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stranded residents

Dear Editor, We are American Samoa residents, who want to come home, but are not able to.  Not without a lot of careful planning because the local government has closed our home borders citing safety concerns over the COVID pandemic. We know it is being worked out and as our leaders have noted, we...
Elisapeta Alaimaleata,Aloha Harvest volunteers,Tuiafono Vai Sua and a staff member, Filipo Ilaoa
Elisapeta Alaimaleata, the CEO and founder of Le Fetuao (third from left) is part of the group that presented a donation from Aloha Harvest of water and healthy snacks to the ASG-Hawaii Director Tuiafono Vai Sua and a staff member, Filipo Ilaoa, for the Repatriation Flight #2 passengers in...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga — and First Lady Ella at Thank You wave
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After being stranded in the US for many months due to border closure, “people lost hope” but the first repatriation flight on Feb. 1st “brings so much, not only to our family here but our people who are stranded, that there is hope, that our governor is bringing us home...
Talofa, With a grateful heart we first give thanks to our Father in Heaven for His Tender Mercies given to our family. Gratitude is due also to the many individuals & to the American Samoa & US Federal Government who made it possible for our family to return home on the first repatriation...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga and FIRST LADY ELLA PEREFOTI MAUGA
WELCOME HOME FIRST LADY ELLA PEREFOTI MAUGA: The First Lady was among the 159 repatriated passengers on the first repat flight to American Samoa, who were quarantined at Tradewinds Hotel and released to their loved ones on Monday this week. From the hotel, Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga,...
Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale receiving a OVID-19 vaccinatio
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  In a press release issued Saturday, Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale, who is also chair of the government’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Governor’s Authorized Representative (GAR), announced tentative dates for a series of 5 repatriation flights through July and...
Lt. Governor Talauega, pictured here with Gov. Lemanu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga and Lt. Governor Talauega Eleasalo Ale in two press statement’s released late Friday announced that the final COVID test for all 159 passengers on the first repatriation test flight came out NEGATIVE and the admin released new rules for...
Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Nikolao Pula
Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) has awarded $1,670,450 in CARES Act grant funding to the American Samoa Government (ASG) to help repatriate American Samoans stranded outside of the territory since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last year...
TTFAAS supporters with signs
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Tagata Tutu Faatasi Alliance of American Samoa (TTFAAS) flyer released on its Facebook page last week, announcing a planned “TTFAAS WAVE” on Feb. 19th at Utulei  Beach, thanking government leaders — that the repatriation flights from the US have commenced — and “to...
Police officer and patrol car blocking road into the Tradewinds Hotel.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — So far the cost of the first repatriation flight from the US, that arrived on island Feb. 1 is “over $1 million” and the government is fronting payment of expenses, to be reimbursed later by the federal government. This is according to Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega...

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