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10 'Things to Know' about singer with Am Samoa roots who's up for a Grammy

A singer with American Samoan roots has stunned reggae regulars and followers by surprisingly earning a 2017 Grammy nomination in the reggae category for 2016. Here are ten things you should know about this 59th Grammy nominee:

1: He is J Boog



Cool Stuff: Evalani & Mae — treasures of the Samoas

Evalani's has always been a special place for me. I have always been able to get my taco & enchilada fix for my Southern California Mexican Food addiction. Hawaiian Airlines flight crews used to join me for Karaoke Nights… remember the Hawaiian classic "He Aloha Mele?"  And of course, if not getting my heart broken at the airport restaurant in the early 80s... a pretty girl would always dump me at a comfy red Evalani's booth — such sweet memories (lol).
 



12th Annual Tisa's Tattoo Fest

photos by: Tony Gasu & Zachary Zemby


Millions of Americans can't vote for president because of where they live

Four million. That's how many Americans the US Census Bureau estimates live on five island territories of the United States.

Millions of them are of voting age. Many are veterans or active military. But they cannot vote to elect their commander in chief.

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Cool Stuff: Lady Drone Professionals Exclusive

[Cool Stuff was not allowed to attend a significant event at InterDrone 2016 due to the circumstance of his being born a boring male. However, rather than just cry in his Vailima for being excluded, this author was asked by Cool Stuff to attend the event on his behalf, to take notes and write a feature story.
 
As an IT professional, and a techie nerd (Yup, always going for the latest iPhones, iPad Pro 12", etc.) this author is a self-admitted Coolio, who reads Cool Stuff.  
 



Cool Stuff: Breeze, Family Fun Perfected!

A Sony Handicam, a Canon Rebel, and a big screen TV have been excellent family gifts the past decade. Yuneec is blowing away those classics with their just debuted "Breeze" user-friendly drone, their CEO calls a "Flying Camera".
 
The "Breeze" will go everywhere with you indoor and outdoors... so as with your favorite pet, better think of a personalized cute name for this new best friend.
 



Continuation of popular Aiga Series released: Pintail Foundation

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Aspiring lawyer and published author Lynn Pulou-Alaimalo has done it again: A continuation of her Aiga Series has hit the market, entitled “Pintail Foundation”.
 
The publication is the second book of the Aiga Series, which was launched in 2015 with “Lovefolds of Our Upbringing”.
 



Samoan reverend says there are better ways to discipline a child than smacking

Reverend Nove Vailaau is an ordained minister at the Congregation Christian Church in Samoa, serving in Porirua East.

When I was a child, my parents hit me with a salu. A salu is the hard part of the coconut leaf — you take away the leaf and tie them together, just like a whip. Most Samoan families had a salu around the house. It was meant to be for cleaning rubbish, but was always used for punishment whenever a belt was not to hand.



Cool Stuff: Nanuk-InterDrone

Nanuk will be highlighting cases big & small at InterDrone, a major 2nd year convention/educational seminars/gathering of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV aka Drones) professionals and aficionados in Las Vegas this week.
 



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O.F.I COMMISSIONER CONFIRMATION HEARING MONDAY
 
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s nomination of Robert Ho Chee, as the first Commissioner of the Office of Financial Institution was introduced Wednesday in both the Senate and House. A confirmation hearing in both chambers is set for next Monday morning.
 
In his nomination letter to lawmakers, the governor said Ho Chee, until his recent designation as acting OFI commissioner, had been working as an assistant treasurer for Treasury Management in ASG since 2013.
 



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