Leauvaa village is located on the north coast of the island of Upolu about half-way between the capital, Apia, and the international airport. The word "Leauvaa" means "the boat people". Originally these people lived on the big island of Savaii, but their village was obliterated by lava from a volcano by 1911. The people travelled by canoe to the island of Upolu in search of a new home. They were welcomed and given land on the present site of Leauvaa, which is now a large village.The Salesian Sisters began their ministry there in 1985. There are four Sisters in the community who work at St Joseph's Primary School in different roles. The Sisters also hold meetings for the Children of Mary group and the Come and See Programme. Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons after their religious instruction, children and youth come to play sport in the school grounds.