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Lama Lauvao, right, and Wesley Samoa
KEALAKEKUA — Not guilty pleas were entered Friday by a woman and two men accused of attempted murder after brutally assaulting a hotel security guard earlier this month. Wesley Samoa, 30, of Kona, and Natisha Tautalatasi, 41, and Lama Lauvao, 30, both of Honolulu, each pleaded not guilty to a...
Newly crowned Miss Samoa Fa’afafine 2018 Barbara Tino Tiufea Va’a
Apia, SAMOA — Fa’afafines Got Talent (F.G.T.) is back bigger and better this year. The event will be run under the auspices of the Samoa Fa’afafine Association to showcase the fa’afafine talent this year. Asomua Asia Stanley said the event is all about providing a platform for the fa’afafine...
 [A Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority fisheries observer
MAJURO — The Marshall Islands capital atoll of Majuro is the world’s busiest tuna transshipment port, a fisheries-related workshop was told this week in the city, reports Marianas Variety. As much as 600,000 metric tons of tuna is now being off-loaded from purse seine fishing boats to carrier...
Participants from 16 Pacific Island countries
Nadi, FIJI — Emergencies are nothing new for the Pacific. Disease outbreaks, natural disasters and the effects of climate change are impacting the everyday lives of Pacific islanders. Responding quickly and efficiently to the needs of communities during emergencies is extremely challenging in the...
Mary Kay Letourneau, seen here with Vili Fualaau in 2006
Seattle, WASHINGTON — Mary Kay Letourneau, the Seattle elementary school teacher who was convicted of raping her sixth-grade student before she ultimately married him and had two daughters, said in a new interview she didn't know the love affair was a crime. “If someone had told me, if anyone had...
Edwin Ebisui, left, with Kitty Simonds
Honolulu, HAWAII — The unexpected death this summer of Edwin Ebisui has left the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council with an empty seat and a decision to make on who should take over as its permanent chair. The leadership void comes at a crucial time for the council, which has been...
Police officers arriving at scene
Apia, SAMOA — There were chaotic scenes in town next to the seawall bus stop when a brawl broke out between some students of Leifiifi College and Maluafou College yesterday afternoon.  A video uploaded on Facebook showed students throwing objects and chasing each other towards the bus stop at the...
Qamar-uz-Zama
Kanpur, INDIA — A man arrested by an Indian anti-terror police was reportedly radicalised by Muslim extremist groups during his stay in Palau. Alleged Hizbul Mujahideen operative, Qamar-uz-Zama, was in the Pacific Island nation between 2008 and 2012, according to the Hindustan Times. He was...
Lama Lauvao, Natisha Tautalatasi and Wesley Samoa
KEALAKEKUA — A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday for three suspects accused of beating a hotel security guard earlier this week. Wesley Samoa, Lama Lauvao and Natisha Tautalatasi made their initial appearance Wednesday morning in Kona District Court. The three are charged with second-...
Court Officer, Mane Junior Su’a
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa District Court has given Court Officer Mane Junior Su’a a 12-month suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to the possession of utensils under the Narcotics Act. The Court heard that in April this year the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration building Manager...

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