Linking Samoans

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) — While her spoken English is spotty at best, 8-year-old Lourdes "Lila" Iputi’s rendition of “Jesus Loves Me” is about as perfect as perfect gets. The American Samoa girl played with her new Barbie dolls as her host and guardian in the U.S. for the past several weeks recounted a...
EAST LANSING - Bob Apisa was 7 years old when he left his native American Samoa for Hawaii. One of 11 children in the family, he didn't speak English and had never seen electricity. So, the bright lights at night in Honolulu sparked a profound thought. Apisa turned to his brother George and, in...
Fans of the modern-day Disney classic “Moana” know that Maui, voiced by none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is a central character in the film. Now, some insider information about everyone’s favorite demi-god has been revealed. It turns out that Maui was actually modeled after The Rock’s...
Are you ready? Just weeks before the 13th Annual Tisa’s Tattoo Fest, 2017. Did you know that the biggest export in American Samoa is the Samoan Tattoo? Years of promoting the Tatau has earned American Samoa a name, in the who’s who of the tattoo world of Pago Pago. “We revived the Tatau art, and...
American Samoa will be represented at the 2017 Pacific International Runway Fashion Show by local entrepreneurs Joseph and Leuila Ioane, and their Exclusive by Off Da Rock designs. Known locally for their tattoo shop in Avau, the Ioanes started their business portfolio by 'inking' their way into...
The coaches at Bartlett High in Anchorage, Alaska, jokingly refer to running back Ethan Falaniko as Clark Kent, because of the black thick-rimmed glasses that have become a family trademark among he and his two brothers. But so far this season, Falaniko has been more like Superman. The senior leads...
Want to read indigenous literature? Don't pick up a book. That's because native stories are not always written down on paper, award-winning novelist Witi Ihimaera says. Indigenous tales were mostly expressed through art such as tattoos, tapa cloth paintings, kapa haka and waiata, he said. For New...
Samoan award wining film director, Queen Muhammad Ali, is looking at next year, to kick start the Social Wellness Hub on the east side of Tutuila, serving the entire community, with many local residents already embracing the project, which includes various art forms. Ali was named as of one of the...
Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center (LFSLC) represented Samoa at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) that was held in Toronto Canada July 24-28.  Le Fetuao SLC was selected from among thousands of presentation requests to share the unique implementation of incorporating...
It has been six years since Salausa Dr. John Ah Ching retired from the LBJ Medical Center and moved to Samoa but his dedication to healthcare has not been swayed. Last week, Salausa, Samoa's Associate Minister of Health, led a delegation of six clinician representatives to the 12th biennial meeting...

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