When the cruise liner the MSC Magnifica, docked at the Matautu-tai wharf on Monday, one of her 20 Samoan crew members, set up a special gift for his one year old daughter waiting for him in Samoa.
Seaman Pa’apa’a Mataitai organised to have a belated birthday party on board as his special gift for his daughter’s first birthday.
The family were brought on board to celebrate the youngest member of the family, one year old Miriamaletelemalanuola.
Miriamaletelemalanuola’s birthday fell on the 25th February but her father wanted a special celebration for her. He planned it to happen on the cruise liner special trip to Samoa.
When Pa’apa’a learnt that the MSC Magnifica was coming to Samoa he thought celebrating the birthday on the cruise ship would be a wonderful present for his baby daughter.
“ It was my surprise for my children. I asked my wife to invite her parents and I invited my parents onboard the ship to celebrate my daughter’s birthday.I really wanted to be here for my daughter’s birthday,” Pa’apa’a told Newsline.
It was a special too in that this was the first time in the past five years that Pa’apa’a was actually in Samoa for one of his children’s birthday.
Pa’apa’a was also ecstatic to see his children and his wife.
His wife Punipuao missed her husband but is willing to put up with being apart for the good of the children and the family .