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History & Culture
The Samoan culture is Polynesia's oldest. We believe the first people of the Samoan Islands came by sea from southwest Asia some 3,000 years ago. Over the centuries, distinct cultural traits emerged that we now call fa'asamoa (fah-ah-SAH-mo-ah). Come share our world!

The Samoan archipelago is a typical Pacific Ocean volcanic island arc. As the Pacific Ocean plate moves across a stationary hot spot (a place where molten rock from the Earth's mantle pierces the lithosphere plate) it forms a line of volcanoes, some of which reach the ocean surface to form a string of islands.

The park is an outdoor laboratory for Samoan schools and it offers opportunity for guided field trips.

Kids & Youth
The National Park of American Samoa can be a wonderland of exploration and understanding for children of all ages. Kids visiting with their families can hike and explore (with adult supervision) any of our short trails or beautiful beaches.

The National Park of American Samoa is managed by a small professional staff located near the village of Pago Pago.

The park store at the Visitor Center in Pago Pago is operated by Hawaii Pacific Parks Association. Their website includes an online store.

Download some publications in English and Samoan before you arrive:
Natural History Guide to American Samoa
Local Area Map (Tutuila Island)
National Natural Landmarks
What You Can Do Before the Next Tsunami
Visitor Guide
Day Hike
Junior Ranger Activity Book (English)
Junior Ranger Activity Book (Samoan)
Environmental Trends
How to Survive a Tsunami in Tutuila and Manu'a Islands
Tsunami Zone (English)
Tsunami Zone (Samoan)

Last updated: December 7, 2015

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National Park of American Samoa
MHJ Building, 2nd Floor

Pago Pago, AS 96799


684 633-7082 x22

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