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Linking Samoans

 Maxin who was lucky in the ballot
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Thousands of Pacific Islanders - including a quarter of Samoa’s population - are hoping for a new life through the annual visa lotteries. They are ready to wrench themselves from home for a New Zealand residence visa. But is the better life the ballot promises a reality?...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata and the late Aumoeualogo Te’o J. Fuavai.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “When I heard the news of the passing of Aumoeualogo Te’o J. Fuavai, it brought a flood of thoughts and memories,” said Congresswoman Aumua in a statement. “He was like a son to Governor Coleman, and always reminded me that a highlight in his life was when Gov. Coleman...
Group photo of HOSA participants from American Samoa
Pictured is the American Samoa contingent to the HOSA International Leadership Conference, being held this year in Orlando, Florida, June 19- 22 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. In no particular order: Perosiomelemaofeira Vaofanua (SHS); Alfred Aetonu Teo (SHS); Faith Fetoailagi Hunkin Seiuli (...
Manu Bears team
O se va'aiga i le to'atele o aloali'i o Samoa na lua o lo'o alaala tumau ma galulue i Anchorage Alaska, ae ua avea ma aufili fa'apitoa o le Lakapi 7s lea na tulaga lua i le sailiga siamupini a le Setete o Alaska i le aso To'ona'i na te'a nei. [ata: foa'i]
Soreta Felise showing her teaching resources she makes by hand
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Soreta Felise spends countless hours gluing printed out Samoan words over the original English text of children's books. It's in her own time, but the bilingual Samoan teacher at south Auckland's Finlayson Park School says "I just have to" because there aren't enough...
Deacon Andy Andrew Wilson
Deacon Andy Andrew Wilson graduated with a Master of Divinity from Mount Angel Seminary in Saint Benedict, Oregon on Saturday, May 11,2019.  Wilson is from the villages of Nuuuli and Fagaalu. and is a graduate of Tafuna HS, Class of 1988. [photo: courtesy] 
Ma'a Gaoteote
The Polynesian Bowl has announced their fourth selection to the 2021 Polynesian Bowl, to be held in January 2021 in Honolulu. Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy linebacker Ma'a Gaoteote has been invited to, and accepted, an invitation to the 2021 Polynesian Bowl. "Being selected to play in the Polynesian...
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...

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