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POSTCARD FROM THE MUA VOYAGE ABOARD THE SAILING VAKA GAUALOFA

Talofa lava! I’m so happy to be back on board my mothership Gaualofa after joining up with her and the rest of the crew in Fiji. Gaualofa is still so graceful and strong. This time around I am sailing with crew members hailing from Samoa, Tonga, and Fiji.
 
Many moons ago these island nations were at war with each other over land and sea. Today we unite on Gaualofa as a voice for the Pacific along with Marumaru Atua of the Cook Islands and Uto Ni Yalo of Fiji.
 



HAWAII-AMERICAN SAMOA ARGOSY UNIVERSITY CAMPUS GRADUATES 48

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The second annual Commencement Program for the Hawaii-American Samoa Argosy University, which was held last Thursday evening at the Gov. Lee Auditorium was greeted by a full house, which included parents, families and friends of the 48 graduates, who received doctorate, masters and bachelors degrees during the ceremony.
 
Their theme: “Today’s Achievement is Tomorrow’s Greatness” — highlighted the graduates — whose ages ranged from young adults to grandparents, all determined to do great work with their academic successes.



LOMU: AFAI E LE O MALEPE, AUA LE FAIA FUA

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Le faletua ia Aitofi Lomu (itu taumatau) ma ni isi o le fanau i le taimi na laulau tutu ai i le Malae o le Talu i Fagatogo i le afiafi ananafi, ma fa'alauiloa a latou pepa o lo o tusia ai upu faapenei 'Palota Leai i le Veto Override - Vote No to Veto Override', a o talotalo atu i le mamalu o le atunuu sa femalagaa'i i luga o le ala i lea taimi o le afiafi.



OIL SPILL AFTER PURSE SEINER COLLISION, ONE MAN HOSPITALIZED

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The U.S. Coast Guard Detachment Unit in American Samoa is investigating an incident yesterday morning in which two purse seiners allegedly collided at the main dock causing an oil spill and sending a crew member of a third fishing vessel to the hospital.
 
It’s unclear how much oil was spilled into Pago Pago Harbor, which caused a delay in the MV Lady Naomi passenger ferry entering the Port of Pago Pago. The Samoa government owned vessel was seen by many residents anchored off the shore of Fatu-ma-Futi village.
 



THE ROCK CONFIRMS THE RUMORS

Seiuli Dwayne Johnson has confirmed he's hitting the beach to star in a new Baywatch movie.

The action man has been attached to the project for years and now it's finally getting the go-ahead at Paramount, he has revealed he'll be leading the cast for the big screen adaptation of the top 1980s TV series.

Posting a topless photo of himself sitting on a jet ski online, the movie star added the caption, "'This is my beach b**ch!' Rumors are true... we're making #BAYWATCH the movie."

He added, "Edgy, raunchy and hopefully, funny as all hell. Cue slo mo running on the beach..."



ASCC STUDENTS TAKE ISSUE WITH INFO FROM GOV'T VETO OVERRIDE COMMITTEE

Students felt presenters pushed an agenda
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“Are we ready to give the Fono that type of power?” was a question asked by many students who attended the Veto-Override awareness campaign held at the ASCC lecture hall last week Thursday, where Veto-Override Committee member Fainu’ulelei Alailima Utu explained to the students that a veto is a decision made by the governor not to approve a bill passed by the Fono. The veto override is a lawmaking process wherein the Fono votes on a bill to pass a law — over a governor’s veto.
 



TALAVALU GAINS A WORLD OF EXPERIENCE

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The American Samoa National Rugby Team Talavalu is due to arrive back home sometime today (Monday) after competing in the Oceania Sevens held in Noosa, Australia, and losing out on a chance to qualify for the non-core Sevens World Series, to play at the 2015 HSBC Hong Kong and Wellington legs. The Talavalu did well despite losses in the quarterfinals.
 



HOKULEA CREW VISITS ASCC

While the Hawaii-based Polynesian Voyaging Society’s vessels Hokulea and Hikianalia made American Samoa their temporary home base over the last few weeks, the crews on many occasions have done educational outreach to the community, seeking to promote a better understanding of their current mission of “Malama Honua”.
 
On Thursday, October 2, three of the vessels’ crew and a student guest shared their experiences and philosophies at the American Samoa Community College before an audience of faculty, staff and students.
 



ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES TAKE CENTER STAGE WITH PACIFIC VOYAGERS

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These are exciting times for Polynesian voyaging as several va’afolau (traditional sailing vessels) prepare to set sail. Hokule'a and Hikianalia of Hawai’i anticipate departing today from Tutuila to Tonga as they continue with the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage.
 



50 TAUSAGA O LE KVZK TELEVISE — AMERIKA SAMOA

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“Ua atoa nei le 50 tausaga o lau faletelevise ma lana auaunaga e faia pea, ina ia fa’amaumau ma fa’ailoa atu mea o tutupu, o polokalama fo’i a le tatou malo ma ana galuega fa’atino mo le aga’i i luma o le atunu’u. Sa tatou oaoa i Faleseu ae o lea ua tatou se’e nei i ma’a o malie, ma e faafetaia ai le alofa o le Atua ona o nei manuia e tele ua tatou maua,” o le saunoaga lea a Fonoti Doug Jessop, se tasi sa avea ma tagata pu’e ata o le faletelevise KVZK i le amataga mai i le 1964 -  50 tausaga talu ai.
 



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