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PRESIDENT OBAMA CLOSES MORE FISHING GROUNDS IN THE U.S. PACIFIC ISLANDS

Source: Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council

HONOLULU — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council on Friday expressed its disappointment with the announcement that President Obama will expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to the full extent of the U.S. exclusive economic zone (out to 200 miles from shore) to encompass a total 582,578 square miles around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.



FAGA'ITUA HS: REIGNING CHAMPIONS AIM TO PLAY WITH SOUND MIND & FOCUS

Visions of a 3-Peat record
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The reigning ASHSAA Football Champions of 2015-16 in the Varsity Division – Faga'itua High School, "Home of the Vikings" will be coming out to defend their back-to-back title this year, with a vision of a 3-Peat record, but their main focus is to improve as the season progresses. Last year, the Vikings cleaned the house after finishing the season with another undefeated title.
 



LEONE LIONS FOCUS ON COMPETITION UNDER NEW HEAD COACH SALAVE'A

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The 'Home of the Lions' – Leone High School's football program is now under the management of Head Coach, Okland Salave'a – the former Tafuna Warriors Head Football Coach, who carried the Warriors program to the top for numerous years in American Samoa High School Athletics Association football.
 
During his reign as head coach for Tafuna, Salave'a made history in their football program as the first head coach to carry the Warriors through their first championship streak — from 2011 to 2013 — a 3-peat feat.

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WORK BY ASCC ARTIST MEREDITH-FITIAO EXHIBITED IN SAN FRANCISCO

Although American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Visual Artist Regina Meredith-Fitiao of the College’s Fine Arts Department has returned home for the start of the fall 2016 semester, several of her artworks will remain on display until September 9th as part of “Deep Blue Sea: String of Pearls,” a painting, drawing and sculpture exhibition by The North Star Artists and artist friends hosted by the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco, California.
 



DOE'S ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT PREPARES TO KICK-OFF 2016-17 HS FOOTBALL SEASON

ASHSAA Director Tumua Matu'u reflects on their focus for this year’s league
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The long awaited arrival of this year’s American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Football Season is finally here, with the season opener scheduled for this Saturday August 27, 2016 — the match up between the reigning undefeated champions, Faga'itua Vikings and the Leone Lions in a double header that'll feature both the varsity and junior varsity teams.
 

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GROUNDED VESSEL ON AUNU’U REEF REMOVED BY EFFORTS OF LOCALS & FEDS

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Residents of Aunu’u Island are pleased that the vessel, which was grounded on a reef off-shore has been removed, thanks to efforts by local and federal agencies.
 



PACIFIC-BASED RUGBY PLAYERS TO IMPRESS AT HAWAII'S OHANA CUP

Tonga has called in reinforcements for the Ohana Cup rugby league clash against Samoa in Hawai'i, with even members of the coaching staff preparing to take to the field.

Two players were ruled out after picking up injuries during last week's 24-16 defeat by the Fiji Residents in Suva, while two more players were unable to join the team in Hawaii because of visa issues.

Team manager Toa Kaufusi said that caused something of a reshuffle.

"The two guys that were injured against Fiji are from the backrow and they need to get replacements for that."



SAGAPOLU STEADY IN MIDDLE OF BADGERS’ DEFENSIVE LINE

After learning on the fly as a freshman, Wisconsin nose tackle has feet firmly on the ground

MADISON, Wis. — If it takes one to know one, a 300-plus pound nose tackle, Wisconsin's Olive Sagapolu is in good company with Domata Peko, who just happens to be family and an 11-year vet of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Before reporting to training camp, Sagapolu got some sage advice from his uncle.

"He told me, 'Play fast. Be humble about it. Always put the Lord first and have some fun this year,'" explained the 6-foot-2, 345-pound Sagapolu, who appeared in all 13 games last season and started four times as a true freshman. "He said that he'll be watching me."



SAMOAN DANCERS TO SHOWCASE THEIR CULTURE IN SUNBURY, AUSTRALIA

Traditional Samoan dancers will showcase their culture and their polytechnic across Australia during September, and Sunbury’s Salesian College is on their itinerary.

A troupe of 45 students from Don Bosco Technical Centre in Alafua, Samoa will perform at a siva community concert hosted by Salesian College on August 28.

The free concert will be part of a three-week promotional tour by the students.

They will perform at parishes, schools, youth centres and communities around the country.



BREADFRUIT: SPREADING SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC ABUNDANCE

2016 Hawaii Pacific Global Breadfruit Summit set for Aug 27-31
compiled by Samoa News staff

Honolulu, HAWAI’I — Breadfruit research 20 years ago barely made a ripple when Dr. Diane Ragone began her research that became the catalyst for today’s surge of interest in the fruit that sustains social, cultural and economic abundance and has been cherished and cultivated by the people of Oceania for millenniums.
 
Flash forward to 2012 when the University of Hawaii Pacific Business Center Program initiated the first Breadfruit Summit in American Samoa — introducing gluten free ulu to the world market.
 



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