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Bride with her parents
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Planning a Samoan wedding during a worldwide pandemic is not for the weak. After being together since university, ours was the wedding everyone had been waiting for. So when the venue was found and the date set last year, plans were quickly made and names for the bridal...
Olomoana Elementary School principal and staff
Olomoana Elementary School principal Larry Gutu (right rear) and school staff last week with donations valued at more than $10,000 for the school, from The Sons of Seaula organization — a group of off-island alumni. Aponiva Ulu represented the group's members whose contributions included: 5 Apple...
MV Lady Samoa IV launching
Hiroshima, JAPAN — Samoa’s new international passenger vessel, MV LADY SAMOA IV, which is being built under Japan’s grant aid assistance, was launched on Tuesday, 19 April 2022 at the Setoda Shipyard of Naikai Zosen Corporation, Hiroshima, Japan. The naming and launching ceremony was attended by...
American Samoa singer Tenelle
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA — It was a night filled with amazing performances and Tenelle from American Samoa set the stage on fire with a soulful performance on NBC’s singing reality show ‘American Song Contest’. The talented musician sang ‘Full Circle’ and took everyone by storm with her singing...
Members of the  Seventh-day Adventist Choir
Special choir from the Seventh-day Adventist Church American Samoa sang hymns at yesterday’s 2022 Flag Day ceremony at Malae o le Talu at Fagatogo, during the very scaled down event due to community spread of COVID.  This is the 3rd year Flag Day has been scaled back during the pandemic. [photo:...
Jerry Tuwai demonstrates a key element to Fiji 7s years of success... the ability to offload with support, anytime, no matter how well the opponent is defending you.  Manu Samoa's Indiha Saofui-Huta made a perfect form tackle on Tuwai, but Fiji carried on with great support.  Fiji beat Samoa...
social distancing during Easter Sunday church service
Yesterday in Samoa congregation members observed social distancing during their Easter Sunday church service.  The country is currently under Alert Level 2 with local authorities last week announcing approval for the resumption of church services but limited to 30 people or less.  [photo: Junior S...
New Zealand's Kitiona Vai offloads the ball
New Zealand's Kitiona Vai offloads the ball in the All Blacks' 40-14 trouncing of Japan on the first day of the Vancouver 7s 2022, BC Place, Vancouver, Canada. [photo:Barry Markowitz, courtesy Bluesky Communications 4/16/22]
Rev. Nafatali Falealii (left) and Rev. Sasa Satoa
Apia, SAMOA — Leaders of the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa (C.C.C.A.S.) have called a special day of prayer that will coincide with Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022. The Easter Sunday “Pray for American Samoa” call is in response to Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga’s request made on 11...
Samoa's Melani Matavao and New Zealand’s Tone Ng Shiu
Despite intense efforts by Manu Samoa defender, Melani Matavao, New Zealand’s Tone Ng Shiu got off an amazing pass, which led to a critical All Black’s Try.  In a very entertaining close scrappy game, the New Zealand All Black’s were fortunate to beat Manu Samoa 22-14 in their Cup Quarter Final...

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