Although everyone knows her as an ori and Tahitian drum Master, make no mistake she is Samoa's to claim. There's a Samoan saying that goes, "E lele le toloa ae ma'au lava i le vai." No matter where the duck flys it will always return to the water. No matter where our ambition as Samoans take us, we will always return home.
After gifting Tiana I asked if she would do us the honor of ending our recital with the most important taualuga at any Samoan function, the last one.
The Academy of Siva Samoa wouldn't have taken flight when it did had it not been for this woman's heart. The chance she took on trusting me, not just with her family's Nonosina empire but with her place of work: to allow me a space to nurture my dreams- is more than some people I've known my whole life and have done so much for would risk doing for me. It was the core of why the event was titled "Le Maota o Fa'afiafiaga". Maota being the formal term for house and fa'afiafiaga meaning entertainment. Nonosina's studio is that place for me, where joy is created, where I can walk in and make my own happiness by creating, where generations of the Nonosina family has made and continues to make theirs. It's the studio where pieces of my dreams came to fruition. Tiana did that for me.
4 months ago, it may not have been a significant decision to anyone at the time but I knew the moment I left our private dinner & she text me the green light as we parted ways from me delivering my proposal- for me, it was epic. I knew what I was capable of. Unbeknownst to me was the magnitude of the impact it would make, especially emotionally for me because I didn't know what the future students were capable of. To say they made me and my team proud is an understatement.
Thank you Tee for the love and support you continue to bless us with. We appreciate you!! @tiana_nonosina #Samoan #Nonosina #TianaNonosina #TheAcademyOfSivaSamoa #TAMAITAI #KuegisKreations #Taupou #Tuiga #SivaSamoa #LeMaotaOFaafiafiaga