Pago Pago, Tutuila, American Samoa

Green hills form a dramatic backdrop for the palm-fringed harbor of Pago Pago, capital of American Samoa. This South Pacific 'Garden of Eden' was the setting for Somerset Maugham's steamy short story, Rain, and no doubt continues to provide inspiration for artists and writers today. Visitors are sure to notice the pleasant, casual approach to life by the residents. Although American Samoans are U.S. nationals by law, they are far from "Americanized." Samoans have an enviable knack for taking whatever life may bring and adapting it to their own needs. Gracious and hospitable both by nature and tradition, Samoans take true delight in enjoying life and invite visitors to do the same.