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Some of the men accused and jailed for the Luatuanu'u road block
Apia, SAMOA — Nine of eleven men from Luatuanu’u accused over blocking the road, in an incident where the Police were attacked earlier this year, have been jailed by the District Court.  The sentencing was handed down by District Court Judge Fepulea’i Ameperosa Roma yesterday.  The accused were...
graphic of passport stamps
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoan businessman who had already surrendered two passports to the Ministry of Justice managed to leave the country without anyone able to explain how he did it. The Samoa Observer reported that Tui Va'ai Jr is now facing an arrest warrant when he is found. The Ministry of Justice...
Federal District Court Building in Honolulu, Hawaii
Honolulu, HAWAII — The federal judge in Honolulu has denied a Samoan drug defendant’s request to withdraw an earlier guilty plea and he is now set for sentencing later this month. Jeremiah Ieremia pled guilty last year to three drug charges but earlier this year, through his new attorney, filed a...
Samoa Airways jet
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Airways looks likely to have a second plane in operation by the end of the year. The Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says the airline can't continue to operate with just one plane. Tuilaepa says the airline needs to look at the larger scale of economy to survive. He...
NO MARIJUANA GRAPHIC
Siapan, CNMI — The Northern Marianas House of Representatives has rejected a bill that would have legalised the use of marijuana in the islands. The lower chamber has relegated the measure back to committee level, effectively junking the Senate bill after House lawmakers deemed it in violation of...
Serving Blue Marlin Tempura at the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council's booth during the 2003 NOAA Fish Fry are (l-r) Council Executive Director Kitty Simonds, Secretary of Commerce Donald Evens, NOAA Administrator Conrad C. Lautenbacher and Honolulu Chef Russel Siu.
HONOLULU — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is disappointed that America's seafood consumers may soon be deprived of sustainably harvested domestic marlin products should President Trump sign legislation to prohibit interstate commerce of billfish (not including swordfish)...
CNHA logo
HONOLULU, HI - The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA), a Native Hawaiian advocacy organization, began exploring legal options against Chicago-based business Aloha Poke Company for its exploitation of Native Hawaiian language and using legal threats against Native Hawaiian business...
Shin Ok-joo
Suva, FIJI — A church founder and self-titled pastor is in a South Korean prison, accused of enslaving followers in Fiji. The Grace Road Church has extensive business networks in Fiji, but the government said these would not be affected by Shin Ok-joo's arrest. The police in South Korea said Ms...
Nora Swann and Laura Keil-Hal
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — The Samoa Business Awards are being launched by the Samoa Business Network in New Zealand. It’s among Pasifika efforts that support a six year government plan to grow Pacific businesses and increase their access to mentors and other business networks. The strategy also aims...
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...

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