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Samoan theatre takes centre stage in Melbourne to tell creation story

Samoan actors and singers are set to take to the stage in Melbourne, with one of the biggest shows from the Pacific Islander theatre community in Australia.

The play, "Amataga O Le Alofa" or "The Beginning of Love", is an original take on the Samoan creation myth.

Rita Seumanutafa, founder of the Pacific Island Creative Arts Australia (PICAA) production company, said it was a rare opportunity for Pacific Island actors wanting experience on stage.

Cool Stuff: Lady Drone Professionals Exclusive

[Cool Stuff was not allowed to attend a significant event at InterDrone 2016 due to the circumstance of his being born a boring male. However, rather than just cry in his Vailima for being excluded, this author was asked by Cool Stuff to attend the event on his behalf, to take notes and write a feature story.
As an IT professional, and a techie nerd (Yup, always going for the latest iPhones, iPad Pro 12", etc.) this author is a self-admitted Coolio, who reads Cool Stuff.  

For the first time ever, species in AmSamoa protected under Endangered Species Act

Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service media release

Honolulu, HI —The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that five animal species from American Samoa warrant listing as federally endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This final listing, which includes the Pacific sheath-tailed bat, mao, American Samoa population of the friendly ground-dove, and two land snails, marks the first time ESA protections have been applied to species on the territory, which covers seven islands and atolls in the South Pacific.

International model leads the catwalk parade at Samoa Fashion Week gala


From the catwalks of Paris, England, Europe, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia, international model Sarika Young added the catwalk in Samoa to her resume, as she sashayed during the Samoa’s Arts Council Fashion show over the weekend.
This was the highlight of Fashion week in Samoa, the first event of its kind where close to 20 fashion practitioners, models, artists and experts in the field of fashion dialogued on taking Samoa’s fashion to the next level.

Polynesian Football Hall of Fame set for High School Polynesian Bowl

Source Polynesian Football Hall of Fame media release

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame is inaugurating a high school Polynesian Bowl, a high school all-star football game that will feature the world’s elite players of Polynesian heritage and other ancestries.

Wahtonka Community School presents an evening of celebrating American Samoa

Come join us for a night of celebrating American Samoan culture! Ticket price includes a traditional Samoan dinner, cultural entertainment and auction fun! All money raised will go towards supporting the Wahtonka Community School students' efforts to establish an exchange program to American Samoa.
We are currently aiming to send students for a week of cultural and service learning projects in April 2017.

Commonwealth: Economic opportunities come with women’s empowerment


 “An increased empowerment and inclusion of women is not just about fairness, it’s about huge economic opportunity that is otherwise simply missed,” yet, exclusion and marginalization prevents women from participating in tackling important issues like climate change, says Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General at the Women’s Affairs Ministerial Meeting in Apia last week.

ASCC reps participate in Global Breadfruit Summit in Hawaii

The humble breadfruit, long a staple of the Samoan diet in both traditional and modern times, has increasingly gained recognition as “potentially one of the most important crops of the 21st century.” This was the message of the 2016 Global Breadfruit Summit, held from August 27 – 31 at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawai’i, and attended by three representatives of the agriculture, community and Natural Resources (ACNR) division of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC).

ASCC-SSI director gives keynote address at Samoan Language Symposium in HI

Mrs. Okenaisa Fauolo-Manila, Director of the Samoan Studies Institute (SSI) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) provided one of the keynote addresses during the 2016 Samoan Language Symposium, which took place on Friday and Saturday, August 12th and 13th, in Hālau o Haumea of the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Hawaii-based Le Fetuao Samoan Language center organized the symposium as part of its sustainability plan to further enhance its community-oriented Samoan language and culture program. 

Marine science resource ship offers free tours this Saturday

ASCC-ACNR Sea Grant Extension Agent

Can you imagine a sailing laboratory? Are you interested in learning about how science is done at sea? Then this is your chance to visit a floating laboratory that is in Pago Pago harbor right now!

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