A heavily overcast Sunday sprayed rain all day it threatened misery on the official opening of the Pacific Games XVI.
But by the time the first country team marched onto the Apia Park Stadium, the skies had dried up.
Happy, smiling faces and hand waving athletes and officials began to lift the mood.
The packed stadium stirred in unison while feeling increasingly blessed as the cool rainless conditions held.
The divine moment lasted long enough for the spectacle of a famous father and a conquering son legend of the land to come to life.
Choreography rarely seen began to take shape. The excitement and the expectation swelling with every unraveled formation.
School children were running, jumping and dancing everywhere on the centre ground. The designed movements locked up the ‘hand to mouth’ attention of the huge cheering crowd in awe.
So it transpired at the official opening for Samoa, as hosts of the biggest Pacific Games in the history of the regional sports on Sunday night.
About 5 thousand athletes and officials from 26 countries are participants in the various sporting event.
Samoa took up the challenge as hosts 18 months ago. Government took the pass from Tonga as the legitimate host and has run with it all the way.
The Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has many people and sponsors to thank for the helping shoulders.
Samoa stands to reap the benefits as hosts in many ways.
But the region holds the bigger share, by the warmth of coming together as a people of the vast continent of island nations, under the united ‘One In Spirit’ banner of the Blue Pacific Games 2019.
This is the 3rd time around for Samoa as hosts.
Let the Pacific Games XVI begin