In the village of Pago Pago, from Malaloa to Satala, there are a total of eleven rivers or streams. The Fono (legislature) served as an advisory council to the governor. ft. in July 2019, adding new demonstrations and exhibits. In 2009, an 8.1 earthquake caused a massive tsunami that struck American Samoa. Best Tuna in Pago Pago, Tutuila: Find 31 Tripadvisor traveller reviews of THE BEST Tuna and search by price, location, and more. The strategic location of Pago Pago Bay played a direct role in the political separation of Western and Eastern Samoa. Facility Address: 368 Atu’u Road, Pago Pago, Maoputasi, American Samoa 96799. Pago Pago (/ˈpɑːŋɡoʊˈpɑːŋɡoʊ/ PAHNG-oh-PAHNG-oh; Samoan: [ˈpaŋo ˈpaŋo])[3] is the territorial capital of American Samoa. In 1972, the college moved to the former Fialloa High School in Utulei, before ultimately moving to its current location in Mapusaga in 1974. [23]:357, Since 2000, American Samoa Department of Education through its school athletic program is the host of the East & West High School All-Star Football Game. Before raising the flag, reverend E. V. Cooper of the London Missionary Society (LMS) and reverend Father Meinaidier of the Roman Catholic Mission offered prayers. Most of the decline occurred in the period between 2007 and 2010, with the 2010 closure of the Chicken of the Sea cannery in Pago Pago. White page telephone listings for American Samoa. [72][73] It was an 8.3 magnitude earthquake which caused 5-foot (1.5 m) waves to hit the city. [39]:85–86, Coordinates: 14°16′46″S 170°42′02″W / 14.27944°S 170.70056°W / -14.27944; -170.70056. mainland. [15]:166 Governor H. Rex Lee signed a law making Pago Pago a duty-free port in May 1967. [23]:285, In November 1970, Pope Paul VI visited Pago Pago on his way to Australia. American consul Luther W. Osborn arrived from Apia, and many spectators arrived from American Samoa villages and other countries. Wearing his signature Greek fisherman's cap and Coke-bottle glasses, the statue evokes memories of the "Sorry, Charlie" slogan. [74], The largest wave hit Pago Pago at 6:13 pm local time, with an amplitude of 6.5 feet (2.0 m). [140] Pago Pago Harbor can accommodate two cruise ships at the same time, and has done so on several occasions.[141]. Polynesian Airlines operates shuttles between Apia and Pago Pago 4–7 times daily. Maugham also met an American sailor here, who later appeared as the title character in another short story, Red (1921). These include the Government House, Courthouse of American Samoa, Jean P. Haydon Museum, Navy Building 38, and other buildings. Alava in the National Park of American Samoa provides a bird's-eye view of the harbor and town. Tuna cannery. [116][117][118] It is home to all the industry and most of the commerce in American Samoa. We had a great time looking catching and loosing fish, we hooked six marlin and lost them all but we manged to put a lot of nice Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo and Mahi Mahi on the boat. [109], As of the 2000 U.S. Census, 74.5% of Pago Pago's population are of "Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Island" race. Atkinson, Brett and Charles Rawlings-Way (2016). [25], The Feleti Barstow Public Library is located in Pago Pago. [98] It was authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1988 to preserve the paleotropical rain forest, Indo-Pacific coral reefs, and Samoan culture. [123][124], Pago Pago is a duty-free port and prices on imported goods are lower than in other parts of the South Pacific Ocean. Pago Pago is located 18 degrees south of the equator. Admiral Kimberly was ordered to Pago Pago while in Apia waiting for transportation home after the hurricane of 1889. StarKist agreed to pay a $6.3 million after an EPA investigation determined the company spilled too many pollutants into Pago Pago Harbor in American Samoa. The southeast ridge of Rainmaker Mountain reaches up into the clouds creating downfalls of enormous proportions. United States. USS Abarenda, home of B. F. Tilley and his new government, was in the harbor. The Sadie Thompson Inn, on the outskirts of Pago Pago, is a hotel and restaurant that is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Monument for the eight deceased during a 1980 airplane crash, A jungle village resembling Pago Pago was created for motion picture in, This page was last edited on 20 December 2020, at 16:07. The Greater Pago Pago Area was home to 8,000 residents in 2000,[18] and 15,000 in 2010. Lane Fatutoa Levi and LCpl. The missionaries later chose to establish their headquarters at Leone.[23]:79–80. [23]:292, In May 1967, Governor H. Rex Lee signed a law making Pago Pago a duty-free port. [87] It has been described as a "thoroughly Americanized" city. [55] The museum was officially opened in October 1971 with an opening featuring Margaret Mead as a guest speaker. The constituent villages are, in order: Utulei, Fagatogo, Malaloa, Pago Pago, Satala and Atu'u. [68][69], In 2018, four months of repair took place at the ASG-owned Ronald Reagan Shipyard in Satala. It rented land on Fagatogo Beach for $10/month in order to store the coal. Pago Pago, Tutuila, American Samoa,Part of gallery of color pictures of Oceania by professional photographer QT Luong, available as prints or for licensing. [18] Pago Pago Harbor collects water from numerous streams, including the 1.7-mile Vaipito Stream, which as the area's largest watershed. What are the dolphin-safe regulations for American Samoa longline vessels? Its location is centered on It is east of the International Date Line, while Samoa is west of the Line. Tilley was the master of ceremonies and began the program by reading the Proclamation of the President of the United States, which asserted American sovereignty over the islands. A temperature range of about three degrees Fahrenheit separates the average monthly temperatures of the coolest and hottest months. [120], Tuna canning is the main economic activity in town. The excise tax was heaviest on secondhand motor vehicles and machinery. It is in Maoputasi County on the main island of American Samoa, Tutuila. In Pago Pago, he selected a site for the new coaling station and naval base. Vulnerabilities include heavy storms, flooding, tsunamis, mudslides, and earthquakes. Heinz. The main bus station is located immediately behind the market. Pago Pago International Airport, built partly on a fringing reef, opened in 1964 and has stimulated tourist traffic. [86], The Greater Pago Pago Area stretches into neighboring villages:[25], Some houses are Western-style; others are more traditional Samoan housing units. [62], In 1986, the First Invitational Canoe Race was held in Pago Pago. [89], Pago Pago Park is a public park by the harbor in Pago Pago. [83] One of the Goby species, Stiphodon hydoreibatus, is endemic to the Samoan Islands and found nowhere else on Earth. [146] It is located in the Autapini area, which is between Malaloa and Happy Valley. The rest came to visit relatives, for employment reasons, or in transit. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. [23]:139–140, The first American flag was raised on April 17, 1900, at Sogelau Hill above the site of the new wharf and coaling facilities in Fagatogo. [40], A California-based construction and engineering firm was contracted to build the coal depot in 1898. [24]:26[31][32]:123 It was also called O le Maputasi ("The Single Chief’s House") in compliment to the Mauga, who lived at Gagamoe in Pago Pago and was the senior to all the other chiefs in the area. 4 Fiatele Taulago Te’o was killed in Vietnam and his body was flown home to Pago Pago where his many awards were presented to his parents. Near Pila F. Palu Co. Inc. Store, a road runs up the hill into Happy Valley, and on the side of this road, six World War II ammunition bunkers can be seen on the left before reaching a dirt road. Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga announced in 2014 that he would look into restoring the cable car. [35] It was acquired by the United States through a treaty in 1877. [8]:353 It was home to two of the largest tuna companies in the world: Chicken of the Sea and StarKist, which exported an estimated $445 million in canned tuna to the U.S. In June 1890, the U.S. Congress passed an appropriation of $100,000 for the purpose of permanently establishing a station for the naval and commercial marine. The Samoa Tuna Processors facility (the “STP facility”) is located in the village of Atu’u on the Island of Tutuila in the Territory of American Samoa. Check Reputation Score for Makerita Tuna in Pago Pago, AS - View Criminal & Court Records | Photos | Address, Email & Phone Number | Personal Review | Income & Net Worth The tram remains unusable, although according to Lonely Planet, plans have been put forth to reopen it, but in December 2010 the cable was damaged by Tropical Cyclone Wilma, fell into the harbor and has not been repaired. Ruffner, James A. and Frank E. Bair (1987). [46] Delayed because of a quarantine inspection, they checked into what is now known as Sadie Thompson Inn. [7]:61 Tourism, entertainment, food, and tuna canning are its main industries. [143], Bus- and taxi services are based in Fagatogo.[144]. It trained the only Marine reserve unit to serve on active duty during World War II, namely the 1st Samoan Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. In an effort to boost the local economy and create jobs, tuna that is packaged in Pago Pago may enter the US mainland quota and tariff-free, so check your Starkist – maybe it was canned right here! Scheduled intra-territorial flights are available to the islands of Ta‘ū and Ofu, which take 30 minutes by air from Pago Pago. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. [128], Until 1980, one could experience the view of Mt. This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in the United States. Half of American Samoa's inhabitants live along Pago Pago's foothills and coastal areas. [58][59] Landing ahead of the Air Force One was the press plane that carried seventy news reporters. [51][52], Pago Pago was an important location for NASA's Apollo program from 1961–1972. Wireless messaging between Pago Pago and Hawaii was routed through Fiji. Notable terrestrial species are the Pacific boa and the Flying Megabat, which has a three-foot (0.91 m) wingspread. PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — The world's largest supplier of canned tuna has agreed to pay a $6.3 million penalty for wastewater violations in American Samoa, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday. In December, tuna supply group Tri Marine indefinitely closed its Samoa Tuna Processors plant based in Pago Pago after supply and profit issues. [32]:179, On April 11, 1904, the first public school in American Samoa, called Fagatogo, was established in the naval station area. Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa, is an interesting mixture of a seedy urban area with infamously smelly tuna canneries (which provide employment for a third of the population of Tuitula), and an harbor surrounded by dramatic mountains which plunge straight into the sea. There are a ball field, sports court and boat ramp in the park. The dirt road, also located on the left side, leads to a big concrete bunker which was used as naval communications headquarters during World War II. [119] In 2007, tuna exports accounted for 93% of all exports, amounting to $446 million. They landed at Fagasa Bay and hiked over the hill to the High Chief Mauga in Pago Pago. Canned fish, canned pet food, and fish meal from skin and bones account for 93 percent of American Samoa's industrial output. It is surrounded by mountains such as Mount Matafao (2,142 ft), Rainmaker Mountain (1,716 ft), Mount 'Alava (1,611 ft), Mount Siona (892 ft), Mount Tepatasi (666 ft), and Mount Matai (850 ft), all mountains protecting Pago Pago Harbor. [48] Limited improvements at the naval station took place in the summer of 1940, which included a Marine Corps airfield at Tafuna. [77] It is located at 14°16′46″S 170°42′02″W / 14.27944°S 170.70056°W / -14.27944; -170.70056. The station commander doubled as American Samoa's Governor from 1899 to 1905, when the station commandant was designated Naval Governor of American Samoa. The percentage of residents born abroad reached 44 percent in 1990. Tidal mud flats associated with the mouth of the Vaopito Stream were filled in order to create Pago Pago Park at the head of Pago Pago Harbor. [12][13][14] Pago Pago is home to the territorial government, all the industry and most of the commerce in American Samoa. However, Pago Pago also encompasses neighboring villages. Excise taxes, however, were imposed on automobiles, firearms, luxury goods, and auto parts. [43][44], At the beginning of the 20th century, Pago Pago became American Samoa's port of entry. The 10,000-ton Elsass was towed to Honolulu and turned over to the U.S. Navy, while its smaller gunboat, Solf, was refitted in Pago Pago and given the name USS Samoa. [24]:30–31 The town is also the southernmost U.S. capital, and the only one located in the Southern Hemisphere. [56]:479 The center expanded with 700 sq. Chambers. The first Army Reserve Center was named after him. These include Vaipito, Gagamoe, Laolao, Pago, Leau, Vaima, Utumoa, and Aga. A local power plant was disabled, 241 homes were destroyed, and 308 homes had major damage. Conversely, the lowest temperature on record was 59 °F (15 °C) on October 10, 1964. Within the Pago Pago watershed, farmland (faatoaga) are located in two areas in the southern half of the Vaipito Valley as well as in Happy Valley and on the west side of Pago Pago village. Shortly after the earthquake, President Barack Obama issued a federal disaster declaration, which authorized funds for individual assistance (IA), such as temporary housing. Some parts were previously owned by the Polynesian Land Company, while other tracts were still owned by Samoan families. [88] Fagatogo is Pago Pago's chief governmental and commercial center. [106] Around 90 percent of American Samoa's population lives around Pago Pago. [50], Pago Pago and the U.S. [15]:166 It is the number one port in the United States in terms of value of fish landed - about $200,000,000 per year. Starkist Samoa is one of two canneries in American Samoa located adjacent to each other on the harbor, along with an electric power plant, a can making plant, and a repair facility for tuna fishing and processing ships. The Greater Pago Pago Area is home to more than 10 hotels:[56]:483–485, Pago Pago Harbor is the port of entry for vessels arriving in American Samoa. [23]:188, Pago Pago was a vital naval base for the U.S. during World War II. [3][93] Its park visitor center is located at the head of Pago Pago Harbor: Pago Plaza Visitor Center (Pago Plaza, Suite 114, Pago Pago, AS 96799). [99] The park is home to over 150 species of coral. [107][108] American Samoa's population grew by 22 percent in the 1990s; nearly all of this growth took place in Pago Pago. [23]:312, In 1972, Army Sp. Facility Rating: Major. The tuna canneries, which provide employment for a third of the population of Tutuila, are in Atu'u on the north shore of the harbor. It merges with Vaipito Stream in Pago Pago Park, a few yards from the harbor. United States Central Intelligence Agency (2016). [33], Two missionaries were assigned to Tutuila Island in the 1830s: Reverend Murray and his wife to Pago Pago and Reverend Barnden to Leone. Southwest Marine, a company from San Diego, California, was selected to operate the shipyard under lease from the American Samoa Government. It ascended 1.1 miles (1.8 kilometers) across Pago Pago Harbor and landed at the 1,598 ft (487 m) Mount ‘Alava. [97] Other parts of the park, on the islands of Ta‘ū and Ofu, can be visited via commercial inter-island air carrier from Pago Pago International Airport. There is a unique association between tuna and dolphins in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. Moos, Grant. Most flights are to and from Fagali'i. [66] U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited town on June 3, 2017. It receives 34,000 visitors per year, which is one-fourth of neighboring country of Samoa. But Faleomavaega does have ample evidence that the tuna industry in his American Samoa — a dot in the South Pacific, about half-way between Hawaii and New Zealand — is collapsing and has no viable future. The initial reason for the U.S.’ interest in Tutuila was the desire to use Pago Pago Harbor as a coaling station. [37] It was primarily used as a fueling station for both naval- and commercial ships. Farmland is also found by Fagatogo, Atu'u, Punaoa Valley, Lepua, Aua, and Leloaloa. The national park is home to tropical rainforest, tall mountains, beaches, and some of the tallest sea cliffs in the world (3,000 ft, 910 m). [15]:167[56]:475[57], President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson visited Pago Pago on October 18, 1966. [103], Pago Pago has been named one of the wettest places on Earth. Rumors of possible annexation by Britain or Germany were taken seriously by the U.S., and the U.S. Secretary of State Hamilton Fish sent Colonel Albert Steinberger to negotiate with Samoan chiefs on behalf of American interests. It is a 20-acre (8.1 ha) recreational complex and culture center. [75], Pago Pago is in the Eastern District of American Samoa, in Ma'oputasi County. Around 3,000 spectators went to the Pago Pago International Airport to see the President. [129] The tramway was repaired, but closed not long after. [60][23]:292, Shortly after Christmas in 1970, a village fire destroyed the legislative chambers and adjacent facilities. Not far from where Route One crosses Vaipito Stream is Laolao Stream, which discharges into the head of Pago Pago Harbor. [67], In August 2017, the Fono building in Fagatogo was demolished. [8]:350–351 The average yearly rainfall in Pago Pago Harbor is 197 inches (500 cm), whereas in neighboring Western Samoa it is around 118 inches (300 cm) per year. It is a 10,500-acre (4,200 ha) park which provides habitat for a variety of tropical wildlife, including coral reef fish, seabirds, flying fruit bats, and numerous other species of animals. Consequentially, Pago Pago experiences twice the rainfall of nearby Apia in Western Samoa. 1980 [1997]. It’s not that the gentleman from Pago Pago has evidence that the Thais are guilty of anything other than being very good in competing in the global tuna trade. [82] Five species of Gobie fish, Mountain bass, Freshwater eel, Mullet and four shrimp species have been recorded along the lower reach of the Vaipito Stream. The new airfield was partly operational by April 1942, and fully operational by June. The two-hour visit was televised throughout the country and the world. The Hawaiian king sent the ship to the Samoan Islands in an effort at creating a Polynesian kingdom. Canned tuna is the dominant export. [106] It has been named one of the best deepwater harbors in the South Pacific Ocean,[4][136] or one of the best in the world as a whole. The current Barstow library, constructed in 1998, opened on April 17, 2000. [110] In Pago Pago proper, residential communities are mostly found in the Vaipito Valley. FREE Background Report. [130], Another noted view is that from the top of the pass above Aua Village on the road to Afono. The windy season lasts from May to October. On Friday, 14 October, Tri Marine told the 800 employees at its Samoa Tuna Processors cannery plant in Pago Pago it will be shutting down the facility later this year. For the ceremony, a group of invitees from Apia arrived with German Governor Heinrich Solf onboard SMS Cormoran. [6]:29[11] It is also the main port of American Samoa. In July 2014, the EPA in American Samoa reported a discharge pipeline break at the StarKist facility there was spilling wastewater into the inner Pago Pago Harbor. Naval Station Tutuila Historic District are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. [113] In 1991, severe tropical cyclone Val hit Pago Pago, destroying the library that existed there. [122], Centers for shopping are Pago Plaza, which consists of smaller stores selling handcrafts and souvenirs, and Fagatogo Square Shopping Center, which is home to larger shops. Fagatogo is the downtown area referred to as town and is home to the legislature, while the executive is located in Utulei. [9] It is the number one port in the U.S. in terms of value of fish landed - about $200,000,000 annually. 1024-0018 | Thompson, Sadie, Building, Eastern AS", "David Huebner - US Ambassador to New Zealand", "", "Jean P. Haydon Museum Review | Fodor's Travel", "Lyndon B. 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In Fagatogo is the Fono, Police Department, Port of Pago Pago, many shops and hotels. It was decided that the new Legislature would be placed permanently in the center of the township of Fagatogo, the traditional Malae o le Talu, at a cost of $500,000. [43] The town is located between steep mountainsides and the harbor. [61], In 1972, seven historical buildings in American Samoa were entered in the National Register of Historic Places of the United States, including Navy Building 38, Jean P. Haydon Museum, and the Government House. As early as 1839, American interest was generated for the Pago Pago area when Commander Charles Wilkes, head of the United States Exploring Expedition, surveyed Pago Pago Harbor and the island. Lyndon B. Johnson Tropical Medical Center was named in honor of the president. [112], Pago Pago is the seat of the judiciary (Fagatogo), legislature and Governor's Office (Utulei). [23]:316 Two additional American Samoans were killed in the Vietnam War, Cpl. and Malama Meleisea (1988). [105], Rainmaker Mountain, which is also known as Mount Pioa, is a designated National Natural Landmark. [8]:353, Dining establishments, amusement facilities, professional services, and bars can be found throughout Pago Pago. Souvenirs are often sold at the market when cruise ships are visiting town. [125][126][127], Tourism in American Samoa is centered around Pago Pago. An American tuna fishing company that regularly unloaded its catch in American Samoa, was convicted and sentenced today for discharging oil into the South Pacific and for maintaining false records, announced Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden of the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips for the District of … A triple celebration in October 1973 marked the dedication of the new Fono compound, its 25th anniversary, and the holding in Pago Pago of the Pacific Conference of Legislators. Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — If tuna canner StarKist & Co departs American Samoa for a location with cheaper labor costs as the company has previously warned, the impact on the US territory's economy would be substantial. Stoler, Ann Laura and Willy Brandt (2006). The Pago Pago Harbor is the focal point of all major commercial activity on the island. Smith, Darren L. and Penny J. Hoffman (2001). Pago Pago Harbor on Tutuila Island in American Samoa where many of the U.S. tuna purse seine vessels homeport. As the British censored all messages through Fiji, the Navy quickly upgraded the facilities to go directly between Pago Pago and Honolulu. [56]:512 Of the 88,650 international arrivals in 2001, only 10 percent were tourists. The hottest temperature ever recorded was 99 °F (37 °C) on February 22, 1958. Students from the LMS school in Fagalele sang the national anthem. It is the only U.S. National Park where the U.S. federal government leases the land from local residents instead of being the land owner. [citation needed], American Samoa was the world's fourth-largest tuna processor in 1993. [43][47] The Sadie Thompson Inn was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2003. [3] It is notable for its ability to extract rain in tremendous quantities. Starkist is based in Pago Pago, American Samoa, canning tuna for the US market. [23]:302, Shipping in and out of Pago Pago experienced an economic boom from 1970–1974. "This is an incredibly difficult decision and one we make with a great deal of reluctance," said Tri Marine Chief Executive Officer Renato Curto in a statement. Wakeman approved the harbor and alerted the U.S. Navy about Germany's intent to take over the area. On March 15, 1941, the Marine Corps' 7th Defense Battalion arrived in Pago Pago and was the first Fleet Marine Force unit to serve in the South Pacific Ocean. Service to American Samoa by air was offered by Pan American (four weekly flights), Air New Zealand (four weekly flights), and UTA (four weekly flights). As warmer easterlies are forced up and over Rainmaker Mountain, clouds form and drop moisture on the city. Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — StarKist Samoa will be producing at the Satala plant next month, more than 100 tons of “certified kosher tuna” products for the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York, dba The Jewish Education Project, which “is sending kosher supervisors to the South Pacific in order to provide U.S. government-subsidized tuna on the menu for approximately 50,000 … Quality Assurance Analyst (Former Employee) - Pago Pago, AS - April 6, 2017 Working at Samoa Tuna is a whole new experience for someone who doesn't know anything or … Corps of Engineers. [102] The average annual temperature recorded at the weather station at Pago Pago International Airport is 80 degrees, with an average relative humidity of 80 percent. The park's offshore coral reefs provide habitat for 1,000 species of coral reef and pelagic fishes. Aumoeualogo. The Korean House was built as a social center for the Korean fishermen in town. Major points of interest on Tutuila are the capital, Pago Pago, the tuna canneries, the television transmitters atop Mt Alava, the industrial park, numerous relics of WWII and government offices. Most international visitors are from the independent country of Samoa. The U.S. Navy responded a few months later by dispatching Commander Richard Meade from Honolulu, Hawaii to assess Pago Pago's suitability as a naval station. [34] American interest in Pago Pago was also a result of Tutuila's central position in one of the world's richest whaling grounds. Pacific Ocean Division (1975). In 1871, the local steamer business of W. H. Webb required coal and he sent Captain E. Wakeman to Samoa in order to evaluate the suitability of Pago Pago as a coaling station.