Explore American Samoa


American Samoa, officially Territory of American Samoa, is an unincorporated territory of the United States consisting of the eastern part of the Samoan archipelago, located in the south-central Pacific Ocean. It lies about 1,600 miles (2,600 km) northeast of  New Zealand  and 2,200 miles (3,500 km) southwest of the U.S. state of Hawaii.

This content was submitted by Steve Bailes and his wife Terry, who spent a year teaching in American Samoa in 1999-2000 and fell in love with the culture while there. They have been regulars at the Harrisonburg International Festival Global Village, sharing items and stories from their time in American Samoa with festival-goers. Steve was kind enough to share this video "fa'aSamoa - The Samoan Way" that is filled with the beauty and history of the island and its colorful and generous culture.

You can enjoy more photos on Steve’s blog,  and  the kids will enjoy learning “How to Count 1-10 in Samoan,” Samoan fruits and vegetables, and what “Christmas in American Samoa” is like on our Worlds of Play  page.

Steve teaching kids at the 2018 Harrisonburg International Festival about American Samoa.