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Linking Samoans

Felolins Mawong, left, and Tauva Filivaa, front, work with Sopa Saina, back left, and Falesoa Iaulalo on a mat for a family who lost a loved one. [Calixtro Romias / The Record]
STOCKTON — Growing up, Falesoa Iaulualo and Sopo Saina watched as the women in their families would gather to create intricate mats made from the leaves of the pandanus tree. Weaving the mats is a skill and tradition Samoan women for decades passed on from one generation to another. And giving and...
Lusia Cole from Chesapeake Science Point, in red coat, is congratulated by her schoolmates after being named the new student member of the Board of Education in the auditorium at Arundel High School. [photo: Capital Gazette]
Lusia Cole became the first charter school student elected to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education on Thursday, beating out an Annapolis High School student and a South River High School student.  She is the daughter of James Cole and Clara Uila Cole from Leone.  Mrs. Cole is a direct...
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We thank God for this beautiful day whereupon we have come to celebrate a historic moment inremembrance and prayer. I want to thank Rev Malaki Timu for his homily and prayers. I want to thank Governor Lolo Moliga and Lieutenant Governor Mauga for the high honour ofspeaking on this auspicious...
andace Le’i Garcia promoted to Administrative Judge of the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals, in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. [courtesy photo]
Candace Le’i Garcia, a 1991 graduate of Matafao Elementary School and 1995 valedictorian of Fa’asao High School, was recently promoted to Administrative Judge of the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals, in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Candace was born and...
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As the 2017 NFL draft inches closer, the Oakland Raiders have diverted their focus away from status quo to host former American Samoa soccer star Shalom Luani. The Raiders will bring Luani into Oakland for a visit on Tuesday, per NFL’s Ian Rapoport. Luani dominated the pitch before shifting his...
Leotiti Maselino Ioane (left) built 4 of the fautasi boats — Paepaeulupoo of Aua, Fuao of Vatia, Sinapioa of Fagaitua High School, God is Great of Pago Pago —  that raced in last week’s Flag Day fautasi regatta — the Heats, the Exhibition Race and the final 2017 Flag Day Championship Race; and they all placed. He is pictured here with Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie. [courtesy photo]
The fautasi regatta that took place over a period of three days last week had four boats built by one local man — Leotiti Maselino Ioane. The regatta comprised the two Heats, the Exhibition Race and the final 2017 Flag Day Championship Race, and his boats all placed. Leotiti of Aua built...
National University of Samoa’s first instructor with a disability Faoolo Utumapu on the far right playing the piano with the NOLA band — all of whom are blind, last month at one of the events held in Samoa.  [Courtesy Photo: NOLA]
Apia, SAMOA — Being blind hasn’t stopped Faoolo Utumapu from climbing the ladder in life.  A journalist by profession, a strong advocate for the disabled, she has been appointed as one of the lecturers for the National University of Samoa (NUS) for the journalism courses. Born blind Faoolo will be...
Samoan-New Zealander Leota Alice Meredith ... talking about the many traditions and norms behind Samoa’s rich tattooing history. [Image: Kendall Hutt/PMC]
A small, enthusiastic crowd gathered among the shelves of one of Auckland’s libraries earlier this week to listen to a lively and engaging talk on the practice of malu, the Samoan female tattoo. The event, part of Papatoetoe Library’s regular “Tea and Topic” programme, was organised to celebrate...
Moe ,who is Samoan, says her brother made her dress for the festival.  See dress next photo. [RNZ/ Koroi Hawkins]
Despite the challenging Auckland traffic and a weather forecast predicting light showers, thousands of people were at Auckland's annual Pasifika Festival Saturday. The sound of drum beats, ukuleles and beautiful Pacific voices filled the air for the 25th Pasifika being held in the city. People from...
Asiata (center) is seen here with his mother (right) and wife (left). [courtesy photo]
The 37th Annual Morris Trophy Awards 2016 was held at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle Washington. Isaac Asiata 24 years old, a 6-foot-3, 323 pound senior from Spanish Fork, Utah, accumulated 39 straight starts during his last three seasons and was named to the 2016 Associated Press All Bowl...

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