Pemerika Tauiliili was raised and nurtured in the real traditional Samoan way of life. As a young adult he left that life as he joined the United States Navy in 1954 and after a four year enlistment he entered the University of Hawaii, and from where he graduated with a Bachelor degree in Agricultural Economics in 1964. He later earned a Master's degree in Education Management from the San Diego State University. He has held various directorship positions in the American Samoa Government, has written widely, and in addition to unpublished writings he has authored and published two books for children: "Le Tu Manu ae Tu Logologo" in Samoan, and "The Rat and the Bat and other Short Stories", written in English and Samoan. He has written many songs in English and in Samoan, some of which are religious songs. He holds three high chief titles in the Samoan "matai" system.