The beautiful Pepatupe Tuiolosega Ino is known in the village by several names. Most call her ‘Segaula’, or just ‘Sega’, and others like to call her ‘One Samoana Scrabble addict’. My favorite title for her, though, is ‘Teacher‘.. because even though she’s way chill and can run her kalepe with the best of them, you can’t help but have a lotta respect for this lady… and it’s not only because she really is our Samoan language teacher in the ville. There’s just something about our Teine o le Segaula!
How did you find One Samoana?
I was on bebo cruzing around and I came across this guy name Maosi. He added me on bebo so we chat. And then he wrote a blog about something (I forgot what it was lol) and I was commenting on his blog. Oh then I asked him if he had some more blogs then he ask me for my email. And he send me an invite for One Samoana and then wahlah here I am. Never miss a day from then on.
What’s the funniest/craziest thing you ever witnessed/did in the village?
The funniest thing is the way the natives are stuck on the forums. Some natives comes up with some craziest topics and questions that I never heard before. Some are educational and some are I don’t know how to label it lol. But hey its all good the forums is the place for me. Sometimes when I’m mad and frustrated from my jobs or my family this is where I relieve my stress.
What’s an experience you had that made you SO proud to be Samoan?
I’m so proud to know and understand my language. It comes in handy for both of my job. Living in Hawaii, which is life, is so expensive now days. I definitely need a second job, so that’s why I have my main job and a part time job. My main job is I work at one of the prison. Sometimes they need me to interpret whenever an inmate needs a Samoan to explain what’s going on. Sometimes the things they do and how they get to where they are makes my heart break. Just last week I was called in to explain something to one inmate. I read through his file oh my goodness I wanted to cry but I had to hold it back. In his file it said that the wife set him up. He had like about three more months to go. Apparently the wife files a TRO on him. So he wasn’t allow near her or the kids. This man was suppose to go to work but the wife called him and told him that one of his kids is very sick and his asking for him. So off course, who wouldn’t fall for that? She promises not to report him. So he decided to go see his son. He got to the house and the wife send the younger son to open the gate. The wife showed him the room and he went in. He was talking to his son for about 20 to 30 minutes the next thing he know the police was at the house to pick him up. So now they gave him five more years. And my other job at the airport helps too. Working for Air Pacific on the Apia flight. When Samoans comes through with three overweight bags. And my non speaking Samoan co-workers gave up on explaining that your only allow two bags that weight no more then 23 kilos. Then that will be my turn to jump in and explain. I think I should stop right here ill finish this session later lol….
Tell us about your passion/hobby/work
Well I don’t know about passion but you guys already know my work. And my favorite hobby is writing. I love to write about anything and everything. I’m on my second book but I don’t like to share lol. Don’t ask me why. Everywhere I go I see something and I start brainstorming. And start writing as soon as I get to a paper and pen. Yes that’s me weird and all.
Whats a project you’re working on that you want everybody to know about?
Well this past summer I got to spend time with my son, nephews and my newborn niece. Between me and my brothers and sisters we came up with six boys and one girl oh and one more on the way. Don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl yet. Anyways I became attach to my niece. So I decided that I’m going to throw her first birthday party off course with the help of her parent’s lol… So that’s the project that I’m working on right now.
Your final thoughts and shout outs:
First of all I would like to give thanks to our heavenly father for leading me to this site. And thank you HGG for the interview and for coming up with this site that I become to love and adore. So far I’ve met a lot of cool and interesting people. I’ve met so many people across the four corner of the world. I hope someday we can all meet up and hang out for a day or two if we all agree let me know lol…. And last but not least I would like to make a shoutout to all the natives that are stuck on this site just like me.
MALO FAAFETAI MO LE AVANOA UA TUUINA MAI. IA MANUIA TELE OUTOU UMA I LE ALOFA O LO TATOU ATUA AMENE MA AMENE.
HGG Notes about Segaula:
* Mz Sega’s son (right) is a real cutie!
* Stop by her faleo’o for a visit, and don’t forget to sign her guestbook while you’re there.
* Check out her story telling skills over at her Ala Mai blog.
* I think she’s at her best when she’s writing fagogo, or Samoan stories…the kind about llluuuurrve, like this gem: E Uliuli le Tu’u’u ae Otagia
* COMING SOON: Ms Sega’s got a new fagogo in the works and it’s gooood. Stay tuned!
* Did you know she takes photos of sunsets? As one of our friendly neighbourhood Admins, she made a page one time to practice her code skills, and it shows off some of the beautiful images she captured.
* Remember to stop by her Samoan Language School and sign up for lessons! Or, if your Fa’asamoa is already number-1-ace, Ms Sega could always use another teacher aid. 🙂