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Young musicians honor Lealaifuaneva Peter E. Reid, Jr. at holiday concert

Source: Media release, Dancing Fingers

The late local patron and businessman Lealaifuaneva Peter E. Reid, Jr. will be honored tomorrow night during a Christmas concert, the first-ever public performance by 68 students from the Dancing Fingers Learning Center (DFLC) and the Strings of Psalms, an advanced strings ensemble from Calvary Temple AOG.
 
The concert starts at 6:00 p.m. at Calvary Temple AOG at Lepuapua (Leone) — is free of charge and the public is invited to attend.



Manumalo Academy inducts 17 of its 'best and brightest' into Honor Society

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One of the few moments in life when people can smile and cry at the same time is when a child reaches a milestone in his or her quest for success. Such was the scene at the Manumalo Academy chapel last Friday when the school inducted seventeen members — levels 7-12 — into its prestigious Honor Society clubs.
 
(National Junior Honor Society or NJHS for middle schoolers, and National Honor Society or NHS for the high school students).
 



Dana Love-Ili celebrated as 2017 Territorial Teacher of the Year

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Educators, administrators, family members and others gathered last Friday evening to celebrate and honor the 2017 Territorial Teacher of the Year (TTOY), Dana Love-Ili, who says that teaching was always in her heart, although at the outset others influenced her to look at other professions, because teachers are not appreciated — and are underpaid.

 



Samoan Methodist minister kicked out of NZ, despite support of community

A beloved Auckland-based minister has lost his battle to remain in New Zealand, despite the Samoan church claiming he's the only man fit for his job.

Iosia Pati, 59, and his wife Ruta, 57, have run a Samoan methodist church in south Auckland since 2011; their lawyer said that without them, the church would be "completely destabilized".

Minister Pati's visa ran out in in 2014 and Immigration New Zealand had declined his bids to stay in the country under religious worker or essential skills categories.



Departing Miss Pacific Islands tells her successors — “Know your purpose in life”

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“Know your purpose in life,” was the message from Miss Pacific Islands, Abigail Havora to the eight contestants at the 30th Miss Pacific Islands Pageant. From Gabagaba, Papua New Guinea Abigail won the first Miss Pacific Island’s title after the name of the pageant was changed last year.
 
Samoa News coverage of the Miss Pacific Islands pageant is brought to you by the Sheraton Hotels & Bungalows in Apia and Polynesian Airlines.
 



Miss American Samoa is ready — Let the pageant begin!

It’s not only about “the glittery stuff, it’s so much more”
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Apia, SAMOA — Miss American Samoa Antonina Lilomaiava is putting everything into her preparations for the Miss Pacific Islands pageant with the main goal of bringing the title home to American Samoa.  
 
Samoa News coverage of the Miss Pacific Islands pageant is brought to you by the Sheraton Hotels & Bungalows in Apia and Polynesian Airlines.
 



The big island of Savai’i welcomes the 2016 Miss Pacific Islands contestants

Samoa’s hidden treasure, the big island of Savai’, took a turn yesterday to welcome the contestants of 2016 Miss Pacific Islands to its shores.

Savai’i rolled out the red carpet giving the contestants a rapturous reception as the ladies enjoyed the tranquility of the Savaii ahead of their big day on Friday.

The contestants, their entourages and pageant officials boarded the Lady Naomi for an experience of Samoa Shipping Corporation hospitality.



Miss Pacific Islands beauties begin the week with a prayer

The Miss Pacific Islands Pageant 2015-2016, Abigail Havora and the lovely eight contestants for the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant this year, are now ready for a week of activities leading up to the finale on Friday.
 
Fittingly, their week began yesterday when they attended a church service which was held at the Catholic Church at Leauva’a.
 
And today, the reigning Miss Pacific Islands and the eight beauties from around the Pacific are making their way to the big island of Savaii.
 



Rep Faimealelei at 26th Pacific Parliamentary Forum in New Zealand

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Rep. Faimealelei Anthony Allen, speaking at the 26th Pacific Parliamentary Forum in New Zealand, which was held from Nov. 14-18. Some 50 lawmakers from the Pacific region attended the forum. Faimealelei was selected by House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale to represent American Samoa at the annual forum which aims to build shared understanding of the various concepts of Parliamentary representation that exist through the region and joint approaches being taken to the Pacific’s major challenges and opportunities.
 



North Park University Polynesian night — “Taste of the Pacific”

North Park University- Chicago Polynesian students held a Polynesian night — Taste of the Pacific — last week Friday night. Center standing, is the head coach of the school’s football team, Mike Conway and his wife Beth, who the students would like to recognize as their ‘home away from home’ couple.
 



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