Portraits of Resilience

Vacations Fale

Vacations Fale are on a beautiful beach called Itu-o-tane. It has comfortable fales for tourists to stay or sleep in. Itu-o-tane has everything -- a beach with soft white sand, beautiful fales, the shiny blue sea and fantastic waves that can make noise as loud as thunder. I don’t know if it has everything you would want?

Vacations Fale are on a beautiful beach called Itu-o-tane. It has comfortable fales for tourists to stay or sleep in. Itu-o-tane has everything -- a beach with soft white sand, beautiful fales, the shiny blue sea and fantastic waves that can make noise as loud as thunder. I don’t know if it has everything you would want?

Climate change has affected this beach [for the first time] with erosion. Elise, the lady who owns the fales, told Blake and I that there have been a lot of changes that have happened to the sea. Elise said the waves are really threatening. Now they come all the way up the shore and reach the sand bags.

The sea walls were built to protect this magnificent beach from the mighty waves that threaten the shores. They put extra sand bags and rocks on to the beach to make sure that the waves don’t reach the comfortable fales, shops and villages in the Itu-o-tane area. Sometimes I think the extra sand bags and rocks won’t tame the power of the waves for long.

I wonder if this beach will be there in the future.

— Alowesi Suveinakama

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