It was such a blessing to have my first exhibition launch locally at the Mangere Arts centre and it another dream come true moment for me in loving art as a child and pursuing it through high school only to not continue at Uni as I didn’t have enough marks to get through.

Now, many moons later, I’m able to share my love for art through my self illustrated books of Samoan ancient stories with some 40+ canvases of the book art that was recently shared in work shops with local early childhood centres and with primary and intermediate schools.

The name of the exhibition was ‘Pacific Hibiscus’ which showcases the first 4 book art of the picture books that I launched in the last 3 years. It was neat to have so many family members attend as did my 2 aunties Lili and Talosaga on my right and on the left and my husband, Tofilau Fritz Filisi who also translates my stories into the Samoan language. He was also the M.C. for the night. It was also neat to have my parents arrive from Samoa to celebrates birthdays but also this momentous occasion.

The exhibition and workshops were made possible through the funding of our local Mangere Otahuhu board which provided the support of the Mangere Arts centre and local library venues to host the week long event in celebration of Samoan language week.

This was such a neat opportunity and blessing and looking forward to many more to come…