ETV History

Thank you, Kathy, for collecting and writing all this information. I have done my best to assemble all the pieces of the report, rework all the graphics and retype the text from the annual reports. Now, we have a pretty good timeline of events relative to the concept, building and operation of the ETV system. There is more work to be done and it is my hope that other members of the founding and operations team will join us in filling in more blanks. The real story might be the wonderful dedication of the ETV people and fond memories of their time in American Samoa. It is more than 50 years since the project started and many of those involved still share great stories and consider their time in American Samoa "the good old days".

Governor H. Rex Lee - 1965
Governor H. Rex Lee - 1965
Educational Television in American Samoa - Introduction

In 1962 when Governor H. Rex Lee first dreamed of introducing a Territory-wide educational system using television and experts as the means of instruction, no one knew what the end result would... Read more

New power plant located in Satala, across the bay from the main administrative offices in Fagatogo
New power plant located in Satala, across the bay from the main administrative offices in Fagatogo
1962 - Educational Television in American Samoa

Planning went forward for the construction of 22 consolidated elementary schools with the materials and supervision to be provided by the Government and labor and land to be furnished by the... Read more

Consolidated school, Nua, American Samoa
Consolidated school, Nua, American Samoa
1963 - Educational Television in American Samoa

Construction was under way on American Samoa’s first consolidated elementary school at Nua village, to serve students from seven villages and to replace inadequate scattered schools in... Read more

Leone High School Administration Building
Leone High School Administration Building
1964 - Educational Television in American Samoa


Fiscal year 1964 was a year of exacting and complex preparation for one of the most dramatic educational experiments yet attempted in any of the world’s underdeveloped lands: the... Read more

KC Gordon facing the cameras in 1965
KC Gordon facing the cameras in 1965
1965 - Educational Television in American Samoa

Television teachers recording lesson programs for later broadcast at the Kirwan Educational Television Center, Utulei.  Lessons are prerecorded on video tape for later broadcast to the new... Read more

Interior of transmitter control room atop Mount Alava.
Interior of transmitter control room atop Mount Alava.
1966 - Educational Television in American Samoa


Fiscal year 1966 was the second year of operation for American Samoa’s bold new instructional television system. It was a year not without problems and frustrations (which... Read more

Aerial view of Matafao Consolidated Elementary School
Aerial view of Matafao Consolidated Elementary School
1967 - Education Television in American Samoa

Text from the 1967 Education section of the Governor’s Report is included below.  There is a great deal of explanation and one gains the sense that Lee is under pressure even in there... Read more

Understanding local agriculture
Understanding local agriculture
1968 - Educational Television in American Samoa

Fiscal year 1968 was the fourth year of operation for American Samoa’s unique instructional system in which television is used as the major teaching tool rather than as a supplement. It... Read more

Early childhood training
Early childhood training
1969 - Educational Television in American Samoa

As the Department of Education completed its fifth year in which educational television served as the basic teaching tool, progress was made in upgrading the system and the qualifications of... Read more

Village parents of children in participated the Early Childhood Education program
Village parents of children in participated the Early Childhood Education program
1970 - Educational Television in American Samoa

Early in fiscal year 1970, after an executive and legislative study of several proposals, the University of Hawaii was chosen as educational consultant to American Samoa. An educational task... Read more

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