Linking Samoans

Candace Le’i Garcia, a 1991 graduate of Matafao Elementary School and 1995 valedictorian of Fa’asao High School, was recently promoted to Administrative Judge of the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals, in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Candace was born and...
As the 2017 NFL draft inches closer, the Oakland Raiders have diverted their focus away from status quo to host former American Samoa soccer star Shalom Luani. The Raiders will bring Luani into Oakland for a visit on Tuesday, per NFL’s Ian Rapoport. Luani dominated the pitch before shifting his...
The fautasi regatta that took place over a period of three days last week had four boats built by one local man — Leotiti Maselino Ioane. The regatta comprised the two Heats, the Exhibition Race and the final 2017 Flag Day Championship Race, and his boats all placed. Leotiti of Aua built...
Apia, SAMOA — Being blind hasn’t stopped Faoolo Utumapu from climbing the ladder in life.  A journalist by profession, a strong advocate for the disabled, she has been appointed as one of the lecturers for the National University of Samoa (NUS) for the journalism courses. Born blind Faoolo will be...
A small, enthusiastic crowd gathered among the shelves of one of Auckland’s libraries earlier this week to listen to a lively and engaging talk on the practice of malu, the Samoan female tattoo. The event, part of Papatoetoe Library’s regular “Tea and Topic” programme, was organised to celebrate...
Despite the challenging Auckland traffic and a weather forecast predicting light showers, thousands of people were at Auckland's annual Pasifika Festival Saturday. The sound of drum beats, ukuleles and beautiful Pacific voices filled the air for the 25th Pasifika being held in the city. People from...
The 37th Annual Morris Trophy Awards 2016 was held at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle Washington. Isaac Asiata 24 years old, a 6-foot-3, 323 pound senior from Spanish Fork, Utah, accumulated 39 straight starts during his last three seasons and was named to the 2016 Associated Press All Bowl...
Apia, SAMOA — WBO Heavyweight boxing champion La'auli Lupesoliai Joseph Parker arrived in Samoa Sunday morning and was welcomed with opens arms on the main highway by the LeAuva'a Village Council and members of the public. The WBO Champ was greeted with banners and a crowd of people who were...
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa will have a special treat before the holidays as Auli'i Cravalho, the voice of Moana, and Ron Clements, John Musker and Osnat Shurer the filmmakers of Disney animated Moana will be in Samoa on Wednesday (Samoa Time). There will be a special Screening of Disney's MOANA at Samoa’s...
Mrs. Ainoama Ameperosa-Leota and Ms. Dacia Toilolo of Port Administration had a chance to meet Auli'i Cravalho — the star & voice — of Disney’s animated movie, “Moana”, yesterday morning at the airport, on her way to Samoa with her mother and the Disney film makers.They said, “It was an honor...

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