The To'aga Aitu
Many Samoans relate eerie and often terrifying experiences with spirit beings or aitu. Beliefs in different aitu are prevalent and seriously respected in Samoan culture.
During the NPS studies to establish the park local folk on Ofu warned national park planners not to wander down To'aga beach after sundown or at high noon. For To'aga was dangerously inhabited by aitu. Interestingly, park researchers recently encountered the following excerpt from an official Public Health Department report* describing aitu troubles encountered many years ago by U.S. Navy pharmacist's mates stationed at Ofu:
Today, three-quarters of a century later, remnant foundations of the old To'aga dispensary are visable evidence of this old aitu story
Did You Know?
The national park allows subsistence fishing and farming to Samoans (the parklands are theirs. The park land is leased from the villages). This lavish example of a village celebratory feast came from local reef waters.