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Miss American Samoa Magalita Philomena Johnson in her sarong
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Day 1 of the Miss Pacific Islands pageant - themed: "Pasifiki Masani: The Magnificent Pacific" — included the pre-pageant interviews and competition in three categories this past Thursday, Nov. 29 (Tonga Time).  This year's pageant is being hosted at the Atele Indoor Stadium in...
No Pelestiki fabric bags and 'oa baskets.
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — A new community group in Tonga is encouraging people to say no to plastic and use fabric bags and baskets woven from coconut fibres as an alternative. The group has launched the 'No Pelesitiki' campaign and says it has received support from the Royal household, nobles,...
Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Bisbane, AUSTRALIA — A 41-year-old man has been charged with public nuisance over an incident involving the Samoan Prime Minister at an Australian church. Earlier this month, a group of people arrived at the church, south of Brisbane, and tried to disrupt the gathering, local police said. It is...
Miss Pacific Islands along with the 2018 contestants
Nukuʻalofa, TONGA —  It’s been a busy week for the six beauties who are vying for the coveted Miss Pacific Islands 2018-2019 crown. The highly anticipated pageant, being hosted in the Kingdom of Tonga, is a two-day event that kicked off yesterday morning with the pre-pageant interviews. The six...
Court released the survelliance video of security guard beating in Kona
KONA (KHON2) - The family of the hotel security guard in Kona who was beaten unconscious tells us life will never be the same. We learned the 63-year-old victim has been transferred to an out-of-state facility that specializes in spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. The attack happened in...
Asau, SAMOA — China is negotiating to fund the redevelopment of a coral-choked port in Samoa, in a move seen to have major economic and strat­egic implications for Australia and the US in the South Pacific. Samoa’s Agriculture Minister confirmed that discussions were under way with China to...
Two Samoa police officers outside heaadquarters in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — A victim in a "horrific" double killing in Samoa has New Zealand links, the Samoa Police Service says. The Criminal Investigation Division was called to the discovery of two bodies in an open outdoor kitchen area at 7.05am on Friday. "Evidence of alcohol was also found at the site...
Leuea Loto is seen in a family photo.
DES MOINES, Wash. - Friends and family are gathering to remember a former student of Mount Rainier High School. Leuea Loto was shot and killed on Thanksgiving Day during a pickup football game. Friends and family tell me their hearts are broken. The man was home from college for the holidays. While...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa surrounded by Samoans
Apia, SAMOA — Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has forgiven the two suspects who verbally abused him in Brisbane, Australia early this month but the two will not be forgotten. “I have forgiven them but I will not forget them. “If by a long shot they are deported back home...
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA — A driver in a stolen ute who mowed down seven children and a mum waiting to cross a busy Victorian intersection has been labelled a danger to the community. Melbourne man Zhane Su'a, 22, was jailed on Friday after he pleaded guilty to 10 charges including five counts of...

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