Etena (meaning "Eden") is a deserted village on Swains Island (or Olosega), American Samoa.

Description and history

Etena is located on the south side of Olosega, about 0.75 miles east of the atoll's sole village and harbor, Taulaga.[1] It was constructed during the 19th century as the location for the "residency" of the island's Caucasian owners and "proprietors," the Jennings family. An imposing four-bedroom, colonial-style residence was constructed there and occupied by family members for several years, but has since been abandoned and is now in a state of disrepair and largely overgrown by island vegetation.[2] A nearby graveyard contains the remains of several early island residents.

Etena is currently deserted,[3] with all of Olosega's residents living in the main village and sole harbor, Taulaga.[4][5]


Coordinates: 11°03′25″S 171°04′28″W / 11.05694°S 171.07444°W / -11.05694; -171.07444