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Ten vie for ths year's Miss Samoa title

McDonald’s Family Restaurant major sponsor of this year’s pageant
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APIA, SAMOA  — This year’s annual beauty pageant, Miss Samoa, is a hallmark event representing an appreciation of the beauty and essence of the Samoan woman, and celebrating the richness of Samoa's heritage and culture with the theme “We are Samoa”.
 
The major sponsor of the pageant is McDonald’s Family Restaurant, with president and owner of McDonald’s, Tautolo Charlie Tautolo saying sponsoring this pageant is a “well done” investment.
 



Slideshow: In Samoa at the SIDS conference

photos: Lilomaiava Andrew Fa’asau, Naenae Productions

Samoa continues to put on a spectacular cultural show of events to welcome United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and leaders and officials of the UN member countries that are in Apia to attend the 3rd international conference on Small Island Developing States.
 



Wyland unveils latest creation at Ocean Center

“Protect what we have, because they are treasures”
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Official artist of the US Olympic Team and long time ocean advocate Robert Wyland, known around the world as simply “Wyland” was in the Territory this week, where he unveiled his newest creation—a majestic sealife mural— at the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center in Utulei on Wednesday.
 



U.N. Secretary General bestowed chiefly title

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was on Sunday given the title of 'Tupua' or 'chief' in south-eastern Samoa by villagers whose homes had been struck by a tsunami nearly five years ago.
 
Wearing traditional 'siapo lavalava' around his waist and a beaded 'palefuiono' with feathers on his head, the Secretary-General sat across from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi in a roofed social centre in Siupapa, a sub-village of Saleapaga.
 



Video: Hokuleʻa and Hikianalia enroute to Apia

Blow the conch shell: Hokule’a and Hikianalia appear to be a go for an 11:30 a.m. local time departure from Pago Pago Harbor, bound for Apia to meet United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and other dignitaries and partners.

We weren’t expecting this much sail drama this early but it is what it is. And it looks choppy out there.

Here we go — should be an eventful sail for the crew. (And I hope typing this blog doesn’t jinx us actually leaving.)



Fesiligia Senate fa’aiuga CMS fa’asaga i le LBJ

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E to’atele afioga i senatoa na latou fesiligia le komiti fa’afoe a le falema’i o le LBJ, i le mafua’aga ua ala ai ona tula’i mai tuuaiga i le falema’i mai le vaega a le fetarale o le ‘Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS), e pei ona taua i totonu o le ripoti sa tauaao e le komiti o le Soifua Maloloina a le senate.
 



Nat'l Park & DOE create Healthy School Partnership

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The University of Hawaii Cohort 30 teachers have accomplished a milestone in the territory. As they focus their sights on Place Based Education — PBE — they are the first group of teachers to participate in the National Park’s Healthy School Partnership Program.
 



Tafuna High senior finds his passion restoring coral reefs

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During a time when the territory scrambles to find youth interested in pursuing careers in marine biology and ocean science, a Tafuna High School senior is currently conducting research on a project he calls “Biorock Coral Reef Restoration” — a project that has the strong support and backing of many in the local marine ecology field.
 



Mufi opens campaign headquarters in Kalihi

Kalihi is abuzz this afternoon as Mufi Hannemann's supporters prepare for his Gubernatorial Campaign Headquarters grand opening at 5pm Thursday.

This BBQ chicken could be on your plate in just a few hours at 1505 Dillingham Blvd, Kalihi in the parking lot of the former Sizzler's restaurant.



Hokule'a, Wyland mural, Swains film— what a week!

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The arrival of Jean-Michel Cousteau and Dr. Sylvia Earle last week set the tone for an historic week in American Samoa that saw not only these two notables, but the crews of the Hokule’a and the Hikianalia arrive and the south Pacific premiere of ‘Swains Island — The Last Jewel of the Planet’
 



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