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Honolulu, HAWAII — Oahu voters, apparently fed up with the status quo and facing an uncertain economic outlook as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, threw their support behind two first-time political candidates running for Honolulu mayor ― Rick Blangiardi and Keith Amemiya — helping them clinch the...
Weapons displayed by police for the media
Apia, SAMOA — A 42-year-old man from Samoa's Faleula village is in custody after police raided a home where seventeen guns were found, including high powered rifles, pistols and ammunition. Utensils suspected of being used for the creation of drugs such as methamphetamine were also seized. The...
Tofiga Fepulea’i, as Aunty Tala
Suva, FIJI — The United Nations has announced Pacific Unite: Saving Lives Together, a first-of-its-kind televised and digitally streamed concert that will call on leaders and citizens across the region to work together and with the rest of the world in the fight against COVID-19. The concert –...
Headrick Hunkin during a zoom town hall video grab
Honolulu, Hawaii — Leaders of a Pacific Islander advocacy group desperate for help fighting the virus joined Lieutenant Governor Josh Green for a Zoom town hall meeting Thursday. The group, made up of Micronesians, Samoans, and Tongans have been hardest hit and say they’ve been ignored. The...
Health Dept. personnel outside area where Church Minister and his wife are quarantined.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Police have confirmed that a pastor who defied security guards and forcibly entered the place where his wife was being self-isolated, has been fined $2,000 tala. The Officer in charge of Samoa’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Auapaau Logoitino Filipo told Samoa Global...
Samoa Airways jet on runway
Apia, SAMOA — A repatriation flight from Auckland to Apia on Friday is expected to be the last for at least three weeks. The pause will prevent quarantine facilities from being overwhelmed. The Samoa Observer reported that initially there were going to be 15 quarantine sites in Samoa, grouping...
Samoa Coronavirus logo
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Government issued on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 it’s Amended State of Emergency Orders for COVID-19 that go into force on Wednesday (all dates Samoa time).  Updates include new regulations pertaining to International Travel — planes and ships including flights from Fiji, travel...
Tanoa Hotel
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Air New Zealand’s first flight to Tonga since the Covid-19 lockdown has taken off on Tuesday morning. Flight NZ970 was due to land at Fua’amotu International Airport at 1.30pm local time. It is the first Air NZ repatriation flight of Tongans since border restrictions were...
Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala Warren
Apia, SAMOA — The judge hearing the trial of a 18-year-old for murdering a Chinese businessman in Samoa has called for greater tolerance of difference in the community. The man, Gogosina Lelei Leilua, pleaded guilty to the murder, being armed with a dangerous weapon, and aggravated robbery in...
Kolani Junior Lam with his attorne
Apia, SAMOA — A man found guilty of killing his wife is seeking leave of the Court to allow a late application to appeal the Supreme Court decision of Justice Mata Tuatagaloa, handed down in December 2019. Kolani Junior Lam was found guilty of murdering his wife and former Government Chief...

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