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COVID-19

Waikiki Beach with sun bathers and swimmers
Honolulu, HAWAII — The state is set to hit a new benchmark on Thursday, allowing people vaccinated on the mainland to fly in without testing or quarantining. It’s the latest stage of the state’s Safe Travels Program as Hawaii continues to see a flood of tourists from the continent. Those vaccinated...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has this month tightened restrictions on people entering the country. The Ministry of health requires intending travellers to get in touch 21 days before their planned trip. They require travellers to be fully vaccinated at least two weeks before travel and to produce legitimate...
Cases of water on a dolly
Honolulu, HAWAII — Seven repatriation flights later and the Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center, under the leadership of Mrs. Elisapeta T. Lesatele Alaimaleata (in green in background), is still going strong in its donations toward American Samoa’s repatriation quarantine at the Ohana Waikiki Hotel in...
Highlands women dressed in long black robes attending a funeral
Port Moresby PNG — Unexplained deaths spark sorcery claims, torture and murder, as fears build of a COVID-19 'time bomb' in Papua New Guinea. (WARNING: This story contains graphic content that some readers may find upsetting.) When a young boy died suddenly in Tatape Village in Papua New Guinea's (...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Households in American Samoa continue to apply through the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for assistance with COVID-19 related funeral costs, however no local applications have yet been approved and no awards have been made. By the beginning of the week of...
Tourists on Waikiki Beach
Honolulu, Hawaii — Hawaii will lift quarantine and pre-travel testing requirements for domestic travelers from the mainland who can show proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccination early next month, Gov. David Ige said Thursday. The governor also announced he would ease restrictions on social...
HAL plane on runway at Pago Pago Intl airport
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The repatriation charter flight operated by Hawaiian Airlines — the one returning to Honolulu after the repatriation #5 — departed Pago Pago yesterday, after it was cancelled the day before. Local airline station manger, Tuli Fruean, sent out a flight advisory after 1a.m...
Hawaii Repat Team
A few members of the Hawaii Repat Team — at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu — who worked tirelessly to ensure a smooth transition for passengers from the quarantine site to the airport and onto the aircraft. The team, which includes Health director Motusa Tuileama Nua and...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Through a May 27th memorandum, Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga has expanded the government Compliance Review Committee, with the appointment of three new members: Education director Talauega Dr. Samasoni Asaeli; Human and Social Service director, Muavaefa’atasi...
Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata
Washington, D.C. — Tuesday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata was pleased to welcome a federal grant worth $583,215 for American Samoa. The federal grant, awarded through the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is part of the...

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