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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...
Just prior to the landing final approach, the veteran crew of Hawaiian Airlines inaugural Airbus 330-200 to American Samoa decided to celebrate their historic journey with a group photo acknowledging Miss Pacific, Matauaina Gwendolyn To'omalatai. See Cool Stuff below for great story about HA...
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...

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