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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.
 



College football ranks already eyeing former Nu’uuuli boy

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Another ‘homegrown’ product is making waves on the gridiron on the mainland. Sixteen-year-old Travis Sailo, from the village of Nu’uuuli is currently playing football in the state of Alabama for Sipsey Valley High School where he is in his junior year. Standing at 6-foot-2 and weighing in at 240lbs, according to reports, he is making some colleges sit up and take notice.
 



Four police officers in Samoa suspended after jailing 3 year old

Four police officers, including an inspector, have been suspended in Samoa as a result of an inquiry into a 3-year-old who was locked in jail with his father last Friday.

The father was taken into custody for driving an unlicensed vehicle, and his son, who was in the car at the time of the arrest, was also taken into police custody.

The acting Police Commissioner, Misa Talaimanu Keti, says an internal inquiry found there was a breach in the performance of police duties, especially by the suspended officers who had dealt with the matter.



Tala otooto o Fa’amasinoga

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TETE’E LE UNCLE I TUUAIGA A LE MALO
 
O le masina fou o Setema lea ua fa’atulaga e faia ai le ulua’i iloiloga o le Uncle lea o lo o tu’uaia i lona faia o uiga mataga i ona nieces e to’alua, i le mae’a ai lea o lona teena o moliaga mamafa e 7 ua tuuaia ai o ia e le malo.
 



FAGOGO: O KATI LE LEOLEO NANA

[Sosoo ane loa lau faitau i le tatou tala faasolo mo lenei vaiaso, lea na gata mai i le vaiaso na tea nei i le taimi lea ua faatonu ai e Kati lana vaega e ave alii ua latou pu’e faapagota e loka i le falepuipui e faatali ai suesuega o lo o faagasolo.]
 



Samoan cousins accepted to rival service academies

Military academies are viewed as some of the most prestigious institutions around, so you can imagine what scholar-athletes Toese Gaoteote Tia and Adam Tagovailoa Amosa of Campbell High School were thinking when they opened their college acceptance letters.
 



Fa’ataua e le malo tupulaga talavou i le atunu’u

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O le taeao nei lea ua fa’amoemoe e faia ai se polokalame tele a le malo i le malae o le Si’uga’ula a le Atuvasa i Utulei, e fa’amanatu ai le avea o le masina lenei o Iulai ma masina e fa’ataua ai tupulaga talavou i le atunu’u.
 
O le aso foi lenei e fa’amanatuina ai le tutoatasi o le malo o Amerika.
 



Texas Vipers win Under 12 Youth Gridiron Tourney

On June 22, 2014 the San Antonio Texas Vipers traveled all the way to California and won the Under 12 Youth National Gridiron Football Tourney in Chino Hills, CA.
 
The team included many young players from the Samoan Congregational Church of Ft. Hood, Texas— including head coach Semaia Lealaimatafao (IliIli) and players Tulamalosi Lefotu (Aoloau Fou), Aiava Lealaimatafao (IliIli), Siolosega Tauiliili (Manu’a) and Pati Tauiliili Jr (Manu’a).
 
Pictured are all the players on this winning team.  Congratulations!



Miss Flowers 2014 Miah Tupufia, a well deserved win

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Miss Flowers 2014 Beauty Pageant or “Flower Power’s” newly crowned queen is Miah Tupufia which, according to the audience, was a well deserved win. Miah, who’s a makeup artist and mixologist, was sponsored by House of Barbie and Tony’s Bar and Grill/ Nina Fiamalua.
 



Lea Ashley Ale graduates in Minn

Lea Ashley Ale graduated from Benilde-St. Margaret's High School in St. Louis Park, Minnesota on May 30, 2014. 
 
An accomplished contra-bass player, Lea will be touring Spain this summer with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies before starting college this fall at Arizona State University's Herberger School of Music.
 
Lea is the daughter of Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale and Janette Ale of Nua & Se'etaga and Fitiuta, Manu'a.