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Samoan-American artist from Utah cited by White House

Celeste Thole, KSL.com

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah artist had the unique honor of being recognized by the White House for his work this month.

 

Selu Alofipo, a North Salt Lake resident, was recognized May 4 along with nine other Asian American and Pacific Islander artists who use their mediums to tell stories about their experiences, according to the White House. These artists traveled to Washington DC, where they were honored for their contributions.

 



FA'ATAUA E LE KOMITI FA'AFOE O A'OA'OGA I HAWAI'I LE TAUTUA A LE Ā'OGA SAMOA A LE FETUAO

Source: Media Release, Le Fetuao

Vala'aulia fa'apitoa e le komiti aoao o a'oa'oga i Hawai'i se fa'asoa mai le Ā'oga Samoa a Le Fetuao. Ose taimi muamua lenei ua mafai ona ofi ai se faasoa o Ā'oga Samoa i luma o ta'ita'i o le komiti o a'oa'oga i Hawai'i.  Fa'afetai i le tautua a le Ā'oga Samoa a le Fetuao i Hawaii.  

 



NATIONAL PARK COMMISSIONS MAMANU SIAPO TO CELEBRATE ITS CENTINNIEL

Source: Media Release, National Park of American Samoa

On April 7, as part of a collaborative project with the National Park of American Samoa, the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Art Department unveiled a new eight foot by eight foot Siapo Mamanu, the largest siapo in this style to be created since 2000.
 



Cool Stuff: Sweet Jonah will be remembered

A year ago I had an hour with Jonah Lomu in Hong Kong, and a few very special private moments.
 
I reminisced with Jonah how 1994 was the first Hong Kong 7s for both of us. I told Jonah of my arrival to Auckland from Apia, and that I got to shoot precious images of Jonah's primary school, out in force, giving him a magical send off. I joked with Lomu in front of Australian legend, David Campese, how Jonah ran over "Campo" in their first encounter (Campese's glare showed he was not at all enamored with my humorous, though factual, recollection.)



Cool Stuff: Mufi, Vibrant & Happy

It appears to be a powerful and influential politician, you don't always have to be sitting in elected office.
 
Everybody in Hawai’i and Samoa knows the name, Mayor Mufi Hannemann.  Fading quick from memory are the names of former Governor Neal Abercrombie and maybe even current Governor David Ige.
 



Samoa-in-Texas 2016 Easter program at Ft. Hood

The Samoan Congregational Christian Church of Ft. Hood, TX celebrated Easter this year by dividing their church up into three groups: Mataio, Mareko and Luka. Each group was under the supervision of a Lay Minister: Mataio – Ioane Savai’inaea, Mareko – Leasina Lefotu, and Luka – Teuimaota Sasa.
 



The experience of a lifetime

Become a crewmember on a traditional Samoan Va’atele and have the experience of a lifetime!
 
The Samoa Voyaging Society is looking for adventurous and passionate new crewmembers for the Gaualofa, Samoa’s traditional Va’atele!
 



SOL3 MIO WOWS AUDIENCE IN ONE-NIGHT STOPOVER CONCERT IN HAWAII

Sol3 Mio, whose debut album was New Zealand’s 2013 top seller in all genres, wowed their Honolulu audience in a one-night stopover concert Saturday evening, hosted by Hawaii Opera Theatre.
 
Billing themselves as “classical singers bridging the gap with contemporary” music, Sol3 Mio consists of three Samoan-born New Zealanders — two brothers and a cousin, two tenors and a baritone — who are living a rags-to-riches life.
 



"THREE WISE COUSINS" SCORES IN NEW ZEALAND AND MOVES ONTO AUSTRALIA

Gala Samoa premiere slated

After surprisingly good numbers at the box office in New Zealand, a comedy shot on a shoestring in Samoa is now set for release in Australia. "Three Wise Cousins" came in at number seven, earning about two hundred thousand dollars in two weeks on just eight screens.
 

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'THREE WISE COUSINS' RACKS UP MORE THAN $121K AT BOX OFFICE

When Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa set out to make his film Three Wise Cousins, he wasn't after acclaim, box office records or even any recognition – but he's got it now.
 
The independent grassroots film made a massive $121,767 in the box office in its first four days.
 
The film follows a young New Zealand-Samoan man called Adam (Neil Amituanai) as he heads to the motherland in a bid to impress his crush Mary (Gloria Ofa Blake), who only likes "real" Pacific Island men.
 



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