The American Samoa National Park consists of a chain of mountainous islands. Rugged islands are covered with tropical rainforest. In addition, many beaches are located in this area, along with rich natural coral reefs.
The purpose of the national park in American Samoa is to help preserve and conserve the tropical forest located in this area. The other purpose of this park is to preserve the American Samoa culture. More specifically the National Park of American Samoa has been legally established to protect the habitat of flying foxes, as well as other species that live within it.
The national park in American Samoa is one of the newest national parks to this date. It is currently in its developing stages. Those who visit this park now will be among the first to arrive on the scene of this park.
Within the National Park of the American Samoa (besides the scenic beaches) includes secluded villages, unique plants and animal species of all kinds, and coral sand (what the beaches largely consist of). Included in this park exists quite a bit of information about the Samoa people as well.
The Samoan people came from Southeast Asia about 3,000 years ago. Over the years this area was more and more influenced by the American Samoa culture. In fact, The National Park of the American Samoa sits on land that is owned by the Samoan people. Those who visit are encouraged to respect the Samoans, who are the main hosts of this national park (more on this later).
One of the best ways to experience the culture of the American Samoa people is to participate in what is called the Home Stay program. This is one of the best ways to learn first hand what it is like living, working, and associating directly with the Samoa community.
Those who participate in a Home Stay program in American Samoa will have the chance to experience living in a village with the soothing and exciting sounds of the surrounding rainforest. In addition, people can partake in learning how to make crafts of an American Samoa flavor. For instance, people who visit the Samoa people can learn how to make weaving fans from palm leaves.
Another treat for people who desire to experience Samoa culture is to sit and listen to one of the American Samoa’s famous High Talking Chiefs, who are skilled storytellers. They will enrich you and enlighten you with the knowledge, wisdom, and history of the Samoa people.
The reason these storytellers exist is because the Samoa people in times past did not have their own written language. Story tellers were once the main source of various Samoa legends and other stories. It was the way that people of past Samoa generations would remember the history of those who came before them, and the events that took place in the past as well.
Those who choose to participate in the Samoa lifestyle experience will need to observe etiquette of the Samoan people. Etiquette for travelers and visitors include not eating or drinking while walking through a village, respect those who are involved in evening prayers, and asking for permission to take photos, to walk on the beach, and to do other activities. Permission is almost always granted in most cases. It is largely a matter of politness and respect.
Additional observation of the American Samoa way, which is commonly referred to as the fa'asamoa, is made while staying in American Samoa. Those who visit this area will find that it is one of the most culturally unique national park experiences ever.