Taula & Litia Sini, founders of Litia Sini Beach Falés, Samoa:
In late March of 1993 my husband and I closed our small shop and started a new establishment which we called “beach falés” (huts or bungalows). Previously, the locals had used this space as a waste management area. This was the state we found it. When the building of the huts began, it didn’t matter what the weather was; rain, storm or shine we worked through it determined to achieve our goal.
We had a dual vision: One was to host and cater for visitors - especially tourists from abroad. We wanted to provide traditional accommodation for them to enjoy a night or two by the waters of Lalomanu, and to enjoy the beautiful scenic views from the beach.
Our second vision was more of a dream to make this an investment for the future of our children, family and to help support our church and village community.
Having this vision gave us the drive and motivation to persevere through the difficult stages of establishment. Sometimes this meant sleeping under a small cave instead of a comfortable bed. As we continued to clean out this area, we came across a medium sized rock which was lying above a hidden cave. We turned this into a kitchen area as well as our sleeping quarters. We cooked our meals right at the edge of it and before dark we covered it with sand and had a sheet hanging from the top to shield us from the mosquitoes at night. At the time we thought this was a great way to start. It added a unique feeling and fascination to our new endeavour!
We believed then and still believe now that “where there is a will, there is a way”. From our small and difficult beginnings to where we are now, which we consider to be a small achievement, we are truly thankful to Our Heavenly Father for helping us and our family. We believe without a doubt that “nothing is impossible with the Lord”.
As we are now retired, our children are managing our establishment. It is great to see something of ourselves and our vision come to fruition in our children’s work.
We would like to thank you, our guests, for your contributions. As you pass through our establishment, we hope you will share something of our family values, love, care and respect for people, in which it was set up. We hope you have enjoyed, or will enjoy, your stay with us and invite you to return for another holiday with us soon.
Our faith in the Lord has grown stronger throughout the years as we believe that
“God has turned Sand into Gold!”
-Taula & Litia