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Samoa-i-Texas celebrates annual A’oga Samoa

Despite being over 3,000 miles away from the motherland, the Samoan culture is still going strong. The Samoa-i-Texas Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa (CCCAS) completed its annual A'oga Samoa this month on July 8. The two-week program focused primarily on learning the Samoan culture and related aspects of the Bible.

 

The A’oga Samoa is led by the minister for the Samoa-i-Texas CCCAS, Reverend Menise Sasa and his lovely wife, Mali Sasa and the topic for this year was Mea’ai Samoa or Samoan food.

 



Daughter of Samoa promoted at U.S. Census Bureau

Wendy Palmer Button (right) was recently promoted to Operations Integration Manager for the Census Enterprise Data Collection and Processing (CEDCaP) Program at the US Census Bureau office in Suitland, Maryland.
 
Palmer Button served for more than 26 years in the federal government before joining the Census Bureau in 2006. She holds a Masters in both Business Analysis and Project Management from the George Washington University, Washington, DC.
 



AUCKLAND FUTURE SELECTS SO’OALO SETU MUA TO STAND FOR MANUKAU WARD

Source: Auckland Future media release

Auckland Future, the new centre right ticket contesting upcoming Auckland Council elections, has selected community leader So’oalo Setu Mua to replace Christina Atoa who has had to stand down for health reasons.

Auckland Future chairman Peter Tong, said while regretting the loss of Christina on the Auckland Future ticket for Manukau, he was delighted that So’oalo had been selected.



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!
 



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