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San Diego Fire Dept. recruiting Captain Shanley with firefighters from the National Park of American Samoa. They came to assist California with the Carr Fire in Redding.  Thanks to them and the thousands of firefighters from all over the United States who have converged on California.  "Neighbors...
Father Kelemete Puaauli (middle wearing white shirt), surrounded by some of the graduates from Fa’asao High School Class of 1988
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Father Kelemete Puaauli (middle wearing white shirt), surrounded by some of the graduates from Fa’asao High School Class of 1988, sitting at a new bus stop infront of Fa’asao Marist High School at Lepuapua. A dedication ceremony was held last Friday morning for the...
A full arm tattoo
WASHINGTON STATE — The Northwest Tatau Festival 2018 was a huge hit. For its third year, organizers decided to change the venue from the Tacoma Convention Center to the Puyallup Fairgrounds, and the move was genius! The kids were able to stay occupied on the inflatable bouncers while the adults...
Sai Timoteo
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Republican Hawaii state House candidate born in American Samoa has learned she's ineligible to run for office because she's not a U.S. citizen. Sai Timoteo said she didn't realize she wasn't allowed to vote or hold office. She's running for the Leeward Oahu seat vacated...
Pacific author Sia Figiel (L) with former teacher, Sister Vitolia Mo’a
Apia, SAMOA — Her extraordinary poetry won Sia Figiel the Polynesian Literary Competition in 1994. Then in 1997, her book “Where We Once Belonged” exploded onto the scene and earned her the Commonwealth Writer's Prize for Best First Book for the South East Asia - South Pacific region. She was the...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata visiting with active duty and retired military veterans and their families at Fort Knox recently
Washington, D.C. — July may start the lazy days of summer for some people but for me this year it has been the crazy days of summer. One of my top priorities is the education of our youth, who will be our future government, business, and political leaders one day. That is why during the 114th...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Everything that’s rousing and distressing about block-and-tackle football is encompassed in “Tropic of Football,” Rob Ruck’s illuminating chronicle of the Samoan presence in the American mainland’s most dominant sport. It’s inspiring, on the one hand, how passion for the...
scene of the crash
Kalama, WASHINGTON — Troopers say the SUV carrying a family of 6 — 3 adults and 3 children — was traveling northbound on I-5 when it left the roadway and rolled over. At least 5 people were ejected from the vehicle. Troopers believe that they were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. The...
Artist and signage Specialist Pomare Amosa with one of the caskets he has decorated
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — It was at the funeral of his own mother that inspired an artist's idea to create something special for others - cultural-inspired designs on funeral caskets. Pomare F Uelese Amosa, a sign-writer in Auckland, travelled to Samoa two years ago to farewell his mother, Fa'alua...
Sili Savusa
Seattle, WASHINGTON — Sili Savusa is the Executive Director of Seattle, Washington’s White Center Community Development Association, and a Samoan community leader in the Northwest. As a Samoan woman in position of leadership in her community, she proudly represents and advocates for those whose...

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