‘Oiauē: Island Connections and Losing a Student

We were taught the phrase "'Oiauē!" (oi-ya-way) upon our initial arrival in Sāmoa a year ago. The phrase itself is meant as an exclamation and translates to "Oh my!" but after a whirlwind past two weeks, the phrase has taken on a life of its’ own. Let me backtrack for a second: As we were…