I spent a week (with Matile) with the amazing Niggemann Family in Bochum Germany a few years back.
Herwig and Christiane, whose grandfather's brother set up the Mulinuu Observatory and documented much of marine species/shells at the time, took unique images, became friend with Mataafa Iosefa and much more,
The point I'm making is,
The rebuilding of homes in the affected areas are now happening inland, and MOST people want to have fale palagis: which the government can pay for.
This is especially appealing to the tourists (which is the livelihood of the the region) and cultually appropriate for the village?
Of course, each family can build their palagi toilet and shops can remain in the palagi format.
But just imagine how beautiful it would be to have traditional well-spaced out and STURDY samoan built homes along the beach.
I know its only a far fetched concept, but it doesn't hurt to just imagine the government putting the money into both useful and significantly more meaningful structures!
Just a thought on a warm Friday arvo (-:
Image from Jane Resture's Samoa Page