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Linking Samoans

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...
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...

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