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Prominent Samoans Worldwide Directory

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Listed below are Samoans who have achieved success or prominence on either a national scale or in a place other than Samoa. For obvious reasons, we have excluded politicians who have achieved government or political success limited to Samoa.



U.S. Congressman American Samoa, At Large

Congressman Faleomavaega, or "Eni" as he is popularly known among the Samoan people, is American Samoa's longest-serving representative to the U.S. House of Representatives. Faleomavaega is currently serving his sixth-term as American Samoa's Representative. He is the author of Navigating the Future, a book about A Samoan Perspective on U.S.-Pacific Relations


Former Governor of:

(1)American Samoa,

(2)Republic of the Marshall Islands,

(3)Northern Marianas Islands

Pago Pago, American Samoa

First Pacific Islander to head the governments of what are now the Republic of the Marshall Islands from 1961 to 1965, and now the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, 1965 to 1969, he is believed to be the only Pacific Islander to have headed 3 of the 21 governments of what is now considered the modern insular Pacific. He was also the first U.S. citizen ever to have been awarded an honorary Marshall Island citizenship, an honor accorded to him by a special act of the Nitijela, the Marshalls' Parliament.


Mayor of City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii

Former City Council Chairman of Honolulu. Hanneman is the first Samoan-American to graduate from Harvard University and he is also the first Samoan American to serve as a White House Fellow. He presently serves as mayor of Honolulu for a four year term.

DAVID COHEN, (Samoan) Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of Interior



Minister, Community and Volunteer Sector, NEW ZEALAND

Luamanuvao Winnie Laban is now an important player on the New Zealand political scene, rising quickly up the ranks of the ruling Labor government. The 51-year-old third term parliamentarian of Samoan descent has become the first Pacific Island woman to get a Ministerial portfolio in the New Zealand government. Luamanuvao is the current Minister of the Community and Voluntary Sector, Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment and Associate Minister for Economic Development, and Associate Minister of Pacific Island Affairs. It is a wide range of portfolios that could see her make a real difference to the lives of New Zealanders-of Pacific Island descent and otherwise.

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