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Sapapali'i is a village on the north east coast of Savai'i 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]

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

Sapapali'i 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 2009.
  3. ^ [2] Democracy and custom in S?moa: an uneasy alliance by Asofou So?o, 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

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