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Miss American Samoa Antonina Lilomaiava performing the traditional Samoan Ava ceremony to welcome the guests of the 104th Annual Conference for the Association of Pacific Ports. See story for full details.  [photo: TG]
American Samoa is playing host this week to more than 60 guests, which includes officials and representatives from 11 ports throughout the Pacific region — from Washington state to Tonga — for a one-week conference to network and discuss challenges faced by each port authority in the Pacific. The...
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During a Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee hearing last Friday morning, Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie called on ASG Treasurer Uelinitone Tonumaipea to immediately halt taking federal deductions from allowance checks for senators. The committee hearing followed complaints and...
Faavale Aiga Muipu of Aua {SN file photo]
It has been nearly two weeks since a Samoan man in Federal Way, WA allegedly shot his girlfriend — also Samoan — to death. Chris Tavita of Aoa has been charged with first degree manslaughter for the shooting death of his girlfriend, 21-year-old Faavale Aiga Muipu of Aua, a 2013 graduate of Samoana...
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Pictured is the 14-member ASDOE delegation heading to Koror, Palau for the 30th Pacific Education Conference (PEC), set for July 17-21 under the theme, ‘Quality and Sustainability in Education for Student Success’. ASDOE deputy director Faaui Vaitautolu is heading the delegation — made up of nine...
US-based StarKist Co. is willing to work with the Trump Administration to find more effective ways to protect the ocean and US waters, but it must be done in a way “that is science based and does not unfairly hurt the American Samoan economy and our US fishermen,” according to the company’s Seafood...
A look at some of American Samoa's brave men and women who are proudly serving in the United States Army and stationed at Fort Lewis, WA. The group was very much a part of last week's cultural celebrations during the week-long festivities for Flag Day in Washington state. Samoa News thanks you for your service! [photo: courtesy]
The local US Army Recruiting Station has done it again. Breaking records as far as getting the territory's future heroes on their way to being 'Army Strong'. On Sept. 9,  2014, the local US Army Recruiting Station was ranked #1 (worldwide) in production out of the 885 Army recruiting stations and...
The annual Two Samoa Talks has been moved to later next month and will be hosted by Samoa, said Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele, during a cabinet meeting Tuesday. Held at the Gov. Rex Lee Auditorium, the cabinet meeting was also when Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga officially informed...
Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson [SN file photo]
Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson says his department has not issued any “reimbursement” or refund to vehicle owners who paid more than what is under the law, when they renewed their vehicle registration and Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale says the same,  and apologizes to the public...
StarKist Co. president and chief executive officer, Andrew Choe has applauded Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s support of the canneries as well as his efforts to bring attention to challenges faced by the canneries in American Samoa, which impact the local economy. However, Choe, in his letter, noted...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga [SN file photo]
Concerned with American Samoa being used as a conduit for extremists to enter the United States, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is looking at making recommendations to the Immigration Board on additional steps to be taken in the vetting process for foreigners entering the territory. American Samoa is...

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