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Linking Samoans

Teyonna Jarman
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM) and there’s a rising tide of discontent among Pacific Islanders who say the Pacific Islander part of this cobbled-together group is neglected. The Washington Post points out that the “AAPI label...
Samoa's 60th Independence Day logo
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa looks to celebrate its 60th Independence anniversary on June 1 after two half years of virtual celebrations due to the pandemic lockdown. The Logo and Theme for the 60th anniversary was launched in front of the FMFMII government building last week. Prime Minister Fiame Naomi...
Brianna Fruean
Apia, SAMOA — A young climate change activist from Samoa, Brianna Fruean, is the recipient of the Oceania Global Citizen Prize's Award. The award recognises activists across the world whose efforts focus on ending extreme poverty and achieving the United Nations' Global Goals. Ms Fruean is being...
Lester Lagafuaina's signing ceremony
Tafuna Warriors' Defensive Back, Lester Lagafuaina (bottom center) yesterday signed his National Letter of Intent to the University of Hawaii, joining Keiki Misipeka, Head Coach Timmy Chang and so many other Sons of American Samoa on the Rainbow Warriors Football Team. Pictured: Lester Sr,...
American Samoa singer Tenelle (middle)
Hollywood, CALIFORNIA — After eight weeks of national upheaval, the fans can finally rest easy: the 'American Song Contest' has ended. Even though K-pop queen AleXa went on to win, American Samoa's Tenelle struck a chord with the viewers. Ten acts remained at the start of Monday's two-hour finale...
 The late Paramount Chief Letuli “Freddie” Misilagi
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Hawaii’s largest Samoan cultural festival and a pre-eminent showcase of Samoa’s traditions, the We Are Samoa Festival is highlighted by the exhilarating World Fireknife Championships this week at the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC).  “The World Fireknife Championships...
Tanelle
Hollywood, CALIFORNIA — Tenelle isn’t exactly sure when her love for singing first started, but suggests that growing up with a big family, where talent shows are more competitive than the “X-Factor” itself, may have well done it. Tenelle — who represents American Samoa recalls listening to artists...
Former Manu Samoa player Kelly Meafua
Apia, SAMOA — A former Manu Samoa sevens player Kelly Meafua died in France on Friday after falling from a bridge, his French rugby club has confirmed. The Samoan ProD2 player died after falling from a bridge in France on Friday, his Montauban club said in a statement, with his death coming after...
Fireknife dancer 'eating' fire
Honolulu, HAWAII — Samoa’s largest cultural event in Hawaii lights up the Polynesian Cultural Center this weekend with the high school Samoan Cultural Arts Festival and culminating next week with the World Fireknife Championship finals. The world’s most talented fireknife dancers are coming...
Mark and Nofo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Mark Wade (left) is pictured in the 1974 photo with his friend Nofo at one of the Navy gun embankments left on Tutulia after WWII.  “I came to American Samoa in 1969, I was 19 years of age. I flew in on Pan American World airlines. Lived off and on from 1969 to 1980. In...

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