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Retired U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Vaitogi Sani Taetuli and his family in front of their new home.
Retired U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Vaitogi Sani Taetuli and his family took possession of their new mortgage-free home on March 13, 2020 just as the COVID-19 lock down began. This American Samoa ‘wounded warrior’ was the recipient of this gift of a lifetime though a program made possible for...
Aupito Toeolesulusulu Tofae Su'a William Sio
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — This week marks 50 years since six Pacific Islanders grouped together in central Auckland to form the Polynesian Panther Party. The party was founded on 16 June 1971 by members Will 'Ilolahia, Fred Schmidt, Nooroa Teavae, Paul Dapp, Eddie Williams and Vaughan Sanft. They...
Samoa Supreme Court building
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's former ruling HRPP party has lost a seat through an electoral petition. It means the Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) now has 24 seats with FAST on 26 and a by-election to come. The court ruled the re-elected HRPP MP for Sagaga No.2 constituency, Seiuli Ueligitone Seiuli,...
Prominent California pastor Misi Tagaloa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A prominent California minister with ties to Samoa has been accused of embezzling more than $ 100,000 from disabled veterans who lived in a filthy building next to his church. Misi Tagaloa, who heads the Second Congregational Church of Samoa in Long Beach, has been...
Tulsi Gabbard on Fox News
Honolulu, Hawaii  — Former Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has faded from public view in the islands, Honolulu Civil Beat contributor Chad Blair opined this week. But she's making waves again nationally, he reports. Six months after leaving her fourth term in the House and more than a year after...
DoH vaccination team in Amanave
Health Department medical personnel and others involved with the COVID-19 vaccination team pose for a photo earlier this month at Amanave village, where COVID vaccinations were administered at the Amanave CCCAS church for residents from villages on the far west side of Tutuila. This Saturday, June...
Screenshot from You Tube video of KZVK film for the 1970s
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Mary Pritchard, a tapa artist in American Samoa, is the subject of this film that was produced by KVZK around 1970.
Moana Taro Chip package
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Moana Taro Chips, a product of locally owned Breakers Point Inc, which also owns and operates Paradise Restaurant and Pizza in Pago Pago and Nu’uuli is currently a trending taste treat direct from American Samoa to Hawaii and the mainland.  The chips are made with taro...
Member of the Samoa Voyaging Society or Aiga Folau Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Voyaging Society celebrated the Gaualofa voyaging canoe’s ninth birthday with a ceremony and cake on Saturday at the Samoa Tourism Authority fale Samoa. Tuatagaloa Joe Annandale, a founding member of the society, spoke at the ceremony. He was invited to share the history of...
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...

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