Ms. Nia, Ms. Doreen, Ms. Aiga, and Ms. Mele were planned a day full of work, fun, and food! The students were divided into three groups and rotated stations. While some go a chance to 'valu' the 'popo', or scrape coconuts, others were preparing the 'umu' or outdoor oven. The third group learned 'siva samoa' and 'sa sa', or dancing, in the fale.
Everyone worked together to make the papa, or baked coconut bread with papaya. The batter is scooped into banana leaves and wrapped tightly, then placed on the umu when the rocks are red hot. The umu is covered with leaves, and the batter bakes. When the papa is cooked, it is then mixed with a melted sugar caramel sauce to make fausi, a delicious Samoan treat.
After lunch they played group games in the malae while Ms. Doreen finished making the fausi. You can tell by the looks on their faces that it turned out MANAIA TELE!
Fa'afetai tele lava to our wonderful teachers for sharing their skills and love with our terrific Ta'iala students!