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Many of the volunteers who put the care packages together
Honolulu, HAWAII — Thank you kindly to First Lady of American Samoa Cynthia Malala Moliga and Lt. Gov’s wife, Ms. Ella Perefoti-Mauga for the generous COVID-19 packages for our Samoan students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Chaminade University. Faagaetia le agaga i alofaaga mo nai a...
Taylor Poia Miller is set to graduate high school later this year in June. And unlike some of her peers who are still uncertain about life after high school, Taylor already knows where she’s headed. Earlier this month on March 10th, Taylor was notified that she is among the elite group of young...
Members of the Pacific Islander Student Association practice for the luau that has now been cancelled
St. George, UTAH — Dixie State University has canceled all major events on campus to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, including the Pacific Islander Student Association luau. PISA has been working on preparing for the luau that was supposed to be held on April 4. Those plans were put on hold...
Jake Tagaloa with a mask and gloves protecting himself and others from the virus
ON THE CRUISESHIP 'PRIDE OF AMERICA' — Jake Tagaloa from the village of Fagasa, is reaching out to let his family know they are loved and missed and he is okay. Jake who is a firefighter working on the cruise ship 'The Pride of America' contacted Samoa News over the weekend asking for our help. “...
Mrs. Filomena Sokimi (far left) and Sokimi Sokimi Jr. (far right) of Ili’ili with the four baby girls
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Pacific Independent Distributors, Inc in collaboration with the Huggies brand have announced they will be donating a year’s supply of Huggies Nappies and Baby Wipes to help make life better for American Samoa’s Sokimi family who recently gave birth to quadruplet girls....
American Samoa's delegation to the U.N. Enviro Program Conference
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Amidst the ongoing panic and confusion around the world with regards to the coronavirus pandemic, in independent Samoa last week, a positive event took place — one that included the participation of young people from American Samoa. The United Nations Conference on the...
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...

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