Amata’s Welcome Home Message to Repatriation Flight

February 1, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata released a welcome home message on the occasion of the first repatriation flight. Her message is available in English and Samoan as follows:

“Talofa and welcome home everyone! First, I want to thank God for this blessing.

I want to thank everyone at Hawaiian Air for taking you home on this flight today. We appreciate the commitment to flights between Hawaii and American Samoa, and your patience for these many months.

Amata taping PSA to welcome repatriation flight and encourage vaccines
Amata recording PSA to welcome repatriation flight and encourage vaccines

 

I also want to thank our Governor Lemanu and everyone in his administration – especially the health and transport workers – for making this historic flight back home possible.

And many thanks to Governor Ige and the people and State of Hawaii for helping us.

Governor Lemanu and his team have done an amazing job on this project and also now with the vaccine — giving nearly 8000 shots out so far.

No one knows better than all of you here today that we are still an emergency with this crisis, and the Federal Government has provided us with health and other resources so let’s all use them and call on me to help you use them.

I have received my shots and I did just fine. I encourage  everyone to get their shots when available in the coming weeks—it’s truly the right thing for you, your family and your community.

And please contact my office to help with any other federal assistance that may be available.

God speed and a most welcome home. Soifua.”

***

“Talofa ma faamalo le sopo ma talosia ia sao i fanua lo outou mamalu uma!

E momoli atu la’u faafetai i le afioga i le Kovana ia Lemanu ma lana taupulega –ae maise lava le aufaigaluega o loo tausia le soifua maloloina ma gafa ma le feaveaiina o le mamalu lautele — ua mafai ai e lo outou mamalu ona toe taliu atu i fanua e ala i le nei faigamalaga taua.

E le faaitiitia foi le agaga faafetai i le afioga i le Kovana ia Ige o Hawaii tainane le mamalu o tagata Hawaii uma mo lo latou aao fesoasoani mo tatou—ma i latou uma i le Hawaiina Air mo lo latou lagolagosua. 

 O se galuega maoa’e ua faia e le afioga i le Kovana ma lana vaega i lea faamoemoe ma ua lata i le 8000 tui puipuia ua mae’a ona faia.

E sili lava lo outou silafia o le tulaga faafuasei o loo feagai pea ma i tatou i le nei pagatia.

Ua tatou maua mai le Malo Feterale ni tamaoaiga e tausi ai le soifua maloloina e ao ai la ia i tatou uma ona faaaogaina.

Ua uma ona fai o’u tui puipuia e aunoa ma se faaletonu ma ou te fautuaina lo outou mamalu uma ina ia faia tui puipuia pe a avanoa i vaiaso a sau – o le tulaga aupito i saogalemu lea mo oe, lou aiga ma lou atunuu.  Ia faafesootai ane foi lo’u ofisa mo se fautuaga e uiga i nisi fesoasoani mai le feterale e ono mafai ona maua.

Faalaolao e le Atua peau o le ea ma tau ai i fanua i le malaga manuia. Soifua.”

###