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Ward Lokeni Suamataia
West Valley City, UTAH — Ward Lokeni Suamataia, who passed away on May 4, 2022 was born Dec. 11, 1956, on the Island of Tutuila, Village of Nuuuli, Pago Pago, American Samoa. He was the 8th child in a large Latter-day Saint Family of nine sibling of the late Lokeni Manutoga Su'amataia of Fasitoo...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Health Department’s COVID-19 Situational Report for May 9, shows another COVID-19 related death recorded by LBJ Medical Center, with the fatalities relating to the deadly virus now totaling 30 individuals.  No other information was available about the new fatality,...
Sailboat aground near Aua
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — This Samoa News photo taken yesterday morning shows a vessel, which ran aground behind the Paepaeulupo’o fautasi site in Aua. Witnesses told Samoa News that the incident happened late at night and government officials were at the scene helping people who were on the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Ale has revealed that there have been requests from people to enter the territory who are not fully vaccinated — claiming “medical or religious” exemptions from current COVID-19 emergency declaration restrictions. Talauega, who is also the...
Dr. Elizabeth Lauvao
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Instead of the initial planned flights operating two days a week, the new schedule now has three days of inter Samoa flights, while the MV Lady Naomi — for now — is still for cargo only. The latest update on the inter Samoa travel and requirements was presented during...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Asaeli Sagato is now in custody after he was arrested last month for allegedly assaulting a 20-year-old male. During his arrest, cops found illegal substances inside his pocket. Sagato made his initial appearance in Court where his bail was set at $25,000. He is charged...
Concordia University
Seward, NEBRASKA — On May 7, Concordia University, in Seward, Nebraska awarded undergraduate and graduate degrees to more than 400 graduates. The Class of 2022 was honored during undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies. The following students from American Samoa all received theirs...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused for assaulting his father was arrested and he’s now being charged. Afega Uaita made his initial appearance in Court. He is charged with 2nd-degree assault involving domestic violence and the court set his bail at $5,000. THE CASE On Mar. 9, 2022, Uaite went...
Samoa Parliament assembly room
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa will now have seven women members of Parliament after the Supreme Court today ordered the Speaker, Papali'I Li'o Ta'eu Masipa'u, to swear in three new women MPs forthwith. The Samoa Observer reports the decision means the Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) will have two new...
Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The COVID-19 Task Force is finalizing plans for this year’s graduates especially high school seniors, as parents are eager to find out whether or not the local Education Department (ASDOE) will allow some form of public graduation ceremony this year, amid COVID-19...

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