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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man was arrested by police last month after he allegedly entered a family home at night without permission. Pelema Akeli made his initial appearance in court last month. He is charged with one count of trespassing and one count of 3rd degree property damage, both...
Aircraft on runway at HNL at night during emergency landing
Honolulu, HAWAII — (HawaiiNewsNow) - When an aircraft has an emergency, seconds make a difference. But Hawaii News Now has learned the system that simultaneously alerts first responders of an emergency at Honolulu’s airport has not worked in months and another alert system is not functioning...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In his cover letter to the Fono, which includes the proposed fiscal year 2021 budget for the American Samoa Government, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga also provided a “economic outlook” for the territory before he leaves office next January. The governor explained that the “...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed another CARES Act grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of $529,150, part of a third wave of HUD funding that included American Samoa in each step, as announced by Secretary Dr. Ben Carson. This...
A Talofa Airways plane
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa-based Talofa Airways is seeking cabotage exemption from the US Transportation Department (USDOT) to operate Manu’a flights starting next month, joining the Samoa government’s Samoa Airways which has been providing air service to the island group for more than five...
Faith M Tasi Availepule
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Faith M Tasi Availepule has been named to the Executive Development Leadership Program for 2021. Ms Availepule currently serves as the senior accountant for the American Samoa Government (ASG) Department of Treasury in the Finance Division. She began her career in the...
Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson and Director of the Department of Homeland Security (HLS) Alfonzo Pete Galea’i
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two reasons cited for the tragic accident where two men died after an alia carrying passengers between Auasi and Aunuu island capsized in rough waters in June of this year were — not only “the alia was overloaded with passenger” but also “the alia continued carrying...
American Samoa Attorney General Mitzie Jessop Taase and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the American Samoa Telecommunication Authority
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa Attorney General Mitzie Jessop Taase and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the American Samoa Telecommunication Authority (ASTCA) Fala Sualevai appeared before the House Telecommunication Committee last week to testify on a bill to establish ASTCA as a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation, who was taken in for questioning and later released from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) when the 48 hour detention period expired‚ was arrested by police last week and now charged with violating local...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Executive Leadership Development Program Class of 2021 held its Kick-Off Session with a virtual meeting on September 4, 2020. Participants got to meet each other, their instructors, and their support team for the first time. They also received a high-level overview...

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