John Mayer PhD
John Mayer is an Associate Professor of Samoan and Samoan Program Coordinator. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer and Trainer in Samoa from 1970-1976, and founded the Samoan language program at the University of Hawaii in 1976. He teaches introductory through advanced Samoan language courses and is a graduate faculty in Pacific Islands Studies. He is a founding member and Adult Class Instructor of Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center in Honolulu. He has an MA in ESL and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Hawai’i and holds two chiefly titles – Fepulea’i from Savai’i and Lāsei from Manono. He is married to Tusitala Feagaiga Toomata-Mayer of Onenoa, American Samoa. They have two sons, Jacob and John Jr.
Luafata Simanu-Klutz PhD
Dr. Luafata (aka Fata) Simanu-Klutz is an Associate Professor at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures (IPLL), where she teaches second and third year Samoan language, literature, and history, and upper level courses on traditional Samoan literature, Samoan women writers, the works of Albert Wendt and other modern Pacific island writers. She is also an affiliate faculty for the Center for Pacific Islands Studies (CPIS). She is currently a member of the Manoa Faculty Senate where she serves on Committee for Academic and Policy Planning (CAPP) and the Hawaii, Asian, and Pacific (HAP) board.
Faafetai Lesa PhD
Fa’afetai Lesa is an Assistant Professor of Samoan. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD) in Curriculum Studies, a Master’s degree in English As a Second Language (ESL), a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Secondary Education, and an Associate of Arts (AA) in General Education. His teaching career began in Samoa in 1987 as an Elementary teacher. After the completion of his B.A in Education at the University of Hawaii in 1989, he taught for a year at McKinley High School. He was hired to teach Samoan at the University of Hawai’i in the Fall of 1989. Since then he has taught First, Second, and Third-year Samoan classes. In addition to being the coordinator of the Samoan Language Program from 2007-2016, he has taught a load of 12 credits every semester for the last 31 years. His research work aims at the development of Samoan youth cultural identity through heritage language competency. He lives in Kaneohe Hawaii with his wonderful wife and three beautiful daughters.
Edward Danielson MA
Edward Danielson is an Instructor in Samoan at the University of Hawaii at Manoa who teaches first and second year Samoan language courses. Currently a graduate student in Secondary Education (PhD), he holds a masters degree in Curriculum Studies (MA), a Bachelor of Arts in Pacific Island studies (BA), minor in Zoology (BS), and an Associate of Arts (AA) in General Education. His teaching career started as a Sunday school teacher for Futiga Catholic Aʻoga Samoa of American Samoa in 1995. He started as teacher’s assistant under the supervision of Dr. John Mayer and Dr. Faʻafetai Lesa in 1997 until 1999 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has taught first and second year Samoan language classes from 2000 to present as a lecturer and as an instructor. He is also an instructor for the Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center of Honolulu. He is a Samoan Language interpreter and translator for various private and government agencies. He lives in Honolulu Hawaii and holds a Samoan chief title of Tafesilafaʻi.