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Hawaiian Air Airbus A330 plane [photo: AirplanePictures.net]
Hawaiian Airlines will be adjusting its Friday flights starting March 2018 as the Honolulu-based carrier moves to introduce to the Pago Pago route, its Airbus aircraft, which provides more seats compared to the current Boeing 767 plane used in the American Samoa market. Currently, Hawaiian operates...
Congresswoman Amata and USVI Governor Mapp, before a Natural Resources Committee hearing on several shared challenges territories face.  [courtesy photo]
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata was pleased to welcome a $17.9 million continuing grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for ongoing 2009 tsunami recovery efforts through the American Samoa Department of Public Works. “The tsunami of 2009 had a significant and long-...
In the sweltering heat, hundreds of employees from StarKist Samoa and Talofa Systems were at the Suigaula ole Atuvasa Beach Park this past Saturday to pick up their care packages and other items donated by "Love Thy Neighbor" and other local businesses. [photo: courtesy]
Families affected by the 5-week StarKist Samoa shutdown got a sigh of relief last Saturday when close to 1700 care packages containing non-perishable food items were distributed to them — thanks to the efforts of Tapumanaia Galu Satele Jr. and everyone who donated to the "Love Thy Neighbor" program...
Combating the drug problem in American Samoa is the main purpose behind Police Commissioner Le'i Sonny Thompson’s plan to re-establish the Vice & Narcotics Tactical Unit earlier this year. [SN file photo]
Drugs, weapons, and a huge amount of cash were confiscated by armed detectives of the DPS Vice & Narcotics Unit during the early morning hours last Thursday, when they executed a search warrant on two homes — one in Taputimu, the other in Alofau — and on a taxi on the main road, suspected to...
Pictured left to right: Richard Stanton of the Congresswoman’s office; Joseph “Iu” Pereira, Executive Assistant to the Governor; Starkist CEO Andrew Choe; Gov. Lolo Moliga; Congresswoman Aumua Amata; and Michelle Faist, StarKist Senior Advisor, Government Relations.  On Nov. 7, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and a delegation from his cabinet, along with Congresswoman Aumua Amata, jointly held discussions with StarKist CEO Choe and other representatives of StarKist to make an aggressive, coordinated approach at b
Washington, D.C. — Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Congresswoman Aumua Amata together advanced American Samoa’s economic development interests through a series of meetings throughout the week, including StarKist CEO Andrew Choe, the honorable Governor Gary Herbert of Utah, and also the honorable...
2017 American Samoa High School Science Symposium presenters, teachers and judges with OCI staff. [Courtesy photo]
The Science/Health Division of Office of Curriculum and Instruction, American Samoa Department of Education announced the Top winners at the 30th annual High School Science Symposium — STEM related competition for high school students. The high school science symposium is a special project adopted...
The gangway of the fishing vessel the purse seiner's captain tried to cross before he accidentally fell into the ocean and died. See story for details. [photo: AF]
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has opened a federal investigation into the death of the 62-year old captain of the US flagged purse seiner, Cape Farret, who died Oct. 28, while the vessel was in Pago Pago. As reported by Samoa News yesterday police had investigated the...
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Chief Justice Michael Kruse has subpoenaed the Attorney General to appear in court on January 12, 2018 to explain why Joeita Fa’aaliga’s file is missing from the Immigration Office, and how this person entered the territory back in 2012. Fa’aaliga — who is serving a 12-year straight sentence for...
Local vets and their families joined the rest of the nation in honoring all veterans last Friday during a special ceremony hosted at the VA Memorial in Tafuna. [photo: AF]
American Samoa joined the rest of the nation in honoring veterans during a special ceremony held at the VA Memorial in Tafuna last Friday morning. Government leaders, veterans, families and friends came together to pay tribute to the sacrifices of the men and women in the US Armed Forces. Lt. Gov....
At last week’s 2017-2018 Tropical Cyclone Workshop for local media, the US Coast Guard shared with participants details of the agency’s Marine Safety Information Bulletins (MSIB), which are issued specifically for the Port of Pago Pago and mariners when there is an approaching storm. Frank Thomsen...

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