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Le Fetuao goes hi-tech to teach gagana Samoa

HONOLULU — Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center has purchased a brand new tech learning lab complete with iPads, laptops, a microphone and a keyboard. The purchase of the tech equipment was made possible through a language preservation and maintenance grant from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA).
 



Three earn associates degrees from Wentworth

Congratulations to Anosi Fuiava-Thomsen (left) of Faleasao, Manu'a and Samoa, Ethan Salatielu (middle) of Ofu, Manu'a and Fagaitua and Millennial Manu (right) of Faleniu, Aoloau and Masefau.
 
 They received their Associates Degrees during a graduation ceremony held at Wentworth Military Academy & College in Lexington, Missouri on December 12, 2014.
 
Malo le fa'amalosi, malo le tauivi i mea lelei. We wish you the best in all your future endeavors.



Best Wishes to Miss American Samoa

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Miss American Samoa, Anneliese Fa’aitumalo Sword is representing the Territory in the Miss Pacific Islands pageant (formerly Miss South Pacific) taking place in Apia, Samoa this week. The pageant will be held this Friday (Samoa time) or Thursday (our time) at Gym 1 of the Tuana’imato Sports Complex. The theme for this year’s pageant is “Our Pacific Paradise”.

 



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.