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Linking Samoans

Totoe Opeti Sakaria, Jr., who is masked, wearing sunglasses and holding a shotgun
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Samoan man residing in Alaska, who pled guilty late last year to bank robbery and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison by a federal judge in Anchorage, according to federal court records. Samoa...
TTFAAS supporters with signs
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Tagata Tutu Faatasi Alliance of American Samoa (TTFAAS) flyer released on its Facebook page last week, announcing a planned “TTFAAS WAVE” on Feb. 19th at Utulei  Beach, thanking government leaders — that the repatriation flights from the US have commenced — and “to...
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — There's a brown, bi-cultural generation changing the face of New Zealand That's according to the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, who previously told RNZ Pacific that as many as two thirds of New Zealand born-Pasifika now had Māori whakapapa as well. He said...
Hawaii vaccine timeline graphic
Honolulu, HAWAII — As Hawaii continues its mass vaccination effort, advocates worry that Pacific Islander communities don’t have adequate access to vaccines. Non-Hawaiian Pacific Islanders – particularly Chuukese, Marshallese and Samoan communities — make up 23% of Hawaii’s coronavirus cases, even...
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...

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