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(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...
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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...
Tripler Army Medical Center
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Tripler Army Medical Center is stressing that there is no active shooter situation at the facility, after false electronic alerts were reportedly sent out Thursday. The hospital said in a Facebook post that a hack of a system in Palo Alto, Calif. may have been...
Tui Vaai Jr.
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa District Court has issued an arrest warrant for Tui Vaai Jr who flew out of the country while a criminal case against him was on foot.  The arrest warrant was issued on July 20, 2018 which was the day he was scheduled to appear before the court for his sentencing.  Assistant...
Measles, MMR vaccine (file photo)
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — There is a high likelihood medical error was to blame for the deaths of two infants in Samoa following their MMR vaccinations, a vaccinologist and senior lecturer says. The one-year-olds died earlier this month, minutes after receiving the jab for measles, mumps and...
Electoral Commissioner Faimalo Mathew Lemisio
Apia, SAMOA — Compulsory voting will eliminate vote selling and lead to the changing of mindsets among voters that candidates ‘own' their votes.  Speaking on the move by the Government to introduce amendments to electoral laws to make voting compulsory in Samoa, Electoral Commissioner Faimalo...
San Francisco Hall of Justice photo
San Francisco, CA — Days after a Samoa rugby player allegedly punched three players on the opposing Wales team following a match at AT&T Park, a San Francisco judge on Wednesday ordered his release from jail with conditions. Samoa player Gordon Langkilde must remain in the U.S. while awaiting...
Manu player Gordon Langkilde, center-right with white headband
San Francisco, CA. — San Francisco Police have confirmed they have arrested Manu Samoa sevens player Gordon Langkilde in connection with an altercation during the recent World Cup tournament. Samoa Rugby Union chairman Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said on Tuesday he understood that Langkilde had...

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