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Samoan folk-pop artist Jerome Grey
Anaheim, CALIFORNIA — As part of a tribute album to his father — the Samoan folk-pop artist Jerome Grey — Loa Greyson (a.k.a. Tini Grey) is releasing a remake of his dad's original song Eleni. The 1980 song is about all the different ways the people of Samoa cooked a tin of mackerel  — one of the...
Akule fish during a recent harvest by residents of Olosega in Manu’a.
Olosega, MANU'A — The Manu’atele Community Worldwide Facebook page reports schools of akule fish appeared on the coast of Olosega Village after the tropical storms Vicky and Wasi last month. The akule was in a perfect location for the village to prepare communal efforts for an akule harvest by...
Fanaafi Sooaemalelagi, looking at the camera from inside the cockpit of the airline’s aircraft
Apia, SAMOA — The first time Samoa Airways pilot, Fanaafi Sooaemalelagi flew an airplane almost seven years ago, she describes the sensation as a little more than your average case of ‘butterflies in the stomach.’ “I remember thinking; these aren’t butterflies — these are more like dragons!” said...
So'omalo Iteni Schwalger in Samoa with others after his tatau was done.
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A New Zealand-based Pasifika group has created a guide for those undergoing the traditional tatau, which outlines safe, hygienic practices while also incorporating both the cultural and spiritual aspects. The tatau is a process rich in ritual using traditional techniques but...
Kasey-Aire Tauimanu Thompson
Kasey-Aire Tauimanu Thompson graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. The son of Andrew Ernest Thompson and the late Sjmalu Marjorie Brown of Matu'u & Faganeanea, Thompson is a 2009 graduate of Samoana High School who obtained his...
Sons and daughters of Samoa visiting home on leave to visit family and take a break from Army and NFL duties. Shalom Luani of the Houston Texans and Daniel Etuale of the Cleveland Browns - American Samoa's very own NFL players - pictured with U.S. Army SPC Arrianna Princess Auvaa after an exclusive...
A Samoan fruit bat mother hanging in a tree with her pup
Washington — The United States Mint will open sales for products featuring the America the Beautiful Quarters Program coin honoring National Park of American Samoa on February 3 at noon EST. This is the first release of 2020 and the 51st overall in the program. The Mint produces the coins in rolls...
Passengers arriving through International gate
Apia, SAMOA — Travel restrictions imposed by Samoa's government amid the deadly global outbreak of coronavirus are having an impact on those planning to visit from New Zealand. Although Samoa has not recorded a case, travellers are required to get a medical clearance at least three days before...
Marie, Mila, and Merlen Toailoa
Honolulu, HAWAII — Samoa News was not invited to cover the recent revival of the Hula Bowl College All-Star Game this week... but we are so well connected we did score the absolute ‘bestest’ human interest story. Australian rugby player, Misiona Aiolupotea-Pei was actually just a Wellington Kiwi...
Chose Boys book cover and author, Petra Mollo
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND —  Petra Molloy was born in the Netherlands and moved to Aotearoa with her family in 1952; she lives in Auckland. Her novel Chosen Boys is about child abuse in the Catholic Church. It’s set in dawn-raids South Auckland – and is written largely from the point of view of a...

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