No, the Samoan Islands are not part of Hawaii . However, both Samoa and Hawaii are part of Polynesia.
Samoa gained its independence from New Zealand in 1962 after more than a century of foreign influence and domination, but it remains a member of the Commonwealth.
The U.S. territory is politically separate from the islands to the north that make up of the Independent State of Samoa . Instead of being U.S. citizens , American Samoans are deemed “noncitizen U.S. nationals” and their passports read: “The bearer is a United States national and not a United States citizen .”
Poverty in Samoa is very different compared to poverty in a lot of other countries because Samoa has one of the most stable and healthy economies in the Pacific Region. Poverty is more prevalently seen in the rural communities of Samoa .
Travelers must have a valid passport and onward/return ticket to enter Samoa . U.S. citizens do not need a visa for stays of 90 days or less. Non-citizen U.S. nationals will need a visitor permit before travelling to Samoa . Visit the Samoa Immigration website for Samoa’s most current visa information.
Samoa’s crime rate is relatively low compared to nearby Pacific Islands. Samoa does have issues with residential break-ins, but this isn’t much of a concern for travelers. The majority of crime occurs in and around Samoa’s capital city, Apia. The most common offenses are possession of drugs, theft and assault.
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While 98 percent of Samoa’s population identify as Christian , there is a range of varying doctrine within the country from the evangelical Congregational Christian Church of Samoa, a large number of Roman Catholics , a strong recent increase in Mormons (15 percent of the population and rising), as well as the
So it all works out in the end: Moana is not from Hawaii, and neither is she from New Zealand. She has to come from Tonga or Samoa , the two first archipelagoes where the Polynesian People was born. They were the only Polynesian islands with a population at the time…