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Toamalama Scanlan
Paramount, CALIFORNIA — It is with deep sorrow it is announced that Toamalama Scanlan passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at Kindred Hospital in Paramount, California. He was 46 years old. On September 3, 2016, Officer Scanlan sustained gun shot wounds while responding to an active shooter in...
The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) at Faleula on White Sunday
Apia, SAMOA — A White Sunday celebration was the focal point for members of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa at Faleula, but the heavy loss of life globally from the COVID-19 pandemic also weighed heavily on their minds. Touches of yellow was chosen by the church’s congregation to be...
The police carrying Hans Kruses’ coffin
Apia, SAMOA — In keeping with and respecting Hans Edward Kruse's  wishes, there were no eulogies at his funeral Mass. A private funeral at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Mulivai, led by Father Kolio Kelekolio. “If I could be remembered kindly, that would be sufficient,” were...
Children on White Sunday
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The annual White Sunday celebration coupled with the Monday federal and local holiday — “Columbus/ Indigenous People’s Day” — adds up to a three-day weekend, and a busy one at that, as residents celebrate White Sunday, dedicated to the children of American Samoa....
University of Colorado Hospital
Boulder, COLORADO — A hospital in Colorado rejected a woman for a kidney transplant after she refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine, officials have confirmed. Leilani Lutali received a letter on Sept. 28 informing her that the transplant team at the University of Colorado Hospital decided to designate...
Pati Migi
Yakima, WASHINGTON — Pati Migi, age 79, went to be with our lord and savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Born in Pago Pago, American Samoa on December 27, 1941, Pati was well respected in his community and was known for his talent in music and athletics, as well as his knack for...
Benjamin Liupaogo
Palo Alto, CALIFORNIA — Benjamin Liupaogo is a San Francisco Bay Area born and raised Samoan classical musician. He is an opera singer, pianist, voice teacher, piano teacher, vocal coach, music director, and music lover. He is a freelance artist that explores all avenues of being a performer. When...
front cover of the “Millennium, a Marquis Who’s Who Magazine”
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa’s former Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is featured in the 8th Edition of the “Millennium, a Marquis Who’s Who Magazine”, honoring the legacies of professionals around the world. The governor’s story is featured in the magazine’s Government and Military section...
Sala Moesha Crichton-Ropati and Penrith winger Brian To'o
Brisbane, AUSTRALIA — Brisbane fashion designer Vaeluaga Luse Iuli got the call to make the dress on Thursday and by Monday night it was on the red carpet of NRL's Dally M awards. The client was Sala Moesha Crichton-Ropati, partner of Penrith winger Brian To'o, and she wanted a dress that...
Frank F H Papu and commissioning officer
Frank F H Papu graduated from Southern Oregon University (SOU) on Monday, Sept. 20th and was also commission a 2nd Lieutenant. The Fagatogo native is a 2016 honor roll graduate of Samoan High School and attended Matafao Elementary School. His church home is CCCAS Fagatogo where his spiritual...

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