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Nofo tapena to’atele atunuu mo puipuiga o le fa’ama’i pipisi


O le fa’aiuga o le vaiaso na te’a nei na maitauina ai le to’atele o le atunu’u ua latou fa’autagia lapataiga mai le Matagaluega o le Soifua Maloloina, ina ia fa’amalosia puipuiga i totonu o aiga ona o le virusi (Chik Virus) lea ua fa’amaonia le maua i totonu o Amerika Samoa.

First local Olympic Triathlon highly successful event


The first Olympic Triathlon ever held in American Samoa happened last Saturday, and while it only drew a handful of athletes, it was highly successful in that competitors did not let the rain or heavy winds hamper their spirits.
With a starting time of 7:30 a.m. the athletes hit the cold, rough water to start the event which was comprised of a 1-mile swim, a 24-mile bike ride and a 6-mile run.
For the less experienced, there was the SPRINT, where the course was a half-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run.

Local students in HI for Hokule’a student exchange


Faga’itua High School student O’Riley Siona Le’au and Patricia Penitito of Manu’a High School are currently in the Aloha State, representing Tutuila and Manu’a with NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa in a Hokule’a Student Exchange Program with the Polynesian Voyaging Society, the Hawaiian Humpback National Marine Sanctuary, the Papahanaumokukea National Marine Monument, and other partners in both the private and public sector in Honolulu this week.

Cool Stuff: Bad Daddy ... great Icom

As Typhoon Matmo approached Taiwan last week, my Icom R-2 gave me all the English language info I needed in the semi-rural town of Xinfeng in Northwest Taiwan. This follows my Icom tradition of using an Icom R-1 during Cyclone Val in Tulaele, Upolu, and my Icom R-5 during my CNN Samoa & Japan Tsunami coverage.

Samoa attends Commonwealth Games for 11th time

Samoan female weightlifter heavily favored to take gold

Glasgow Caledonia University (Scotland) played host to the flag bearing ceremony for the Pacific Oceania nations at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games (July 23-August 3). Samoa, competing at their 11th Commonwealth Games, was represented along side their Pacific Oceania neighbors.

Lots of family activities during Nat'l Fishing and Boating Week


National Fishing and Boating Week opened yesterday at the Dept. of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) compound in Fagatogo. The event is in conjunction with Youth Month (July) and it is a project that is being spearheaded by the DMWR, working with the Pago Pago Charters of American Samoa and the Game Fishing Association to promote recreational fishing.

Territory’s first Olympic distance Triathlon is Saturday


The Olympic distance Triathlon this coming Saturday morning — a first for the Territory — with a starting time of  7 a.m. is to promote the awareness of diabetes, as well as combatting the disease in American Samoa. Putting on the event is Joe Tavale of Pago Pago and Matt Bracken of Cedar City, Utah. Utulei Beach Park is the starting point for the event. 

Cool Stuff: Halfachance, Redemption, Junglas

Buddy, pal, and extraordinary knife designer Ken Onion will be ecstatic to see the image of my Halfachance CRKT knife he designed sorta beat up, worn, and chipped. If you know Ken, he doesn't intentionally design things to end up being collectors items or museum pieces, which they inevitably do become. He wants his knives to help you to make a difference, to save a life (possibly your own), to give you a shelter, or firewood in a pinch... but could Ken ever envision making you a better gardner?

First Iva “Alofa” memorial scholarships awarded


A memorial scholarship was awarded in memory of Iva Pisia Salazar, who passed away last August, to graduates Shane Chen and Setoga Siatu'u during the graduation for Registered Nurses earlier this month.
The $500 Iva "Alofa" Pisia-Salazar Scholarship awards will assist the two men who are pursuing their education for bachelors degrees.
According to Nina Salazar, the late Iva’s daughter, “August 2014 marks the first year that Iva "Alofa" has spent in Heaven, but her legacy continues.”

Fa’afetai Manu’atele i le faigamalo a Lolo ma Lemanu


I le avea ai o ia ma sui o le Manu’atele, sa tuuina atu ai le fa’afetai a le afioga ia Misaalefua Hudson, Kovana Itumalo o Manu’a, i le faigamalo mo le tele o mea lelei ua faia mo e itumalo i le tausaga ua fano ae maise ai lenei tausaga, pe a faatusatusa i isi faigamalo ua te’a.

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