Omai Fa’atasi: a Samoan American community in Long Beach

Omai Fa’atasi–meaning “come together” and “unite”–was the name of a Samoan community group based in Southern California. As of the 2010 census, nearly 30,000 of the 184,440 Samoans in the USA live in Southern California, making it one of the largest Samoan communities in the United States.  In 1978, VC released OMAI FA’ATASI: SAMOA MO SAMOA, a film depicting Samoan Americans living in the Carson/Long Beach area. We recently pinned a new Historypin collection showcasing the photos taken during the shoot of the film. Here’s a small selection of those photos:

Two Samoan girls

Two Samoan girls

Father with daughters

Father with daughters

Fire dance

Fire dance performance

Woman preparing food

Woman preparing food

For more photos, check out the Omai Fa’atasi Historypin collection!


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