Governor of American Samoa
HTC Lolo Matalasi Moliga

Born in the village of Ta’u, Manua, currently resides in Tafuna, American Samoa.  His parents are the late High Chief MOLIGA Sa’ena Auauna Moliga of Ta’u, and Soali’i Galea’i of Fitiuta and Olosega. 
EDUCATION

  • San Diego State University, Masters degree in Public Administration

  • Chadron College, Nebraska, Bachelors  degree in teaching

  • Graduated Manu’a High School, Ta’u Manu’a

  • Attended Samoana High School since Manu’a did not have one

  • Papatea Junior Elementary in Ta’u, Manu’a

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

  • President, Development Bank, American Samoa Government

  • President, Senate, Legislature of American Samoa

  • Chief Procurement Officer, Procurement Office, AS Government

  • Served as Chief Procurement Officer under two administrations

  • Director, Program Planning and Budget, AS Government

  • Representative, House of Representative, Legislature of American  Samoa

                 •    4 consecutive terms (8 years)
                 •    Committee Chairman, House Budget and Appropriation            

  • Traveled with respective members of the Legislature, Budget Officer and Treasurer to testify before the US Congress on the American Samoa Budget

  • Department of Education, American Samoa Government

                 •    DOE Main Office
                 •    High School principal, Manu’a High School
                 •    Vice-principal, Manu’a High School
                 •    Principal, Lauli’i Elementary school
                 •    Teacher, Manu’a High School


PERSONAL HISTORY
Lolo is a High Talking Chief from the village of Sili, Manu’a.  Prior to accepting the Lolo title he was a High Chief holding the title of Letalu from Ta’u.  He served the Manu’a aumaga for many years before he was titled.  Lolo is a deacon of Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa in Tafuna.


Lolo is married to Cynthia Malala of the village of Pago.  Her father is Fa’aloua Magellan Malala Gi of the extended Gi family of Pago.  Her mother is Lealofitaute A’etonu Malala of the extended Uifa’atali family of Pago Pago.  To Cynthia Malala Moliga, she was very attached to her father’s mother, Foliga Le’i of Ofu Manu’a.  Two sons, Va’a Matalasi and Eteuati Sola, and two daughters,  Muaiao Moliga Fakalata and Lealofisa Moliga represents God’s blessings as offsprings of this union.

 
Cynthia was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and later relocated to the mainland.  Her studies were with the Catholic University of America and Chaminade College in Hawaii where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree.  Cynthia taught high schools in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, New York and New Jersey. On her return to American Samoa in l983, she served our government briefly in the Department of Education and LBJ Medical center, the Department of Human Resources and later, in the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs.  Presently, she is a member of the ASOA ( American Samoan Organization on Aging) and actively supports the collaborative efforts of both TAOA (Territorial Administration on Aging) and ASOA in identifying and addressing the needs of all our aging residents in the territory.