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Shaun Nua, who starred at Brigham Young University and played professionally with the Pittsburgh Steelers, has consistently build a solid defensive line during his time at Navy. (Phil Hoffmann via Gazette)
Shaun Nua can be gruff, tough and demanding out on the practice field. At 6-foot-5 and almost 300 pounds, Navy’s defensive line coach can be downright intimidating. During the most recent episode of Showtime’s “A Season With,” there was a scene in which Nua – hunched over, hands on knees, hat...
Cast with producer and director of Tusi Tamasese’s Samoan-language drama "One Thousand Ropes" during the World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival 2017. (l-r) Nicky Si'ulepa, Uelese Petaia, Frankie Adams, Producer Catherine Fitzgerald, and Writer/Director Tusi Tamasese. The film is set to debut locally at the Fatu-O-Aiga Hall, in Tafuna, Thursday, Oct. 26 & Friday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. — “Ata tifaga Samoa ile gagana Samoa”. Tickets are $10. Contact numbers for more info are: 258-4197 or 258-5800. The movie is p
The film, “One Thousand Ropes”, is set to debut in American Samoa at the Fatu-O-Aiga Hall, in Tafuna, Thursday, Oct. 26 & Friday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. From the Writer and Director of The Orator - O Le Tulafale – Tusi Tamasese, “One Thousand Ropes” is a story of a father reconnecting with his...
Denver Broncos' Veteran nose tackle Domata Peko Sr. [photo: DenverBroncos.com
Veteran nose tackle Domata Peko Sr. has been both a passionate and positive force for the Broncos' defense. We caught up with him to ask him about his path to professional football and his youth growing up in American Samoa. Ben Swanson: I saw that you grew up in American Samoa. When did you move...
An aerial view of Tisa’s Barefoot Bar during the 2016 Tattoo Festival.  [courtesy photo]
ALEGA, AS — Are you ready? It’s getting closer. Preparations for the 13th Annual Tattoo Festival are well underway to celebrate the Tatau art this year with new designs and exciting ink by renowned local tattoo artists. “We look forward to seeing everyone at the beach for the October festival...
Associate Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Faasootauloa Pati Taulapapa flanked by Agriculture Minister and Rev. Taumafai Komiti with the check from the National Tropical Botanical Gardens.  [Courtesy Photo]
The Government of Samoa received a check for sales of Samoan breadfruit cultivar as the result of a landmark benefit-sharing agreement between the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, (NTBG) and the Samoan government, entered into eight years ago. The announcement was made by the Chief Executive...
The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame unveiled its Class of 2018 this week. Five Inductees were selected from a list of 18 Finalists. This year’s inductees include Herman Clark (Hawaiian ancestry), Ma'ake Kemoeatu (Tongan Ancestry), Manu Tuiasosopo (Samoan ancestry) and Kimo von Oelhoffen (Hawaiian...
 Stars of Oceania Awards [Photo: RNZ/ Monica Miller]
The leadership role of women and their resilience in forging ahead despite difficult circumstances has been celebrated in this year's Stars of Oceania awards hosted by American Samoa. Eight of the 13 recipients of the awards, sponsored by the University of Hawaii's Pacific Business Center, were...
Lourdes "Lila" Iputi (Source: WIS)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) — While her spoken English is spotty at best, 8-year-old Lourdes "Lila" Iputi’s rendition of “Jesus Loves Me” is about as perfect as perfect gets. The American Samoa girl played with her new Barbie dolls as her host and guardian in the U.S. for the past several weeks recounted a...
Bob Apisa was a two-time All-American fullback for the Spartans.(Photo courtesy of Michigan State athletics)
EAST LANSING - Bob Apisa was 7 years old when he left his native American Samoa for Hawaii. One of 11 children in the family, he didn't speak English and had never seen electricity. So, the bright lights at night in Honolulu sparked a profound thought. Apisa turned to his brother George and, in...
The resemblance is pretty uncanny. [courtesy photos]
Fans of the modern-day Disney classic “Moana” know that Maui, voiced by none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is a central character in the film. Now, some insider information about everyone’s favorite demi-god has been revealed. It turns out that Maui was actually modeled after The Rock’s...

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