May 26, 2017
Senior Citizens Week was celebrated in American Samoa with this year’s theme, “Age Out Loud”. The Territorial Administration on Aging (TAOA) organized events which included Senior citizens interacting with high school seniors, a variety of games and activities at the TAOA compound in Pago Pago all culminating with events held at Su’igaula o le Atuvasa in Utulei.
The final day began with a parade led by First Lady Cynthia Malala Moliga and Director of the Territorial Administration on Aging Office, Evelyn Lilio Satele from in front of Lee Auditorium. The festivities included special awards:
Ioramo Ioramo, 98 year old received Oldest Senior Citizen Award from the Congresswoman Aumua Amata per Director Pulu Ae Ae Jr.
Mrs. Hana Thompson received the award for the oldest TAOA Employment Program Participant from the President of the Pago Pago Rotary Club, Margie Tafiti.
Pulefaasisina Palauni Tuiasosopo was the recipient of the Award for Community Services as presented by Lions Club President Christopher King.
Senator Galeai Tuufuli received the Governor’s Award as oldest ASG employee presented by Chief of Staff Fiu Saelua.
Governor Lolo Moliga spoke and honored the Senior Citizens in his address expressing appreciation for them as sources of knowledge and blessings.
Director of TAOA, Mrs Evelyn Satele thanked the Governor and leaders who were present as well as the public for continued support of TAOA programs including their support of the senior citizen’s handicraft shop at the TAOA compound in Pago Pago. Director Satele also expressed thankfulness to the Senior Citizens for the opportunity to serve them and for their spirit of joy and love.