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 (l-r) US Army veteran Molioleava Mulitauaopele, Whitey Chen, Su’a Suluape Alaiva’a Petelo, Bong Padilla, and Steve MaChing at last year’s inaugural Tatau Festival held at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center in Washington State. This year, the tap, tap, tap of the ‘au and the whirring sound of tattoo machines will once again fill the air in the Pacific Northwest when tattoo artists from all over the world gather for the 2nd Annual Tatau Festival scheduled for June 30-July 2. See story for full details.  [p
Got ink? Tattoo fanatics from around the globe are already making plans to attend the Northwest Tatau Festival, set to be held at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center in Washington State next month (June 30th - July 2nd). The three-day event coincides with the annual Samoan Flag Day celebrations in...
Miss Jee Hae Choe of Faleniu with her service dog DannyBoy since 2013. DannyBoy helped her come out of severe depression and inspired her to open a business helping and training dogs. She is seen here after graduating from Eastern Florida State College, with DannyBoy. Her business will open this weekend, in Florida — for more information visit www.samoandogtrainer.com.  [Courtesy photo]
Jee Hae Choe was born and raised in American Samoa in the village of Faleniu, and at 17 she graduated from Tafuna High School where she joined the United States Marine Corps right after. In the year 2012 she was honorably discharged and went to college to pursue a degree in business management.  “...
A US$387,000 dollar lawsuit against Samoa's former Minister of Police, Sala Fata Pinati, the Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil and the Ministry of Police is set for a full hearing. The lawsuit, which has been postponed several times by the court was filed by Suitupe Misa, who was...
[Photo: 123rf via RNZI]
The annual conference of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa has decided to continue funding its EFKS television service. The station had incurred losses since its launch four years ago and the conference looked at a recommendation to either shut it down or lease it out. A source at the...
 A co-founder of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, Ben Finney. January 2012. [Photo: Star Advertiser/ Gary Kubota via RNZI]
A co-founder of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, Ben Finney, has died. An anthropologist and pioneer in the reconstruction and sailing of Polynesian voyaging canoes, Mr Finney had first dreamed of building a canoe and sailing it to Tahiti while a student at the University of Hawai'i in 1958. He...
REVIEW ON ABUSE OF POWER BY MATAI COMPLETED The Samoa Law Reform Commission Annual report indicates that a discussion paper on ‘Pule a le Matai Sa’o’ has been completed.  The move came after the Term of Reference from Prime Minister to SLRC on 28 April 2015 “to consider legislative measures to...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. [SN file photo]
It’s confirmed. Samoa has submitted a bid to host the 2019 Pacific Games. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, who was in New Zealand for the weekend, said Samoa must move quickly and he has instructed the relevant authorities to act. Samoa’s bid follows Tonga’s decision to withdraw as...
Tonga has launched a "Let Girls be Girls!" campaign aimed to stop child marriage in the Kingdom. The campaign seeks to repeal Tonga's law on marriage and lift the legal age to 18-years and over. Currently the law allows children from the ages of 15-17 to marry with parental consent. Matangi Tonga...
  FOUND GUILTY AND WAITING FOR SENTENCE: Zhong Shuiming and Yang Quigreen. (Photo: Samoa Observer / File)
  Two Chinese men convicted of stealing money to the tune of $70,000 from A.T.Ms belonging to the Bank of South Pacific have been found guilty. Zhong Shuiming and Yang Quigreen have been remanded in custody of Police to await sentencing on 9 June 2017.  The men were represented by lawyer, Alex Su...
Interior of the new church temple. [Photo: Tipi Autagavaia / RNZI]
The general secretary of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa agrees the newly dedicated $US8.5 million dollar Jubilee church is expensive, but he says it's want the people wanted. Reverend Vavatau Taufao said it was the decision of the General Assembly which included members of the church...

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