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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 2:17 a.m., Sunday, October 28, 2007

Former Samoa prime minister to speak Monday at UH

Advertiser Staff

The William S. Richardson School of Law will host a special visit by Samoa's head of state, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m Monday, Oct. 29 at the School of Law. Classroom 2.

During this visit, he will present a lecture entitled "Samoan Jurisprudence and the Samoan Lands and Titles Court" to law students, faculty and invited guests of the UH system, and Samoan community leaders at large, including Cha Thompson.

His Highness Head of State of Samoa Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi was prime minister twice of Samoa (then Western Samoa) during which he had been an influential voice on issues concerning Samoa and the Pacific region.

Part of His Highness' present profile is his active involvement in scholastic learning, and a strong proponent of Samoan Language. Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi is always in high demand for his views as a prolific bilingual speaker and scholar due to his experiences in government and academia. He has published quite extensively in both the English and Samoan languages.

Actively involved in Samoan studies and Pacific policy, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi was also part of a team of scholars who have looked at the development of Pacific Health Policies for Aotearoa, New Zealand.

The author of three books as well as numerous scholarly journal publications, the most recent one in 2007 is the Samoan Translation of the original English language proceedings of the 2005 Interreligious Colloquium on indigenous Pacific concepts of peace and good governance.