Where the heck are we?

American Samoa is located roughly 1000 miles south of the equator, 2600 miles SW of Hawaii, 1800 miles NE of New Zealand, and 4800 miles from the US mainland.  The territory consists of seven islands (five extinct volcanoes and two coral atolls).  Six of the islands are inhabited.

We live on Tutuila, the largest and most-populated island.  Here is a link to a map:

Our house is in Tafuna, about a block from Pala Lagoon.  Mary works for the High Court of American Samoa in Fagatogo.  The official capital is Pago Pago, but most of the government buildings seem to be in Fagatogo.  I haven’t figured out why that is, but Pago Pago and Fagatogo sort of run together into one town anyway.

This is Fagatogo seen from across the harbor:

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