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OBITUARY

The late Tongan prime minister 'Akilisi Pohiva.
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Pacific leaders are paying tribute to the late Tongan prime minister, 'Akilisi Pohiva, who died on Thursday. The 78-year-old died in an Auckland hospital having been evacuated from Tonga on Wednesday with pneumonia. 'A beacon of democracy': RNZ's obituary for Mr Pohiva, who...
Aumoeualogo Te'o J. Fuavai in his chiefly attire
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man described by many as an outspoken leader with heart of gold has passed away. Aumoeualogo Te'o J. Fuavai took his last breath this past Wednesday evening in Seattle, WA surrounded by his children and family members. During his service to the people and government of...
Fagafaga emceeing an Arts Council event in 2010.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Fagafaga Daniel Langkilde — a well-known community member of American Samoa — passed away Saturday evening, May 18, 2019 in Coronado, Calif., where he was staying with his daughter and family due to health issues. He was 61. Fagafaga is remembered as a man of many...
Pua Magasiva
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Pua Magasiva isbeing remembered for his humour, kindness and talent by friends, colleagues and stars from around the world.  The former Shortland Street actor was found dead in Wellington on Saturday morning. There were no suspicious circumstances, police said.  ​A...
Ta'afano Joseph Tavale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Marist St. Francis Elementary School announced last Thursday morning the passing of Ta'afano Joseph Tavale, "a valued member of the Eastern Vicariate Catholic School Board."  Ta'afano was co-chair of the Board and was a very active member. "A truly outspoken and...
Donald John Haythornthwaite
Florence, MONTANA — Beloved father, husband, and friend to all, passed peacefully with his children by his side in Florence, Montana on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Don was a long time resident of American Samoa from 1971 until 1991 but remained a frequent visitor for work and pleasure until 2013...
Manamea Apelu-Schwalger [Samoa Observer file photo]
Apia, SAMOA — Manamea Apelu-Schwalger, the face of Samoa’s Pinktober and the fight against cancer, has passed away. She died peacefully on Sunday. Manamea, a former Miss Samoa and Miss South Pacific, was laid to rest Monday morning (Samoa time) at her family’s homestead at Tanumapua. It was a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Know to family and friends as “Willie” — William Henry Reardon passed away at LBJ Medical Ward, in American Samoa — after a prolonged illness. He was a proud and active member of the American Samoa Bar Association as well as the community for over 50 years. He was a ‘...