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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...
Screenshot from Hawaii News Now of news reporter at Free Clinic
Honolulu, HAWAII — For people who may not qualify for Medicaid, there is now an alternative: a new, free clinic for people with no insurance during the pandemic. The Aloha Free Clinic doesn’t officially open until Monday, but doctors started treating patients Friday morning. “I’m just going...
Fotu Baby Mo'a Sanele in police custody
Apia, SAMOA — Two trigger-happy men accused of firing gunshots to frighten fellow villagers in Faleatiu have been denied bail by Supreme Court Justice Leiataualesa Daryl M. Clarke. Fotu Baby Mo'a Sanele and his co-defendant Iolamo Sanele Mo'a appeared for a custody hearing before Leiataualesa on...
Breadfruit, get to know it.
Big Island, HAWAII — The Hawaii Ulu Producers Cooperative is made up of about 100 farmers — most of them on the Big Island — who grow ulu, Hawaii’s indigenous breadfruit. "It's part of the culture of Hawaii and that's something we don't want lost," the cooperative's Andrew Trump said. To work...
Anchorage, ALASKA — “Charge!” You know it, the bugle call in every old Western movie when the cavalry comes riding in. These days, in the 907, recent high school graduates know their party is being rescued when they hear a very different kind of horn. A car horn — or rather, dozens of them....
Artyon Zhiryada, 20, was seen shooting a chicken
Honolulu, HAWAII (HNN) — A man who was seen in a social media video allegedly shooting a chicken with a spear gun has been arrested. He was among the latest arrests of alleged travel quarantine breakers. Authorities say 20-year-old Artyon Zhiryada of Happy Valley, Ore., was charged with...
Passenger getting off Air New Zealand plane
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s newly announced Chief Justice along with several other passengers described as VIPs who arrived into Faleolo International Airport on Friday afternoon have been moved to and from three separate hotels in the past 24 hours. According to a staff member of the Ministry of Health...
Samoan Language Week poster
The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, says the theme for the 2020 Samoa Language Week is a perfect fit for helping our Pacific communities cope with the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, and to prepare now for the journey ahead as New Zealand focuses on recovery plans and rebuilding New...
Apia, SAMOA — The mother of a Samoan sailor currently abroad on a cruise ship has expressed concern about her son's welfare and appealed to the Samoa Shipping Services to keep her and other parents updated. Local Moe Lei Sam told Samoa Observer that her son Jerry Ta'avao is one of the many Samoan...

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