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Linking Samoans

Two men in Alaska holding the Manu'a flag
His body is in Dillingham, Alaska but his heart and mind are with his Village of Ofu and all of Manu’atele! Ia manuia tele lou sisiga fu’a Manu’atele all the way from Dillingham Alaska — o gai kamaiki mai Ofu.  [photo: Manu’atele Worldwide]
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Auckland group show Moana Waiwai, Moana Pāti, is taking a deep dive inside artist Melissa Gilbert's distinctve neo-nesian, earth punk aesthetic. Gilbert is an artist, storyteller and student, who focuses on “the constant talanoa of identity, connection and healing”. Talanoa...
PFC Castro with American Samoa flag
Fort Jackson, SOUTH CAROLINA — PFC Kerisiano Ricardo Castro graduated from the U.S. Army Basic Combat Training for the 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment at Fort Jackson, South Carolina on July 8, 2021. Over the next 14 weeks, he will be completing advanced individual training for his job as a...
Vitolio ma Rosie Smith o Ottoville
O le susuga Vitolio ma Rosie Smith o Ottoville lea ua pale i la’ua e avea ma Fa’afeagaiga taulagi i le Ekalesia SISIDAC- Samoa ma sa fa’au’uina le la’ua tofi a’o galulue i le Ekalesia i Falesiu. Malo le tauata’i, e leai se faigofie i lou galue ai i le galuega a le Atua, ae silisili ai o le tofi mai...
Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata presents an ula fala to her former House colleague, new Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland
Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata presents an ula fala to her former House colleague, new Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland in the Secretary's office on July 4. Sec. Haaland made history when she became the first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary. She is a member of the Pueblo of...
Lusi Faiva
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A renowned Samoan dancer has scooped up another award for her artistic achievements and efforts to open up the arts world to people with disabilities. Lusi Faiva has won the Arts Access PAK’nSAVE Artistic Achievement Award 2021. Faiva, 53, uses a wheelchair and is non-verbal...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Fa’alavelave” na tusia e Sau Ueligitone. O se ata lea e sili ona taua i le soifuaga o tagata Samoa aua ua va’aia ai mea uma sao ma foliga va’aia o lea upu o le “fa’alavelave” faaleaiga Samoa. Maimoaina i le fale mata’aga i Fagatogo. A painting titled “Faalavelave” by...
Talalelei Roberts (left) and Princess Viesca (right) joined by their HOSA advisor, Ms Cassandra Garcia (middle).
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Talalelei Roberts and Princess Viesca from Fa’asao Marist High School are among the TOP 10 teams, in the Community Awareness category in the HOSA-Future Health Professionals Virtual International Leadership Conference (HOSA-VILC) that happened from June 23-26, 2021....
 Pulefanolefolasa Feagaimaali’i Galea’i
Honolulu, HAWAII — Family, friends, colleagues, fellow entertainers, other Samoan cultural experts, fire knife dancers and many others bid a “fond farewell” to Pulefanolefolasa Feagaimaali’i Galea’i during three recent events spread over three days. It was an unprecedented tribute by professional...
Lafoaina Avealalo
Fogasavaii Highlands, SAVAI'I — In the highlands of Fogasavaii on the big island Savai’i, beef cattle farmer Lafoaina Avealalo sits looking out over the vast ocean beyond his village. He savors the view as he enjoys the results of his hard work for his family and their future. It’s a bumpy ride up...

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