VIDEO: Fagaitua closes memorable night of football with song, prayer

Fagaitua coach Pooch Taase had a memorable two-week visit to Hawaii which included a game against Kamehameha. Photo by Jay Metzger/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

The Fagaitua football team from American Samoa will be leaving Monday after a two-week visit to Hawaii.

The visit included a 29-8 loss to No. 7 Kamehameha on Friday, a trip to the University of Hawaii’s 45-38 victory over Arizona at Aloha Stadium, two practices at No. 2 Mililani with the Trojans, and one practice each at Kamehameha with the Warriors and at Waianae with the Seariders.

The visiting Vikings are now 0-2 in Hawaii. They also lost to Saint Louis 55-6 in 2015 at Aloha Stadium.

Against Kamehameha, Manuita Sofeni, behind a bruising heavy package line, brought Fagaitua within 7 points, 15-8, in the fourth quarter. But two pick-6’s by the Warriors finished the Vikings off.

After the loss, Sofeni — who rushed for 91 yards on 20 carries, said, “I really appreciate this game (tonight), man. It was a great opportunity for me to play this game. I’m happy to be here to play against Kamehameha. We like to push our team. It’s (the loss) disappointing. We’ll go back to Samoa and work hard and get better.”

A few moments later, the Vikings sang to their proud fans who also made the long trip. You can watch that video below.


  1. Hau’ulaBoy August 25, 2019 6:43 pm

    Beautiful… Way to represent your community and culture. Me I’m Sisifo, but very proud of you and our Samoan culture. Good job boys.

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