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some of the passengers on the first repatriation flight to American Samoa
Passengers on the first repatriation flight to American Samoa are seen in this photo at the Tradewinds Hotel. Masks and protective gloves are part of their arrival protocol. They came directly from the airport via buses to the hotel where they then went through Immigration and Customs, before...
Judge Fa’amomoi (“Moi”) Masaniai
Seattle, WASHINGTON — After serving as a pro tem judge in numerous municipal courts in King and Pierce counties, Judge Fa’amomoi (“Moi”) Masaniai will join the King County District Court bench in February. The King County Council appointed Judge Masaniai at its January 26, 2021, meeting to fill a...
Bluesky giant SIM card facsimile
At a press conference this past Friday, Bluesky Communications' newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Justin Tuiasosopo announced the company’s donation of $70,000 in total value of services as part of its contribution to help local residents returning on repatriation flights from the U.S. who...
Tessarina Vee and Monsignor Marco Frisina
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoan artist residing in Rome has released an ecumenical music album titled “Rendiamo Lode Al Sigmore" which translates as "Praise the Lord". Tessarina Ve'e, who hails from the village of Vaimoso, moved to Rome in 2015 to pursue career opportunities.  She released her album on...
Volunteers packaging up food and supplies for stranded residents.
Honolulu, HAWAII — After their last test results came in yesterday — ALL NEGATIVE — the American Samoa residents quarantined in Honolulu, Hawaii are now all eager and excited for the weekend to be over, so they can finally board the Hawaiian Airlines flight and be on their way home — to be with...
Ioane Sa'ula, who plays Vince in the series Bump
Sydney, NEW SOUTH WALES — When I sat down to watch the Australian drama Bump on the day of its release, I was excited to hear the term "uce" peppering the dialogue between two teenage characters. This slang term of endearment, coined by the Samoan diaspora in the US and New Zealand a couple of...
Louisa Reid and Poiva Reid
Beautiful ladies Louisa Reid and Poiva Reid taking time out to celebrate Poiva’s 95th birthday. May the good Lord continue to bless each and everyone with a life well lived. [photo: Leua Aiono Frost]
Olafou Laolagi and his wife, Onolina along with two of their children
Olafou Laolagi and his wife, Onolina along with their children — the couple and two of their four children are finally going home to American Samoa. A year ago, the couple flew from Pago Pago to Utah so that she could give birth to their fourth child. They left two of their children in Am Samoa...
Lawrence French
Eagle River, ALASKA — Long time American Samoa resident Lawrence P. French (Frenchie to his friends and associates) died at the ago of 85 on the 16th of January 2021 in Eagle River, Alaska.  He was in the care of his son John French for the last few months of his life. A memorial service will be...
Faafeo Lagafuaina
 “I’m excited to go back home. I’ve got three young kids at home,” Faafeo Lagafuaina, who just flew into Honolulu from Washington State this past Monday, told Hawaii News Now. She has been separated from her children for a year. She is one of the 160 people on the first repatriation flight,...

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