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American Samoa’s 2017-2018 Territorial Teacher of the Year, Rosalee Tela Shoulders (far left) of Nuuuli VocTech High School, is pictured here with Sal Khan (second from left), founder of Khan Academy of California, along with three other Teachers of the Year from other states. This photo was...
American Samoa native who is also Oakland Raiders Defensive Back #26, Shalom Luani (far right) pictured with his mother, Niukini Luani (second from right) along with his two siblings during a brief visit to the Samoa News office this week. He returned to Oakland last Monday nigh after more than a...
Legendary motorcycle designer Jesse James, shared his Samoan connections story exclusively with Cool Stuff at the 2018 SHOT Show, Las Vegas, Nevada.  [Photo: Barry Markowitz]
Jesse James is a revolutionary designer, TV celebrity, who has had a major influence in the world of custom motorcycles, knives and firearms (his .308 AR featured in the above photo). But maybe it was his friendly local Samoans that had an influence on him first. Jesse was an Outside Linebacker...
Newly sworn-in Monterey County Deputy Sheriff, Tautaimatapala Anthony Langkilde with family members and a friend, following his graduation ceremony last month. A native of American Samoa, Langkilde is the son of Tamatoa Tony (far left) and the late Bernadette “Pele” Scanlan. He was among the Dec. 17, 2017 graduates of the South Bay Regional Academy.  [photo: Langkilde family]
Tautaimatapala Anthony Langkilde was promoted from officer to Deputy Sheriff of California’s Monterey County Sheriff’s Office following his graduation from South Bay Academy on Dec. 17, 2017. A native of American Samoa, Langkilde is the son of Tamatoa Tony and the late Bernadette “Pele” Scanlan. “...
The play was the first thing that came to mind for Anapela Polata'ivao when she saw the gardens at Nathan Homestead. [photo:  EMILY FORD/STUFF NZ]
The first time Stacey Leilua saw the play Think of a Garden, or any theatre for that matter, she was 11-years-old. She was in the audience of the 1993 New Zealand premiere of the John Kneubuhl play, about Samoa's struggle for independence in the 1920s, and it left an impression on her. In that same...
One of the Alabama coaches recently shared video of a team meeting in which Honolulu native Tua Tagovailoa sang and played. The star QB credits his musical talent to his family, and that he grew up playing songs on the ukulele with his brothers and cousins. He also sang in his church choir. [screenshot from video]
Not only can Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa play football, but he also has a hidden talent: He can sing and play the ukulele. Before leading his team to win the national college football title on Monday, the former Saint Louis standout treated his coaches to a Christmas performance on Dec. 22....
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It was a Christmas Wedding ceremony for Lipena Moeifaga Tuliloa, daughter of MAJ Tuliloa Tuliloa and Fuatai Tuatoo Tuliloa (Faleniu and Alofau) to Benjamin Mark Maybir, son of Andrew Iosefo and Le'atogauga'aletuitoga Mamea (Nu'uuli). The ceremony and reception at Hale Koa hotel in Hawai’i on...
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Another buddy bites the dust. Aging, it seems, is measured out in deaths. But a life goes on in the memories it leaves behind. I remember Eti the bon vivant, Eti the original Apia hippie, Eti the bongo player, but especially Eti the poet, Eti the Samoan Beat bard. No one gave a better, more...
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Gary King was born in Fagatogo and graduated from Manumalo Baptist School and Marist Brothers High School. He went on to become the first and only Samoan to attend and graduate from the Berklee School of Music in Boston. This was after he received his bachelor's degree at American University. The...
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The village of Aoloau is looking like the North Pole this Holiday Season – as the steep hill going up has beautifully decorated Christmas trees lined up on the side of the road. According to one of the villagers who spoke to Samoa News last Saturday evening, the village community effort was led by...

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