The district governor of American Samoa's Manu'a Islands, Misaalefua Hudson, is calling for the government to provide them with adequate resources.
He says it seems that Manu'a has been forgotten.
Speaking during the Manu'a Cession Day celebration on Saturday, Misaalefua says a portion of the annual budget should be allocated to the islands.
Misaalefua says half the homes in Manu'a are empty because there are no services, particularly transportation and medical services.
He has appealed to the Fono for help, saying Manu'a could end up like Swains Island, with no people living there because of lack of basic services and facilities.