Our hosts

Our main contact is Tuatagaloa Joe Annandale, one of the Paramount Chiefs of Falealili district, which includes Poutasi village. 

Tuatagaloa lost his wife and mother-in-law in the tsunami and has an amazing story of survival, as do many in the village.

Tuatagaloa also owns Sinalei Reef Resort and Spa, which was also damaged in the tsunami and has since been rebuilt, thanks to private investors and the Samoan and New Zealand Governments. The resort was a project that began in the early 90’s to help support the village and it employs over 100 staff from the area, on whom depend a great deal of people for their livelihoods. Tuatagaloa’s sister Sose is the General Manager of the resort.