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Jonelle Echave said:   November 15, 2014 12:21 pm PST
Hey Bettina, Well I found out your book because of my friend Pine Tualemoso and he told me to search you up online. I will buy a book just to know about America Samoa. And Pine says Hi!

Linette Hunter said:   June 13, 2013 11:35 pm PST
Can't wait to get my copy of your book! Having taught and worked in Education for over 20 years, I know the experiences I had there will be with me forever. Thanks for sharing your experiences. Alofa atu...

Asoiva Molia Fuiava-Thomsen said:   May 23, 2013 8:47 pm PST
Hi Ms. Betty....it took me 2 days to read the book. I enjoyed every bit of your writing. It was nice to read about our beautiful island; especially our paradise of Faleasao. Thank you soooooo much for sharing the memories of my beloved grandma who unfortunately I didn't get to know, my my beloved parents Fuamoli & Molia, aunty Fu'a, and many more family members. My 12 years old daughter was so excited when she read and found her uncle Tautua's name in the book...lol...may God bless you and your beautiful family always....Manuia le po....w/lots of alofa.

Maturo Taula'i said:   May 13, 2013 7:44 am PST
Betti, I am in process of ordering your book right after writing this note. What a blessing to read and see postings and pictures of your days in Manu'a. I am a little older now but still remember you as my typing teacher in high school. Graduated from Segaula, Class of 1972----the best class in school history!!!!!!!! Will give critics about the book when done reading. Alofa tele. Soifua.

Ms. Faaui Hunkin said:   April 22, 2013 1:48 pm PST
Thank you so much Lady Betti for the love. God bless you.

olivia tuaua said:   April 16, 2013 9:26 am PST
Hi Betti, I just finished reading your book. I took my time reading the book because it has been more than 39 years since I left American Samoa. I love the way you describe everything in the book like every part of the coconut from the leaves, the shell, the juice and of course the meat. I have not been back home since. The book took me back home to when I was a child. I was about 5 or 6 when you and your family were our neighbors. I read the book and remember Faleasao exactly how you wrote. I love Faleasao for it was home for us for about 7 or more years. The people of Faleasao and the village are exactly how you wrote about it in your book. I have never been to Fagasa, but reading your book it sounds beautiful. I am proud to say that Samoan people are beautiful people! We are from different villages but we are one! Thank you for writing about your adventure in our island. Oh, you described my father Itielu so well. Our father was very proud of Faleasao and the band. I always thought Ueta Solomona started the band, but now I know it was you. Fa'afetai tele Betti for sharing your adventure, which bringing back memories of my childhood in Faleasao. I hope to meet you one day. Alofa tele le Atua ia oe Betti ma le aiga. Faafetai, tofa soifua.

Tia Letuli said:   April 5, 2013 4:26 pm PST
Thank you for all the beautiful pictures on Facebook. I love reading of your adventures in Faleasao, my mother's village. God bless you abundantly.

T. Mac Sopoaga, Jr. said:   April 5, 2013 8:40 am PST
Talofa Betty! Thanks for the great work. I was a young kid in Fagasa during you & your husband's time there. Seeing some pics of my uncles like HTC Tua and HC Tupuola brings a lot of memeories of those days. Thank you so much! I will definitley order your book!

Linda Klein said:   April 3, 2013 6:10 am PST
Just ordered the book and can't wait to read it. Lived there from 74-77 and went to Leone High School.

Oli Tuaua said:   April 2, 2013 6:27 am PST
Hi Betti, we are very interested in reading your book. You have made me a proud woman with the picture of our father the late Rev. Itielu Taula. I have shared stories of my father with my children, nieces and nephews. Also, my husband was a student at Manua'a high school and has some memories of you and another teacher. I can't wait to read your book. Manuia le aso.

Luisa Steffany said:   April 1, 2013 8:07 am PST
Talofa Betti, I just purchased my copy of your book , so excited and can't wait to get my read on..Thank you for sharing with us your story and especially all the photos...Ia manuia oe ma le aiga, God bless

Nelly Pola said:   March 31, 2013 1:53 am PST
After looking at the magnificent pictures you shared I was really moved and wished to experience the life there was in Faleasao, Manu'a. I was really surprise to see pictures of my dad, Failautusi Pola. I never had the chance to see pictures of him when he was young. I thank you for sharing his pictures, he looks handsome. Thank you again Betti I can't wait to read your book. Much alofas.

Galuega Tufi said:   March 30, 2013 11:04 pm PST
Betty, I do not know you but looking at some of your photos I found my mom sipologa Tufi taken in manu'a with and the ladies in the villages. I thank you because these are treasure to all of us.

melanie powers said:   February 9, 2013 12:36 pm PST
I read your great book and I loved it! Your details about life on that island painted pictures in my mind. I could almost hear the waves of the ocean as they splashed on the beach! The sweetness of the Samoan people is extremely evident and precious. I strongly suggest that anyone who likes to read get this book you won't regret it. Betty tells this story as if it happened yesterday and allows you to become a part of her family and live the adventure with them. Thank you Betty for sharing so freely with all of us. > Alofa Melanie Powers

Jim Olsen said:   November 14, 2012 10:28 am PST
Betti: You asked if you had exaggerated your trip to Ofu carrying Bettina's Creations. I will relate how I remember the trip and you decide. Every time you take a 15' open boat out on the open ocean, in such a remote location is an adventure. Especially in the Manu'a Islands when the trade winds make the crossing from Tau to Olosega/Ofu especially hazardous even on the nice days. When Navigating between the Islands a choice must be made to pass north or south of the Islands. Weather dictated that we traverse on the south side and pass Olosega village. Having made the crossing and in the shelter of the island the chop was nil but the swells were fairly large. I was finally starting to enjoy the trip and riding over these big swells and wasn't paying to close attention to where I was and found ourselves on the crest of a wave ready to crash on the reef. It appeared that the crest of the wave was about 30 feet high but was probably only half that. Trying to keep my cool and reputation I steered for deeper water. They say confession is good for the soul. Well there goes my rep. as a navigator.

Jim Olsen said:   November 14, 2012 7:54 am PST
Look at me, stitches in my head, wrists tapped up now floating with a bubble of air on a smooth and glassy sea. I surveyed my situation and the all I saw was these fins coming near me. That's all I need, sharks! Well no they turned out to be dolphins. At water level they look like sharks. Then coming around the corner came the shark boat and picked the Dr. and I and a young lad who was totally exhausted and about to drown. Looking i saw that most of the boat crew had already swam ashore and I spotted my mother giving artificial respiration to someone on the beach. With fewer crew we took off to find this downed plane and rescue its passengers. Expecting to find the plane in the water off the rocky north side of the island, we found it on the beach a just short walk beyond the village Putting the shark boat up on the beach and losing a prop in the process, we found the pilot had all ready walked into the village . Walking in my bare feet with a borrowed lava lava on, I found the pilot having coffee with the Bisios. Taking the pilot, Bisios, Dr. and mom back to Tau to catch the Coast Guard cutter, I asked the pilot if he wanted me to secure the plane, he replied leave it for the insurance company. In my mind I said a few words that I won't repeat here. Went back to Fitiuta with the traxcavator, placed covers over the engine intakes and pulled the plane above the tide line. It was shortly recovered by barge and probable is still flying. It had to be by divine providence that I survived my Samoan experience and I would do it again in a heart beat. I am so proud of those villagers who risked their lives just because I asked them for help. The boat crew, Dr. and my mother all received a commendation from the President. God Is good, All the time.

Jim Olsen said:   November 14, 2012 7:53 am PST
The first thing I knew everyone was bailing out of the boat, grabbing the Dr's. medical bag and placing it under a seat I was the last to bail. I was in deep trouble. The waves were too big and fast to swim out and the rip was too strong to swim in, and here I was with steel toed work boots on diving in each oncoming wave trying to get beyond the break. Just then one of the lads threw me the end of his lava lave and pulled me beyond the break.Losing my boots and heavy pants I used the lava lava to make a balloon of air to help provide some floatation.

Jim Olsen said:   November 14, 2012 7:51 am PST
When we arrived at the Fitiuta school there was a radio call for me telling me that a plane had gone down in the water on the north side of the Island. Fearing that their may be many survivors in water I immediately called public works to put the shark boat into the water and come and pick me up in Fitiuta. Still imagining the amount of survivors that might be, I asked for the village longboat. The Samoans knew that it was too rough to try to go over the reef but because the pule asked they immediately without comment got the longboat in the water with the Dr. and myself onboard and pushed off. To say the surf was rough is a understatement.

Jim Olsen said:   November 14, 2012 7:43 am PST
Talofa Betti: Having just read your book that you so generously sent me, sparked some misplaced neurons and brought back memories long lost in my cognitive impaired brain. If you don't mind I would like to relate to you my memories of the winter of 1969-70, and the plane crash on Tau. I could start this by saying it was a dark and stormy night. It was and I will. We were hard hit with some bad weather and continuing buckets a rain. During this period was when I nearly lost my life clearing a land slide on the Auauuli and ended up with 17 stitches in my forehead and torn ligaments in both wrists. Around the same time period the waves washed up to the Faleaso school yard. (Before the sea wall was built) when cleaning the beach and yard in front of the school I ran the traxcavator too close to a tetterball pole and received another blow to my head that Dr. Frank wanted to suture up. Well the rain had stopped but the surf was still nasty. I received a request to take the Doctor to Fitiuta to see Mrs. Bisio who was going to be evacuated to Pago. My folks were visiting and took Mom with me and the Dr. for a trip to Fitiuta. I witnessed a plane flying near the Island and thought there must be government people inspecting the island.

Lucy Diaz said:   October 30, 2012 6:23 am PST
So exciting! I"m so proud of you. I can't wait to read it. Love you very much!!!!

Anthony Castillo said:   October 25, 2012 11:35 am PST
Felicidades Hna. Can't wait to have on my hands specially now that I like to seat down and read .Blessings

John & Anne Flanigan said:   October 21, 2012 10:19 pm PST
Talofa Betty, Looking forward to reading your book. So many memories from our 12 years in AS.

blanca and danny said:   September 27, 2012 10:25 pm PST
ALOHA BETTY WE CAN'T WAIT FOR YOUR BOOK. WHEN WE READ ONE OF YOU FIRST DRAFTS, WE COULD SEE YOU AND FRANK THROUGH THE PAGES OF THIS EXCITING ACCOUNT OF YOUR ADVENTURES IN SAMOA, YOU MADE IT SO EASY TO SEE FRANK AND YOU. FRANK DRIVING AROUND WITH MARLON BRANDO? ALOHA KE AKUA BLANCA AND DANNY

Monica Pelayo Sanders said:   September 9, 2012 11:04 pm PST
Congratulations, Betty, on your accomplishment and awesome journey.. would love to read your new book, will order it as soon as possible. Love all the pictures posted, it must've been a wonderful experience living in such a beautiful place. God bless you, and love to you always, dear Betty! :)

Lizzy said:   August 20, 2012 7:52 pm PST
Sounds like a page turner...can't wait to relive all the adventures!!!

Laura Guzman said:   August 8, 2012 6:42 am PST
Hi Betty. I just purchased your book and am VERY excited to read it once I have it in my hands. Congratulations and I love you very much. God bless you.

Debbie Eastham said:   August 6, 2012 12:30 pm PST
Can't wait to order and read your book Betty....sounds so interesting Love Deb

Bettina Robles said:   August 3, 2012 6:07 pm PST
Talofa Rikki, So happy you wrote. I do not remember your folks but I do remember their name. Frank, my husband would have known them. We lived in the village of Fagasa over the mountain pass and so I did not know all the Americans living there. We later lived in Faleasao, Manu'a. Your dad ordered a book so I hope you will be able to read it. Yes, Samoa was embedded in all of our hearts forever. In 2007, I visited Manu'a and flew in the sea plane. I looked at the Pacific Ocean and saw a small ship sailing and thought how brave we were. Of course at the time living there, that did not enter our minds as we sailed in the YF340, the Manusina soooo many times to buy supplies. My granddaughter is also named Rikki. That name is not heard to often. Rikki, you should also write about your experiences in Samoa. Everyone has a different version of Samoa. I wrote this book with my eyes, my heart and what I knew and heard. Thanks again for writing to me. Did you learn to speak Samoan? Alofa tele

George Hastings said:   August 3, 2012 1:07 pm PST
Talofa, Betty! ia manuia i le fa'atau i lou tusi Samoa! Alofa tele, Siaosi

Daniel said:   August 3, 2012 9:33 am PST
It's hard to believe that as much life as I have seen in you and all that I have seen you do, that you could have had another life previous to the one that I know of! God bless you Betty and may He continue to use you mightily! Oh yes, I love the cover and remember Pancho's Bible with a smile!

Riki Reinhart said:   August 2, 2012 12:22 pm PST
Talofa Betty, I am not sure if you remember my family? My Mom (Pat) and my Dad Dick) arrived in Samoa in 1967. Mom was a Teacher at Fia Iloa and Dad was the Shop teacher at Samoana and did TV. I saw and read about your writing and I was taken back to when I read " Coming of Age in Samoa" . I did come of age in Samoa I arrived when I was 12 and graduated Samoana High School . Thank you for shareing your memories!!! Samoa was and still is the best years of my life ( So Far?? )

Martha Woll said:   August 2, 2012 9:45 am PST
Enorabuena Betty que Dios la siga vendiciendo hasta que ssu mision termine. con todo mi amor Martha

David Gillmore said:   August 2, 2012 8:09 am PST
Just ordered it, Betty, and am looking forward to reading it. The pics look really interesting. --dg

Kathleen Hunsicker said:   August 2, 2012 7:17 am PST
JUST BOUGHT YOUR BOOK CAN'T WAIT TO START READING IT! HOPE IT'S HERE SOON !!! LOTS OF LOVE TO YOU! KATHY

Cecilia Gomez said:   August 2, 2012 1:12 am PST
I cant wait to read your book, Betty....How beautiful Samoa must be....The cover is wonderfu!

Isaac said:   August 1, 2012 2:50 pm PST
Looking forward to reading it!

Sarah Sansevieri said:   August 1, 2012 10:13 am PST
Everything that Betty Robles does is done with excellence! I can hardly wait to buy her new book.

Shannon Akins said:   July 23, 2012 7:51 am PST
Love the page from FB and will look forward to reading more about this very special women.

Kathleen Hunsicker said:   July 20, 2012 4:59 pm PST
Congratulations! So excited for you Betty. Can't wait to get my copy. Lots of Love, Kathy

Bettina Robles said:   July 20, 2012 1:29 pm PST
Please write to me. I would love to hear from you and I pray you enjoy reading The Heart Of A Giant. Alofa

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