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Dona Domi Maifala and Leiema Suitumua Sachiko Hunt
USA — Dona Domi Maifala and Leiema Suitumua Sachiko Hunt will be graduating with Masters Degrees before the end of the Spring Term — Dona from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona and Leiema from Brigham Young University — Provo. “We are really grateful for our family, friends, our educators...
Colorado Springs, COLORADO — One of the most memorable days in a student-athlete's career is signing a National Letter of Intent. But with ongoing coronavirus concerns it was clear that many seniors would not have the opportunity to celebrate signing day with coaches, peers and teammates. For two...
Polynesian football players who took part in the 2020 NFL draft
The largest ever Polynesian draft class was selected in the 2020 NFL draft, which concluded Saturday. Eleven Polynesian players were selected, headlined by Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who was taken by the Maimi Dolphins with the fifth overall pick. Polynesians represent 5.4% of top 204...
The USS Theodore Roosevelt
Hagåtña, GUAM — A 24 year-old Samoan sailor serving on board the US aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt has tested positive for Covid-19. Samoa Observer reports the aviation structural mechanic tested positive April 15, just two days after his roommate were diagnosed with the virus. The young...
Flag raising on Sogelau Hill in Fagatogo, April 17, 1900
This morning, April 17, a small group of people will gather at the Fagatogo Malae to commemorate the first time the U.S. Flag was raised over American Samoa — 120 years ago. Attending today’s much scaled-back ceremony are Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, CJ Michael Kruse, Senate Pres. Gaoteote Palaie...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Face masks made with the same colorful prints used for aloha shirts — known as “Hawaiian shirts” elsewhere in the United States — are the latest fashion trend in Hawaii as islanders try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Disposable surgical masks are in short...
Many of the volunteers who put the care packages together
Honolulu, HAWAII — Thank you kindly to First Lady of American Samoa Cynthia Malala Moliga and Lt. Gov’s wife, Ms. Ella Perefoti-Mauga for the generous COVID-19 packages for our Samoan students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Chaminade University. Faagaetia le agaga i alofaaga mo nai a...
Taylor Poia Miller is set to graduate high school later this year in June. And unlike some of her peers who are still uncertain about life after high school, Taylor already knows where she’s headed. Earlier this month on March 10th, Taylor was notified that she is among the elite group of young...
Members of the Pacific Islander Student Association practice for the luau that has now been cancelled
St. George, UTAH — Dixie State University has canceled all major events on campus to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, including the Pacific Islander Student Association luau. PISA has been working on preparing for the luau that was supposed to be held on April 4. Those plans were put on hold...
Jake Tagaloa with a mask and gloves protecting himself and others from the virus
ON THE CRUISESHIP 'PRIDE OF AMERICA' — Jake Tagaloa from the village of Fagasa, is reaching out to let his family know they are loved and missed and he is okay. Jake who is a firefighter working on the cruise ship 'The Pride of America' contacted Samoa News over the weekend asking for our help. “...

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