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Fautasi Fiva Slide Show — 97 Photos

Up close at the Flag Day Fautasi Race. Over 90 photos taken from the water near the long boats.

Senate President calls for cheers to celebrate Flag Day


In his Flag Day address, Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie paid tribute to American Samoa’s forefathers who ceded the Eastern Samoan islands to the United States and thanked the private sector for their contribution to the territory's economy.
Speaking to a crowd of over 2,000 at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, Gaoteote took the podium with a call to the audience for cheers in marking the 114 years since American Samoa became part of the U.S. family.

Court Report


Judge John Ward will open District Court on Saturday, April 19, 2014 allowing those who are arrested on Flag Day (Thursday) and Good Friday to make their initial appearance, instead of waiting for Monday.
In a letter sent to Commissioner of Public Safety William Bill Haleck, last week, Ward pointed out to the Commissioner that it will be a four-day weekend, and the court will open on Saturday to minimize the traffic at the District Court and help it run smoothly on Monday.



A Florida high school student of Samoan ancestry is among five recipients being  presented the 2014 Military Child of the Year Award, an event which recognizes the top military child from each of the five military services of the U.S. Armed Service.

ASCC Student Art Show opens next week

Visual artworks typically start off as just an idea on a drawing board, and a group of Art students at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) have expanded on that truism to come up with “Welcome to the Drawing Board” as the title of their student art show that will open on Monday, April 21st in the ASCC Cafeteria and will remain on display through Friday, April 25th.
The show will include the work of current and potential Art majors, and is open to the public.

Link to Flag Day Live: Flag Raising, Siva and Pese today


American Samoa today marks the 114th year since these Eastern Samoan islands became part of the United States family and Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie will deliver the Flag Day Address.
Also speaking at the ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tafuna, is Sam Lee, president and chief executive of StarKist Inc., representing the business sector, to which this year’s Flag Day festivities are dedicated, under the theme “Government and Businesses in Partnership”.

Governor Lolo confers with Cabinet via Skype call

Lemanu says he’s the Lt. Governor — not the ‘acting’ governor

Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga told his cabinet that he has sought the Department of Interior’s opinion regarding the veto override referendum which will be on the ballot in the general election in November this year.
During the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, via a Skype session, he noted that it’s important that ASG seek the opinion of DOI as they have been working with DOI as the administering authority for a long time.

Race starts early; Manulele Tausala #1 wins over Aeto


Nu’uuli village fautasi Manulele Tausala #1, took first place at the 2014 Flag Day Fautasi Race, followed by Aeto of Pago Pago, in second place, according to the official results announced by Lualemaga Faoa, chairman of the Fautasi Race Committee, on KVZK-TV just minutes after the race.
The battle for first place was intense as Nu’uuli and Pago Pago battled in the last minutes of the race. Aeto came all the way from behind at 5th place not long into the race to battle with Manulele Tausala #1, which won by a few rows.

Photos: Flag Day Performing Arts Fest


The 41st Annual Flag Day Performing Arts Festival two-day event began with youngster’s showing their dance moves and joyous smiles, yesterday afternoon. The festival is presented by the Arts Council and the Department of Youth & Women’s Affairs, and is partly sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. The afternoon program began with an intro of the groups by Master of Ceremonies, Tapumanaia Galu Satele, Jr.

Effort to remove Alamea from local waters begins today

It’s ready, set, go time for the multi sanctuary dive team

A dive team of eight from off island who will assist local agencies in the removal of the Crown of Thorns Starfish (COTS), Acanthaster planci, arrived this past Monday and will be in the territory for the next two weeks to assist with eradication efforts at priority reefs and sanctuary managements areas around Tutuila and Aunu’u.

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