Linking Samoans

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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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....
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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