Were the Samoans cannibals?

Yes, it is safe to affirm that ritualistic cannibalism was practiced in Samoa during pre-colonial times, especially in war time between hostile factions. There are accounts of cannibalism in Samoan folklore, mythology and legends. Like many ancient societies, cannibalism was practiced all throughout such cultures. Within Samoan society at this time, a chief (ali'i) would eat the liver of a killed enemy.