Filomena Hunt Leituala
Filomena Hunt Leituala is a graduate female a’oa’o (teacher) of the Kanana Fou Theological College in American Samoa. She was born in Samoa in 1981 to Mrs Vitolia Fualau Hunt and Mr Petelo Sitama but was raised in American Samoa all her life by her grandparents, the late Mr Fualau Tenesio Atonio Hunt, Mrs. Mena Teoteo Atonio and Mrs. Italia Afoa Laa Atonio. She received her Associate of Science (AS) Degree in Criminal Justice, concentrating on Pre-Law in 2001 from the American Samoa Community College. In 2003, she attained her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Religion from Chaminade University of Honolulu, and later achieved a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (MSCJA) in 2005, also from Chaminade University of Honolulu. Filomena entered the Kanana Fou theological seminary in 2011 together with her husband Poutoa Leituala. She was among the few women studying alongside their husbands in theological education. After completing a Bachelors of Divinity (BD) program in 2015, they along with their seven children joined the Pacific Theological College (PTC) where they are both studying. She is currently a second year Masters student in theological studies. Her spiritual journey started from her Catholic faith where she was brought up. Her upbringing aided her in her spiritual journey of understanding and preaching the Word and Mission of God. She has had several opportunities in preaching the Word of God in several local parishes in American Samoa and as part of the curriculum in PTC. Filomena is
a willing, humbled, and hard working Samoan mother, wife, student, friend, and a’oa’o in the ongoing mission for the work of God.