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Linking Samoans

Honolulu, HAWAII — Human health risks, stronger cyclones, coral reef death, and coastal flooding are among the major challenges detailed in a new report on climate change in American Sāmoa. Threatened resources include high-value coastal infrastructure and the millions of dollars that ocean...
Sven Ortquist teaching a class at ASCC art building
World-renowned wood-carver, and sculptor as well as boat builder, book illustrator, and painter Sven Ortquist teaching a class in ASCC’s old art building that was demolished to make room for ‘progress’.  Artist Reggie Meredith Fitiao pays tribute to a building that was home to and nurtured artists...
Lani Wendt Young
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The accolades keep coming for Samoan author Lani Wendt Young whose book 'Fire's Caress' has won the 2022 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Youth Novel. Announced at a ceremony in Wellington, NZ on Saturday night, the SJV awards are administered by the Science Fiction and...
Manti Te'o
Los Gatos, CALIFORNIA — The Netflix doc “The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist” revisits the Manti Te’o catfishing scandal—and includes eye-opening interviews with Te’o and his tormentor, Naya Tuiasosopo. Yet in truth, Te’o’s saga remains a nightmare of unwarranted humiliation and lasting, career-...
Lt. Gov.  Josh Green and Lt. Governor Talauega
Hawaii Lt. Governor and Gubernatorial Candidate, Josh Green (left) during the Closing Ceremonies of the Samoan Heritage Week at Keehi Lagoon Beach Park. Green received enthusiastic campaign endorsements from the podium by Lt. Governor Talauega Eleasalo Va'alele Ale (right). Green handily defeated...
Pastor Headrick Hunkin's wife performs a siva
Lighthouse Outreach Center's Pastor Headrick Hunkin's wife performs a siva honoring her late mother-in-law at the Samoan Heritage Week at Keehi Lagoon Beach Park.[photo by Barry Markowitz, courtesy Ruby Red Café]
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — To date it is unclear where the earthquakes are coming from around the Manu’a Islands. For the last week, residents of the Manuʻa group of islands in American Samoa continue to feel earthquakes. The US Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) in its latest...
Alan Lowenthal from California, Democratic House members John Garamendi, Donald Yu-Tien Hsu, Director-General, dept. of North American Affairs, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Democratic House member Don Beyer from Virginia and Republican Rep. Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen, delegate from American Samoa pose for a photo after arriving on a U.S. government plane at Songshan airport in Taipei.
In this photo released by the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from left, U.S. Democratic House members — including Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata (right) pose for a photo after arriving on a U.S. government plane at Songshan airport in Taipei, Taiwan on Sunday, Aug 14, 2022. The delegation of...
Samoan Heritage Week main stage
Samoan Heritage Week was the most professional Hawaii Samoa event ever.presented at Keehi Lagoon Beach Park.  All signage, audio, tents, seating were first class.  As seen on the far right, KVZK was working hard to provide the Territory with hours of cultural entertainment.   [Photo by Barry...
Hawaii Lt. Governor, Josh Green and Amerian Samoa Lt. Governor Talauega Eleasalo Va'alele Ale
Tofa To'oto'o Tauese V. Sunia looks on as Hawaii Lt. Governor, Josh Green, MD presents an official proclamation to American Samoa Lt. Governor Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale at the Samoan Heritage Week, at Keehi Lagoon Beach Park, on Thursday evening, July 11, 2022. [photo by Barry Markowitz]

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