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 Tanumafili Malietoa Jungblut in front of Olympic logo lifting
On the grand stage of the Tokyo International Forum this past Wednesday, Tanumafili Malietoa Jungblut made his first attempt at the140kg snatch, easily clearing the weight to take on his next lift at 150kg. Dressed in a red bib, and with the audience cheering for him, he cleared 150kg too, throwing...
Composite of Troy in parade and Amata watching.
Canton, OHIO —  “I come from a culture where discipline, humility and respect are not only the foundation of our survival, but the key to our existence,” Son of America Samoa, Troy Polamalu said. “I am a first-generation American Samoan, and I’m proudly representing my family’s lineage to America...
16-year old Jaedah Tofaeono
SAN FRANCISCO — The residents of a San Francisco Bayview neighborhood continue to wrestle with emotions after a teenage girl was gunned down while sitting on a skateboard in the middle of the street. Investigators said the shooting happened last week Friday evening around 6:45 p.m. near the corner...
Polamalu with young American Samoa athletes
Pittsburgh, PA — You could argue Troy Polamalu landing in Pittsburgh and spending all 12 of his NFL seasons with the Steelers as a strong safety was a perfect fit. But as beloved as he was — and still is — in Pittsburgh, Polamalu’s legacy stretches far beyond Western Pennsylvania, even as he shies...
Aaron Tui, his wife Catalina Salafai Markowitz Tui, Abraham Markowitz and Winnie Markowitz watch as their father, Barry Markowitz, shovel in hand, prepares to bury his wife, their mother.
The Markowitz family gathered Monday at Hawaiian Memorial Cemetery in Kaneohe, HI for the burial of Tafaoga Tuioti Mariner Markowitz. Pictured: Aaron Tui, Catalina Salafai Markowitz Tui, Abraham Markowitz and Winnie Markowitz watch as their father, Barry Markowitz, shovel in hand, prepares to bury...
Pacific islanders at NZ apology
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Sunday (NZ time) gave a formal and unreserved apology on behalf of the government for the Dawn Raids which she said left Pacific communities feeling "targeted and terrorized." Accepting the apology for the Pacific community were many people whose lives were...
Brothers Taetuli Sani and retired Army Sergeant First Class Vaitogi Sani Taetuli
San Antonio, TEXAS — American Samoa national, Mr. Taetuli Sani was sworn in as an U.S.  citizen with many other immigrants in the Alamo city of San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Sani was the only US National with a US passport among all the others who were all green card holders.  He is the oldest brother of...
Tilali Scanlan on the blocks
Way to smash it Tilali Scanlan! Tilali has a new PB of 1:10.01 and has set a new ASA national record for 100m Breaststroke. She finished 3rd in her heat in the 100m breaststroke, beating her personal best of 1:13. Tilali reminds everyone to “check out the official olympics.com page and be sure to...
FAST leaders, Fiame Naomi Mataafa and Laauli Leuatea Schmidt
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Court of Appeal has ruled that the country has a new government after it judged the impromptu swearing-in by the newcomer FAST party on 24 May was legitimate under the doctrine of necessity. The ceremony came on the 45th day following the general election, the last day...
Manu Samoa player doing victory dance
As the Manu Samoa players gather to celebrate their recent qualification to take part in the 2023 Rugby World Cup after beating Tonga's 'Ikale Tahi rugby team 37-15 in Hamilton on Saturday night, one of the team comes forward and starts to offer a traditional dance. And that started a big brouhaha...

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