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74-year-old Teaga Esekia,
Vaitupu, TUVALU — For 74-year-old Teaga Esekia, a chief from the Tuvalu island of Vaitupu, the ocean is a lifeblood. "Tuvaluans, they have different types of months, not like January to December," said the elderly but agile man, who still climbs coconut trees every day. "They have their seasons...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is fighting back against a call by Chicken of the Sea International (COSI) - producer of Chicken of the Sea canned tuna - for the US Congress to eliminate once and for all the federal 30A-American Samoa Economic Development Credit (ASEDC). COSI...
Ali'itama Bartine Tarrant, 28
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A concerned mother is asking for the public’s help in locating her son, whom she hasn’t seen or heard from in months. Ali'itama Bartine Tarrant, 28, departed Florida earlier this year in April  (Easter weekend) enroute to American Samoa. According to his mother Denise...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old man accused of assaulting another man in Malaeimi by striking the victim’s head with a metal pipe made his initial appearance in District Court last week. Faletolu Amosa is charged with one count of second degree assault, a class D felony, carrying a prison...
USDA Western Regional Administrator Jesus Mendoza (4th from left) with DHSS director Muavaefaatasi John E. Suisala (4th from right) and his staff in
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), has approved an increase in the American Samoa Nutrition Assistance Program (ASNAP) income eligibility standards for American Samoa’s elderly, blind, and disabled residents to qualify...
Eleven-year-old Malakai Seva’aetasi with his grandmother, the First Lady and  One Global Family co-founder and her daughter
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Eleven-year-old Malakai Seva’aetasi (middle) holding his scholarship award presented last Saturday by US-based One Global Family Foundation (OGFF) co-founder, Laura Lafoia Ava Tesimale (far right), and her daughter Brittany (far left) last Saturday at Lions Park during...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 27-year-old man who was picked up by police, pursuant to an arrest warrant from the court, on the allegation that he unlawfully entered the home of another family and stole several items including 3 big fine mats, is now being charged with unlawful possession of drugs...
A Capitol press conference on veterans’ issues earlier this year, with Cong. Aumua Amata pictured with others
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed the announcement by House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Cali.) that he is leading a bipartisan congressional delegation, in which she will take part, beginning October 1st through the 11th, to the Philippines, Guam,...
Building site for the new fono building.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — As the cost of the proposed new two-story Fono building escalates with the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) maintaining that the structure must meet federal regulations, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is requesting Congresswoman Aumua Amata’s assistance in...
(l-r) Menora-Justine M. Samia; Jo-Nica Ta’aitulagi Tuiteleleapaga; Epifania Petelo; Brenda Fa’afua Foleni; and Tauaitala Leasiolagi
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Before the Miss American Samoa pageant officially came to an end last Friday evening, social media was already abuzz with viewers - and those who witnessed the pageant LIVE - voicing complaints about the final standings. As a matter of fact, it was when Brenda Foleni was...

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