The Rotary Club of Pago Pago and Hawaiian Air joined ASG Human Social Services and family members, friends and guests at the Rotary Club & Hawaiian Air Tsunami Family Park Shelter to remember family members and friends that were victims of the Tsunami that struck Am. Samoa on Sept. 29, 2009. The attendance was well represented by over 200 family, friends and guests. Rotary Corporate sponsors provide lunch for all those that attended the service.
Talanei News Report
Posted: Monday, 30 September 2013 8:27AM
Hawaiian Air & Rotary Club memorial
Lyons Park was the venue for another memorial for tsunami victims.
Singing, sharing, donations and words of consolation were all part of a special tsunami memorial shelter fellowship sponsored by the Hawaiian Airline, the Rotary Club of Pago Pago with the support of the ASG’s Department of Parks and Recreation last Saturday at the Lyon’s Park in Tafuna.
The event marked the 4th year anniversary of the earthquake-triggered tsunami which tragically claimed 34 lives in American Samoa and hundreds in neighboring Samoa.
One of the highlights of the special ceremony was the presentation by the One Global Family’s Founder and CEO, Mrs. Laura Ava Tesimale and its partners, the Samoa Victim Support Group & Give Light Foudation.
More than ten children whose parents died in the 2009 tsunami recieved checks of $200 each to help with their education.
Representing the American Samoa Government and speaking on behalf of the Governor was DHSS Director Taeaoafua Dr. Meki Solomona who emotionally recollected his memories of the morning of September 29, 2009. He described making a stop at Sadies by the Sea on his way to work for some coffee when the earth shook. He said that when the tremor shook for more than 20 seconds he knew what was going to happen. He said he jumped back in his car and sped to his former place of employment Starkist Samoa and merely made it when the first wave hit.