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American Samoa choir
Fa’aauau pea fa’afi afi aga matagofi e a le ‘aufaipese filifi lia a Amerika Samoa, i lalo o le taitaiga a le susuga ia Pati Pati, lea o lo’o fa’afi afi a nei i le Pacific Heritage Festival, o lo’o fa’ataunu’uina i Honolulu, Hawaii. [ata foa’i]
onch shell sounding
Opening ceremony of the FestPAC 2024 saw the iconic conch shell sounded, calling all to the opening of 13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture in Hawaii on June 6, 2024. "One body, one people, one ocean, one Pacific" — was Samoa’s powerful message. [photo: President of the Senate Office,...
JUNTEENTH GRAPHIC
Medford, MASSACHUSETTS — The actual day was June 19, 1865, and it was the Black dockworkers in Galveston, Texas, who first heard the word that freedom for the enslaved had come. There were speeches, sermons and shared meals, mostly held at Black churches, the safest places to have such celebrations...
Juneteenth graphic
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Juneteenth holiday celebrates freedom by recognizing the historic events of June 19, 1865, which is the day that news of freedom traveled to the last known place practicing slavery in the United States. President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation...
Solomon Islands cultural dance performance
Solomon Islands cultural dance performance on Wednesday night, June 12, 2024, at a Waikiki Beach area. Their performance was a part of the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FestPAC), which ended this past weekend, after two weeks of events that saw daily cultural performances from...
A service dog
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — There is confusion with terminology sometimes. And Service Dog vs Emotional Support Animal vs Working Dog brings on the confusion. Every dog owner knows there are many benefits to having a dog, from getting themselves out for exercise to receiving loyal companionship....
U.S. and Am. Samoa flags
June 14th is the nationally celebrated birthday of the United States Flag.“Happy birthday to ‘Old Glory!’” said Congresswoman Aumua Amata. “On this day the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act, which included key features of a flag in use by GeneralGeorge Washington. Since the flag’s...
visitor's bureau staff greeting Samoans from around the world
The American Samoa Visitors Bureau booth at FestPac 2024 has been an amazing connection for Samoans from all over the world. The booth had a beautiful compliment from a neighboring booth yesterday saying, “Wow you guys know everybody, there’s so much fun and aloha oozing from your booth.” [courtesy...
Rapa Nui dancers
When American Samoa hosted the PacFEST, Rapa Nui wowed the locals with their costumes and dances. And, once again, they brought their wow-factor that had the crowd cheering at the 13th PacFEST 2024 in Hawaii with their fantastic performances & costumes, the day before yesterday afternoon, at...
Various nations are showcasing traditional dances, music, and contemporary performances
FestPAC 2024 opened last week Friday, June 7, and will run until June 16. Renowned artists from various nations are showcasing traditional dances, music, and contemporary performances, daily, at the various stages across Oʻahu. [photo: Office of the Senate President]

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