Linking Samoans

I can’t say I wasn’t warned. “The film does contain some medical procedures,” said Krishnan Guru-Murthy, introducing Unreported World: Obesity in Paradise (Channel 4). Even so, I found it shocking. At the diabetic foot clinic in Samoa, 41-year-old Annie is having flesh scraped away with a scalpel...
STOCKTON — Growing up, Falesoa Iaulualo and Sopo Saina watched as the women in their families would gather to create intricate mats made from the leaves of the pandanus tree. Weaving the mats is a skill and tradition Samoan women for decades passed on from one generation to another. And giving and...
Lusia Cole became the first charter school student elected to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education on Thursday, beating out an Annapolis High School student and a South River High School student.  She is the daughter of James Cole and Clara Uila Cole from Leone.  Mrs. Cole is a direct...
We thank God for this beautiful day whereupon we have come to celebrate a historic moment inremembrance and prayer. I want to thank Rev Malaki Timu for his homily and prayers. I want to thank Governor Lolo Moliga and Lieutenant Governor Mauga for the high honour ofspeaking on this auspicious...
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...

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