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Linking Samoans

Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele MalielegaoiJapanese and Japan counterpart Shinzo Abe exchange jerseys
Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele MalielegaoiJapanese and Japan counterpart Shinzo Abe have taken a little time out from official business to talk rugby. The two leaders swapped signed team jerseys ahead of the Japan-Samoa Pool A game at the Rugby World Cup. Tuilaepa is on an official visit to...
Miss American Samoa 2019-2020, Epifania Petelo.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — This year’s Miss American Samoa pageant was perhaps the best, as far as overwhelming family and village support. Each of the five contestants had a strong cheering squad that kept them going all night long. This year’s contestants did not disappoint. Menora-Justine M....
Epifania Petelo
Meet the 2019-2020 Miss American Samoa, Epifania Petelo, who was crowned this past Friday evening, before a sold out crowd at the ASCC Multi-Purpose Auditorium. See Monday's issue of Samoa News for full story and more photos from the pageant.  [photo: B. Chen]
Mrs. Mae Reed-Mageo (far left) joins a special dance performance by her Tokelau family members
Mrs. Mae Reed-Mageo (far left) joins a special dance performance by her Tokelau family members during the bestowment of the Mageo title (saofa’i) on her husband, Mageo Patolo Mageo last week Saturday in Pago Pago. [photo: courtesy]
Residents at Pago Pago Park amid debris
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has ordered that all flags in American Samoa be flown at half-staff, to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 2009 earthquake and tsunami; meanwhile, the government is holding a memorial service Saturday, Sept. 28. Sunday, Sept. 29th, marks...
 Miss American Samoa Magalita Johnson with the 5 contestants during last Saturday's float parade.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The official kick-off for this year’s Miss American Samoa pageant activities started this past weekend. A sacrament meeting was held this past Sunday, Sept. 22nd at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Pava’ia’i 2nd ward, home to outgoing Miss American Samoa...
Troy Polamalu on the playing field
Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA — With three men draped in dapper Hawaiian shirts, the symposium promoting Rob Ruck’s new book looked more like a country club get-together than an academic endeavor. Headlined by professor emeritus Richard Scaglion, Theodora Polamalu — the wife of the Pittsburgh Steelers’...
Taupou Samoa" headed up Kiki Sotoa with Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Pacific Islands Festival in San Diego Sept 21 and 22, 2019. These are the Samoan performers called "Taupou Samoa" headed up Kiki Sotoa who has put this show on for PIFA for the past 25 years. They were the only Samoan group performing this year at PIFA —  PIFA's 25th anniversary since they were...
A photo of the bay area shortly after the 2009 tsunami.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Pulenu’u or village mayors from five villages in American Samoa that were affected by the earthquake and tsunami of 2009 shared their stories from that fateful morning of 29 September 2009 at the Pacific Risk Management `Ohana (PRIMO) Meeting in American Samoa this week...
They are In no particular order: Epifania Petelo, Jo-nica Ta’aitulagi Tuiteleleapaga, Brenda Fa’afua Foleni, Menora-Justine M. Samoa, and Tauaitala Leasiolagi.
The five contestants for this year’s Miss American Samoa pageant, posing for a group photo this past Saturday during a special ‘float parade’ that included a stop at the Fagatogo Marketplace. They are In no particular order: Epifania Petelo, Jo-nica Ta’aitulagi Tuiteleleapaga, Brenda Fa’afua Foleni...

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