Local News

Portuguese Man-of-War washing up onshore


by Samoa News staff
Jellyfish or ‘Alualu’ in Samoan have been washing up onshore of some villages on Tutuila, and the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources suspects that this is due to high winds, which have continued in the territory since last week.

DOH dengue update: 85 reported cases, but numbers going down


The Department of Health reports that there have been 85 reported cases of dengue fever to date, with 30 that have been hospitalized, according to a statement issued by the DOH yesterday afternoon.
The prevalence of this disease has grown in recent decades and is now endemic in more than 100 countries. DOH says there are currently only two other regions reporting Den-v-3 cases—the Solomon Islands and Tonga. This week DOH reported 15 suspected cases of dengue, which brings the average to 18 cases per week.

USDOL proposes to increase level for salaried employees

Public encouraged to submit comments

The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing to hike by nearly $400 a week the “special salary level” for salary workers— who are considered exempted ‘white collar’ employees in American Samoa— but the increase will be lower than at the federal level, due to low minimum wage levels in the territory, according to USDOL’s notice of proposed rule making (NPRM).

Acting HR director reiterates executive order on transfer of employees

There is a 6-month wait between change of jobs in ASG

More than 200 teachers have resigned from the Department of Education in the span of three years and some have taken up positions with other departments, according to an official of the Department of Human Resources.
On Wednesday, Acting Human Resources Director Eseneiaso issued a memorandum reinforcing the transferring of government employees to new positions within the American Samoa Government.

Community Briefs


Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has declared Friday, July 3rd, a holiday for the territorial government in observance of the 4th of July, which falls on a Saturday. Under local law, the government takes Friday as a holiday, if the actual holiday falls on a Saturday. And if the actual holiday falls on a Sunday, ASG takes Monday off as a holiday.

AG reviews Supreme Court’s same sex marriage ruling

Local gay community sends mixed signals: Great decision, but not for here

The Lolo and Lemanu Administration is looking into the Supreme Court ruling issued on June 26, 2015 legalizing same sex marriage in all 50 states, and this has been confirmed by Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale, who said “we are reviewing the opinion and its potential applicability to American Samoa, and will provide comment when it is completed.”
There has been a mix of emotions since the ruling came out, however some in the gay community who spoke to Samoa News on condition of anonymity say that this should not happen in America Samoa.

Court Report


District Court Judge Elvis Pila Patea has set a bail of $15,000 for Mulu Maluia Jr who’s charged with first degree burglary and stealing. He made his initial appearance in court this week, and is represented by the Public Defender’s Office while prosecuting is Assistant Attorney General Robert J Pickett.

ASPA working around the clock to find & repair water leaks


Between January and June 2015 the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) reported 132 leaks and a total estimated water loss of 1,868 gallons per minute (gpm), as confirmed by ASPA CEO Utu Abe Malae.
Responding to Samoa News queries regarding the leaks, Utu said that fixing our aging water infrastructure is essential to developing a sustainable water system that provides reliable water supply for the community now and well into the future. He told Samoa News the ASPA water system consists of over 150 miles of water main pipes (4” diameter and larger).

New batch of tax refunds to be released today at 1pm


In a brief news release yesterday afternoon, ASG Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a said the next batch of tax refund checks are ready to be issued to the public beginning at 1p.m. today (July 2).
All tax filings as of March 30, 2015 are included in the distribution, he said, but didn’t reveal the total amount of the latest tax refund batch.



Long before he graduated high school, Leafatia Faamanu always knew that he wanted to be successful. As a young boy growing up in a far back village in Samoa, he used to watch little fishing boats pass by on his way to fetch water from a shared ‘pool’ of freshwater for his family.


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