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 The U.S. District Court building, CNMI
Saipan, CNMI — The impact of the US government shutdown has reached the Northern Marianas with the US District Court for the commonwealth saying it only has funding until Friday. District Court Chief Judge Ramona Mangloña said the US Judiciary has managed to cobble together sufficient funds to keep...
Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Tupua Tamases Meaole Hospital is still waiting on laboratory confirmation that a 14-year-old girl who died earlier this month had typhoid and dengue. Local media reports quoted the family saying that was what they had been told by hospital officials. But the director general...
Hawaii State Sen. Mike Gabbard
HONOLULU  — U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been gearing up for a presidential run for months. But her announcement Friday on CNN still caught many by surprise — including her dad. State Sen. Mike Gabbard told Hawaii News Now that he was traveling and “pleasantly surprised” to see his...
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson with his daughter
Apia, SAMOA — Seiuli Dwayne Johnson has denied ever giving an interview to a UK newspaper, The Daily Star, where he criticised young people for "looking for a reason to be offended." The interview was picked up by all the major news agencies in the world, leading to a story titled “Seiuli slams...
Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua.
Apia, SAMOA — A male patient at Samoa's Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital was last week taken into police custody for smoking cannabis while hospitalised. The Samoa Observer said the incident occurred on January 4th, according to another patient at the hospital. The paper said a guardian with a third...
Faleolo International Airport photo
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A passenger on board a flight on which a young boy died has described the heartbreaking moment the child started to panic half an hour into the journey. The woman, who asked not to be named, was travelling with her partner on the Samoa Airways OL732 flight from Auckland to...
Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister is not backing down from his claim that concerns about the alienation of customary land are "fake news." The Samoa Observer reports Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi took it a step further yesterday, calling those worries "garbage," "stupid" and "fiction". The...
Tulsi Gabbard in a screenshot from video by Star-Advertiser
Honolulu, HAWAII — U.S. Rep Tulsi Gabbard told CNN Friday that she is running for president in 2020 and will make a formal announcement next week. The Hawaii Democrat disclosed her plans on CNN’s “The Van Jones Show,” which will air at 2 p.m. Saturday in Hawaii, the network said. Gabbard has made...
Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council logo
Honolulu, HAWAII — On the last day of 2018, President Trump signed into law the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act (S. 1520), also known as the Modern Fish Act. The bill, which had been stagnant since its introduction in 2017, was pushed through by the efforts of the same coalition...
Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua.
Apia, SAMOA — A 14-year-old girl has died at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua from typhoid and dengue fever. A representative of the deceased’s family, Leota Faaui Mika Samuelu, confirmed the death and indicated that the doctors advised the family that she died due to typhoid and...

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