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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoan writer and director, Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa has outdone himself. Coming off the huge success of his first feature film, Three Wise Cousins, which captivated sold-out crowds in the territory two years ago, his newest release is expected to bring in bigger audiences...
Māngere, SOUTH AUCKLAND — Expect to be "shocked" by a book's efforts to reclaim colonised attitudes towards the sexuality of Samoans, its author says. Sia Figiel, regarded as Samoa's first female novelist, says her new book Freelove explores a long time taboo subject. "People can expect more...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In an interview with Samoa News yesterday, writer and director of the new Pacific film Hibiscus & Ruthless, Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa said having the cast and crew "on the ground" in American Samoa is important for the film's debut, because people want to be able to...
San Bernardino, CA — Melody Talofa Satele has made history, becoming the first Samoan valedictorian at Cajon High School in San Bernardino, California. Melody was selected out of nearly 700 students in her senior class. The daughter of Tonise Satele of Vailoa, Savai'i, and Siuao Asaivao Satele of...
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Oakland, CALIFORNIA — Not all big time American Samoa heritage athletes are in the NFL. Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea, right, celebrates with catcher Jonathan Lucroy after pitching a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox during a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, April 21...
Vatia’s Fuao took first place in the American Samoa Flag Day 2018 fautasi race, scoring the best time of 27.56 in the two heats that took to the waters yesterday. The Fuao is pictured here in the 2015 race where they took 5th place. More photos and Flag Day stories updated all day long today at...
Pictured are church members in front of one of the few homeless shelters around Kakaako that houses women and children. The congregation recently paid a visit to the shelter, where members served food and drinks to the residents.  [courtesy photo]
Honolulu, HAWAII — The Samoan Protestant AMR Church in Hawai’i  was established on April 9, 2017, and started off with three families. Today it has grown to 10, and counting. Over 100 visitors, friends, and families have passed through, at one point or another. The celebration began exactly how it...
Lead plaintiff John Fitisemanu's passport says, "THE BEARER IS A UNITED STATES NATIONAL AND NOT A UNITED STATES CITIZEN." (Katrina Keil Youd / Equally American)
Los Angeles, CA — They are called American Samoans. But many residents of the U.S. territory — an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean — don't feel American. That's because people born in American Samoa are not U.S. citizens unless one of their parents is a citizen. A lawsuit filed in Utah...
Washington, D.C. —  The American Samoa Society of Washington, DC is proud to share the exciting news that they made the cut. The National Conference of State Societies [NCSS] announced the 6 finalists for the 2017 Roy C. Haines Award on Monday, April 2, 2018.  The Haines Award is given to the State...
Pictured in Auckland, New Zealand, during the Pasifika Festival 2018 is Miss Pacific Islands, Matauaina Toomalatai (middle),  flanked by Miss Samoa, Alexandra Iakopo (right), who was the First-Runner up in the Miss Pacific Island, and Miss Samoa New Zealand (left).  Toomalatai is also the reigning...

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