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State Microbiologist Mark Nagata demonstrates extracting nucleic acid at the Hawaii State Laboratory
Honolulu, HAWAII — Hawaii can test as many as 250 potential coronavirus samples per week, but strict testing requirements remain in effect, public health officials said Tuesday. As of Tuesday, only six people in Hawaii met sufficient criteria to be tested. The first three tests conducted on Friday...
Arthur Brun, aka Ata, along with Maluelue Umu, aka Malu
Kauai, HAWAII — A Samoan man in Hawai’i, described by federal prosecutors, as a leader of a Samoan gang both inside and outside of the prison system in the Aloha State was among 11 individuals arrested and charged late last week in connection with a high-profile case where the alleged ring-leader...
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii held a drill with staff members
Honolulu, HAWAII — Federal health officials said it’s not a matter of if, but when the virus begins to affect communities throughout the U.S. “With Hawaii’s close ties to Japan and South Korea, to me it feels like an inevitability,” said Dr. Tarquin Collis, the chief of infectious diseases at...
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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2020 - 2021 cohort of the Pacific Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) for candidates from the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam,...
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HONOLULU — Scientists from throughout the Pacific will meet March 3-5 in Honolulu to discuss allocation limits for longline-caught bigeye tuna in American Samoa, Guam, and CNMI. The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council will convene 8:...
Travellers wearing face masks exit the arrivals hall at Auckland International Airport
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — After a traveller infected with coronavirus flew into New Zealand on Wednesday, February 26, from Tehran, Iran via Bali on Emirates flight EK450, New Zealand health officials have contacted 18 passengers seated near a person infected with coronavirus, but not all have...
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Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa government has cut the number of weekly international flights from New Zealand in reaction to its first case of Covid-19 (the form coronavirus that is currently spreading around the world). On Friday, a New Zealander in their 60s tested positive for the coronavirus in...
American Samoa Council member, Totasi Archie Soliai with Council executive director Kitty M. Simonds
HONOLULU — Taotasi Archie Soliai and Kitty M. Simonds, chair and executive director of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, laud the US Coast Guard's recent success in combating illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing in the Western Pacific Region. On Monday, the ...
Arthur Brun
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Samoan man in Hawai’i, described by federal prosecutors, as a leader of a Samoan gang both inside and outside of the prison system in the Aloha State was among 11 individuals arrested and charged late last week in connecting with a high-profile case, in which the...
Lema'i Faioso Sione (left) and Malele Atofu Paulo
Apia, SAMOA — Two men facing charges of conspiring to assassinate Samoan Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi have been released from custody after their application for bail was granted. The alleged plotters, Malele Atofu Paulo also known as King Faipopo and Lema'i Faioso Sione, have been...

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