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Linking Samoans

Pulemeli Mounds
Savaii, SAMOA —  Samoa's former Head of State, Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi has spoken out against the proposed sale of more than 1000 acres of freehold land that hosts Polynesia's largest ancient structure. The globally recognized archaeological site the Pulemeli Mounds stand on the land which is...
Ruth Mataafa
Sydney, AUSTRALIA, — Ruth Mataafa was killed by her ex-partner on Saturday afternoon at a home in Bidwell in Western Sydney in front of family members. Police officers found 22-year-old Mataafa outside the home with multiple stab wounds to her chest, side and back. She was treated by NSW Ambulance...
Students from American Samoa include: Gauula Moemoe (Atu’u, AS); Tia Sagapolu (Kaimuki, HI); Nate Kwon (Petesa Uta, AS); Ielu Acosta (Petesa Uta, AS); Jemima Nafatali (Lauli’I, AS); Frantacia Mauigoa (Aua, AS); Kiso Skelton (Pago Pago, AS); H. Gingerlei Porter (Auasi, AS)
Honolulu, HAWAII — Ministers and their wives from various Samoan Methodist Churches in Hawaii presented donations of food and monetary gifts to students from American Samoa at UH Manoa and Chaminade University, who are unable to return home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students from American Samoa...
Rev. Stephen and Faletua Amene Fautanu Tukumoheatu. Graduates: LR. Mitchell Porotesano, Tene LinJustin Sipoloa, Jack Ah Loo, Tavai Porotesano
The sons and daughters of American Samoa at CCCAS Portland Oregon, held a celebration for graduates, all with roots in American Samoa.  Rev. Stephen and Faletua Amene Fautanu Tukumoheatu. Graduates: LR. Mitchell Porotesano, Tene LinJustin Sipoloa, Jack Ah Loo, Tavai Porotesano. Lin is the only...
Student speakers for the Pasifika Commencement Celebration
Honolulu, HAWAII — COVID-19 has transformed the way we engage with each other, and as a result, graduations have been cancelled across the country. Despite the pandemic, a dedicated group of Pacific Islander educators and professionals have come together to honor our graduates in a creative way and...
Michelle is pictured with her brother Kevin, their mother Kelly, and PHS principal Mr. Willis
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With a GPA of 3.92, Michelle Lo is the salutatorian of Pacific Horizons High School Class of 2020. A brief ceremony for the PHS Navigators was held on May 19, 2020. Michelle is the daughter of Kelly and Kent Lo. During her senior year, she accomplished a lot. She served...
A Talamoa Project conversation
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — An artificial intelligent agent named Tala may open the door on a new way of gathering feedback from New Zealand's Samoan community. The Talanoa Project is a pilot project that uses IBM's artificial intelligence virtual agent solution, Watson, to interact in real time in...
Tua Tagovailoa bobblehead
Miami Dolphins fans still can't get enough of Tua Tagovailoa, and now there's another item available to commemorate his selection as the fifth overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft. A Tua draft-night bobblehead was unveiled Friday by FOCO. Before he's ever played a down for the Dolphins, he's already...
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — People around the world are sending prayers to Samoan twins living in New Zeland, after they posted a video on Facebook that has gone viral. Joella and Joanna Lee-Lo are supporting each other after Joanna was diagnosed with leukaemia. Joella posted the video on her Facebook...
Popole le loto o matua pe a umi e le o maua se tala mai fanau i Alaska. Ae maua mai le ata, ua le toe faigaluega ua taofia i le fa’asa, ae ua fa’atau le uila vilivae, ua avea ma se tasi o alo o Samoa i Anchorage.[ata: foa’i]

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