All posts by Maureen Unasa

Maureen Unasa is a contrarian Samoan woman unravelling life, love and culture through the art of Samoan weaving

How to be an awesome Samoan parent?

Samoan styles that is.  Samoan parents are very animated (rightly so) when they celebrate and support their childrens achievements.  Actually, when the celebrate anything.  We can be rather loud and our signature “CHEEEE HOOOO” will drown out any poor persons attempt at whistling their support.

You will definitely need to make one (or several) of these babies  (see video below) to ground your child and not have them get a big head over their achievements.  We Samoans encourage humility 😉


We love to celebrate achievement the same way anyone else would.  LOUD and beaming with pride.

“Cheee Hooo- Alu iai ma lou loto atoa”  [Give it everything you’ve got]