Fagatogo is the Downtown area of Pago Pago, the territorial capital of American Samoa.[1] It is the seat of the judiciary,[citation needed] and it is the commercial center of Tutuila Island.[2] Its population (as of April 1, 2009) is 3,000. Fagatogo is the location of the American Samoa Fono (legislature), and is listed in the Constitution of American Samoa as the territory's official seat of government.[3][4][5]

Fagatogo also contains the port of Pago Pago, the town's bus station and market and the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph the Worker of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Samoa-Pago Pago.[6] Fagatogo is home to the Governor’s Mansion, which sits at a hilltop just west of the Rainmaker Hotel in Utulei. The colonial mansion was erected in 1903 during the naval administration. The 1917 Jean P. Haydon Museum is located a little further west. The old jail, which was built in 1911, and the police station, can be found just across the field from The Fono.[7] The buildings consist of 19th century clapboard buildings and newer monotonous two-story concrete structures.[8]

Areas surrounding Fagatogo Market is considered the center of Pago Pago. It is visited by bus from residents throughout the island. Mount Alava, the canneries in Atu'u, Rainmaker Mountain (Mount Pioa), and Pago Pago Harbor are all visible from the market.[9] Fagatogo Square Shopping Center is a 12,000 sq. ft. retail- and commercial center, which is situated immediately next to Fagatogo Market. This mall is home to larger shops and a number of restaurants.[10][11]

Furthermore, Fagatogo is home to Pago Pago Post Office, the city's taxi services, museums, bars, and movie theaters.[12] Sadie Thompson Inn, which is named for a character in Rain (1921), is also in Fagatogo. This was the site where English author W. Somerset Maugham resided during his visit to Pago Pago in December 1916.[13] It is currently a bed and breakfast inn. It was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

The Government of American Samoa received federal grants in the amount of $495,416 in 2001 in order to improve Pago Pago’s downtown area around the Malae o le Talu in Fagatogo. Areas to be improved included the Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) back road, as well as roads which lead from the upper ranches of Fagatogo to the Malae.[citation needed]


Fagatogo is home to The Fono (legislature).

As of the 2000 U.S. Census, Fagatogo was home to 1,815 people. 81.6% of Fagatogo’s population were of Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Island race. 12.5% were Asian, while 3.6% were white.[14]


Notable people

See also


  1. ^ Grabowski, John F. (1992). U.S. Territories and Possessions (State Report Series). Chelsea House Pub. Page 51. ISBN 9780791010532.
  2. ^ Leib, Amos Patten (1972). The Many Islands of Polynesia. Schuster Merchandise &. Page 61. ISBN 9780684130101.
  3. ^ "Revised Constitution of American Samoa". asbar.org. Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ Districts of American, statoids.com, retrieved 2008-04-26 
  5. ^ Explanation of Listings: Country overview, statoids.com, retrieved 2008-04-26  (See the discussion, "What is the capital of X?")
  6. ^ "Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph the Worker". Giga Catholic. Retrieved 2013-05-21. 
  7. ^ Stanley, David (1999). South Pacific Handbook. David Stanley. Page 443. ISBN 9781566911726.
  8. ^ Stuart, Peter C. (1999). Isles of Empire: the United States and its Overseas Possessions. University Press of America. Page 54. ISBN 9780761813118.
  9. ^ Stanley, David (1999). Moon Handbooks Tonga-Samoa. David Stanley. Page 168. ISBN 9781566911740.
  10. ^ https://www.visittheusa.com/destination/pago-pago
  11. ^ Goodwin, Bill (2006). Frommer’s South Pacific. Wiley. Page 405. ISBN 9780471769804.
  12. ^ Grabowski, John F. (1992). U.S. Territories and Possessions (State Report Series). Chelsea House Pub. Page 51. ISBN 9780791010532.
  13. ^ Rogal, Samuel J. (1997). A William Somerset Maugham Encyclopedia. Greenwood Publishing Group. Page 244. ISBN 9780313299162.
  14. ^ Census of population and housing (2000): American Samoa Summary Social, Economic, and Housing Characteristics (2000). DIANE Publishing. Page 147. ISBN 9781428985490.

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Coordinates: 14°16′57″S 170°41′24″W / 14.28250°S 170.69000°W / -14.28250; -170.69000