Here at Sinalei we bare a deep love for our community and environment. For more than two decades the surrounding villages have been home to the Resort, but for more than a century it has provided for the needs of our familial ancestors. So when we give back, we don’t hold back.
Palalaua College Cultural Fale: One of our first initiatives in the village of Siumu was the funding of the Palalaua College Cultural Fale in 1997. We are proud to announce that this centre has since served as a mainstay for student cultural demonstrations and chiefly Village meetings.
Village Hospital: Understanding the importance of our people’s health, the Resort has endeavoured to do all it can to support our local hospital. From linen and beds to furniture and equipment, we continue to rejuvenate the hospitals supplies to ensure that patients are cared for.
Sinalei String Band: We love our Sinalei string band, so when the opportunity arose for them to realise their dream of recording their very own album, we jumped at it! The Sinalei String Band’s CD is available for purchase in the Sinalei Boutique. Proceeds go back to the band.
Buying Local: As part of our farm, ocean to plate food philosophy, we continue to purchase and support local farmers by sourcing a majority of our fruits, vegetables and seafood from the surrounding villages.
Village Rugby: For years Sinalei has backed our local rugby boys in their yearly quest for glory by sponsoring the annual Sinalei Sevens Competition. Our hope is that this talented bunch get a chance to realise their dreams of one day playing on the big stage.
Poutausi Arts Centre: With the help of our dear friend Fatu Feuu, one of New Zealand and Samoa’s most decorated artists, we have set up the Poutasi Village Arts Centre where our villagers can create and sell locally made arts and crafts. The Art Centre welcomes visitors Monday – Saturday (Monday – Friday 11am -4pm & Half Days Saturdays).
Poutasi Preschool & Sewing Lessons: An exciting new project taking shape in 2016 is our local Village Preschool, now offering sewing lessons for local mothers and fathers wanting to learn a new set of skills while their children attend kindy. With sewing machines, materials and teachers all provided, the aim is to not only educate our youngsters but also provide work opportunities for our local parents.
Poutasi Ukulele School: We, like many, love the sound of the Ukulele strumming. In an effort to preserve this unique art form and encourage community involvement, Sinalei has championed a Ukulele school. Here we teach our youth how to play and eventually build Ukuleles. The School runs on Saturdays in Poutasi Village and we encourage our guests to come along.
Village Community Hall: With the help of the NZ Government, Lockie Mullholand and the Heal & Protect Foundation, we have managed to build a beautiful community hall for the village of Poutasi. On Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays you will find the Preschool there for their morning assembly and in the afternoon this multipurpose venue is used for youth fitness.
Volunteer Program: In 2009, with the help of Equippers church NZ, we went about building Volunteer Housing and The Poutasi Development Trust. Through the trust and with the help of amazing volunteers from all over the globe, we have managed to successfully build and maintain projects like the Poutasi Gardens, Arts Centre, Ukulele and Pre-school.
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