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?
In Samoan folklore, sea turtles were believed to have the power to save fishermen lost at sea by bringing them safely to shore. The Samoan word for sea turtle, “I'a sa,” translates literally to “sacred fish,” presumably because of this ability. Sadly, sea turtles here are now endangered.