Pago Pago

Pago Pago (pängˈō pängˈō, pängˈgō pängˈgō) [key], town (1990 pop. 10,640) and capital of American Samoa, on the Southern shore of Tutuila island. Pago Pago has an excellent, landlocked harbor and is the only port of call in American Samoa. Tourism and tuna canning are important industries. From 1878 to 1951 it was a coaling and repair station for the U.S. navy. The 2009 tsunami devastated parts of the city. Just south of the town is the Pago Pago International Airport.

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