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Two selected for Emerging Pacific Leaders


The Emerging Pacific Leaders' Dialogue (EPLD) 2014 is a one of a kind event held every four years that aims to strengthen the capacity of the Pacific region's future leaders. It seeks to manage Pacific challenges collaboratively, positively and creatively by promoting a culture of leadership across the Pacific region that is aligned with democratic values and good governance, while developing participants’ leadership skills and broadening their horizons.

Cool Stuff: Aussie Jarryd Hayne, NRL

My niece Monique Salofa always asks for my approved list of nice guys.  In the middle of Hurricane Ana, the class act, Jarryd Hayne pops out of the middle of the drama enroute to achieve his NFL American Gridiron football dreams.

Tradewinds hosting a Spooktacular Halloween Bash


It’s that time of year again. Come one, come all! This Halloween, whether you dress up as a ghoul, a princess, a beast, a pirate, or a cheerleader, the management and staff of the Tradewinds Hotel in Ottoville will welcome you with open arms during their Halloween Night Bash that promises to be a “thrillin’ evening of chillin’ fun and spooky laughter.”

Our sons & daughters in the Armed Forces


Sgt. 1st Class Ghayle Kaleopa-Lynn, a native of American Samoa is the noncommissioned officer-in-charge of overseeing operations at the Supply Support Activity (SSA) point for Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan where they are in the process of closing it down and transitioning to a Forward Issue Turn-In Point (FITIP). 
She is a member the 533rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, of the 4th SBDE. She is the only Wrangler Soldier working at the site with civilian contractors.

Hawaii surfing, swimming and driving through the storm

Lifeguards have done three dozen rescues on the southern shore of Oahu alone as Hurricane Ana passes the islands to the south.

Ocean safety officials told HNN's Ramsay Wharton there were three rescues at Makapu'u Point, the far eastern point of Oahu, eight rescues at often treacherous Sandy Beach near Hawaii Kai, and 24 rescues in Waikiki.

Lifeguards also took an estimated 80 preventative actions at Makapu'u, 80 at Sandy Beach, and more than 500 in Waikiki. This refers to warning swimmers or surfers against going out in the water.

Flash flood watch on all Hawaii Is

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The National Weather Service in Honolulu has expanded the Flash Flood Watch to include Kahoolawe, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, Niihau and Oahu until 6 p.m. Sunday.

Rainfall amounts from Hurricane Ana of 3 to 6 inches with locally up to 8 inches. In addition to possible flash flooding, excessive runoff may result in rock and mudslides in steep terrain.

Hurricane Ana will continue to bring heavy rain and thunderstorms to the Big Island today. Heavy rain and thunderstorms area also expected to affect the remainder of the area through the day Sunday.

Voyaging canoes leave for Tonga and New Zealand

After waiting nearly a week for the right weather to sail, crews aboard the Hokule'a and Hikianalia left the Samoan Islands on Thursday and launched the fourth leg of the Hawaii-based canoes' around-the-world journey.

The two canoes departed Pago Pago Harbor after a lengthy local outreach campaign during which crews visited some 1,700 students across American Samoa, according to Polynesian Voyaging Society officials.

The little known Samoans of Wailekutu

Fiji enjoys a rich cultural heritage with strong representations of Pacific island nations in the faces of those who now proudly call themselves Fijians.
However one of the least known Pacific Island communities in Fiji is the Samoan settlement at Wailekutu, situated two kilometres from Lami Town.
Fiji has many families with Samoan heritage, the likes of the Fraser, Samuels, Hughes, Hoeflichs and Miller clans while chiefly ties between the two countries have been in existence for centuries.

Ana storm watch expanded to include all Hawaii

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Ana has intensified into a weak Category 1 hurricane and remains on a forecast track south of the islands. A Tropical Storm watch is now in effect for the entire state.

U.S. hospitals grapple with possibility of Ebola

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Step inside All Children's Hospital and you're greeted with three things: hand sanitizer, tissues and masks decorated with little cartoon Band-Aids with legs, feet and smiles. "Dirt Squirt Alert!" a sign says. "Stop the spread of germs that make you and others sick!"

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