Park staff have relocated to a new headquarters and visitor center building in the Pago Pago Harbor area. The old facility was completely destroyed in the earthquake and tsunami of September, 2009.
The facility now welcomes visitors at the MHJ Building on the second floor.
Park staff moved to temporary quarters in the Haleck Building in Ottoville after the quake and tsunami and have been there ever since. Following receipt of National Park Service emergency funding, a lease agreement, and major renovations, staff have moved to their new facility.
“The new location returns us to the harbor area, closer to the park, and enables us to better perform our duties of working with the villages to protect and preserve the natural and cultural resources within the national park,” said Mike Reynolds, the park’s superintendent. “We are also closer to the cruise ship dock and can once again welcome cruise ship visitors to our facility.”
The new headquarters will soon be home to new exhibits as well. These exhibits will help locals and visitors alike learn about the cultural and natural world of American Samoa. They will be installed this summer.
The park also added a classroom facility to better accommodate the environmental education needs of the students of American Samoa and a science laboratory to make available to the many scientists who study natural and cultural resources in the territory and national park. This lab was designed to complement the scientific lab the park already operates in Ofu, Manu’a, by allowing scientists to work on both islands.