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Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard speaking
WASHINGTON — With her failed presidential bid in the rearview mirror, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard spun off her presidential fundraising committee into a new political action committee last week, a sign that she’s not done with politics, yet. In short, Tulsi Now is no more; meet Tulsi Aloha. Gabbard’s...
Berlin, GERMANY — In 1920 a German man named Erich Scheurmann published a strange little book titled The Papalagi. The 117-page travelogue, written as a series of 11 speeches supposedly by a Samoan chief named Tuiavii, described the European way of life in a simple, childlike manner. Tuiavii called...
(from left) Jack Thompson of Washington State, Chuck Fusina of Penn Satate and Rich Leach of Michigan pose with USC coach John Robinson
Palm Beach, FLORIDA — With the conversation winding down, the voice on the line, originating from Seattle, says he has to run. Or so he thought. Suddenly, he remembers something he needed to say. And it’s probably the most important thing. “You tell Tua I’m rooting hard for him,” he says. “Do us...
Former Rep. Matagi's flag drapped casket being carried into funeral service
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American flag-draped casket of the late former Rep. Matagi Malotumau David Palepoi Sialega Mauga was escorted into the CCCAS Aua Church for the final funeral service on Monday this week, where his older brother, Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga, family members,...
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Hollywood, CALIFORNIA —  Dwayne Johnson and his family have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the star revealed on Instagram Wednesday. The actor, 48, shared that he and his wife, Lauren Hashian, and their daughters Jasmine, 4, and Tiana, 2, all have been sick with the virus,...
Las Vegas, NEVADA — Tauese Isabella Semeatu, was born in Saleimoa, Samoa to Semeatu and Paepaetele Maiava. She was raised by her aunt (her mother’s sister) Aaone and late Rev. Enosa. She moved to the village of Afonotele, American Samoa to care and tend to her parents and grandparents. She...
Ifo Pili
Eagle Mountain, UTAH — American Samoa native, Ifo Pili — shown in this courtesy photo — has been selected as the new City Manager for the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico. In a statement Aug. 18th, the Las Cruces City Council announced that it unanimously approved a contract for Pili at an Aug. 17th...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata with Joseph Toloa'i Ho Ching II.
Washington, D.C. — Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata congratulated Lotoaoalii Joseph Toloa'i Ho Ching II upon his appointment as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA). “This is a prestigious appointment and an important responsibility,” said Aumua Amata. “Congratulations to Lotoaoalii...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — The U.S. Postal Service announced its new Election Mail website Friday, part of its effort to inform voters and officials ahead of the November election, the agency stated. “The American public can rely on the United States Postal Service to fulfill our role in the electoral...
Joseph Toloa’i Ho Ching, II
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During a virtual ceremony on August 18, 2020, at the Pentagon, Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy appointed Joseph Toloa’i Ho Ching, II, a resident of American Samoa as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army. Secretary McCarthy thanked Ho Ching, II for his...

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