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ASCC faculty, staff and students congratulate Samoan Studies Institute Director Okenaisa Fauolo-Manila (back, far right) following her campus lecture last week on Siva Samoa (Samoan dance).  [Photo: V. Tofilau]
Okenaisa Fauolo-Manila, director of the Samoan Studies Institute (SSI) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) offered some new perspectives on a familiar subject when she gave a campus lecture on Siva Samoa last week.  With its lectures in Samoan, of which Fauolo-Manila’s was the third in a...
The three Emergency Medical Technicians, D. Asaeli, S. Tooala, and T. Amituanai, who were patrolling the East side in their unit during the fautasi race in Satala. Flag Week is usually a busy week for the EMS, so 5 EMS vehicles are divided throughout American Samoa to look out for the public in case of any emergencies.  [Photo: Ese Malala]
Flag Day Week is the busiest celebration for Amerika Samoa and Manu’a, with people out and about — pese & siva practices, fairs, night performances for the Arts Council program, work on the run, leaving town for the 4-day weekend, and basically enjoying the energy of a community in the grips of...
Sean Tilo and his sister Sherry cheering and dancing for their village fautasi, the Aua Paepaeulupo’o during the second heat at yesterday’s fautasi regatta for the 2017 Annual Flag Day Fautasi Faigamea i le Tai. The boat came in first in heats overall with a time of 35:19.13. The Championship Race is not set for Saturday. [Photo: EM]
The 2017 Flag Day fautasi championship race scheduled for 8a.m. has been rescheduled for Saturday morning. The move comes amid rough ocean conditions this morning as the National Weather Service in Tafuna extends to this morning high surf and small craft advisories from yesterday. The weather...
Coming in second in the second heat on Wednesday, the Fuao’s time of 35:19.35 was just bested by the Paepaeulupoo from Aua with the overall time of 35: 19.13. Both fautasi are listed in the results as #1 and #2 respectively, and will race in today’s final for the championship against last year’s winner Manulele Tausala, and 4 others. [Photo: EM]
American Samoa is preparing for an extra special end of the week, heading into the weekend on to Monday, with Good Friday tomorrow, followed by Easter Sunday and on Monday, Apr. 17, residents celebrate 117 years since the territory became part of the United States family. “As Christians, the...
During last week’s emergency cabinet meeting, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga stated that “only authorities that receive operating subsidies from the government will be subject to the reduction in hours” which became effective Apr. 10, according to ASPA managing director Michael Young, who was responding...
Winner of the first heat of the 2017 Annual Flag Day Faustasi Faigamea i le Tai, the Manulele Tausala from Nuuuli, last year’s winner of the Flag Day race, brought in an overall time of 35: 24.78, resulting in a #3 standing among the 9 fautasi that raced, and making it to the final championship race today. [Photo: LF]
Anyone, here or off-island, that watched Le Faigamea i le Tai 2017 Flag Day Fautasi heats, yesterday, has to admit that maybe, just maybe, the Fautasi Committee has hit on the best way to run the most highly anticipated race in the territory each year. Yesterday’s heats can be said to be a start...
District Court Judge Fiti A. Sunia has dismissed 12 sex related charges including 10 counts of rape against Public Safety officer, Okesene Alo, one of the four officers, assigned to the Juvenile Detention Center, charged with various crimes over alleged misconduct at JDC. Sunia’s decision followed...
Sen. Tuaolo Manaia Fruean [SN file photo]
Sen. Tuaolo Manaia Fruean has questioned why the American Samoa government is not liable for debts and obligations incurred by the Territorial Bank of American Samoa, which is governed by a seven-member board of the Territorial Bancorp Holding Company, an ASG entity, according to local law which...
The American Samoa Power Authority has provided a written explanation to a House committee as to how it drastically reduced its accounts payables, which peaked at about $14 million in July 2016. While Samoa News and KHJ News have reported extensively on this issue in the past three weeks, the...
ASG Treasurer Uelinitone Tonumaipe’a [SN file photo]
Treasury Department’s Tax Office is offering an amnesty program for the remainder of 2017 to tax payers who have an outstanding income tax liability, while the tax filing deadline for tax year 2016 is next week Tuesday, April 18. TAX AMNESTY In a statement released late yesterday morning ASG...

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