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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Ethnic tension leads to huge street fight in Honolulu, 4 injured

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police have opened an attempted murder investigation after a large fight happened late Monday night in the Punchbowl area, injuring several people. At least one person has been arrested in connection with the incident.The incident happened around 11:40 p.m. on Auwaiolimu Street. Witnesses said the fight involved Micronesians and Samoans who live in the area and that bats, glass bottles, pipes, sticks and a dart were used.

Despite objections, Samoa’s first casino opens


“A casino is now open in Samoa with 100 slot machines and six tables,” said Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi in an exclusive interview with Samoa News last week, where he also pointed out that despite numerous objections, it’s finally open.

Voyage helps crew member fulfill duty to village and family

APIA, SAMOA » During a picturesque drive along Upolu's northeastern coast last week, Hokule‘a and Hikianalia crews were hard at work cracking up one another — mostly with bad impressions of crew members — as their caravan neared the village of Faleapuna.

They were giddy and more than a bit anxious to get back on the water. Their journey — the Samoa leg of the canoes' worldwide voyage — started just a few days prior with a swift overnight sail from Pago Pago to Apia Harbor.

Slideshow: Miss Samoa Pageant

Hōkūle’a: Reconnecting to a Sacred Conversation in Samoa

The Worldwide Voyage has a powerful aura that is difficult to describe. From children who swim out in the water to touch the hulls and walk on the decks, to adults who stand and stare and weep when they see the red sails pulling into their shores, to the bystander who tilts her head, curiously pondering the significance of these canoes, the voyage means many things to many people. 

NCD prevention should focus on young people

“With half the region’s population under 25 years, this is imperative”

Apia, SAMOA — The Youth Forum which preceded the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Apia, Samoa, began last week Thursday, Samoa time. Around 260 young people from the Pacific, Caribbean and AIMS (Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea) regions gathered to discuss the priorities that they will take forward into the coming week of meetings and events at the SIDS Conference.


For Ms. Auva’a, becoming Miss Samoa is a real dream come true. The Miss Samoa New Zealand told the Samoa Observer last night that she is deeply humbled by the honour and that she would do her best to represent Samoa well

A desire to effect positive changes and contribute to the development of lives in Samoa are among the reasons the newly crowned Miss Samoa, Latafale Auva’a, would become a politician.

The Otago University law student also believes there should be more women in Parliament, advancing the push for gender equality in the halls of power.

Samoa public holiday after successful SIDS

In Samoa, a public holiday has been declared for today, following the successful hosting of the 3rd Small Islands Developing States conference last week.

Nearly all public servants including chief executive officers and assistant CEOs had been assigned to work at the venue to serve the delegates of the four day international meeting.

The Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, in addressing the country last week, thanked everyone for their support in the preparations.

Samoa's Head of State farewells canoe voyagers

The crews of the Hokule’a and Hikianalia canoes were given a traditional send off Saturday by His Highness the Head of State, His Highness, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, and the Masiofo, Her Highness, Filifilia Tamasese.

His Highness Tui Atua who is also the Patron of Samoa Voyaging Society, Aiga Folau O Samoa, held the farewell at his residence in Tuaefu where he presented traditional gifts to the crews.

The two double hulled alia, or traditional canoes are both from Hawai’i.

Miss Samoa pageant rained out, rescheduled for today

The rain literally rained on Samoa’s party Saturday night, cancelling what was meant to be the grand finale of the 2014 Teuila Festival.

The Miss Samoa Pageant, which was to be held in front of the government building Saturday night, has now been postponed until Monday (today in Samoa). This time, it will be held inside the E.F.K.S Hall at Sogi.

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