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Kalepo Naotala, a Univ. of Hawaii freshman from Virginia who is of Samoan ancestry suffered a serious spinal cord injury on July 1, 2017.  [courtesy photo]
The College Football Assistance Fund (CFAF) announced that a grant of $10,000 will be awarded to University of Hawaiʻi football player Kalepo Naotala to help with medical and non-medical costs while undergoing rehab for a spinal cord injury. Naotala, a freshman from Virginia who is of Samoan...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi displays the new book, Palemia Memoirs.  [courtesy photo M.P.M.C. Press Secretary]
AMERICAN PEACE CORPS CELEBRATES 50 YEARS IN SAMOA — After decades of running various projects in Samoa, the American Peace Corps program celebrates 50 years in Samoa, proving it's just as popular today as it was back then. Almost 2000 Americans have volunteered their services, since it was first...
Aufanua Manusina, pictured here with his wife and two of his children, was deported to Samoa on Tuesday.  (Photo courtesy Sauelelee Manusina)
After living in the United States for 15 years, a West Valley City man was deported to Samoa on Tuesday, leaving his wife wondering how she came to be a single mother of four children younger than 5 years old. Aufanua Manusina had just renewed his work permit in March. Officials called him...
Dr. Babington addresses faculty, students and staff on her first day.  [Courtesy photo]
HONOLULU (August 1, 2017) – Students, faculty and staff from all divisions and schools at Chaminade University enthusiastically greeted Dr. Lynn M. Babington on Aug. 1 as she officially began her tenure as the institution’s tenth President. The colorful welcoming ceremony featured a traditional...
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The Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, officially opened the new Samoa High Commission complex in Canberra, Australia in late July. It was a momentous occasion for the diplomatic community and the Samoans from around Australia, according to a press release from the Prime...
 Students from Avondale College perform at the festival. [Photo: SUPPLIED]
New Zealand's government has given an extra US$149,000 to the world's largest annual Pacific festival, Polyfest. The Pacific Peoples Minister, Alfred Ngaro, said the new funding would allow festival organisers to explore options to allow the festival to grow further. He said his ministry would...
A high school student in Hawaii said many of her peers will need educating on the new law aimed at pedestrians crossing the road. Honolulu has become the first major United States city to ban the use of mobile devices when crossing the road for tourists and locals alike. Waipahū High School student...
Scott and Gail Brown in Samoa. [Facebook]
Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) placed his bets early on Donald Trump, and it appears the move has paid off bigly. Brown was confirmed as the ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa in early June, and by the looks of his Twitter account, he’s having a blast. Other early Trump surrogates were named to...
Gateway to Tafa’igata Prison in Samoa [SN file photo]
A prisoner who had escaped from Tafa’igata Prison, identified as Siliva Auali’itia, was found dead on Thursday morning. The death was confirmed by Assistant Commissioner of Prisons and Correction Services, Ulugia Niuia Aumua. Before Aualiitia was found dead, the Samoa Observer was told on Thursday...
French Navy vessel — Le Vendémiaire  [photo: AFP via RNZI]
FRENCH NAVY INTERCEPTS HUGE COCAINE HAUL OFF TONGA A yacht with 1.4 tons of cocaine has been intercepted by the French Navy off Tonga. New Caledonia's newspaper said the operation was launched a week ago when a Navy vessel was sent out in a joint mission with police and customs officials. The...

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