American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States that was gradually annexed over the first three decades of the 20th century. Its territorial capital is Pago Pago, is located on the island of Tutuila. The five South Pacific islands that make up the territory are home to 55,000 residents, most of whom are of indigenous descent.
Samoan culture is colorful and eclectic, centered upon family, music, dance, a unique blend of Christian faith and ancient folk traditions, and an agrarian way of life. The relative geographic isolation of the island chain limits access to comprehensive eye care, and the strong rays of the tropical sun increase rates of cataracts and pterygium. Moreover, increased globalization in the region has changed the Samoan diet, leading to growing trends of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy.
Pago Pago: November 21-December 5
Pago Pago: March 16-27