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Two protestors wearing Aloha Shirts
Richland County, SOUTH CAROLINA — A strange and disturbing new trend has emerged involving aloha shirts at Black Lives Matter protests. In a Washington Post article entitled “Men wearing Hawaiian shirts and carrying guns add a volatile new element to protests,” white supremacists and far-right...
Black Lives Matter protest group in Auckland.
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — The killing by police of unarmed black man George Floyd in the US has galvanised activism around the world including an outpouring of support from the Pasifika community in New Zealand. Advocates say Pacific people can relate to the targeting and harassment by police that...
FirstNet logo
Reston, VIRGINIA — FirstNet is America’s public safety network. That means first responders in all 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia are gaining access to the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform dedicated to and purpose-built specifically for them....
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Contrary to renewed calls to allow Samoans residing overseas to vote in General Elections, government under no circumstance is stopping any Samoan eligible to vote to be part of the democratic election process, says Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi. Opening the...
Mufi Hannemann applauds the action at Aloha Stadium
Honolulu, HAWAII — The head of the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association spoke exclusively to KITV-4’s Annalisa Burgos on Sunday about why he’s entering the mayoral race, saying the state's economy is "broken" and Hawaii needs a "strong leader" to bring back jobs to recover from the fallout of the...
Samoa's new Parliament bldg.
Apia, SAMOA — The Journalists Association of Samoa has expressed surprise that the government has not included a press gallery in plans for a new parliament. The JAWS President Rudy Bartley said he is surprised after years of planning and millions of Australian aid dollars spent on the Fono...
Faleolo Airport, Apia, Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — Not all of the 140 passengers who arrived in Samoa on Friday's repatriation flight from New Zealand were quarantined at government sites. The Samoa Observer newspaper reported at least nine people had been allowed to quarantine at home. One such person is historian Meleisea Malama...
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Apia, SAMOA — In Samoa a stern warning was issued by the National Emergency Operation Centre restricting the public from setting foot at the Faleolo international airport and the quarantine sites for passengers of the first repatriating flight from New Zealand that arrived over the weekend. The...
Two Prime Ministers, Mata’ata Faumuina Faime Mulinu’u II and Keith Holyoake, lower their countries’ flags
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa celebrated its 58th Independence Anniversary on Monday 1st June, 2020 (yesterday in Samoa) online with the official opening and closing ceremonies pre-recorded and distributed to media outlets for broadcast and dissemination. The opening ceremonies, per request from the...
Wespac Chairman Archie Soliai participates in a video conference
Washington, D. C. — Archie Soliai was supposed to be leading a meeting at the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore this week, but instead he appeared on a computer screen with a pixelated view of Pago Pago in American Samoa in the background.  Soliai is the chairman of the Western Pacific...

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