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Linking Samoans

Portland/ Vancouver Tausala Manaia dancers
Gaoioi Poumele, right, joins other audience members in showering the Portland/ Vancouver Tausala Manaia dancers with money as they perform at the Samoan Festival held Saturday, July 13, 2024, at Peninsula Park in North Portland. She had three children performing in the group, ages 11, 7, and 5. [...
Tama Fanau a Nuuuli i Alaska
Tama Fanau a Nuuuli i Alaska was invited by the Polynesian Association of Alaska to participate in their 4th of July Parade in Anchorage, AK and received the Outstanding Showmanship 2024 trophy representing their beautiful village with their Manulele Tausala float. [courtesy photo]  
crowds of supporters lining the shoreline
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Eight fautasi long boats took to the sea for the second time this year yesterday for the Bluesky 25th Anniversary 4th of July Regatta. The race was not a smooth-glass ride for the captains and crews, with at least one fautasi out of the race before it was even held, and...
Super Grans
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — SuperGran mentors share their knowledge and skills with people in their communities through the concept of kaitiaki — a guardian, a person who has been given a responsibility to protect something, especially nature or the environment: Traditionally, Maori held that each bend...
Lavata'i brothers
Polynesian Fire is a live music and luau dinner show in Myrtle Beach, North Carolina. It features the Lavata’i brothers, who were born and raised in the village of Nu’uuli, American Samoa. The brothers learned the art of Samoan fire knife dancing in 2002, training with HC Olo “Freddie” Uluao...
Samoan bilingual unit with Kalapu Masoe
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — "E mamae le Tava'e i ona fulu" is a Samoan Proverb which, in English, means "We are proud of who we are and where we come from." At Naenae Primary School's Samoan bilingual unit, students learn to be proud of their culture and language. The unit is the only one of its kind...
singing for possible donations
These guys were seen at FestPAC 2024 busking, that is singing for possible donations — see the hat on the floor in front of them —  in the lobby of the Hawaii Convention Center during the Fest on June 10. Notice they are holding a Samoa flag, while their ‘togina’ (uniform) is American Samoa. Maybe...
Siapo presentation
Deliah Samarra Vaitaua Paoapo of Fitiuta (right with flag) had the honor of presenting a freehand siapo mamanu gift, crafted by the masterful tapa artisans of the Am Samoa Delegation to the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture, under the guidance of Professor of Arts and Siapo Maker Reggie...
Nefu Mageo in his food truck
A “taste of the islands” is the theme of a new food truck in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. “605 Island Guy” features the flavors owner Nefu Mageo enjoyed growing up in American Samoa.“In Samoan culture, everybody loves to cook,” Mageo said. “They fight over who is going to run the grill.” Offerings...
Mosese Tui
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Pope Francis announced the appointment of Father Mosese Tui SDB as the new Archbishop of Samoa-Apia.    Archbishop-Elect Mosese replaces Bishop Alapati Lui Mata’eliga who died in Auckland on April 25, 2023. Arriving in Auckland in March 2018, Fr Mosese, a Salesian priest...

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