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Linking Samoans

  Cook Island dancers at Pasifika Festival 2018 Photo: [RNZ Pacific / Sela Jane Hopgood]
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — The sights and sounds of the Pacific rang across Western Springs in Auckland as the Pasifika Festival, the biggest Pacific cultural event of its kind in the world, got underway on Saturday. Traditional performances, handicrafts, fashion and cuisine filled Western Springs...
 La’auli Alan Grey (R) with his wife Marina (L) at the opening of the Sheraton Aggie Greys in 2016. [Photo: Samoa Observer]
Apia, SAMOA — Prominent Samoan businessman La'auli Alan Grey has passed away at the age of 82. The Samoa Observer says La'auli, the hotelier who played an instrumental role in the development of Samoan rugby and tourism in Samoa, passed away peacefully at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital Saturday...
The Naked Samoans returned to the stage. [courtesy photo]
 Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — It's been 12 years since the Naked Samoans were all together under their official title, although there's been Bro'Town and two Sione's Wedding films and lots of individual CV points compiled since then by the six of them.  This 75-minute reunion show was a curious,...
The largest performance group called Na Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha Foundation, representing Hawai’i, will showcase their culture through the hula dance, as part of this week's Pasifika Festival in Auckland. [photo: http://www.namakastudio.org/]
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — The annual event where visitors can taste traditional Tongan cuisine, see flax weaving in action and watch dance items from Tuvalu has reached its 26th anniversary. Organizers of Pasifika Festival, held in Auckland, want to focus the two-day event on re-connecting with...
Troy Polamalu is excited to help the next generation of football players achieve success in their careers while serving in his new role as the Head of Player Relations with the Alliance of American Football (AAF). Polamalu will look to help the league's players thrive in both their professional and...
Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center invites all Samoan language program leaders and educators in Hawai‘i to take a look at the Samoan writing and linguistics aspects of our native language. To that end, Le Fetuao is sponsoring a series of workshops focusing on Samoan grammar. The next workshop is...
Samoana High School Class of 1998 graduate Keikiokalani Misipeka has received his first Division I coaching job, at Delaware State University.  The former Manu Samoa player and coach for AYFS and the Samoana Sharks said he owes everything to his parents, family, and Faa Samoa upbringing. [photo: courtesy]
Pago Pago AMERICAN SAMOA — After years of being an athlete, coach, mentor, motivator, and inspiration, Keikiokalani "Keiki" Misipeka is heading to the east coast to continue his football coaching career at Delaware State University, his first Division I coaching job. "I am motivated," said Keiki...
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination. Ordinary women have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. International Women's Day is celebrated in many countries...
Daylight on Saturday was clean up day for residents of Tutuila following Tropical Storm Gita. Workers are seen Saturday clearing up this business in Nuuuli that was damaged by the storm on Friday morning.  Tropical Storm Gita was located approximately 75 nautcal miles east of Niue at approximately...
Hawaiian Airlines Captain, Kevin Hardin, was happily surprised to meet Alton Halani Fa’asala, born ironically almost exactly 29 years ago, on a long ago flight Hardin flew to American Samoa.    [Photo by Barry Markowitz, 2/5/18]
The great joy of Hawaiian Airlines inaugural Airbus 330-200 flight to American Samoa was magnified a million times over for veteran pilot, Captain Kevin Hardin at the Governor’s Lounge reception — where he met Alton Halani Fa’asala and his parents. Who? And so? And the magical story goes…. On...

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