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Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi
Honolulu,HAWAII — Honolulu Mayor Rick Blackgirdi said Wednesday that he might consider implementing a mask mandate after the Covid-19 case count rose for the eighth week in a row. Hawaii recorded a weekly average of 925 cases per day on Wednesday, up from 722 the previous week. The state also...
Samoa PM Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa has appeared before a parliamentary committee to explain an agreement she signed with the opposition leader to discontinue a contempt of court case. She told the Samoa Observer she disputed the contention by Opposition Leader Tuilaepa...
Samoa PM Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — A new era has dawned in Samoa with the swearing-in of three women MPs, taking the number of women in the Legislative Assembly to seven. The swearing-in follows a court ruling issued by Chief Justice, Satiu Simativa Perese, Senior Justice Vui Clarence Nelson, and Justice Lesatele Rapi...
Satellite image of the Tonga eruption on January 15.
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Four months on from the violent explosion of Tonga's Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano, scientists are still piecing together what caused the biggest eruption the world has seen in decades. January's blast sent shockwaves around the world: the sonic booms could be heard as far...
Max Sword (left)
Honolulu, HAWAII — Three former Honolulu officials charged with engaging in a conspiracy had hoped a judge would determine their fates but will instead face a jury of their peers sometime this fall, U.S. District Court Judge Leslie Kobayashi said Thursday. Former city attorney Donna Leong, former...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has recorded its youngest COVID-related death. This was revealed by the Acting Director General of Health, Tagaloa Robert Thomsen, confirmed the 36-year-old male died on May 1 from pneumonia made worse by COVID-19. Tagaloa also confirmed the national COVID-19 vaccination roll...
Samoa Motootua National Hospital hallway
Apia, SAMOA — The Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) in Samoa has reported 449 new community cases to increase the confirmed number of community cases to 10,583. A M.O.H. Situational Report on COVID-19 in Samoa, which was released Sunday 9pm and covered the 2pm Monday 2 May to 2pm Wednesday 4 May 2022...
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Nuku'alofa, TONGA — There is a political upheaval in Tonga with the ousting of three MPs after they were found guilty of attempting to bribe voters during the run-up to the 2021 general elections. Each was found guilty in separate rulings made by Tonga's Supreme Court in the space of a week....
The Diamadi family
Honolulu, HAWAII — When David Diamadi and his wife Joyce debated moving from Florida back to Joyce’s home island of Guam more than a decade ago, they considered what would be best for their daughter Haley, who has Down syndrome. Living on the U.S. island territory would bring them closer to many...
U.S. Federal District Court House, Honolulu, HI
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Samoan man, charged by federal indictment with one count of making a false statement on a U.S passport application, has requested the federal court in Honolulu to move his trial date to later this year. Vai Salamasina Taula Fetuli — aka, “Vai Doc Taula” — is accused of...

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