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Janet’s Spotlight Presents “A Love Pacific Story” – Maria Kerstin : Our Lovely Half German, Full Samoan Model

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Maria Modeling for Love Pacific in Samoa

“The camera definitely loves this girl”, was the first thing Janet’s shoot director said on seeing her. Maria Kerstin, half German (her father’s family from Cologne) and half Samoan (Mother from Satitoa Aleipata), was the consummate professional in front of the camera during Janet’s Love Pacific Organic Coconut Oil Photoshoot. Maria and her shoot partner Klaus were the first two models to be photographed during the Love Pacific campaign and set the tone and the standard for the rest of the day.

At only 19 years old, you would think her poise and control in front of the camera came from a lifetime of wanting to model; and you would be right. In her own words Maria noted “I have been Continue reading

Love Pacific, Love Samoa – WIBDI and Janet’s bring New Samoan Coconut Oil Body Care Brand to Market

Introducing Love Pacific (As reported in the Samoa Observer 8th January 2017) at http://www.samoaobserver.ws/

Love Pacific Coconut Body Care by Janet's

Love Pacific is a new brand of Samoan Coconut Body Oil and Soaps that has been developed in partnership between Women and Business (WIBDI) and Janet’s. Love Pacific has launched with 7 different fragranced Coconut Oils and Soaps and has been a labor of love according to Janet’s Manager Chris Sablan, “Pacific Islanders have been using the purest forms of coconut oil to nourish and beautify their bodies for millennia. Love Pacific represents a continuation of this tradition using Organic Virgin Coconut Oil from Samoa. Our mission at Janet’s is to showcase and bring to people the best of Samoa and the Pacific’s Cultural Heritage. Love Pacific carries on this tradition…”

Love Pacific Coconut Body Care by Janet's

According to Mr. Sablan, Organic Coconut Farmers in Samoa use cold pressed virgin coconut oil in combination with exotic fragrances to create Love Pacific Body Oil. This technique Continue reading

Disney's Moana and Love Pacific's Sai

Janet’s Spotlight Presents – A Love Pacific Story: Tujumosairo Faataga, Our real life Moana

When planning out the launch of the Love Pacific Coconut Body Care line, the team at Janet’s combed through scores of applications within the first few days of advertising for models. Tujumosairo Faataga was one of the people who stood out

Tujumosairo Faataga is a 22 year old from the villages of Moataa and Asau Savaii. Tujumosairo, or “Sai” as her friends call her, was part of the first group of models for Janet’s Love Pacific Coconut Oil photo shoot series. Sai comes from a large family of 8 (5 sisters and 3 brothers) and regarding the uniqueness of her name explains ,“everyone thinks that I am half Samoan Continue reading

Disney's Moana - Beyond the Reef

Watching Moana: We are Voyagers by Lisha Sablan

I had to go back to watch Moana a second time mainly because my first time watching the Disney film was also the first time for the entire audience. The viewing felt more like watching a film with your extended family, so many oohs and ahhhs so many of the audience reacting to the experience in seeing Pacific island life on the big screen.

Moana captivated the audience in Samoa. We all had a sense of ownership in this. From the very first moment I learnt of Moana years ago I personally hoped for the best. I really wanted this film to live up to my expectations.

It was that important to me.

I grew up with Disney, my entire generation did – we are the generation that imagined we were Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel (my favorite), Pocahontas….. Never in our wildest dreams did we play and imagine ourselves as Taotaomona, Tangaloa, Puntan and Fu’una, Nafanua, Pele, Sina, Savea…

The creation of this film is not to be taken for granted.

Every turn and opportunity in the film was covered in Continue reading

To Sua Ocean Trench – Journey to a Pacific Marvel

A magical Place created by nature, few swimming holes in the world match the splendor of Samoa’s heavenly To Sua Ocean Trench by K. Masters

 

  • A Naturally formed volcanic pool in the south pacific Paradise of Samoa (on the Island of Upolu) formed by an ancient dormant lava system.
  • Two skylights were formed after thousands of years of erosion caused by wave action led to the collapse of the lava tube.
  • Climb down a 30 meter ladder into a cavern with a sandy bed floor and clear waters
  • The To Sua site also features gorgeous coastal views, beautiful gardens, samoan day houses (fale) to relax in, rock pools, a separate private sandy beach and miniature blowholes.

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The Leaping Man

You’ve seen the picture even if you’ve never heard of Samoa – A shirtless man in shorts is captured mid jump, suspended in air, his launching pad is a wooden ladder perhaps 50 foot tall lowered into an impossibly large swimming hole. Above the cave grows lush green vegetation; a still body of water below.

You place yourself in the man’s position and imagine yourself shouting for joy as you enter the crystal clear turquoise waters. I’ve done this many times before my visit To Sua Ocean Trench and was surprised to find that the famous site offered more than I had hoped for. Continue reading

Culture is Everything – Samoa’s Masina Blue

Janet's 2016 08 29 CULTURE IS EVERYTHING - MASINA BLUE B_edited-3Since being launched in December of 2015 “Masina Blue” , a brand of Samoan designed and inspired jewelry, has grown in popularity and range. Masina Blue has been described as “chic” and “fun” and Janet’s Creative Director Lisha Sablan says that this was one of her goals from the beginning.

“I wanted to create something unique but complementary to Continue reading

SAMOA HOLIDAY: Top Accommodations in Samoa – Saletoga Sands Resort

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Newly Opened Saletoga Sands Resort and Spa has become one of Samoa’s most popular vacation spots. And for good reason, Located on the pristine South Coast of Upolu, Saletoga has quickly built a reputation for being a family friendly resort and a much sought after Wedding venue.

The boutique resort is managed by Continue reading

The Sister Patrick’s Golden Girls Samoa

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By Lisha Sablan

The Sister Patrick’s Golden Girls Association held their end of the Year Party at Annabell Inn on Saturday, the 6th of December.

These matriarchs of Samoa represent our some of our Nation’s finest and bravest women who have contributed immensely to our country.

Amongst the Association are pioneers in Hospitality, Tourism , Fashion design ,Business, Politics, Activism and Dedicated mothers. These women led lives one can only read about in books and any young woman should hope to aspire to.

The formalities began with a prayer and a remembrance of friends who had passed. Smiles, laughter and tears where expressed as loving and humorous memories of the departed where shared amongst the Golden Girls. The festivities kicked off with Gift exchange and ever more laughter was shared as naughty “gag” gifts accompanied the actual gifts of many a lady.

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Formalities continued with two raffle draws and concluded with the auction of a dress from the personal collection of the Legendary Mrs. Marina Grey. The ladies danced the day away , enjoying each other’s company and reminiscing on days past.

These ladies have known each other since their school days and are from a time where sisterhood and friendships where forged for life. This modern world is a place where friendships and relationships are often fleeting and a great many lessons can be learned from the Sister Patrick’s Golden Girls who have made a commitment to support, love and cherish each other for life. May they all continue to be extraordinary women and role models to our younger generations and may God continue to shower his Blessing upon them.