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Anae Dr Neru Leavasa
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — For the first time ever a Turou - 'Ava blessing ceremony has been held at the New Zealand parliament for new Pasifika MPs. Five new MPs with Pacific heritage were elected this year bringing the total of Pasifika MPs in the house to 11 - the most ever. Flanked on both sides...
A siapo facemask
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa Community College artist, Regina Meredith-Fitiao, has won a Founding President’s Award under the category “Individual Papers: Tradition”, for her paper titled “Making Siapo in Leone Today” during the 17th Biennial Symposia: HIDDEN STORIES/HUMAN LIVES —...
Ulale Pusi Ulale, Tom Scanlan and Fonoti L.T. Afo
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts joins the American Samoa Council on Arts, Culture, & Humanities to present Sounds of American Samoa featuring artists Ulale Pusi Ulale, Tom Scanlan and Fonoti L.T. Afo. Arts Across America is brought to you by Facebook, presented as part of...
John Loau
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND —New Zealand-based Samoans are cancelling Christmas trips home to the island nation out of a fear of spreading Covid-19 after news of the country’s second case was reported last week. Samoa had remained COVID-free up until just this week, largely due to its isolation and...
Natalia Palamo
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — For the past four years, Natalia Palamo has been Senior Engineer at the Department of Port Administration in American Samoa, with responsibility for airport and seaport projects. Prior to this, she worked for Beca Group on airport pavements, storm water and inspections and...
Taffy, Jen and Makerita
Seattle, WASHINGTON — As the Holidays approach, cold weather, rising COVID- 19 cases in the United States, and no sign of a confirmed repatriation flight, members of the Tagata Tutu Faatasi Alliance of American Samoa (TTFAAS) continue to turn for assistance to various organizations and resources...
Kilisitina A. ‘Kris’ Gates
Newport News, VIRGINIA — Kilisitina A. “Kris” Gates born in Pago Pago, American Samoa, passed away Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. She was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ and faithful member of Maranatha Baptist Church for 37 years. She was a prayer warrior, devoted friend, mother and grandmother or “...
Taupou Tulimalefo’i,Rev. Mageo Patolo Mageo,members of the Pago Pago Aumaga
Paramount Chief Mauga Tasi Asuega’s Taupou, Tulimalefo’i when she was escorted by Rev. Mageo Patolo Mageo and members of the Pago Pago Aumaga inside Mauga’s guesthouse during a special ceremony held last Wednesday. [photo by AF]
Volunteers from the Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center helping with Thanksgiving food distribution
Honolulu, HAWAII — The beautiful volunteers who helped with the Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center Thanksgiving Food Distribution, which was held Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020 in Honolulu, Hawaii for the members of the Tagata Tutu Faatasi Alliance of American Samoa (stranded residents of American Samoa in...
Veterans waving thank you to Hawaii VA
Honolulu, HAWAII — Local veterans currently awaiting American Samoa’s border opening, have reached out to say “THANK YOU” for Wednesday’s feast treat by a Hawai’i VA group. “Your thoughtfulness to reach out last week to organize a feast for our veterans for Veterans Day is so appreciated with...

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