Lalomanu is a village on the east coast of Upolu island in Samoa.The village is part of the electoral constituency (Faipule District) Aleipata Itupa i Luga which is within the larger political district of Atua.
The white sandy seaside is called Lalomanu Beach, one of the most popular beaches in Samoa with beach fale accommodation run by locals, including Litia Sini Beach Resort and Taufua Beach Fales, for tourists and visitors. The beach has rich coral lagoons and one of the best views in Samoa. From the beach one can view the uninhabited Nu'utele Island, off the coast from the village. There are activities like snorkeling and sea kayaks available in the area. A beautiful church of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa is located in the center of the village. The intricate patterns of the previous sanctuary's ceiling was kept intact with supporting mounts while the new sanctuary was built around it, then it was lowered in place.
Lalomanu is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes drive from the Apia, the country's capital.
The village is the base of the Ao o Atua, Fuataga " O le Matua", " TuiAtua fa'anofonofo.'. Fuataga was previously known as Leifi,( the younger brother title of the Tui Manu'a.) Leifi is the son of Lu, mentioned in the old tale of Lu and his sacred hens, sa moa. The title is approximately 2,000 years old and has over 75 generations of title holders till today. The only older family matai title in Samoa is the Tui Manu'a, in Ta'u American Samoa. Leifi (later Fuataga) Tui Atua Fa'anofonofo, ( The Matua or Father) controlled and bestowed the other title, Tui Atua at his malae of Kings in lufilufi, He did this to many of the Tama Aiga, the children of the family over the last millenia.
There are also many other lesser matai families. .
2009 Samoa tsunamiEdit
Lalomanu was heavily damaged in the 2009 Samoa tsunami with fatalities following an earthquake south of the Samoa Islands on 29 September 2009. However, the village has slowly recovered in a rebuilding programme with international aid and support.