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Tuioti Lapi Mariner
Apia, SAMOA — It’s been two years since Tuioti Lapi Mariner boarded an airplane for a gig so the world renowned baritone is ready and raring to go for a special guest appearance at the ‘We Are Samoa’ Diamond Gala in California later this month. Tuioti, 44, lives on the Gold Coast of Australia in...
Junior Aumavae
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A web-based news service out of Alaska is reporting what some readers are classifying as discrimination against a Samoan appointed by the Anchorage mayor to the post of chief equity officer for Anchorage. A resolution in the Anchorage Assembly, to be presented during...
 A photo of the lakalaka dance
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND —  Tributes have flowed for American anthropologist Adrienne Lois Keppler, a leading scholar in Pacific art and dance, who passed away last weekend at the age of 86. The prestigious Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C, published a tribute letter...
Amata with Katherine Kim and her mother Seongshim Park
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata is delighted to announce that Katherine Kim has been accepted for admittance to the U.S. Naval Academy.  “I’m so happy to congratulate Katherine Kim and announce this well-deserved acceptance,” said Congresswoman Amata. “She now has a fully...
Congresswoman Unifa’atali Amata with a federal official
Congresswoman Unifa’atali Amata was with the federal team that arrived in Pago on a military plane on Friday, March 4, 2022, to assist authorities in American Samoa in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  She immediately went into quarantine at the Tradewinds Hotel, with all her fellow...
FEMA and DHSS personnel and Unifa’atali Amata
Personnel and aid from FEMA and DHSS departed Hawaii March 4, 2022, to assist American Samoa in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Spotted in the middle is Congresswoman Unifa’atali Amata (4th from right, front row) who was reported to be traveling with the federal contingent. U.S. Army Pacific...
Joseph Auga Matamata
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Joseph Auga Matamata, who had been jailed for 11 years, had his application for leave to appeal dismissed on Thursday. New Zealand's Solicitor-General appealed against the sentence imposed on the 67-year-old.  While the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal against...
Michael Sun
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata is happy to announce a second prestigious Service Academy acceptance for Michael Sun, as he has been accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy. He had previously received an acceptance from the U.S. Military Academy, giving him two excellent opportunities...
Church buildings under construction
Killeen, TEXAS — Construction is back in full swing for the Samoan church on Stan Schlueter Loop in Killeen, TX.  Last April, hundreds of colorfully dressed local residents of Samoan ancestry held a groundbreaking ceremony that included a roasted pig and traditional Samoan fiafia.  The Samoan...
MICHAEL SUN IN FRONT OF SOUTH PACIFIC ACADEMY
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata is delighted to announce that Michael Sun has been accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, one of the nation’s prestigious Service Academies. He is the first acceptance of this year’s group of student nominees from American Samoa.  “I’m...

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