Local News

HAL adding ‘special flight’ this Sunday


A ‘special’ Hawaiian Airlines flight is set to arrive and depart the territory this coming Sunday. The flight times are the same as usual.
HAL local station manager Tuli Fruean explained yesterday that the extra flight is to ‘accommodate the overflow of passengers’, including the hundreds of delegates who traveled from overseas to attend the CCCAS conference.
The summer flight schedule is still in effect: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

US-DOL provides local employers with guidelines on new salary rules


The U.S. Department of Labor recommends that local employers conduct an analysis of their current salaried workers who are considered ‘white collar’ employees exempt from overtime pay — on whether they should continue to be exempt salaried employees or convert them to hourly pay, before the new salary level for exempt staff goes into effect Dec. 1 this year.

DMWR Enviro Camps continue — this one in Lauli'i


The Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) hosted its Annual Environmental Fishing Camp in Lauli'i July 20-22. 
A total of 35 campers between 7 and 13 years old participated in the event that also saw the participation of ten junior counselors, 14-20 years old.
According to Malia Vaofanua, DMWR’s Education Coordinator, the goal of the camp was “to teach the kids about our marine habitat.”

Family of 7-year-old ask for urgent help, please

Pemerika Sameli Tauiliili needs to be medivaced to Honolulu — life or death situation

The parents and family members of seven-year old Pemerika Sameli Tauiliili, an active and happy youngster, are praying and hoping for an emergency medical flight to medevac the youngster to Kapiolani Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Honolulu for urgent treatment not available in the territory.
And the family also needs financial support to pay for a medivac, which they have been told will cost $159,000 — which includes the medical team. And as of yesterday, the earliest the medivac can be on island is at least 48 hours.

Court Report

Samoa News staff translation

The High Court has continued to next week the change of plea hearing on the government’s case against Viliamu Fito with Associate Justice Lyle Richmond saying that if a plea agreement is not reached by that time, the court will issue a decision on the case.
However, Richmond didn’t elaborate further on what decision the court would hand down, but this hearing has been continued several times.

McDonald’s off island scholarship winner

Each spring the McDonald’s Corporation of American Samoa generously funds five scholarships to local high schools students who will attend the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) and one scholarship for an ASCC graduate to meet the cost of continuing their college studies off-island. ASCC spring 2016 graduate Ms. Faavela Trianna Ah Sam, 19, of Faleniu recently received the good news that she is this year’s recipient of the McDonald’s off island college scholarship.



Earlier this month, on July 14, American Samoa’s very own Amelie Chen was one of the 56 winning chefs who had the golden opportunity to attend a Kids’ “State Dinner” hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House in Washington DC.
The nine-year-old is a student at Pacific Horizons School who was selected to serve as a healthy food ambassador for the territory after entering a winning submission to the 5th Annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.

Poly Air passengers sat… and sat… awaiting their flights

Very poor customer service cited as main complaint

Apia, SAMOA — “The mechanics will not be bullied by commercial demands, they will never release an airplane if they know its not yet 100% safe... that is the reality of things,” says Polynesian Airlines, Chief Executive Officer, Seiuli Alvin Tuala. During an interview with Samoa News at his office, Seiuli expressed heartfelt apologies to Polynesian Airlines passengers whose flights have been delayed up to eight hours, as one of their two planes was grounded in Ofu, Manu’a.

ASG proceeds with lawsuit to overturn new LVPA rule

Cites one of NMFS official’s emails: “…some Am. Samoans think they own their EEZ?”

The Territory of American Samoa, through ASG, claim that American Samoans are “suffering irreparable harm to their traditional cultural practices and way of life” because of the federal government’s failure to among other things uphold its fiduciary duty to the people of American Samoa by allowing a new Large Vessel Protected Area (LVPA) rule to take effect.

Court Report

Samoa News staff translation

A 24-year old woman was charged last week with three misdemeanor counts of third degree assault, resisting arrest and public peace disturbance. Faafili Lesa had her initial appearance late last week in District Court, where bail was set at $300. No confirmation at press time as to when she will appear in court again.

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