American Samoa choir
Fa’aauau pea fa’afi afi aga matagofi e a le ‘aufaipese filifi lia a Amerika Samoa, i lalo o le taitaiga a le susuga ia Pati Pati, lea o lo’o fa’afi afi a nei i le Pacific Heritage Festival, o lo’o fa’ataunu’uina i Honolulu, Hawaii. [ata foa’i]
onch shell sounding
Opening ceremony of the FestPAC 2024 saw the iconic conch shell sounded, calling all to the opening of 13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture in Hawaii on June 6, 2024. "One body, one people, one ocean, one Pacific" — was Samoa’s powerful message. [photo: President of the Senate Office, American Samoa]  
Siapo presentation
Deliah Samarra Vaitaua Paoapo of Fitiuta (right with flag) had the honor of presenting a freehand siapo mamanu gift, crafted by the masterful tapa artisans of the Am Samoa Delegation to the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture, under the guidance of Professor of Arts and Siapo Maker Reggie Meredith-Fitiao (2nd left). Ms. Paopao donned the Flag during the presentation, symbolizing her rich Manu’a ancestry as daughter of Faresa & Fofoga Paopao and granddaughter of late Afioga Maopu Paopao Faresa of Fitiuta. [courtesy photo]
Nefu Mageo in his food truck
A “taste of the islands” is the theme of a new food truck in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. “605 Island Guy” features the flavors owner Nefu Mageo enjoyed growing up in American Samoa.“In Samoan culture, everybody loves to cook,” Mageo said. “They fight over who is going to run the grill.” Offerings include dishes such as his signature barbecue chicken plate, Kalua pork sandwich and the Aloha Smash Burger with a teriyaki beef patty, pepper jack cheese, grilled pineapple guava and bacon jam. [courtesy photo Island Guy]

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Hermann Thomsen, Aifili Tamasoaali’i and Joelei Ioane.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Three of American Samoa’s top junior tennis players are competing in the 2024 Annual Australian Junior Teams Championships which served off yesterday in Gold Coast, Australia. They are Hermann Thomsen, Aifili Tamasoaali’i and Joelei Ioane. Hermann Thomsen, a member of the American Samoa Under 12 national team will be competing in the 11 and Under (11/u) category, while...

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Hermann Thomsen, Aifili Tamasoaali’i and Joelei Ioane.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Three of American Samoa’s top junior tennis players are competing in the 2024 Annual Australian Junior Teams Championships which served off yesterday in Gold Coast, Australia. They are Hermann Thomsen, Aifili Tamasoaali’i and Joelei Ioane. Hermann Thomsen, a member of...
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