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Nation’s workforce honored on Labor Day


On this Labor Day, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez has called on all Americans to remember the hardworking men and women who are the “backbone of our nation” on this Labor Day and American Samoa Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga issued an identical message last week.
In his national statement, Perez says, “Labor Day gives us an opportunity to recognize the invaluable contributions that working men and women make to our nation, our economy and our collective prosperity.”

Pala Lagoon gets another visit from the "Clean Team"


The American Samoa National Olympic Committee (ASNOC) Sport and Environment Commission (SEC), last week Friday joined forces once again with the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) to target the Pala Lagoon area for a thorough cleaning. Now being called the "Clean Team", they spent time picking up trash, glass, and other items that are constantly being thrown away in the area.

Wyland unveils latest creation at Ocean Center

“Protect what we have, because they are treasures”

Official artist of the US Olympic Team and long time ocean advocate Robert Wyland, known around the world as simply “Wyland” was in the Territory this week, where he unveiled his newest creation—a majestic sealife mural— at the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center in Utulei on Wednesday.

Local fishermen get free safety supplies thanks to subsidy program


Local fishermen and ‘alia owners received a pleasant surprise this past Thursday when they were presented with equipment and supplies from the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR), made available through a subsidy program approved by Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga.

Owner of Polynesian Tattoo Factory comes home


For those who aspire to carry a traditional or modern Samoan tattoo on their bodies, there is a new tattoo shop in town. Sulu’ape RiccyBoy Lamositele Novera Jr. — who is of Samoan/ Filipino descent — along with his wife Lilia Fonoimoana Novera, now have another location to add to their Hawai’i-based Polynesian Tattoo Factory, they are opening in American Samoa a studio — located at Two Dollar Beach.

High Court rules in favor of DBAS in 1602 jurisdiction


The Trial Division of the High Court has denied a motion to dismiss one of the cases the government has filed on behalf of the Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS) and its 1602 housing program where borrowers have failed to adhere to the contracts.
In March, Kalilimotu and Tuputasi Hunt through their attorney, Mark Ude filed a motion to dismiss claiming that DBAS is seeking relief in the wrong court as their proper venue is the Land and Titles Division, in as much as the issue at hand involved land.

Video: Hokuleʻa and Hikianalia enroute to Apia

Blow the conch shell: Hokule’a and Hikianalia appear to be a go for an 11:30 a.m. local time departure from Pago Pago Harbor, bound for Apia to meet United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and other dignitaries and partners.

We weren’t expecting this much sail drama this early but it is what it is. And it looks choppy out there.

Here we go — should be an eventful sail for the crew. (And I hope typing this blog doesn’t jinx us actually leaving.)

Senate voices concern about communicable diseases and border security


Is American Samoa prepared to prevent the spread of Ebola virus — which has no tested and proven vaccine — within our borders and what measures are in place to monitor the outbreak that has hit the five West African countries killing more than 1,000 people?

High winds delay canoes' trip to Samoa

Strong, relentless winds have tossed the crew members for Hokule‘a and Hikianalia into a race against time to meet the head of the United Nations in Samoa and receive a commitment toward protecting more ocean area.

Winds around 25 mph have pounded Pago Pago Harbor from the east since as early as Monday night. For the past several days the gusts — along with swells forecast to climb as high as 18 feet — have prevented the two canoes from safely departing for the U.N.'s Small Island Developing States conference in Apia, nearly 80 miles away.



Most of the government workforce was at the Veteran’s Memorial Stadium Friday to participate in activities planned for Labor Day.

The program included raising both the US and American Samoa flags, a parade featuring workers from different government departments, agencies, and businesses from the private sector who also participated in games, contests and the ever popular Zumba.

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