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This photo provided by Hawaii Electric Light shows lava flowing over Mohala Street in the Leilani Estates area near Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii Friday, May 4, 2018. Nearly 1,500 people have fled from their homes after Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano sent molten lava chewing through forests and bubbling up on paved streets in an eruption that one resident described as “a curtain of fire.” (Hawaii Electric Light via AP)
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Many rural residents living on an erupting volcano in Hawaii fled the threat of lava that spewed into the air in bursts of fire and pushed up steam from cracks in roadways Friday, while others tried to get back to their homes. Officials ordered more than 1,700 people out of Big...
 Photo taken in Kalapana, courtesy of NPS Volunteer Janice Wei. [Photo: Janice Wei /Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park ]
The Big Island, HAWAII — The Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has come to life, belching ash into the sky and spewing fountains of lava in a residential area where people were ordered to leave their homes. The eruption occurred after a series of earthquakes on the island over the last couple...
Monalisa Tia'i Nafo'i is the first woman to be appointed as deputy police chief in Samoa.  [photo: RNZI]
MAY IS ASIAN AMERICAN & PACIFIC ISLAND HERITAGE MONTH In proclaiming May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, U.S. President Donald J. Trump said, “This month, and every month, we honor the more than 20 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who call America home,...
 Chinese Ambassador in Samoa Wang Xuefeng and PM Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi at the presentation of 20 brand new Sedan vehicles for the Pacific Island Forum meeting to be hedl in Samoa next week. [Photo: Tipi Autagavaia]
Apia, SAMOA — A top Chinese diplomat says the relationship between China and Samoa has become the model for Beijing's co-operation with Pacific Island countries. The assessment was given to a visiting Samoan parliamentary delegation by China's special envoy to the Pacific Islands Forum, Du Qiwen....
Nukuʻalofa, TONGA — A group of Tongans is preparing a petition which calls for the resignation of Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva. The group, understood to contain both foreign based and local Tongans, has launched an online fundraiser in an effort to raise capital so they can promote their cause....
Pageant Contestants with reigning Miss Samoa Victoria Adele Faaosofia.
Williamstown, Victoria AUSTRALIA — The Miss Samoa Victoria Incorporated has launched their pageant ‘The Miss Samoa Victoria Incorporated Pageant 2018 – Faiva o alofi lima o tamaitai – The artistries of women. The launch was held last Saturday at the Dallas Brooks Primary School Hall where six...
Road washout at Moamoa Fou. [Samoa Observer]
Moamoa, SAMOA — Residents of Moamoa Fou are calling on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and his administration for assistance. One of them, Tagaloa Ta’avale Masoe, said they desperately need help after the road there was washed away during Saturday’s flooding.  More than 70 families...
OPENING: Acting P.M. Fiame Naomi Mata'afa opened the meeting. [Samoa Observer]
Apia, SAMOA — The continuing problem of Illicit Trade in Small Arms in the Pacific region was brought under the microscope in Apia last week. It happened during a regional Parliamentary Workshop on Mobilizing Parliamentarians to Advocate for Improved Compliance with the UN Programme of Action on...
[Hawaii News Now]
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 'security incident' involving credit and debit card processing systems was reported by Zippy's Restaurants on Friday, and the company has issued a warning that personal information – including customer names and card numbers – may have been compromised as a result. In a...
Pacific Climate Warriors re-focus for 2018: Brianna Fruean and Fenten Lutunatabua.  [courtesy photo]
Apia, SAMOA — Court Officers Mane Jr Su’a and Vili Matthes have been arrested and charged. Police Superintendent, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo confirmed the arrest in response to questions from the Samoa Observer yesterday. The charges are in connection to a glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamine or...

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