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Linking Samoans

Amata and Victor
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata is congratulating Victor Chen of American Samoa upon his third acceptance by a prestigious Service Academy. The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, has notified Congresswoman Amata, joining previous offers of a fully qualified...
Pastor David Katina
Pastor David Katina, in the background on stage, singing a hymn that was part of “The Collage of Love” presented by the pastor and his wife Pastor Debbie Katina at the Department of Youth And Women’s Affairs building in Tafuna on Apr. 2nd - Good Friday. [photo: Leua Aiono Frost]
Elisapeta T. Lesatele Alaimaleata (left) and DYWA Director Salote Fanene (center) taking a picture with Makerita Fa'ae'e Iosefo
Honolulu, HAWAII — Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center, CEO Elisapeta T. Lesatele Alaimaleata is preparing for Hawaii Children's Action Network's (HCAN) "Champions for Children's Annual Award", which will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 7, 2021.  Mrs. Alaimaleata has been nominated for "going above and...
Fiti Aina and family
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After over a year of shutting down flights due to the pandemic, American Samoa has completed its 2nd round of repatriation and the 3rd repat group is now beginning quarantine in Honolulu. PBS NewsHour Weekend’s Laura Fong spoke to one of the hundreds of formerly stranded...
FIREKNIFE competitor
Honolulu, HAWAII — After getting cancelled last year because of the pandemic, the Polynesian Cultural Center says the World Fireknife Championships are back on this year.  The 28th annual World Championships will be on May 5 at the La’ie Center. World champions will be crowned in women, junior and...
Pacific Islander Student Association activities
St, George, UTAH — Julia Faaiu, vice president of the Pacific Islander Student Association, explains what people can learn from the Polynesian community. Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month takes place in April every year to celebrate and recognize the history, contribution and...
Reginald Wayne Shute
Reginald Wayne Shute, a former President of the Apia Samoa Temple in Pesega was laid to rest on Good Friday in Utah. He was 86. Mr. Shute's passing was announced in a statement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in numerous capacities for the Church in the Pacific...
Man fishing off the shore
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — NOAA Fisheries is proud to release We Fish! American Samoa. It is a collaboration with local fishermen and fishing communities to tell the story of recreational and non-commercial fishing in American Samoa. The video gives a glimpse into the different types of fishing...
Nina Luaifoa and her dad Ralph Luaifoa
Honolulu, Hawaii — I first met Ralph Luaifoa when I commended him on his American Samoa pride. Of course we were both shopping to send mealofas to our Aiga Samoa.   As anyone with Samoa family roots... of course there was a village connection. Seuga, the wife and mom, is a Salelologa girl of the...
Rev. Menise Sasa
Killeen, TEXAS — Funeral services for Reverend Menise Sasa, 69 of Copperas Cove, TX will be held Saturday, March 27, 2021, 9:00 a.m. at United Faith Church in Copperas Cove, TX. Burial with military honors will follow the service at the Copperas Cove Cemetery in Copperas Cove, TX. Viewing/Service...

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