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MANAEA BRINGS SAMOAN ATTITUDE FROM GRIDIRON TO DIAMOND

He is a byproduct of American Samoa — a small island territory known as a hotbed of elite-level football talent.

However, it wasn’t NFL Hall-of-Famer Junior Seau who paved the way for Sean Manaea. It wasn’t Troy Polamalu or even up-and-coming star Marcus Mariota. Manaea, instead, found his way to baseball becoming one of only a handful of players of Samoan descent to wear a Major League Baseball uniform



POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER OPENS NEW UKULELE EXPERIENCE EXHIBIT

Source: PCC media release

Laie, HAWAII—The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) officially welcomed its newest exhibit — the Ukulele Experience – with a special pau hana (after work), Aloha Friday (April 29) grand opening celebration.
 



World Tuna Day 2016

Source: PNA web posting

 
MARSHALL ISLANDS, 2 MAY 2016: — The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) are honoring the winners of the PNA World Tuna Day Art and Talent Quest today on World Tuna Day 2016.
 
Jasmine Mendiola from Federated States of Micronesia won the First Prize and $3000 for her poem entitled “Teach Your Children” which tells of each generation learning about the need to conserve tuna.
 



GRAND OLD LADY OF SOUTH PACIFIC IS BACK — SHERATON SAMOA AGGIE GREY’S

She is back. The grand old lady of the South Pacific, Aggie Grey’s Hotel, returned last night as Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel and Bungalows.

The grand opening of the iconic hotel left hundreds of guests blown away with the vibrancy and class of the multi-million–tala project.

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, extended his congratulations to the Grey family and the Starwood Hotel for the project. Tuilaepa said the occasion was a milestone not just for Samoa but for the Pacific as well.

“It began with the vision of a vibrant Samoan lady,” said Tuilaepa.



3 WISE COUSINS ON ISLAND – TODAY AT REGAL NU’UULI TWIN CINEMA

The long awaited comedy/drama will be in theatre for 6 days only
tony@samoanews.com

The Samoan based comedy/drama, “3 Wise Cousins” will finally show tonight at the Regal Nu’uuli Twin Cinema – the first release of the long awaited movie in American Samoa. Its film script is delivered in English & Samoan with a focus on Pacific humor to deliver its uplifting message to all movie goers.

 

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FIRST SAMOAN PRIEST CELEBRATES MASS AT LARGEST CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE U.S.

Source: Media Release Catholic Church

On Sunday, April 17, 2016, His Excellency, Most Reverend Alapati Lui Mata’eliga of the Archdiocese of Samoa-Apia became the first Samoan priest in history to celebrate Mass at the largest Catholic Church in the United States, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception situated on the campus of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. 
 



NEW ZEALAND CHALLENGES AMERICAN SAMOA TO AM FOOTBALL GAME

American Samoa needs two teams – Under 19 and Over 19
tony@samoanews.com

Put your money where your mouth is— that is what NZAFF representatives emphasized to Samoa News, during a meeting with the group last week, where New Zealand has challenged American Samoa to a game of American style football — with everything coordinated under current NCAA Regulations.
 
This is the chance of a lifetime for all you graduates who are still on island, to brush up on those skills and bring them back to the field to represent American Samoa for this opportunity, to expand not only in Tutuila, but the Pacific
 



TUA’AU KERETI MATA’UTIA RUNS FOR CONGRESSIONAL SEAT, ONCE AGAIN

joyetter@samoanews.com

Tua’au Kereti Mata'utia, is the second Congressional candidate to throw his name into the Congressional race for the 2016 General Election, just eight months away. He ran unsuccessfully for the same post during the 2012 and 2014 elections.
 
Tua’au, who is currently the Assistant Senior Policy Advisor in the Governor’s Office, said his reason for running in the congressional race is because of his love for the people of Tutuila, Aunu’u and Manu’a.
 



TROPICAL CYCLONE AMOS: “WHAT HAPPENED, WAS IT A MIRACLE?”

With Cyclone Amos gone from Samoa, a question some people were asking was, “What happened, was it a miracle?” A number of different sources based in the Pacific and globally posted conflicting reports led to confusion about the situation.

Some of the confusion was because in the Samoa Met Office bulletin it said that the eye of Cyclone Amos was on top of Samoa.

 



QUICK CLEANUP IN SAMOA AFTER CYCLONE AMOS PASSES THROUGH

The head of Samoa's disaster management committee says access has been restored to areas cut off by Cyclone Amos on Saturday night.

It was feared the storm would strike Samoa as a large category four system, but it picked up speed and passed Samoa quickly as a category two.

However, strong winds and heavy rains associated with the system still brought down trees and powerlines, caused flooding, and washed away some roads across the country's two main islands.



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