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Palolo
THE SAMOAN ISLANDS — To the untrained eye they look like worms, but Samoans know these marine creatures as palolo, and they are revered as the caviar of the South Pacific. They are found in shallow coral reefs, are often electric blue in colour, and Samoans only have a small window to ka palolo (...
Epenesa Line, 11-months-old
New Plymouth, NEW ZEALAND — Children were the focus of the Sunday church service at Samoan Assembly of God in New Plymouth. The day marked White Sunday, or Lotu Tamaiti which translates to children’s service, a national holiday in Samoa which falls on the second Sunday of October. More than 20...
White Sunday boys in the finery
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Youth of the Fagaima Methodist Church posed for this Samoa News photo during the White Sunday Church service in October of last year.   ROLL FORWARD TO WHITE SUNDAY 2020 — in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic — one of the most iconic Samoan Christian traditions will be...
Tulsi Gabbard
Washington, D.C. — New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard needs to apologize to their Democratic colleague Ilhan Omar for spreading false information about alleged voter fraud in her district. On Sept. 28, Gabbard tried to garner support on Twitter for...
Poster from group's Facebook page
Organizers of the Tagata Tutu Fa’atasi Alliance of American Samoa (TTFAS) in Honolulu are holding a wave for "Repatriation only — keep borders closed” on Oct. 16th — as shown in this poster on the group’s Facebook page. The event, set for 9a.m., in front of the ASG’s Hawaii Office in Honolulu on...
Tisa's Barefoot Bar on Alega Beach,
Alega Beach, AMERICAN SAMOA — Alega Preservation Institute and Tisa’s Barefoot Bar are pleased to announce our Annual Tattoo Festival for 2020, October 23 – 25. This year marks the 15th year of our Tatau Festival event in American Samoa with the gracious support of our local government and business...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Today marks the 11th anniversary of the 2009 earthquake — followed by a tsunami — that claimed the lives of 34 people in American Samoa, 3 in Tonga, and more than 100 in Samoa. The COVID-19 restrictions have hampered any major government memorial service. With Samoa and...
A detail from Léuli Eshrāghi's digital work AOAULI at ACCA Open
Sydney, AUSTRALIA — For millennia, bark cloths harvested from paper mulberry trees have been used to wrap babies and bury elders, and are presented with gratitude to ceremonial hosts across Oceania. And now artist Léuli Eshrāghi has taken them into the 21st century, in a digital incarnation that...
Little girl in her White Sunday best.
Apia, SAMOA — Businesses across the country are registering a surge of orders and advertising special offers for clothing and food more than a fortnight ahead of the White Sunday holiday.  Typically on White Sunday children lead Sunday services, reciting scriptures and performing in plays and...
Dr. Reupena Lesa (front, left) and Dr. Ernie Seiuli (front, R) each earned a Doctor of Education, while Dr. Feleni Alainuuese (front, C) completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Education. Joining in the celebration were ASCC Teacher Education Program Director Shirley De La Rosa and Trades & Technical Program Director Fred Suisala
ASCC Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Siaumaua Ropeti (back L) hosted a ceremony to recognize three faculty members who recently completed their Doctorate degrees from Capella University. Dr. Reupena Lesa (front, left) and Dr. Ernie Seiuli (front, R) each earned a Doctor of Education, while Dr. Feleni...

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