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Lelalelei Nomura
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa’s very own Lelalelei Nomura is the newest member of the Cloud Peak Volleyball Club coaching staff. Lelalelei’s volleyball journey started in the territory, where she played alongside her sister Puafuatausaga Mydori at Faasao Marist High School. But it goes...
Master Tufuga Su’a Wilson Fitiao, seen in this Samoa News file photo with his wife, artist Reggie Meredith Fitiao
Alega, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 15th Annual Tisa’s Tattoo Fest — Oct. 25- 27 — is just around the corner. The theme this year is: “SAVE the Traditional Arts of American Samoa”. And it will focus on traditional tatau, stone tool making, siapo art, and all things local and sustainable in the arts and...
Utu Abe Malae's gravesite surrounded by people who attended his 1 year memorial service
O le taimi lea ua laulaututu tagata uma sa auai, ae faia le sauniga mamalu i le nofoaga mau o tu’ugamau uma o afioga i Sa’o, lea o lo’o aofia ai le Utu Abe Malae, ma ona tua’a na muamua atu ia te ia. [ata: Leua Aiono Frost]
 Brothers Max and Keaoni Tuitele (left-right) and cousin Kahalua (center).
Olympia, WASHINGTON — Kahalua Tuitele was born in Seattle but moved to his parents’ native American Samoa a year later. When he returned to Washington a year ago, Tuitele not only quickly became a star for the Olympia High School football team, earning all-area honors as an offensive lineman, he...
Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele MalielegaoiJapanese and Japan counterpart Shinzo Abe exchange jerseys
Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele MalielegaoiJapanese and Japan counterpart Shinzo Abe have taken a little time out from official business to talk rugby. The two leaders swapped signed team jerseys ahead of the Japan-Samoa Pool A game at the Rugby World Cup. Tuilaepa is on an official visit to...
Miss American Samoa 2019-2020, Epifania Petelo.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — This year’s Miss American Samoa pageant was perhaps the best, as far as overwhelming family and village support. Each of the five contestants had a strong cheering squad that kept them going all night long. This year’s contestants did not disappoint. Menora-Justine M....
Epifania Petelo
Meet the 2019-2020 Miss American Samoa, Epifania Petelo, who was crowned this past Friday evening, before a sold out crowd at the ASCC Multi-Purpose Auditorium. See Monday's issue of Samoa News for full story and more photos from the pageant.  [photo: B. Chen]
Mrs. Mae Reed-Mageo (far left) joins a special dance performance by her Tokelau family members
Mrs. Mae Reed-Mageo (far left) joins a special dance performance by her Tokelau family members during the bestowment of the Mageo title (saofa’i) on her husband, Mageo Patolo Mageo last week Saturday in Pago Pago. [photo: courtesy]
Residents at Pago Pago Park amid debris
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has ordered that all flags in American Samoa be flown at half-staff, to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 2009 earthquake and tsunami; meanwhile, the government is holding a memorial service Saturday, Sept. 28. Sunday, Sept. 29th, marks...
 Miss American Samoa Magalita Johnson with the 5 contestants during last Saturday's float parade.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The official kick-off for this year’s Miss American Samoa pageant activities started this past weekend. A sacrament meeting was held this past Sunday, Sept. 22nd at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Pava’ia’i 2nd ward, home to outgoing Miss American Samoa...

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