Fagamalo was in 2010 the first village in American Samoa to create a designated protected marine area.[1] It is a village on the north shore’s backside of Tutuila Island. The village was for long only reached by narrow trails over rugged vertical terrain. The trails were often obscured by brush and seldom traveled as they traversed the thick rain forests. It often required hours of hiking before reaching the village.[2] Route 1 now climbs steeply and winds up to the village of Fagamalo, where the road ends.[3] It is located in Lealataua County in the Western District of Tutuila Island.[4]

The village mayor of Fagamalo was charged with attempted murder in 2005. He was held on a $50,000 bail after allegedly jeopardizing the lives of two fishermen.[5]


  1. ^ http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/190173/fagamalo-in-american-samoa-first-village-to-create-protected-marine-area
  2. ^ Watt, Abbie Le’ala Lam Yuen (2000). Tini: Trailblazer in the Wake of the Pitcairn. Teach Services, Inc. Page 21. ISBN 9781572581661.
  3. ^ Hunt, Errol (2000). South Pacific. Lonely Planet. Page 396. ISBN 9780864427175.
  4. ^ U.S. Census Bureau (2000). Census of population and housing (2000): American Samoa Summary Social, Economic, and Housing Characteristics. DIANE Publishing. Page 146. ISBN 9781428985490.
  5. ^ http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/158456/american-samoa-chiefs-charged-with-attempted-murder