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Father Tui and family members
Honolulu, HAWAII — In a celebration where exuberance challenged the pandemic’s caution to keep one’s distance, Bishop Larry Silva ordained to the priesthood Ese’ese Filipo “Ace” Tui May 21 at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa in Honolulu. The two-hour, 15-minute liturgy joined the ancient rituals...
Samoa’s new Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa was sworn in Monday, May 24, at 6:13 p.m. in an open air tent outside of Parliament. She is pictured here just after taking the oath of office
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s FAST party  took matters into their own hands with a swearing in ceremony in a tent on the lawn outside parliament on Monday, May 24, 2021. According to RNZ reporter Jamie Tahana no members of the Human Rights Protection Party were there. At around 4:40 Samoa time Fiame Naomi...
Daniel McMoore in uniform
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata is happy to announce that Daniel Tifimalae Sovara Lutu McMoore has been accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy, one of the nation’s prestigious Service Academies. “I’m very pleased to announce a fully qualified appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy for...
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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A New Zealand research team is seeking Pasifika contributions on helping improve literacy and numeracy skills. The New Zealand Work Research Institute began a 5-year-long study in October 2019 and this month have started to focus in on Pacific people. AUT University lecturer...
Deacon Ese’ese Tui assists Bishop Larry Silva
Honolulu, HAWAII — Who calls Deacon Ese’ese “Ace” Tui from American Samoa every Sunday, his first and most constant source of vocational support and counsel? “My mother!” said the seminarian. The prayers and wise advice of Miriama Tasi Toleafoa Aumaivao Tui will come to fruition at 6 p.m. May 21 at...
Book cover  “Ua Tālā le Ta’ui” - Vol. 4
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Samoan Studies Institute (SSI) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) hosted a book launch ceremony on Thursday, May 6th, to celebrate the publication of a new book produced in collaboration with the community. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga, was the keynote...
SHS grads parading
The parade of Samoana High School Alumini marching from the Fagatogo malae to the Utulei Beach as part of their 75th Golden Jubilee celebration this week. Happy 75th Birthday Samoana High School! [photo by AF]
Frankie Adams starring in Teine Sā
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A new Pacific-themed drama and horror television series has been created for New Zealand. It is the country's first show to be written, directed, produced and crewed entirely by people of the Moana. The series, Teine Sā - The Ancient Ones, has taken a modern-day twist on...
TTFAAS banner
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During a zoom meeting with members of the Tagata Tutu Faatasi Alliance of American Samoa, Ms. Tracy Baetz, curator of the Interior Smithsonian Museum in Washington and Ms. Tanya Joshua, Deputy Policy Director/ Communications of U.S.DOI, requested the TTFAAS Banner to be...
Rodney Te’o
Fort Hall, IDAHO — The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes officially announce Rodney Te’o as the new Information Technology (IT) Director. According to Executive Director, Elese D. Teton, “Mr. Rodney Te’o has been selected and began his new position duties on Monday, May 10, 2021. Rodney has worked for the...

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