Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
The Office of Facilities and Administrative Services (OFAS), Conference and Special Events Office (CSEO) provides event planning services, scheduling, and coordination of logistical and technical support for conference rooms, auditoriums, employee courtyard, production studio and public space in the Interior Complex. These services are provided to internal as well as external customers. Listed below is a table that contains the conference facilities along with room capacity, room setup, audiovisual equipment and other important information.
External customers will incur fees for room rental & support services for the use of conference rooms, auditoriums and public spaces.
Main and South Interior Auditoriums, South Penthouse Request form is required for reserving this space (Cost varies depending on requirements and time of meeting/event)
Production Studio Audio/Video Productions
South Penthouse and Roof Terrace This space was originally used as an employee lounge in the 1940's and contains a large collection of Native American murals. Today the penthouse and roof terrace are used for meetings, receptions, award ceremonies and press conferences.
Employee Courtyard The newly renovated courtyard can be used for luncheons, receptions and employee social gatherings.
Bison Bistro (MIB Cafeteria) The main seating area can be used for meetings, award ceremonies, receptions, etc.
Multi-Media and Livestreaming
Multi-Media (video, audio, recording, production support, etc.) and livesteaming (broadcast live events via the internet).
To ensure 508 compliance for certain livestream meetings or events posted on a government website, the CSE is required to obtain captioning services from an outside vendor which the program office would incur cost.