Samoan craftsman

Baton artist for torch relay inspired by Samoa

“There are a lot of things that keep me motivated, such as our beautiful island that we have here, the nature. It’s a calling to continue and to enjoy the gift," he said.

“The design was from the Pacific Games Office and I followed through with [creating the baton]." 

Penehuro uses natural materials he finds to create his distinctive carvings.

“I found the treasure here, especially the stones, and it keeps me [in Samoa],” he continued. “I believe I have everything here for free.”