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Linking Samoans

Petoskey, MICHIGAN —  A former student of American Samoa’s private educational system is doing very well academically in Petoskey, Michigan.  Punipuao Vitolio moved with her parents, Nafanua Jennifer Joneson, an attorney, and Falaniko Vitolio, a journalist in 2013 when she was seven years old and...
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson smiling with inset of his sholder tattoo
Hollywood, CALIFORNIA — Over the years, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has expanded his body art. Initially, when he debuted as a professional wrestler in WWE in 1996, Dwayne Johnson wore a Brahma Bull tattoo on his right arm. As the years progressed, the evolution of the bull developed into a new...
Angellica Segi Titialii Street getting ready to throw the javelin
Columbia Falls, MONTAN — Her hometown newspaper calls her “The Natural”.  This daughter and granddaughter of American Samoa picked up a javelin and almost overnight became one of the top throwers in Montana; now she’s the top-ranked junior in America and still only scratching the surface of her...
Group photo of teachers in Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NEVADA — Local educators, including members of the Professional Learning Community Coordinating Team (PLCCT) are currently in Las Vegas, NV for a 3-day conference that ends today. In no particular order: Lizzie Sauni Malietoa (Aua Elementary); principal Meleisea - (Lupelele Elementary);...
Falopolima Aviu, Jocelyn Alo, and Keilani Ricketts
Norman, OKLAHOMA — The last week of April, the Oklahoma softball team traveled north for a three-game series against Iowa State. While they were there, Iowa State assistant volleyball coach Fiona Fonoti, who is of Samoan descent, made it a point to introduce herself to OU senior Falepolima Aviu,...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata and Samoa PM Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegao
Before returning home to American Samoa, Congresswoman Aumua Amata and Samoa PM Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi say farewells and thank you, as 57th Independence Day celebrations come to an end. Amata congratulated the people of Samoa and highlighted their continued friendship with American Samoa...
Senetenari Aumavae (far right) in Apia with the other tattoo lady members who marched in the flag raising Saturday
Apia, SAMOA — Nineteen-year-old Senetenari Aumavae received her malu last year and on Saturday, 1 June, she proudly joins the Malofie Samoa Association (MSA) in the march to celebrate 57 years of the Independent State of Samoa. Born in Samoa and raised in Leone, American Samoa, she told Newsline...
His Highness the Head of State, Tuimalealiifano Va’aleto’a Sualauvi II
Apia, SAMOA — His Highness the Head of State, Tuimalealiifano Va’aleto’a Sualauvi II, paid special tribute to Samoa’s young people, in his address for the 57th Independence Anniversary at the Tiafau malae, at the traditional grounds of Mulinu’u early Saturday morning. The young girls and boys from...
Estelamerity Toto'a
O se va'aiga i matua matutua o Estelamerity Toto'a, Papali'i ma le faletua, lea ua fiafia fa'atasi ma le tama'ita'i ina ua mae'a le sauniga mamalu o lona fa'au'uga mai Riverview High, Tampa Bay Florida. [ata:foa'i] 
Soaalii Leah Moliga with her parents and other family members
Soaalii Leah Moliga from Olosega, Manu’a graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in Anthropology. She is pictured with her parents, Malaepule and Moya Moliga, and family members. [photo: courtesy]

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