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Linking Samoans

Janelle Saole
Honolulu, HAWAII — UH West Oʻahu alumna Janelle Saole remembers thinking she might be a guinea pig, but still enrolling in a barely established program called Creative Media. It was 2014 and the program held promise, but was so new that it lacked a track record. “Really, there was no credibility to...
Participants at Samoan Protestant Service's first official service
The Samoan Protestant Service at Fort Carson, Colorado, under the leadership of lay preacher Mario Lefiti and his wife Taotafa Panama Lefiti, held its first official service July 21, 2019 at Provider Chapel. Over 40 were in attendance, including active duty soldiers, reservists, retirees and their...
(L-R) Tino Savaiinaea, Chief Sikopu "Scope" Savaiinaea, Katie Savaiinaea-Elisaia and Niko Savaiinaea dance together
Gibbstown, NEW JERSEY — When Sikopu “Scope” Savaiinaea traveled from Hawaii in 1982 to work at an Atlantic City casino for a summer with his dance troupe, he never predicted that he would be leading the South Pacific Island Dancers, the largest and longest-running Polynesian dance school and troupe...
Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs
Hollywood, CALIFORNIA — As Dom Toretto is fond of reminding us over and over and over again, the Fast & Furious franchise is all about family. But as far back as the 2001 original, the series has also placed a strong emphasis on diversity. In fact, the Fast & Furious movies saw the...
Cong. Aumua Amata's local office interns
I le aso Tofi a'o le'i tu'ua e le tama'ita'i Faipule le tatoua atunu'u mo Amerika e fa'aauau ona tiute i le Laumua i Uosigitone, sa ia fai'aiga fiafia ma i latou o le fanau a'oga, sa tofia fa'apitoa mai e le DHR mo lona Ofisa. O fanau nei o lo'o ua tu'uina i lona Ofisa e galulue ai mo le polokalama...
Fatima Langkilde with her cousin, Johannes Langkilde
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Fatima Langkilde with her cousin, Johannes Langkilde, a television journalist from Denmark, who is conducting a research for a book about the roots of the Langkilde family — from Denmark, to Samoa, and American Samoa. Johannes is the evening news anchor for Danish...
John Reno Sagaga, second from left, passes teammate Onosai Sanerivi
Seattle, WASHINGTON — If not for the Olympic Mountains shimmering in the distance, it might be hard to place the scene that unfolds on a grassy field at Seattle’s Jefferson Park most Saturdays in spring and summer. It could almost be the British countryside, with dozens of people engaged in a sport...
Some of alumni of Marist Brothers High School
O nisi o ali'i Malisi tuai ua latou auai uma fo'i mo le malu taeao na saunia lelei e i latou mo le samiga o le latou aso fa'apitoa e fa'aalia ai le latou galuega na tapena e fai ma sao i le atoaga o le 50 tausaga o le latou Laumua. [ata: Leua Aiono Frost]
The Rock speaks to reporters during his visit to TMT protest
Mauna Kea, HAWAII - Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson got a massive welcome Wednesday during a visit to the TMT protest at the base of Mauna Kea, during which he met with Hawaiian elders and called for “leadership with empathy” to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict. “I wanted to come here and...
Samoa athletes in a photo with Chinese coaches
Apia, SAMOA — More than 200 athletes from Samoa travelled to China to train for the Pacific Games. A team of 15 coaches helped Team Samoa who traveled to China for training in 11 sports. The sports are basketball, volleyball, football, tennis, badminton, table tennis, swimming, athletics, archery,...

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