Linking Samoans

The film, “One Thousand Ropes”, is set to debut in American Samoa at the Fatu-O-Aiga Hall, in Tafuna, Thursday, Oct. 26 & Friday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. From the Writer and Director of The Orator - O Le Tulafale – Tusi Tamasese, “One Thousand Ropes” is a story of a father reconnecting with his...
Veteran nose tackle Domata Peko Sr. has been both a passionate and positive force for the Broncos' defense. We caught up with him to ask him about his path to professional football and his youth growing up in American Samoa. Ben Swanson: I saw that you grew up in American Samoa. When did you move...
ALEGA, AS — Are you ready? It’s getting closer. Preparations for the 13th Annual Tattoo Festival are well underway to celebrate the Tatau art this year with new designs and exciting ink by renowned local tattoo artists. “We look forward to seeing everyone at the beach for the October festival...
The Government of Samoa received a check for sales of Samoan breadfruit cultivar as the result of a landmark benefit-sharing agreement between the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, (NTBG) and the Samoan government, entered into eight years ago. The announcement was made by the Chief Executive...
The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame unveiled its Class of 2018 this week. Five Inductees were selected from a list of 18 Finalists. This year’s inductees include Herman Clark (Hawaiian ancestry), Ma'ake Kemoeatu (Tongan Ancestry), Manu Tuiasosopo (Samoan ancestry) and Kimo von Oelhoffen (Hawaiian...
The leadership role of women and their resilience in forging ahead despite difficult circumstances has been celebrated in this year's Stars of Oceania awards hosted by American Samoa. Eight of the 13 recipients of the awards, sponsored by the University of Hawaii's Pacific Business Center, were...
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) — While her spoken English is spotty at best, 8-year-old Lourdes "Lila" Iputi’s rendition of “Jesus Loves Me” is about as perfect as perfect gets. The American Samoa girl played with her new Barbie dolls as her host and guardian in the U.S. for the past several weeks recounted a...
EAST LANSING - Bob Apisa was 7 years old when he left his native American Samoa for Hawaii. One of 11 children in the family, he didn't speak English and had never seen electricity. So, the bright lights at night in Honolulu sparked a profound thought. Apisa turned to his brother George and, in...
Fans of the modern-day Disney classic “Moana” know that Maui, voiced by none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is a central character in the film. Now, some insider information about everyone’s favorite demi-god has been revealed. It turns out that Maui was actually modeled after The Rock’s...
Are you ready? Just weeks before the 13th Annual Tisa’s Tattoo Fest, 2017. Did you know that the biggest export in American Samoa is the Samoan Tattoo? Years of promoting the Tatau has earned American Samoa a name, in the who’s who of the tattoo world of Pago Pago. “We revived the Tatau art, and...

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