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Man in a ti leaf face mask
Honolulu, HAWAII — Ti Leaf Joe's has a deal for you.
Jawsh 685 at RNZ
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — South Auckland teenager Jawsh 685 - whose tune inspired Jason Derulo's new worldwide smash 'Savage Love' - says it all started in his tiny bedroom and his music is made to "blast on sirens". Manurewa High School student Joshua Stylah's viral hit 'Laxed (Siren Beat)' ended up...
Faapito Lesatele, Faamuli Salu, Tamasailau Lemuelu with their siapo
Meet three generations of siapo craftswomen in Palauli, Samoa: 48-year-old Faapito Lesatele, 79-year-old Faamuli Salu and 21-year-old Tamasailau Lemuelu. Tamasailau works alongside her two mentors, her mother and grandmother. The family paints siapo cloth with a sharpened pandanus fruit for a brush...
Mufi Hannemann in screen shot from ad video
Honolulu, HAWAII — To watch the 30-second political commercial titled “A Kid from Kalihi” is to be reminded that Mufi Hannemann is a familiar face with a long and impressive pedigree. Narrated by the candidate for Honolulu mayor himself, the spot features a very young Mufi with his late parents, a...
The 12 seniors
Carson, CA — This is the first baccalaureate for the United Samoan Church in Carson, California. 12 seniors were honored as they were unable to have their traditional ceremony due to COVID-19 restrictions. Of the 12 that were honored, 11 are college bound and 1 has joined the military. Eight of...
Samoan author Lani Wendt Young
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Congratulations to Samoan author Lani Wendt Young whose short-story collection, Afakasi Woman, is a finalist for the NZ Books Awards Young Adult Fiction Award. Lani joins Pasifika writers Selina Tusitala Marsh and Courtney Sina Meredith as finalists; it is believed to be the...
Letini Ricky Fala Mauga outside Stanford Medical Center
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Cancer is a thief” is the heading of a memorial posted on the Manuatele Community Worldwide Facebook page after the passing of Letini "Ricky" Fala Mauga who succumbed after a long battle with the disease. Mauga and his younger sister Fa'avela traveled to California...
Black Lives Matter protest
From Concord, California; Tutuila, American Samoa; to Auckland, New Zealand — Samoa News covered & participated in the Black Lives Matter rallies and protests over the past weeks in support of removing ‘knees from our necks’ through community participation in making changes, not only by...
#AmericanSamoaForBlackLivesMatter group
A peaceful demonstration organized by #AmericanSamoa ForBlackLivesMatter, joined like-minded people around the world when they marched Saturday morning from Fatu ma Futi to the Utulei Beach to show their support for Black Lives Matter, which has become a global movement standing against racism.  [...
Fagaitua 2020 grad, Pisamoa Gary Liua Taifane
Meet a 2020 graduate of Fagaitua High School, Mr. Pisamoa Gary Liua Taifane of Poloa and Aunuu. This year, high school graduations for public schools will be 'virtual'. Meanwhile, most private schools have already held their graduation ceremonies.  [photo: courtesy]

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