend tis special church service, however as years passed, only the children are now required to wear white on this day.

Halloween

An old Celtic holiday filled with fright and superstition for all of those who believe in the age-old folklore! This pagan holiday celebrates when the supernatural veil that separates the world of the living from that of the dead, drops for a single day allowing the dead to walk amongst the living. This inspired the traditions to dress in frightening costumes of vampires, witches and ghouls for this single day. There are also a number of haunted houses and Halloween themed parties held to commemorate this festive pagan holiday. Halloween is one of the most popular holidays around the world and American Samoa is no different. Children dress up in their favorite costumes for treats, singing "trick of treat, give me something to eat," as they go door to door filling their bins with candy. Adults dress up for work as well as to trick or treat with their children. People of all ages are welcome to dress in their favorite costume and participate in the various activities held in the spirit of Halloween.

Emerald Princess Visit

Princess Cruises ship "Emerald Princess" calls into Pago Pago Harbor bringing 4872 passengers and crew on a day visit. The ship is on a 28 night return cruise from Los Angeles, USA.

Seabourn Sojourn Visit

Seabourn Cruises ship "Seabourn Sojourn" calls into Pago Pago Harbor bringing 880 passengers and crew on a day visit. The ship is on a 128 night world cruise from Los Angeles, USA to Cape Town, South Africa.

Samoana Jazz Festival

Definitely our most popular event! Participants from all over the region flock to our destination for this Two Samoa event to celebrate musical icon Mavis Rivers and Jazz in the Pacific at the Ports of Paradise - Pago Pago and Apia. This weekend to weekend event starts in Pago Pago, American Samoa from November 9-11, 2018 and then ends up in Apia, Samoa on November 16-18, 2018.

Veterans Day

An American public holiday created in 1938 to honor the veterans of the Great War, WWI. It is directly linked to Armistice Day, a day established to acknowledge the armistice signed between The Allies of WWI and Germany in 1918 for the cessation of hostilities on the western front. The public holidays now honors all of our military men and women in the American armed forces who have fallen or are currently serving, for their sacrifice to keep this country safe and protect our freedom. Being that this day falls on Sunday this year, the public holiday will extend to Monday to observe and honor these great men and women.

Seven Seas Mariner Visit

Regent Seven Sea Cruises ship "Seven Seas Mariner" calls into Pago Pago Harbor bringing 1219 passengers and crew on a day visit. The ship is on a 665 night cruise from Miami, USA to Sydney, Australia.

Thanksgiving Day

A public holiday observed on the fourth Thursday of November by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Thanksgiving Day is a time where people give thanks for the what they have. The first Thanksgiving Day is recognized as the Autumn Harvest feast of 1621 shared between the Pilgrims and Native Americans of the New World (New England); and established the basis for this holiday, where families and friends gather together to share a special meal of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Grand parades and epic athletic events are also part of this holiday's festivities. Thanksgiving Day also marks the beginning of the Christmas Season. Americans put up their Christmas Decorations during this long holiday weekend and kick off their Christmas Shopping during Black Friday, which falls on the day after Thanksgiving Day.

Regatta Visit

Oceania Cruises ship "Regattas" calls into Pago Pago Harbor bringing 1175 passengers and crew on a day visit. The ship is on a 31 night cruise from Los Angeles, USA to Sydney, Australia.

Senior Citizens Christmas Program

A wonderful day filled with performances of song and dance by the Territorial Administrations on Aging (TAOA) to celebrate the holiday season.

Amsterdam Visit

Holland American Line's ship "Amsterdam" calls into Pago Pago Harbor bringing 2303 passengers and crew on a day visit. The ship is on a 83 night return cruise from Los Angeles, USA.

Arts & Humanities Council Christmas Program

An annual festival of song and dance held at the Fagatogo Malae to celebrate the Christmas Season. This program is comprised of performances by both the public and private sectors

Crystal Serenity Visit

Crystal Cruises ship "Crystal Serenity" calls into Pago Pago Harbor bringing 17258 passengers and crew on a day visit. The ship is on a 87 night cruise from Los Angeles to Miami, USA.