A. P. Lutali

A.P. Lutali
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Lutali in 1986
52nd and 54th Governor of American Samoa
In office
January 3, 1985 – January 2, 1989
LieutenantEni Faleomavaega
Preceded byPeter Tali Coleman
Succeeded byPeter Tali Coleman
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1997
LieutenantTauese Sunia
Preceded byPeter Tali Coleman
Succeeded byTauese Sunia
Personal details
Aifili Paulo Lutali

(1919-12-24)December 24, 1919
Aunu'u Island, American Samoa
DiedAugust 1, 2002(2002-08-01) (aged 82)
Pago Pago, American Samoa
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Susana Le'iato Lutali
Professionschool administrator, judge

Aifili Paulo Lauvao (December 24, 1919 – August 1, 2002), was twice governor of American Samoa (1985–89, 1993–97). The founder of the U.S territory's Democratic Party, he had a long career in the legislature and the judiciary in American Samoa.



From 1951 to 1954, Lutali served as administrative supervisor for public schools. He was chairman of the Samoan Culture Curriculum Committee from 1952 to 1954, a member of the Board of Education from 1955 to 1958, and chairman of the first American Samoa Board of Higher Education, which established the American Samoa Community College, Mapusaga, in 1974. He was admitted to practice in the High Court of American Samoa in 1954 and was one of the founders of the American Samoa Bar Association in 1972. He served as chief judge of the Lands and Titles Division.

Political career[]

Lutali was elected to the American Samoa House of Representatives in 1955 and served as its speaker in 1955–58. He was a member of the 1966 Constitutional Convention and was American Samoa's Delegate to Congress from 1975 to 1977. He was elected to the American Samoa Senate in 1977 and was elected its president in his first year. He was first elected governor of American Samoa in 1984 and lost his bid for a second term in 1988. In 1989, he was returned by his district (Sa'ole) to the Senate where he served as chairman of the Committee on Government Operations until he was again elected governor in 1992. Lutali played a key role in working with Samoan chiefs and the U.S. Congress to create the 50th national park of the United States in American Samoa. He lost his bid for a third term as governor in the 1996 elections.


Lutali died around 6:45 am at LBJ Medical Center on August 1, 2002.


American Samoa's newest school, The A. P. Lutali Elementary School, is named in his honor.It is located on the island of Aunu'u, American Samoa


Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Tali Coleman
Governor of American Samoa
(1st Term)

Succeeded by
Peter Tali Coleman
Preceded by
Peter Tali Coleman
Governor of American Samoa
(2nd Term)

Succeeded by
Tauese P. Sunia