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OIA Director Nikolao Pula with Governor Lolo Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has not yet made a decision on a repatriation flight for next month, to bring home the estimated 600 local residents stranded across the U.S.,  he has asked the ASG Coronavirus Task Force “to look at December as the possible month to begin...
Hawaiian Airlines plane on HNL Reef Runway
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Hawaiian Airlines flights between Honolulu and Pago Pago are suspended for an additional 30-days, through Dec. 30th, according to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s coronavirus Tenth Amended Declaration, which is effective Nov. 1st to Nov. 30th, as American Samoa — without a...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sai'lele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa government has announced it is extending the state of emergency orders on the coronavirus pandemic, effectively pushing the restrictions into its eighth month. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sai'lele Malielegaoi, made the announcement during his weekly TV3Samoa briefing Wednesday...
Brigitte Moala and her 85-year-old father, Noaese Taeatafa with family
Honolulu, HAWAII — Hawaii News Now (HNN) has interviewed some of the hundreds of American Samoans stranded in Hawaii and also have spoken with Epifania Rapozo, just before she and her two children were able to depart the territory after paying their own way on Monday's medical flight. The Hawaii...
Dear Governor Lolo, Samoa muamua le Atua. We have that on our American Samoa Government seal and we have always prized ourselves as God fearing people and people of faith. We have always prized ourselves also as loving people. But the past few months since the outbreak of COVID-19 things have been...
Chart of new COVID cases
Honolulu, HAWAII — As the pandemic drags on, following COVID-19 prevention guidelines can feel like more and more of a challenge. This kind of fatigue is not unique to pandemic precautions like sticking with social distancing, masking up and keeping your hands washed. With all kinds of health-...
Tagata Tutu Faatasi Alliance of American Samoa logo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Eight months into American Samoa’s borders closing due to a continuing Emergency Declaration by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, the stranded residents of the territory, under the banner of Tagata Tutu Faatasi Alliance of American Samoa (TTFAAS), have been forced to open a...
Makerita Iosefo-Va'a and her husband Shaun Va'a pose in front of a relative's home
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Makerita Iosefo-Va'a and her husband Shaun Va'a pose in front of a relative's home where they are temporarily staying in Tracy, Calif., on Oct. 8, 2020. The couple is homesick for American Samoa. They are among an estimated 600 residents of the territory who were off-...
Medicaid logo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga on Thursday approved LBJ and Medicaid’s request for a second medical charter to transport LBJ approved referral patients to the US. The medical charter is a one-way charter taking only patients and their escorts from American Samoa to Hawaii...
Epifania Rapozo and her children
This undated photo, provided by Epifania Rapozo, center, shows her with her two children Malia, left, and Levi, right, on a hillside overlooking a scenic site on American Samoa's main island of Tutuila. Rapozo, a native of American Samoa, and her children, from Washington State have been stranded...

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