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Linking Samoans

Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Anyone with an ethnic name will tell you it can be anything from a conversation starter to a lesson on pronunciation, or just a struggle. For me, it’s a story that belongs to my aiga (family) – one of migration, cultural differences and new beginnings. Named after my dad’s...
The student authors. L to R: Setu Misilī, Elizabeth Vaō, Malo Malaki, Petala Nanai, Misilī Misilī, Fiapule Tanuvasa, Tini Malaki, Pelenaise Finau, Togisau Chan Sau
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A bilingual Samoan-English book by students at Ōtara’s Tangaroa College shares how they keep connected to their culture while living in Aotearoa New Zealand. The book, titled La’u Penina Tautele My Pearl of Great Price, is funded by Auckland Council Libraries and contains...
Mariner Fagaiava-Muller (right) and Faasootauloa Fepuleai Galo Fagaiava
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — To celebrate Samoa Language Week RNZ Pacific journalist Mariner Fagaiava-Muller and his Papa, Faasootauloa Fepuleai Galo Fagaiava, sat down together to make oka. "I'm my Papa's namesake and we're similar in many ways. But I'm nowhere near the Michelin star chef that he is....
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Los Angeles, CA — May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, but some members of the Pacific Islander community say the AAPI label makes them uncomfortable. AAPI is a term commonly used to describe Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. However, some Pacific...
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...

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