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Poster from group's Facebook page
Organizers of the Tagata Tutu Fa’atasi Alliance of American Samoa (TTFAS) in Honolulu are holding a wave for "Repatriation only — keep borders closed” on Oct. 16th — as shown in this poster on the group’s Facebook page. The event, set for 9a.m., in front of the ASG’s Hawaii Office in Honolulu on...
Tisa's Barefoot Bar on Alega Beach,
Alega Beach, AMERICAN SAMOA — Alega Preservation Institute and Tisa’s Barefoot Bar are pleased to announce our Annual Tattoo Festival for 2020, October 23 – 25. This year marks the 15th year of our Tatau Festival event in American Samoa with the gracious support of our local government and business...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Today marks the 11th anniversary of the 2009 earthquake — followed by a tsunami — that claimed the lives of 34 people in American Samoa, 3 in Tonga, and more than 100 in Samoa. The COVID-19 restrictions have hampered any major government memorial service. With Samoa and...
A detail from Léuli Eshrāghi's digital work AOAULI at ACCA Open
Sydney, AUSTRALIA — For millennia, bark cloths harvested from paper mulberry trees have been used to wrap babies and bury elders, and are presented with gratitude to ceremonial hosts across Oceania. And now artist Léuli Eshrāghi has taken them into the 21st century, in a digital incarnation that...
Little girl in her White Sunday best.
Apia, SAMOA — Businesses across the country are registering a surge of orders and advertising special offers for clothing and food more than a fortnight ahead of the White Sunday holiday.  Typically on White Sunday children lead Sunday services, reciting scriptures and performing in plays and...
Dr. Reupena Lesa (front, left) and Dr. Ernie Seiuli (front, R) each earned a Doctor of Education, while Dr. Feleni Alainuuese (front, C) completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Education. Joining in the celebration were ASCC Teacher Education Program Director Shirley De La Rosa and Trades & Technical Program Director Fred Suisala
ASCC Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Siaumaua Ropeti (back L) hosted a ceremony to recognize three faculty members who recently completed their Doctorate degrees from Capella University. Dr. Reupena Lesa (front, left) and Dr. Ernie Seiuli (front, R) each earned a Doctor of Education, while Dr. Feleni...
Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard speaking
WASHINGTON — With her failed presidential bid in the rearview mirror, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard spun off her presidential fundraising committee into a new political action committee last week, a sign that she’s not done with politics, yet. In short, Tulsi Now is no more; meet Tulsi Aloha. Gabbard’s...
Berlin, GERMANY — In 1920 a German man named Erich Scheurmann published a strange little book titled The Papalagi. The 117-page travelogue, written as a series of 11 speeches supposedly by a Samoan chief named Tuiavii, described the European way of life in a simple, childlike manner. Tuiavii called...
(from left) Jack Thompson of Washington State, Chuck Fusina of Penn Satate and Rich Leach of Michigan pose with USC coach John Robinson
Palm Beach, FLORIDA — With the conversation winding down, the voice on the line, originating from Seattle, says he has to run. Or so he thought. Suddenly, he remembers something he needed to say. And it’s probably the most important thing. “You tell Tua I’m rooting hard for him,” he says. “Do us...
Former Rep. Matagi's flag drapped casket being carried into funeral service
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American flag-draped casket of the late former Rep. Matagi Malotumau David Palepoi Sialega Mauga was escorted into the CCCAS Aua Church for the final funeral service on Monday this week, where his older brother, Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga, family members,...

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