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Linking Samoans

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,...
Tusalava Kuaea, Rumina Suafoa, Becky Glenister, Lita Kauea, Sila Manaea.
Lita Kuaea and Rumina Suafoa come from a large, boisterous Samoan family (7 daughters, 2 sons). They believe that Food, Family, and Faith are the most important things in the world. The sisters — who call themselves The Seven Daughters — will be demonstrating their cooking skills, (and providing...
ASG Office of Political Status, Constitutional Review, and Federal Relations executive director, Tapaau Dr. Dan Aga met Guam Gov. Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero
Hagåtña, GUAM —  ASG Office of Political Status, Constitutional Review, and Federal Relations executive director, Tapaau Dr. Dan Aga met Guam Gov. Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero last week in Guam, where Tapaau was among the speakers during the Sept. 12- 13 international conference, “Fanhita: Our...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — All the world’s a stage. And for a moment, the stage — and the world — belonged to local transgender fashion designer Berta Laumoli, a school teacher from Vailoatai (pictured, 2nd from left). Berta’s collection, Fierce Island Couture. lived up to the hype and those who...
Presidents and Speakers of Parliaments and Legislatures of the 14 Pacific Island Nations
Presidents and Speakers of Parliaments and Legislatures of the 14 Pacific Island Nations met in Papeete, Tahiti French Polynesia to discuss EEZ marine issues faced by our island nations going forward.  “Honored to be a participant of the Pacific Island Parliaments Group (PIPG) Conference in Papeete...
Manaia is pictured with his parents, Manaia and Laurie, and Rear Admiral Buono
Kings Point, NEW YORK — Manaiaisiva Fruean III of Pago Pago and Fagasa was ‘pinned’ by his mother Laurie Stevenson this past weekend, in a ceremony officially making him a PLEBE of the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Class of 2023. For the next four years, Manaia, now a naval reserve...
Some members of the Samoana Class of 1999
Celebrating their 20-year reunion, members of the Samoana HS Class of 1999 gathered recently in Las Vegas to celebrate their collective journeys and reflect on how to help improve their communities since the genesis of their fellowship at Samoana HS, Home of the Sharks. [courtesy photo]
Elisapeta T. Alaimaleata being interviewed bySoloali'i Fa'alepo
Honolulu, HAWAII — For the first time in Hawaii, census information was broadcasted in Samoan. Soloali’i Fa’alepo, the director of the American Samoa Government office in HawaiIi and KNDI Radio 1270 AM programnews anchor, recognized the importance of reaching elderly Samoan community members by...
Miss Samoa New Zealand, Fonoifafo McFarland-Seumanu
Apia, SAMOA —  Miss Samoa New Zealand, Fonoifafo McFarland-Seumanu, is the new face of Samoa. The 24-year-old was crowned the new Bluesky Miss Samoa 2019-2020 at the Gym 1, Tuanaimato, succeeding former Miss Samoa, Sonia Piva. She won the best talent and interview.  Speaking to the Samoa Observer,...

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