Tula, American Samoa

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Tula is located in American Samoa
Location in American Samoa
Coordinates: 14°15′10″S 170°33′56″W / 14.25278°S 170.56556°W / -14.25278; -170.56556Coordinates: 14°15′10″S 170°33′56″W / 14.25278°S 170.56556°W / -14.25278; -170.56556
Country  United States
Territory  American Samoa
Population (2000)
 • Total 413

Tula is a village in the Eastern District of Tutuila Island in American Samoa. Tula is located in Vaifanua County and had a population of 413 as of the 2000 U.S. Census.[1]


Tula is the easternmost village on Tutuila Island.[2] It is home to wide, white sand beaches and a prehistoric quarry. On Cape Matatula, just past Tula, is the Samoa Observatory, established in 1974 by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).[3] Tula is situated at the rugged northeast cape of Matatula.[4]


Tula was one of the first settlements on Tutuila, and was first settled in 600 BCE.[5][6] Numerous ancient artifacts have been discovered at the prehistoric quarry near the town.[7]


  1. ^ Census of population and housing (2000): American Samoa Summary Social, Economic, and Housing Characteristics (2000). DIANE Publishing. Pages 13 and 147. ISBN 9781428985490.
  2. ^ Lonely Planet (1990). Samoa: Western & American Samoa. Lonely Planet Publications. Page 148. ISBN 9780864420787.
  3. ^ Stanley, David (2004). Moon Handbooks South Pacific. Page 479. ISBN 9781566914116.
  4. ^ Krämer, Augustin (2000). The Samoa Islands: An Outline of a Monograph With Particular Consideration of German Samoa. University of Hawaii Press. Page 432. ISBN 9780824822194.
  5. ^ Lonely Planet (1990). Samoa: Western & American Samoa. Lonely Planet Publications. Page 135. ISBN 9780864420787.
  6. ^ Stanley, David (1999). Moon Handbooks Tonga-Samoa. Moon Travel Handbooks. Page 163. ISBN 9781566911740.
  7. ^ Murrow, Tony and Malama Meleisea (2000). Samoa: Pacific Pride. Pasifika Press. Page 42. ISBN 9780908597192.