Customs and Culture
The design of Stevensons Resort is an endeavour to maintain Samoan culture and architecture. The Maota Sitivisone, a traditional thatched Samoan fale interspersed with Samoan carvings is ideal for traditional culture shows as well as recreation purposes.
The office, walkways, suites and fales all capture the Samoan experience. Live cultural shows are performed throughout the week using Stevensons staff and local village entertainers.
Stevensons host various Samoan artists from time to time to embellish the guests cultural experience.
Stevensons guests experience Samoan culture from the moment they arrive in Salelologa at the ferry terminal. They will pass 25 distinct local villages on the way to the Resort; each with its grand numerous churches, meeting houses, sleeping fales, roaming animals and hundreds of smiling waving children immersed in various activities from local kilikiti to cutting the grass with a sapelu (Samoan bush knife).
The Palolo Experience – Palolo is a caviar of the South Pacific. This is a coral worm that rises to the sea surface twice a year in its reproduction cycle. The rising can be determined by the position of the moon and has been accurately predicted by generations of Samoans for centuries. Once it rises during the early morning it is skimmed from the surface by locals with hand made scoops which they ladle into flax woven baskets. On sunrise the palolo dissolves in the water and collection ceases. This local caviar has created a traditional local festival which involves the local villagers spending the night before the rise singing on the beach and casting flowers into the sea. It is traditionally cooked in the Samoan umu but it is absolutely delicious when fried with onions for the more Western pallet.
White Sunday (the second Sunday in October) – This is the traditional religious holiday in Samoan being a day set aside for the celebration of children. It is celebrated over two days starting on a Sunday where the children attend church and perform cultural activities that they have practiced dressed in brand new white clothes. The following Monday is a public holiday where the children are feted and parlayed with copious amounts of food.