Community Briefs


The National Park of American Samoa has temporarily closed the Mount ‘Alava Trail to all travel on April 9, 10, and 11 for emergency repairs. This work is necessary to allow safe passage to the summit of Mount ‘Alava for the maintenance of television and radio equipment. The Mount ‘Alava Trail will reopen on April 12.
The National Park maintains the three and a half miles Mount ‘Alava Trail to provide local residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy and experience American Samoa’s unique tropical rainforests, fruit bats, and native birds.
As part of their continuing professional development series — Roadmap to Success — Business and Professional Women of American Samoa are pleased to announce their speaker for their next session, Ms. Lisa Gebauer. The date is tonight, Thursday, April 11 at 5:30 pm at Roy Hall’s Conference Room at the Ottoville Center.
Gebauer is the director of Human Resources for Bluesky Communications and will present on Time Management. An alumna of Faasao High School, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management and Human Resources from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a Master’s of Science Degree in Instructional Design and Technology form California State University Fullerton.
She recently moved to Am. Samoa in 2011 with her husband Keith and daughter Erin, after living in Southern California for 20 years. Prior to returning to the territory, she worked for the County of Riverside (CA) Sheriff’s Department providing HR support to law enforcement personnel across the county. 
This is a presentation from an experienced human resources manager on how to manage your time effectively, including using the tools available, and how to balance work and family life.
BPW President, Anne Wellborn says, “Don’t miss out on your opportunity to hear from Mrs. Gebauer.  This will be a good resource for your professional career as well as your personal life.”
For more information, please call BPW Secretary Judy Mulitalo at 699-5489 or 256-5622. 
With the recent revival of the Samoa Musicians Association that is bringing local musicians together to promote music and pass on musical talents to the younger generation, there is an upcoming event that shouldn’t be missed, according to one of the group’s founding members, Fagafaga Daniel Langkilde.
This Friday, April 12- tomorrow evening-one of the best bands to come out of American Samoa in the 1970s is coming back for a reunion. The “Easy Bruddahs” were the heartthrob of music in the territory back then, packing in the crowds at Soli’s Restaurant in Pago Pago.
The group featured Hans Langkilde on guitar, Paul Pouesi on keyboards, Arona J.J. Maluia (now deceased) on bass guitar, Tom Scanlan on lead guitar and Danny Langkilde on drums. They played a variety of music — from oldies, rock, jazz to country and much more. They included in their act a variety show called the “Easy Bruddahs Extravaganza” that is still talked about today in both Samoas and beyond.
Since the group disbanded in the early 80s, the members have moved on with their own careers but they still get back into music whenever they can. Now after more than 30 years, the Bruddahs have decided to have a reunion and raise funds for charity.
The event will be held at the Tradewinds Hotel on Friday. Part of the proceeds will go to help Hope House, and part will go to help fellow musician Harry Miller with his medical expenses in New Zealand.
The evening will feature several local talents as well as the SMA band before the Easy Bruddahs take the stage once again as a group.
It is sure to be a great night of entertainment and nostalgia. Corporate tables are being sold at $500 and they are sure to sell fast.
It includes a nice dinner and there will be lots of dancing. It will be the weekend before Flag Day this year so everyone will be in a celebratory mood. For tickets and corporate tables, call the Tradewinds Hotel in Ottoville at 699-1000. (See ad in tomorrow’s edition of Samoa News for details.)


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