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A woman sitting in a car administers a swab to her nose.
Honolulu, HAWAII — Two new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Tuesday in Maui County, including the first diagnosis of a Lanai resident. The Lanai resident was exposed on Maui and “will be remaining on Maui Island for the interim,” state Department of Health officials said in its daily online report...
Mr Lin of Peta Lin Store holds bag of chicken
Apia, SAMOA — A disparity in the price of chicken between stores was felt by consumers this past weekend with some shops selling at $4.20, while another store set the price at $5.80 per kilogram. As many in Samoa lost their jobs and sources of income due to the necessary COVID-19 state of emergency...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — Two new COVID-19 fatalities were reported in Hawaii on Friday, bringing the state’s death toll from the virus to 14. State Health Department officials said both of the patients were Oahu men over age 65. Both of the men also had underlying health conditions, they said....
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Salem, OREGON — Pacific Islanders in Oregon are being disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic, according to new data released this week. This week’s data report from the Oregon Health Authority found that Pacific Islanders have 13.1 cases per 10,000 residents, a much higher rate...
NZers at Samoa airport wait to catch their repatriation to Auckland
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — An Air New Zealand plane is repatriating at least 200 people from Apia to Auckland but will not be taking any passengers back to Samoa. The airbus was also delivering essential supplies to Apia. The round trip would be made in one day without a need for crew changes. Earlier...
Faleolo International Airport
Apia, SAMOA — The matai council of Ti'avea village on the eastern end of Upolu in Samoa, has consented to a government request to relocate homes and graves to facilitate the construction of a $US5 million airstrip. The Samoa Observer newspaper reported a senior matai, Tolu Iona Maiava, said the...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — The Department of Public Safety has issued a warning about the latest scam reported in Hawaii. Officials say a man told authorities that he got a strange text message from someone claiming to be a “Sergeant Anderson” with the Sheriff Division Internet Crimes Task Force. The...
Hawaiian Air employees unload HAL plane bringing masks to Hawaii.
Honolulu, HAWAII — More than 50 Hawaiian Airlines and Every1ne Hawai‘i representatives on Tuesday welcomed home the carrier’s charter flight bringing 1.6 million face masks from China to Hawai‘i to help protect the state’s residents from COVID-19. Eight Hawaiian Airlines crew members departed...
A car part and the baggie of cocaine found in it
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Police Service (SPS) has confirmed that 200 grams of cocaine was found hidden in a car part that was sent as a mail package from Mexico, after multiple news agencies in Samoa broke the story overnight. In a press release SPS says it was notified by the Ministry of Customs...
Air New Zealand plane in flight
Apia, SAMOA — The Government of Samoa has approved Air New Zealand flight NZ993 to depart Samoa and travel to Auckland at 2.30pm (Samoa time), on Friday 24 April. This according to a notice posted on the New Zealand High Commission Facebook page. The Commission states that if you have already...

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