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  • In the late 80s and early 90s, higher education was not as available to residents of American Samoa as it is today. With a job offer in the American Samoa government, Dr. Ken Galeai moved back home to American Samoa from Hawaii and was able to engage the local government so opportunities of education and training could be provided to the local community. Dr. Galeai established the first training program of its kind on the island of Tutuila to provide the opportunity to gain competencies, skills, and ultimately a Master’s Degree from universities in the continental United States without leaving their home land. Through partnerships with universities, colleagues, and government grants, he was able to establish similar programs in rural areas throughout the Pacific. These programs ultimately led to degrees for an underserved community that would not have had the opportunity otherwise. In recent years, Dr. Galeai has continued his work in education, teaching at BYU-Hawaii, raising the next generation of leaders, and speaking at many events throughout the world. A recent study of his focused on decolonizing education, a topic especially for our people here in the Pacific.
  • Music – Tiare Tahiti by Clint Mariteragi from the 2009 album Tamari’i No Tahiti.

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