Tina and the Living Stone


The ville and Tina? We go waaayyy back.

Back in the very early days of One Samoana, our Admin and design guru Kilifi put together gorgeous header and background images for our site that incorporated portions of artwork created by Tina AionoMichaneo Designs. (You can still see that now-classic theme/skin in her faleo’o).

Tina’s passion for art and design has continued to flourish and she’s recently found an exciting new outlet for her creativity: carved stone jewellery.

I love love LOVE the concept, and Tina’s penchant for traditional patterns works so beautifully in the medium… She makes one-off, original pieces and yes… I want one!

Name / Location

Talofa lava, my name is Tina Aiono, and am presently living in Auckland, NZ. I was born in Samoa, but came here when only 2 years old. I grew up in Porirua, Wellington, which is an incredibly fast-growing metropolis now, but, Auckland is algudz too.

How did you find One Samoana?

I was invited in, to One Samoana, by Kilifi, to chek out the site, & I really like da vibe in here cos of the village stylez going on.

What’s the funniest/craziest thing you ever witnessed/did in the village?

The funniest thing I witnessed was yeah, has to be those crack up lot…da Laughing Samoans…

What’s an experience you had that made you SO proud to be Samoan?

An experience I had which made me so proud to be Samoan was when I helped with bits of choreography & then, participated in the actual performance of a contemporary Samoan Siva, which blended traditional dance with ambient up-beat techno accoustic guitar. Just for a change… It was a very proud moment cos, for…1, first time I performed any Samoan ‘siva’ … 2, I wore my first ‘pule-tasi, &… 3, I witnessed the true grace, elegance, confidence & beauty of an exceptional Samoan dancer, my niece Ebony. xox

Another proud moment, when I was able to finally speak ‘fluent’ Samoan to my dad, & he understood exactly what I was saying. It was great ! How many years were lost through my lack of communication with my dad…too many, but I’m proud I can speak gagana Samoa, now, and I know hes proud too !


Tell us about your passion / hobby / work

My passion is for all things Creative. Was able to write several blogs on the subject of Art & Creativity in different websites. And have done several artworks, over the years, in different mediums, including paintings in acrylics, oils, pastels on Canvass, paper or Hessian. Sketches & drawings in ink & pen, and some sculpting. Also, costume & clothing design.

Another passion is music. Wrote about 4 songs & recorded them on c.d.. (home studio)..theres even a song in Samoan I called ”Ave mo oe”. And I’m finishing off composing a 5th song. Hopefully it’ll be ready soon.

Philosophy, is something I enjoy to do. I like writing stuff. Philosophy to me, connects well with the Art & music…Its all about getting ‘deep in thought’ about what matters most, & then been able to express that through the creative flow. Its a great process.
Also, Business is another big passion, being entrepreneurial is a state of mind, requiring always thinking outside the box, to help make things happen. To change things from what they were, into something more evolved, elevated, useful, & interesting.

Whats a project you’re working on that you want everybody to know about?

A project I’m currently working on is ‘Stoneline Creations’. These are a series of hand-crafted stone pendants, all unique from eachother in origin. They are made to be worn as an accessory. To both enhance and compliment the wearer, on any occassion, and inspired by pasifika heritage. When I came across this verse, to me, it described the essence of what these pieces mean personally:

“The stone the builders rejected as worthless,
turned out to be the most important of all” (1Peter:2) ‘The Living Stone’

Your final thoughts and shout outs:

Also, final shout outs go to all my awesome Family, extended family, Friends, & collegues, both here in NZ, & globally as well. Thanks for all the support, love & encouragement, you’ve given !

Just one more thought…

‘The only thing that stands between
a person and what they want in life,
is the will to try it, and the faith to
believe it possible’ !!

So… my advice… Just Go For It..!!!…Its bound to be GR8 !

Faafetai tele lava mo le avanoa.
Manuia tele lava le aso.

HGG Notes about Tina:

* I wanted to know what inspires Tina and influences her artwork. Turns out, she’s written all about that over in her blog: Creative Mindset. “What inspired me, as a youngster, to create what I did, and to always think ‘oustside the box’ was because I looked at the world around me with a view to changing what I could, and understood clearly that it was very possible to accomplish that change…” Nice.
* Out of sincere gratitude to her for generously lending us her designs for our site, Kiri started a group to showcase Michaneo Designs. Join it to get the latest news on what Tina gets up to creatively.
* For more images of her stunning carved-stone jewellery, visit: Stoneline Creations.
* Can’t wait to see what she comes up with next! 🙂

One thought on “Tina and the Living Stone

  1. Talofa Lava

    I am giving the to’o to’o, fue ma le tanoa to my lawyer who helped me with my court case for free. This lovely man did not charge at all, I was amazed. He is a QC and one of the best lawyers in New Zealand. I am puzzled frustrated with google as the results of the meaning and the purpose of to’o to’o ma le fue is useless. Please please someone help me. Explaing me what To’o to’o and fue means or give me a link to a site where I can sort this out.

    Fa’afetai lava

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