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As their nation sinks, Tuvaluans raise awareness and celebrate their language

This week many across New Zealand have joined the Tuvalu community in celebrating Tuvalu language week.

But the celebrations have reflected an urgency among Tuvaluans who are trying to keep their culture alive and strong, while their small island nation is sinking.

The Pacific island nation sits only six feet above sea level and is predicted to be one of the first countries to disappear due to rising sea levels.

Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world with a population of around 11,000 people.



ASAA Surf-Guards save man and kids last week at Utulei Beach

Source: ASAA media release

Last week Saturday during the DOC Annual Coastal weekend celebration, a man with no life jacket or swimming skills was rescued from the waters in front of the DDW Café area, Utulei Beach, during a kayak-racing event, by the American Samoa Aquatic Agency (ASAA) Surf-Guard.
 



Rotary Club of Pago Pago & Hawaiian Airlines host annual Tsunami Memorial

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This past Saturday morning at the Lions Park in Tafuna, the Rotary Club of Pago Pago in conjunction with Hawaiian Airlines hosted their annual memorial service, to commemorate and celebrate the lives of those who were lost in the Tsunami of Sept. 29, 2009. It also provides a time for the survivors of the tsunami — especially the families and friends of the victims — to reflect on their own lives since the tragedy that took 34 lives in the territory, and more than 100 in neighboring Samoa.
 



Local fishermen greeted with huge demand for their catches

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The people of American Samoa are being credited with the successful September 10th Fishermen’s Day that saw crowds of local residents gathering at the fresh fish market stand before it opened at 6a.m.
 
“The crowd grew bigger and there was a buzz as people shuffled to see the fresh fish from one table to another, people digging in coolers, and the constant call between people regarding prices,” said a statement from the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources.
 



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

joyetter@samoanews.com

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.
 



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