The island was visited by the US Exploring Expedition in 1840.
Fiji’s first President, Penaia Ganilau, was Tui Cakau and therefore a native of Somosomo.
Chief Komaibatiniwai was from the noble family of Somosomo.
Rugby league player Semi Radradra hails from the village.
According to the myth, god who ruled over this village is Qurai. There is a short discussion of traditional religion as practiced on Somosomo in J. G. Frazer's famous work, The Golden Bough. Frazer describes belief in a continuity of divine nature between humans an deities, in which certain priests and chiefs were considered to be "sacred persons."
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