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Miss Samoa Victoria Tiafau Zahriya Leaoasoma with her head shaved
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA — When Miss Samoa Victoria shaved her head on the weekend, it was a cultural sacrifice as well as a personal one. Hair is considered tapu, or sacred, in many parts of the Pacific. In Polynesian culture, hair is believed to hold the sacred power of mana, or spiritual energy. But...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During a virtual meeting with the ASG coronavirus task force, members of the Tagata Tutufaatasi Alliance of American Samoa and US Interior Department’s Office of Insular Affairs Director Nikolao Pula, the ASG Health director Motusa Tuileama Nua said the government has no...
Epifania Rapozo (middle) and her two children
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Epifania Rapozo and her two children — who have been stranded in the territory since March after borders were closed — were among several non-medical passengers who traveled to Honolulu on Monday afternoon on the medical charter operated by Hawaiian Airlines. “My family...
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Salt Lake City, UTAH — At least 600 citizens of American Samoa are stranded in the United States, including 50 families in Utah, after their government shut down the border in March to protect its people from the coronavirus. With no word from the government, they worry they won’t see their...
Front of the 2021 American Samoa Lunar Calendar
Honolulu, HAWAII — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is pleased to announce the availability of the 2021 traditional lunar calendars for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Guam and Hawaiʻi. The calendars aim to raise awareness about...
Ladies who were among residents who participated in the  “Wave for repatriation flights - Not open borders”
These ladies were among residents who participated in the  “Wave for repatriation flights - Not open borders” at Utulei Friday morning. As of Friday, there has been no word on a repatriation flight, as the governor remains concerned with the continuing increase in the number of coronavirus cases in...
Fireman Ta'ita'ifono "Tinei" Igafo is pictured with his mom, aunties, and uncle
Spokane, WASHINGTON — Fireman Ta'ita'ifono "Tinei" Igafo arrived at the St. Lukes Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane, Washington a week ago today — Friday October 16, 2020. Igafo is one of the survivors of the tragic accident that claimed the lives of two firefighters in the early morning of April...
Tisa (right) and Candyman
Alega Village, AMERICAN SAMOA — This weekend, October 24th and 25th, with COVID-19 restrictions in place, American Samoa will be opening its borders  — VIRTUALLY — for Tisa’s 15th Annual Tattoo Festival 2020 at the famous Tisa’s Barefoot Bar in the heart of Polynesia, in Alega village. The two-day...
Wayne and Pua Pila
Honolulu, HAWAII — Wayne and Pua Pila tried to visit the ASG office in Honolulu on Friday “to look around”, but one of the staff members closed the office door without replying to the Pila’s request to enter, so they left. They have been staying with their daughter at Hickam Air Force Base in...
Aupito William Sio
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand's Labour Party will see its largest ever Pacific caucus after claiming a landslide victory of 64 seats in Parliament. Last term's four existing Pasifika MPs, Carmel Sepuloni for Kelston, Jenny Salesa for *Panmure-Ōtāhuhu, Aupito William Sio for Māngere and Poto...

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