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"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.
 



Pisinisi Laiti: “Aso o le Seleselega”

O le aso e autova’a mai ai Meli Tetele la’u pasese i le tatou atunu’u ua fa’aalia e le tama’ita’i su’isu’i o Losa Vui, “O le aso o Seleselega.”  O le tele o ana galuega su’isu’i sa ia saunia i le masina atoa, ua mae’a fa’atautauina ma ua fa’atalitalia le o’o atu o tagata fa’atau o le meli ina ia una’i ai pe tua ma ni a le seleselega o galuega.
 



FOOTBALL LEGENDS INDUCTED INTO 2016 POLYNESIAN FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

Source: Poly Football Hall of Fame media release

Laie, Hawaii – The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) welcomed the newest additions into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame (PFHOF) by honoring the Class of 2016 inductees, Saturday at the Enshrinement Ceremony.
 



“Galulue Fa’atasi ala i le Fefa’asoa’i o Manatu” - Aso o Faia’oga

Ua mae’a le aso fa’apitoa mo faia’oga, aufaigaluega i totonu o a’oga i le itu i sisifo o le motu, e aofia ai Leone High, Alataua Lua, Leone Midkiff, Pavaiai Elementary, Siliaga Elementary lea sa fa’atasia i Leone Gymnasium i le aso Gafua.
 



Breadfruit drying perfected, next step milling

joyetter@samoanews.com

 The challenge to drying breadfruit was solved in American Samoa in October and verified the following month by laboratory tests at the University of Hawaii, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and locally dried breadfruit will be milled at ASCC as the testing continues this week.
 



Loved ones and notables mourned in 2015

reporters@samoanews.com

The year 2015, saw the sudden passing of a former first lady who pushed the “Read to Me Samoa” program, two lawmakers, a well-known local entertainer, a Guinness world recorder holder, a cabinet member, as well traditional leaders and other family and friends dear to us.
 
But one death in 2015 prompted outrage from Samoans and non Samoans alike — locally and off-island, is that of an 9-year old boy, who died at the hospital while still waiting to be medivaced off island for treatment for his heart problems.
 



Looking back at 2015

reporters@samoanews.com

Gasoline continued to drop during 2015 going from $3.64 in January to $2.85 a gallon at the pump just in time for a little Christmas gift for local motorists. That was one spot of good economic news among what was mostly dismal as the fishing industry stands on the verge of collapse, ASG’s Series B Bonds earmarked to finance a charter bank remain unsold and the canneries rumble about pulling out after the minimum wage went up 40¢ an hour.



THREE WISE COUSINS BRING THEIR CHEEKY CHARM TO CINEMAS

The world premiere held at Auckland's Civic Theatre on December 21 was a rather different affair to the glitzy opening nights the venue is accustomed to hosting.
 
Colourful Samoan puletasi (dresses) were the outfits du jour on the modest red carpet. The usual parade of local celebrities was absent, a member of the Warriors league team one of the few recognisable faces.
 



NAVY'S KEN NIUMATALOLO RECEIVES RAISE AFTER TURNING DOWN BYU

Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo considered leaving for the BYU coaching vacancy this offseason, but decided against it, instead staying in Annapolis, Maryland.
 
According to The Capital Gazette, Niumatalolo's decision to stay at Navy also came with a raise. Niumatalolo was making a base salary of close $1.7 million when he signed his latest deal in 2011, but was likely making more off of annual raises and incentives for winning the Commander in Chief's trophy and making bowl games.
 



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