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Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi boards Samoa Airway's inaugural flight to Brisbane
Apia, SAMOA — Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, says reporters “don’t understand” financial records and therefore there is no need for Samoa Airways to reveal the state of its financial performance a year after it was launched. This is what Tuilaepa told the Samoa Observer at the...
Hawaiian Airlines plane in flight
Honolulu, HAWAII — (HawaiiNewsNow) - If you’re flying to the mainland with Hawaiian Airlines in the near future, expect to pay a little more if you plan on checking in any bags. Hawaiian announced Tuesday that it’s hiking its checked bag fees for North America flights by $5 to $30 for the first...
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Honolulu, Hawaii — A quarter century ago, the CD “Facing Future” from Israel Kamakawiwo’ole was released. Today, it’s the most successful Hawaii release of all time — lifted by one song cherished around the world. “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” became a staple of Hawaii music when IZ gave an island...
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's education minister says teachers continue to dish out corporal punishment, years after it was made illegal. However, Loau Keneti Sio said he doesn't blame them because child discipline was a growing problem. In an interview with the Samoa Observer, Loau said the government is...
Renata Rivers in pink together with family and friends
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoan family of renowned jazz singer Mavis Rivers have expressed their gratitude for the recognition she was given at the Samoana Jazz and Arts Festival 2018. The jazz festival at the Taumeasina Island Resort’s ballroom last Saturday evening included a special tribute to the...
Village children walk past a cross planted at Faleula
Apia, SAMOA — The 29-year-old daughter of a Cabinet Minister, Rose Hope Ah Leong, who pleaded guilty to negligent driving causing death, has been given a 12 months probation sentence and a $1,000 fine. The decision was delivered by District Court Judge Alalatoa Rosella Viane Papali'i yesterday....
Flames consume a home in Magalia, California, Friday.
Honolulu, HAWAII — Hawaiian Airlines is waiving reservation change fees for travelers headed to or from Los Angeles or Long Beach through Monday due to wildfires raging in California.  Travelers can get a one-time reservation change at no charge provide that the ticket was issued on Friday or...
Apia, SAMOA — The cutting of native trees and the existence of invasive species are increasingly putting a threat to the endemic manumea bird population in Samoa. With the manumea species declining in numbers, the Samoa Conservation Society Environmental and Geographic Information System Specialist...
Processing bananas for export in Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoan Ministry of Agriculture wants to free up government-owned land for commercial farming in a push to increase exports. Newsline Samoa reported farmers are being restricted by a lack of land. The ministry's chief executive, Tilafono David Hunter, said government land could be...
Lou Leon Guerrero
Hagåtña, GUAM — Guam has elected its first woman governor — Bank of Guam President Lou Leon Guerrero. Unofficial results released on Wednesday morning showed an overwhelming lead for Ms Leon Guerrero and her running mate, Joshua Tenorio, who both ran for the Democratic Party. The Guam Daily Post...

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