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Linking Samoans

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...
Taape Fa'amuli, Reggie Meredith and Su'a Wilson Fitiao at the opening of the Pacific World Arts Exhibition at the Oakland Museum in Oakland, California back in July 2015.  [SN file photo]
Are you ready? Just weeks before the 13th Annual Tisa’s Tattoo Fest, 2017. Did you know that the biggest export in American Samoa is the Samoan Tattoo? Years of promoting the Tatau has earned American Samoa a name, in the who’s who of the tattoo world of Pago Pago. “We revived the Tatau art, and...
Exclusive by Off Da Rock will be representing American Samoa at the 2017 Pacific International Runway Fashion Show in Sydney, Australia later this month. Pictured are the owners of Off Da Rock, Joseph and Leuila Ioane. Leuila is modeling an original piece from their line. [photo: courtesy]
American Samoa will be represented at the 2017 Pacific International Runway Fashion Show by local entrepreneurs Joseph and Leuila Ioane, and their Exclusive by Off Da Rock designs. Known locally for their tattoo shop in Avau, the Ioanes started their business portfolio by 'inking' their way into...
Ethan Falaniko is flanked by his parents for Senior Day at Bartlett High in Alaska. [USA Today]
The coaches at Bartlett High in Anchorage, Alaska, jokingly refer to running back Ethan Falaniko as Clark Kent, because of the black thick-rimmed glasses that have become a family trademark among he and his two brothers. But so far this season, Falaniko has been more like Superman. The senior leads...
Cliff Cole said the patterns used in Samoan tattoos were thousands of years old. [MAHVASH ALI/STUFF]
Want to read indigenous literature? Don't pick up a book. That's because native stories are not always written down on paper, award-winning novelist Witi Ihimaera says. Indigenous tales were mostly expressed through art such as tattoos, tapa cloth paintings, kapa haka and waiata, he said. For New...
Samoan award film director, Queen Muhammad Ali (middle) with her husband Hakeem Khaaliq (left) and her mother Marie Olioli Leiato Tuiasosopo (right) following an interview at the Samoa News office on Tuesday. [photo: FS]
Samoan award wining film director, Queen Muhammad Ali, is looking at next year, to kick start the Social Wellness Hub on the east side of Tutuila, serving the entire community, with many local residents already embracing the project, which includes various art forms. Ali was named as of one of the...
Pictured are CEO of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) Kamana'o Crabbe, LFSLC executive director Elisapeta Tuupo Alaimaleata; host for WIPCE in Canada, Rebecca Jamieson; LFSLC Communications director Alice Malepeai Silbanuz with taupou Trinity Naunautaiga Silbanuz. [courtesy photo]
Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center (LFSLC) represented Samoa at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) that was held in Toronto Canada July 24-28.  Le Fetuao SLC was selected from among thousands of presentation requests to share the unique implementation of incorporating...
(WS) Dr John Ah Ching.jpg  Salausa Dr. John Ah Ching, a former head of the OB/GYN unit at the LBJ Medical Center and now Samoa's Associate Minister of Health, was recently awarded the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health (P.S.R.H.) President's Medal. [photo: courtesy]
It has been six years since Salausa Dr. John Ah Ching retired from the LBJ Medical Center and moved to Samoa but his dedication to healthcare has not been swayed. Last week, Salausa, Samoa's Associate Minister of Health, led a delegation of six clinician representatives to the 12th biennial meeting...
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It has never been easier to get poke, the marinated raw ahi tuna that is the unofficial food of Hawaii, on the mainland. You’ll find the dish— pronounced po-kay — in Minnesota, Indiana and landlocked Colorado. There’s poke from Pittsburgh to Peoria, Ariz. You can buy poke kits in grocery stores,...
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Etena Fou Church in Las Vegas, Nevada opened their very first A'oga Samoa to all the Samoans in the area, and it has been very successful. Tama Ailao and Doris Tofaeono along with Samuelu Tialavea head the program. Pictured is the church group with some of the youngsters participating in the A’oga...

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