Greg Louganis

by stlucas on September 11, 2017

Greg Louganis – HBO’s Post 2016 Golden Globe Awards Party – Arrivals – Circa 55 Restaurant at The Beverly Hilton – Beverly Hills, CA, USA –  Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa /

Birth Name: Gregory Efthimios Louganis

Place of Birth: El Cajon, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 29, 1960

*Samoan (biological father)
*Swedish (biological mother)

Greg Louganis is an American Olympic diver, author, and LGBT activist.

Greg’s biological parents, who were 15-year-old teenagers from Samoa and Sweden, placed Greg for adoption at eight months old.

Greg was then adopted by American parents, Frances I. and Peter E. Louganis, and was raised in California. Peter is of Greek descent. Frances is of Scots-Irish/Northern Irish ancestry.

Greg is married to paralegal Johnny Chaillot.



Alex Aiono

by Manila on May 15, 2017

Place of Birth: Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 16, 1996

*Samoan (paternal grandfather)
*Māori (paternal grandmother)
*Danish, English, German, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, Swiss-German, Welsh (mother)

Alex Aiono is an American singer and songwriter.

Alex’s father, Martin Harris Aiono, is a New Zealand immigrant, and is of half Māori and half Samoan descent. Alex’s mother, Heather Lynne (Lee), is American, from Los Angeles, California.

Alex’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his tenth great-grandfather, Soisoinailua’ai Leaupepe.

Alex’s paternal grandfather was Ominae Luluali’i Aiono (the son of Luluali’i Aiono and Misimua Ulugaono). Ominae was Samoan, from Fasito’o Uta, Upolu. Alex’s great-grandfather Luluali’i was the son of Muliaina Tua’ifaiva Aiono and La’Amauga Laumea. Misimua was the daughter of Ta’avili Ulugaono and Ana Lutu Molio’o.

Alex’s paternal grandmother was Eileen Te Ataakura Te Maari (the daughter of Arapata Tokoarangi Te Maari and Mereana Korau). Eileen was Māori, from Whanganui. Arapata was the son of Tokoarangi Te Maari and Meremionga Hiroti. Mereana was the daughter of Mae Korau and Hinewahirangi Paea.

Alex’s paternal grandfather is Jerald Keith “Jerry” Lee (the son of Raymond Amos Lee and Lenore Pauline Baumgardner). Raymond was the son of James Porter Lee and Pearl Ruby Sperry. Lenore was the daughter of Earl Sebastian Samuel Baumgardner and Elfreida Grimm.

Alex’s maternal grandmother is Barbara Clarene Taylor (the daughter of Seymour Stillman Taylor and Margaret Belle Quinn). Seymour was the son of George Francis Taylor and Barbara Matilda Stillman. Margaret was the daughter of John Alfred Quinn and Clarene Turner.

Alex’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his ninth great-grandmother, Barbara, of Rønne, Bornholm, Denmark.

Sources: Interview about Alex’s father’s ancestry –

Genealogy of Alex’s paternal grandfather, Ominae Luluali’i Aiono –

Genealogy of Alex’s paternal grandmother, Eileen Te Ataakura Te Maari –

Genealogy of Alex’s mother – Bishop David Evans and His Family by J. Grant Stevenson (

Birth record of Alex’s mother –

Alex’s maternal grandfather, Jerald Keith Lee, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

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Destanee Aiava

by stlucas on February 12, 2017

Birth Name: Destanee Gabriella Aiava

Place of Birth: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Date of Birth: May 10, 2000

Ethnicity: Samoan

Destanee Aiava is an Australian professional tennis player. She was born in Melbourne, Victoria, the daughter of Rosie and Mark Aiava. Her father was born in New Zealand, to Samoan parents. Her mother was born in American Samoa.


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K. J. Apa

by follers on January 27, 2017

Photo by Gage Skidmore

Birth Name: Keneti James Fitzgerald Apa

Place of Birth: Auckland, New Zealand

Date of Birth: June 16, 1997

Ethnicity: Samoan, Scottish, English

K. J. Apa is a New Zealand actor. He plays Archie Andrews in the series Riverdale.

K. J. is the son of Tessa Apa, a writer, and Tupa’i Keneti Apa. His sister, Timena Apa, is an actress and model. He has Samoan, Scottish, and English ancestry. His Samoan family is from Moata’a. His surname, Apa, may be related to the name of the capital of Samoa, Apia.

A picture of K. J. with his father can be seen here.

K. J.’s maternal grandfather is John Russell Callander, a judge.

K. J. has said:

My dad’s father was a high chief … and the family agreed my dad would take over his chief title: Tupa’i… Later, we decided to get a tattoo to commemorate that… I’d love to get my whole body tatted up. I love Polynesian and Samoan designs… The original plan was that this would be the start of a sleeve tattoo, but I think I need to get big arms first…

He has also said:

…[my father is Samoan]. I have a massive Samoan family. And the Samoan culture has always played a massive part of my life. I’ve got hundreds of family on my dad’s side that live in Samoa and in New Zealand. I’ve just been surrounded by the culture ever since I was a kid. I actually used to speak Samoan, but me and my sisters all kind of lost it. We go there at least once a year to see family. And my dad recently just got a traditional Samoan tattoo. He’s a chief in Samoa, so he got that tattoo to commemorate it.



Tulsi Gabbard

by follers on November 29, 2016

Place of Birth: Leloaloa, American Samoa, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 12, 1981

Ethnicity: Samoan (approximately one quarter), as well as German, English, and Irish

Tulsi Gabbard is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, she has served as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Hawaii, since January 3, 2013. She is a military veteran.

Tulsi was born in Leloaloa, American Samoa, U.S., the daughter of Carol (Porter) and Mike Gabbard (Gerald Michael Gabbard), who has been a Member of the Hawaii Senate, since 2006.

Tulsi’s father was born in Fagatogo, American Samoa. Both of Tulsi’s paternal grandparents were of mixed Samoan and European (German, English, Irish) descent, making Tulsi of roughly one quarter Samoan ancestry. Tulsi’s mother was born in Decatur, Indiana, of English, and possibly other, ancestry. Tulsi’s family moved to Hawaii when she was two years old. Tulsi is married to Abraham Williams.

Tulsi is a practicing Hindu, and is the first Hindu member of the U.S. Congress.

Tulsi’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to Hans Michael Gebert, who was born, c. 1702, in Schwaigern, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and to his wife, Anna Sabina Nellinger, who was born, c. 1701, also in Schwaigern.

Tulsi’s paternal grandfather was Benjamin Harrison Gabbard, Jr. (the son of Benjamin Harrison Gabbard and Caroline Bartley). Tulsi’s grandfather Benjamin was born in American Samoa. Tulsi’s great-grandfather Benjamin was the son of William Riley Gabbard and Sarah/Sallie Ann Peters. Tulsi’s great-grandmother Caroline was the daughter of Kalolo/Charles Bartley, who was born in New Zealand, and of Paulina Tuala Mapusua.

Tulsi’s paternal grandmother was Aknesis Agnes Yandall (the daughter of Robert Lopati Louis Yandall and Palepa Barbara Su’a Wolf). Aknesis was born in Fagatogo, Ma’Oputasi, Eastern, American Samoa. Robert was the son of Louis Robert Yandall and Tafia’u Tofa. Palepa was the daughter of Tipene/Tipeni Su’a.

Sources: Genealogy of Tulsi Gabbard (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogies of Tulsi’s father (focusing on his mother’s side) –