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Miss Pacific Islands beauties begin the week with a prayer

The Miss Pacific Islands Pageant 2015-2016, Abigail Havora and the lovely eight contestants for the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant this year, are now ready for a week of activities leading up to the finale on Friday.
Fittingly, their week began yesterday when they attended a church service which was held at the Catholic Church at Leauva’a.
And today, the reigning Miss Pacific Islands and the eight beauties from around the Pacific are making their way to the big island of Savaii.

Samoa still waiting for Olympic medal confirmation

Samoa is still waiting patiently for final confirmation that weightlifter Ele Opeloge has won the country's first ever Olympic medal.

Opeloge initially finished fourth in the women's over 75kg division at the 2008 Beijing Games.

But in August, a re-analysis of samples from eight years ago found the silver medallist, Olha Korobka from Ukraine, and bronze medallist, Mariya Grabovetskaya from Kazakhstan, tested positive for banned substances.

Korobka's provisional suspension was confirmed by the International Olympic Committee last month, ensuring Opeloge a podium finish.

North Park University Polynesian night — “Taste of the Pacific”

North Park University- Chicago Polynesian students held a Polynesian night — Taste of the Pacific — last week Friday night. Center standing, is the head coach of the school’s football team, Mike Conway and his wife Beth, who the students would like to recognize as their ‘home away from home’ couple.

Talosagaina Lolo se faigalotu tu’u fa’atasi a le atunu’u atoa


Ua talosagaina e le afioga i le ali’i kovana ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga se faigalotu tu’u fa’atasi a le atunu’u atoa mo le fa’aiuga o le vaiaso nei, e fa’afetaia ai le Atua ina ua i’u ma le manuia le sailiga tofi sa alo atu i ai Amerika Samoa i le aso 8 Novema ua mavae atu.

Hector Petri quarterbacks mainland football team

Former American Samoa resident Hector Petri is making waves as quarterback of the Valley Tech High School football team in Upton, Massachusetts.


Victoria University of Wellington's Stout Research Centre and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision have come together to host the New Zealand premiere public screening of the restored 1926 film Moana: A Romance of the Golden Age.
The feature-length film will premiere on 1 September in Wellington and will be followed by a free, day-long public symposium to discuss the film with Pasifika filmmakers, writers, artists and academics, and a second public screening.

Samoa-i-Texas celebrates annual A’oga Samoa

Despite being over 3,000 miles away from the motherland, the Samoan culture is still going strong. The Samoa-i-Texas Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa (CCCAS) completed its annual A'oga Samoa this month on July 8. The two-week program focused primarily on learning the Samoan culture and related aspects of the Bible.


The A’oga Samoa is led by the minister for the Samoa-i-Texas CCCAS, Reverend Menise Sasa and his lovely wife, Mali Sasa and the topic for this year was Mea’ai Samoa or Samoan food.


Daughter of Samoa promoted at U.S. Census Bureau

Wendy Palmer Button (right) was recently promoted to Operations Integration Manager for the Census Enterprise Data Collection and Processing (CEDCaP) Program at the US Census Bureau office in Suitland, Maryland.
Palmer Button served for more than 26 years in the federal government before joining the Census Bureau in 2006. She holds a Masters in both Business Analysis and Project Management from the George Washington University, Washington, DC.


Source: Auckland Future media release

Auckland Future, the new centre right ticket contesting upcoming Auckland Council elections, has selected community leader So’oalo Setu Mua to replace Christina Atoa who has had to stand down for health reasons.

Auckland Future chairman Peter Tong, said while regretting the loss of Christina on the Auckland Future ticket for Manukau, he was delighted that So’oalo had been selected.

Samoan-American artist from Utah cited by White House

Celeste Thole, KSL.com

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah artist had the unique honor of being recognized by the White House for his work this month.


Selu Alofipo, a North Salt Lake resident, was recognized May 4 along with nine other Asian American and Pacific Islander artists who use their mediums to tell stories about their experiences, according to the White House. These artists traveled to Washington DC, where they were honored for their contributions.


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