Malo le soifua, Talofa and warm Pasifika greetings to you,
I’m Faalavaau, Helen F. Tau’au-Filisi a.k.a. (also known as) Helen Tau’au Filisi and this is my author landing page where you find out about upcoming events, check out my blog, read some author gems and other interesting facts.
A little bit about me. My parents were born in Samoa: my dad from the villages of Fasito’o-uta (Aiolupo is my father’s chiefly title); Si’ufaga, Falelatai (Fa’alava’au, a chiefly title that both my father and I have) and Matautu, Falelatai (Fasavalu is another chiefly title of my father’s). My mum’s villages are: Fale’ula (through Maiava Fa’avae, her late father); Safata (my late great grandfather’s side); Falealupo (my late great, great Grandmother’s side) and Palauli, my late maternal grandmother’s side in Savai’i.
Although I was born in Auckland, New Zealand, in the 1960s, my parents took me to my first visit to Samoa back in 1972 and I thoroughly enjoyed it and have been back many times. In fact, we have recently built a house in Fasito’o-uta for a place for our diaspora families to go to and where my parents currently live.
As an author, artist, educator, blogger and busy mum this is where I get to share some of my more momentous occasions and where you are able to ask questions or find out more details of upcoming book launches, public appearances and book signings etc.