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Galea'i Peni Poumele (December 18, 1926 – July 27, 1992) was an American Samoan politician and traditional leader. Poumele served as the third elected Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa from 1989 to 1992.[1][2]

Galea'i Peni Poumele
4th Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa
In office
January 2, 1989 – July 27, 1992
GovernorPeter Tali Coleman
Preceded byEni Faleomavaega
Succeeded byGaioi Tufele Galeai
Personal details
Born(1926-12-18)December 18, 1926
Fitiuta, Manu'a, American Samoa
DiedJuly 27, 1992(1992-07-27) (aged 65)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Gaioi Tufele Galea'i (?–1992, his death)


Poumele was a paramount chief of the village of Fitiuta, located on Tau in the Manu'a Islands.[3] The chiefly title of Galea'i became vacant upon Poumele's death in 1992.[3]

In 1988, Peter Tali Coleman and his running mate, Galea'i Peni Poumele, were elected Governor and Lt. Governor of American Samoa.[1] Coleman and Poumele were inaugurated on January 2, 1989.[1] Poumele became the third elected Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa, while the 1989 inauguration marked Coleman's fourth nonconsecutive term as Governor.[1]

Lieutenant Governor Galea'i Peni Poumele died in office on July 27, 1992 at the age of 65. His term was then finished by none other than his wife, Gaioioi Tufele Galea'i. He was succeeded by Tauese Sunia, who was inaugurated Lt. Governor on January 4, 1993,[4] with incoming Governor A. P. Lutali.


  1. ^ a b c d Sorensen, Sam (2008). "The Samoan Historical Calendar 1606-2008" (PDF). Office of the Governor American Samoa Government. p. 5. Retrieved August 20, 2011.[permanent dead link]
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  3. ^ a b "In re Matai Title "Galea'i" - American Samoa Bar Association". American Samoa Bar Association. 2000-05-12. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
  4. ^ Sorensen, Stan (2007-01-09). "Historical Notes - page 2" (PDF). Tapuitea Official Newsletter of American Samoa. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-01. Retrieved 2010-09-02.

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