Ifiele’ele Plantation is run and managed by Fogalepolo (Paul) Lepou and Joan Macfarlane. Born in New Zealand, Paul is of Samoan descent. Joan originally hails from Melbourne. Paul was in the New Zealand army for 20 years before venturing into overseas development work in Africa, the Middle East and the Pacific. Joan is a public health professional and also worked in the Pacific before coming to Samoa.
In 2009, Paul and Joan came to Samoa and embarked on the challenge of developing Paul’s family landholding of 15 acres, thereby fulfilling a life-long dream of Paul’s mother. Paul’s mother, Su’a Siaposuisui Faiga, is the family matai and one of the high-ranking chiefs in Fasitoo-Uta. The Su’a is sometimes in residence at Ifiele’ele Plantation.
After 5 years of hard work we have many amusing tales of adventure to tell, have built a stunning home and living complex and begun to develop the plantation. We have also acquired 2 adorable dogs, Bomba and Missy, and a family of 6 goats (at last count). We have 2 Muscovy ducks and are hoping to expand the flock. Crops at the Plantation include Tahitian Limes, Papaya, Banana, Pineapple and a variety of other citrus and fruit trees. We continue to cultivate more land as time goes by.
Our local staff make a tremendous contribution at Ifiele’ele. We have 2 delightful house girls who provide cleaning services 5 days a week and 4 hard-working plantation hands who harvest fruit on a weekly basis and help to maintain the extensive grounds and the plantation.
Together, Paul, Joan, Su’a and the local staff welcome you to Ifiele’ele Plantation in Samoan style – talofa lava, afio mai.
Joan & Paul