My father, Benjamin Albert Tuitele aka "Penekila" was born in Leone, Tutuila, American Samoa on February 1, 1919 to Epati and Saine Tuitele. My father passed away September 7, 1992 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
At that time, his younger sister- Tina Paopao, helped me trace back our family tree. I am interested in tracing my grandmother's family's heritage back to England. (I remember my father telling me that we could trace family roots back to England!) Saine's maiden name was Hunkin. She was the daughter of Mele Faive and Matthew Hunkin. According to my Aunty Tina, Matthew Hunkin's ethnicity was English/Chinese and he worked as a Soap maker and Shepherd. (Ok, working as a Shepherd in England but not in American Samoa! I didn't see any sheep while on my visit to American Samoa in 1985.) If anyone knows the Tuiteles, Faives or Hunkin families living in American Samoa, I'd appreciate any information. Thank you! Deb Tuitele