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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...
Terisa Siagatonu, touring poet
Pullman, WA — Terisa Siagatonu, touring poet, speaker and activist, was featured at WSU’s second annual Honoring Indigenous Women event on Sept. 18. Siagatonu’s efforts focus on diverse issues like racial justice, LGBTQ+ rights, gender equity and climate change. Her efforts as a poet and activist...
GLOW girls wearing their recycled outfits with 2018 Miss Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — Preparations for the 8th Annual Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) Conference are underway. This year’s event will bring together the highest number of participants and Samoan counterparts GLOW Samoa has ever hosted. Over 120 girls and 25 female counterparts, from villages across Upolu,...

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