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FOUR STUDENTS MAJORING IN MARINE SCIENCE INTERN FOR MARINE SANCTUARY

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Four students — two girls and two boys — majoring in marine science related fields at the University of Hawai’i, Hilo are currently interning for the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS).
 
They are: Havasinia Oliver Mortenson, Charles Thomas Miller, Leilua Christiana Willis Watson, and Natasha Ripley.
 



TAFUNA GRAD ENTERS THE WORLD OF BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS

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It is always good to hear about a local athlete making a name for themselves when it comes to fitness. Tafuna High School 2005 graduate Monphei Puletasi from Olosega, Manu’a recently competed in the Ikaika 2014 Bodybuilding Championships (Bikini Division) that took place at the Neal Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
 



AUMUA AMATA HOLDS CAMPAIGN KICKOFF IN HER VILLAGE OF PAGO PAGO

“She doesn't give up, because she wants to serve our people,” says Pulu
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Congressional candidate Aumua Amata officially kicked off yesterday her 2014 campaign at Pulu’s Guest House in Pago Pago where many friends, family members and supporters attended, along with a live band, which provided dancing music.
 
Many others showed up to chat with the candidate and "talk story" before leaving due to work or other obligations for the day.
 



BIRTHDAYS CALL FOR CELEBRATIONS & BLUESKY IS CELEBRATING 15 TIMES OVER!

Bluesky celebrates 15 years of service

On July 10, 1999, Governor Tauese Sunia placed the first phone call from Bluesky’s cellular network and the Champagne was uncorked as American Samoa entered the digital age of wireless communications.
 



LOKENI SELECTED AS FIRST SAMOAN CREW MEMBER FOR CURRENT HOKULE’A VOYAGE

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Junior Rex Lokeni, a volunteer at the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa will be the first Samoan crew member for the Hokule’a, a traditional voyaging canoe that will arrive in the territory on August 21, 2014 as part of its worldwide journey of 36 months which will include stops in the Society Islands, New Zealand, the Galapagos, Rapa Nui, and Brazil.
 



AMERICAN SAMOA'S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS PARTY

An estimated thousand people were at Utulei Beach Park on Friday evening for the fireworks display for which Bluesky Communications, which has partnered with DYWA for Youth Month, donated $15,000 to DYWA, specifically toward the cost of the fireworks event.

This came after a full day of activities kicking off Youth Month for July.

Of interest, the amount of “$15,000” that Bluesky donated — corresponds to Bluesky’s 15th anniversary of doing business in the Territory, which they plan on celebrating in a big way, with lots of special prices on their products and services.



SAMOAN BOY FROM CARSON ON HIS WAY TO USA TRACK & FIELD JR. OLYMPICS

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Ten-year-old athlete, Jarius William Setefano Satele— a young man of Samoan descent who was born in California— is laying down his mark in the sport of track and field in the United States.  Jairus’ mother Bethellia Lealofi-Satele comes from the Taito family in Pago Pago and his father Falelaufa’i Tupua Satele comes from the Satele family of Vailoa and the Maiava family in Fagatogo.
 



LEMANU SHARES AM SAM’S ACTION PLANS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY AT OCEANIA MEET

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“Although American Samoa enjoys some of the lowest prices for fuel in the Pacific region, that cost still accounts for about 30 of the 40 cents per kilowatt-hour the American Samoa consumer pays for electricity. This high cost to consumers of such a basic commodity acts as a brake on the economy of our precious islands,” said Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, speaking at the Oceania 21 meeting being held in Noumea, New Caledonia.
 



DYWA HAS A FULL MONTH OF ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR JULY—YOUTH MONTH

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Close to 2,000 young people from different youth groups and organizations around the island will gather for a parade this Friday when the Territory celebrates the 4th of July—America's Independence Day.
 
It promises to be a day full of festivities in celebration of Youth Month— the month of July. Friday’s festivities will be sponsored by the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA) and Bluesky Communications.
 



U.S. TERRITORIES SUMMIT ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN CONCLUDES IN V.I.

Seven representatives from American Samoa traveled to the Virgin Islands for the “U.S. Territory Summit on Violence Against Women” hosted by the national organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA) and the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.



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