Samoa Salelologa Tuasivi
Sunset at Sapapaliʻi
Sunset at Sapapaliʻi
Sapapaliʻi is located in Samoa
Coordinates: 13°41′21″S 172°11′11″W / 13.68917°S 172.18639°W / -13.68917; -172.18639Coordinates: 13°41′21″S 172°11′11″W / 13.68917°S 172.18639°W / -13.68917; -172.18639
Country Samoa
 • Total868
Time zone-11

Sapapaliʻi is a village on the north east coast of Savaiʻi island in Samoa. It is the village where John Williams, the first missionary to bring Christianity to Samoa landed in 1830.[1] Sapapali'i is in the Fa'asaleleaga political district.[2]

Sapapaliʻi became the second Malietoa base in the district in 1750 when Malietoa Tiʻa married a woman from the village. Their son Malietoa Fitisemanu was the father of Malietoa Vaiinupo who received Williams in 1830.[3]

Sapapaliʻi is 8 km north of Salelologa ferry terminal and township.


In the 1970s, Gregory Jackmond carried out archaeological surveys inland from Sapapali'i. Jackmond, a Peace Corps in Samoa, surveyed a 20 hectare area with extensive pre-historic settlements. Jackmond later carried out field work at Palauli on the south east coast where the Pulemelei Mound is situated.[4]


  1. ^ [1], Lagaga: a short history of Western Samoa By Malama Meleisea & Penelope Schoeffel Meleisea
  2. ^ "Population and Housing Census Report 2006" (PDF). Samoa Bureau of Statistics. July 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2009.
  3. ^ [2] Democracy and custom in Sāmoa: an uneasy alliance by Asofou Soʻo, p.33. Retrieved 2 November 2009
  4. ^ [3] Samoan Village Patterns: Four Examples by Jesse D. Jennings, Richard Holmer and Gregory Jackmond, University of Utah, Journal of the Polynesian Society, Vol. 91, No. 1, 1982. Retrieved 6 November 2009