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Saul De La Rosa prepares a tray of poke at Aloha Poke Shop in downtown Honolulu
Honolulu, HAWAII — A Chicago-based company that trademarked the name ‘Aloha Poke’ has ignited a social media storm and calls for a boycott after sending cease-and-desist letters to local and mainland businesses with similar names. In two letters obtained by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, a law firm...
The Moai Statues of Easter Island
PAIR IN SAMOA COURT FOR ALLEGED FORGERY AND THEFT  Two former Assistant Chief Executive Officers of the Land, Transport Authority (L.T.A.) have appeared before the Supreme Court on charges of forgery and theft.    Mataafa Sepelini and Anoanoai Pepe Lafai appeared before His Honor Chief Justice Patu...
ocean water
Apia, SAMOA — The body of a man found floating in Samoa waters last Friday has been identified as that of an Indonesian citizen. According to a report on TV1Samoa last night, an unnamed fishing vessel had found the man floating at sea and brought him ashore. Police confirmed the matter and said the...
Central Bank building
Apia, SAMOA — The Central Bank of Samoa (C.B.S.) has relaxed its remittance policy effective August 1. The bank advised in a media release issued last Friday that the changes include new and increased delegations of authority issued to commercial banks and money transfer operators.  According to...
 Gordon Langkilde is tackled during a World Series match against New Zealand.
San Francisco, CA — Samoan sevens international Gordon Langkilde faced another weekend in San Francisco before appearing in court on Tuesday, following an off-field altercation with Welsh players at the World Cup. The 22 year old was released from police custody over the weekend but must remain in...
The aftermath of Cyclone Gita
Tonga's government says while shipments of food and clothing to Tonga will incur tax from the end of August, building materials will continue to be duty-free until February 2020. Kaniva Pacific reports an exemption was put in place on items sent home from Tongans overseas for six months after...
statue of Christ on the cross
(RNZI) — Christianity's spread across the Pacific was enforced from the top-down, rather than spreading through some kind of social movement. The finding is in a just-published study in the journal, nature science communications, which studied 70 Austronesian cultures in the region. The five...
Hawaiian Airlines logo
Honolulu, HAWAII — Hawaiian Airlines in its blog poast has updated a suspicion that there was a human trafficking case on a flight to Honolulu. The FBI says no crime actually occurred. Samoa News reported late Friday afternoon that the airline said its attendants saw an older Asian man boarding a...
Telsa Powerpacks on Tau Island, Manu'a
Apia, SAMOA — One of Tesla’s earliest microgrid projects with Powerpacks was deployed in American Samoa and now the company deployed two bigger systems in order to help the country of Samoa transition their energy production from the more expensive and polluting fossil fuels, like diesel, to...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — Three Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants are being credited with saving three girls from an apparent case of human trafficking on a flight to Honolulu. Hawaii News Now reports that flight attendant Wes Hirata saw an older Asian man boarding a flight out of Los Angeles with three...

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