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Apia SAMOA — Samoa's restrictions around Covid-19 safety measures have been eased with schools to re-open next week and church services permitted from Sunday. However there are conditions with students to remain two metres apart in class and churches only allowed one Sunday service. Samoa is the...
Zippy's proposed Las Vegas location
HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) — Coronavirus has put a pause on Zippy’s plans to expand to Las Vegas. Zippy’s said this week they do still plan to open in Sin City after making significant investments, but it’ll just take a bit longer. Property has already been purchased and a construction...
Passengers were "jammed in like sardines"
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — An Auckland woman was "shocked" to find passengers seated closer than two meters together on a recent Air New Zealand flight, describing the lack of adherence to general physical distancing rules as "extraordinary". A spokesperson for Air New Zealand, however, said the...
Pastor Pausa Thompson
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA — No other group in California is dying from the coronavirus at a higher rate than Pacific Islanders — a painful statistic that's shaking up tight-knit communities of Samoans, Tongans and Native Hawaiians up and down the state.  And no other hub has been worse-hit than Los...
Aveipepa Fua
HONOLULU — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020-2021 US Pacific Territories Fishery Capacity-Building Scholarship. The scholarships are offered annually to college students with close connections to American Samoa, Guam and the...
A woman sitting in a car administers a swab to her nose.
Honolulu, HAWAII — Two new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Tuesday in Maui County, including the first diagnosis of a Lanai resident. The Lanai resident was exposed on Maui and “will be remaining on Maui Island for the interim,” state Department of Health officials said in its daily online report...
Mr Lin of Peta Lin Store holds bag of chicken
Apia, SAMOA — A disparity in the price of chicken between stores was felt by consumers this past weekend with some shops selling at $4.20, while another store set the price at $5.80 per kilogram. As many in Samoa lost their jobs and sources of income due to the necessary COVID-19 state of emergency...
Screenshot from Hawaii News Now 5 p.m. Friday news with reporter in front of coronavirus graphic
Honolulu, HAWAII — Two new COVID-19 fatalities were reported in Hawaii on Friday, bringing the state’s death toll from the virus to 14. State Health Department officials said both of the patients were Oahu men over age 65. Both of the men also had underlying health conditions, they said....
Oregon Health Authority Coronavirus update logo
Salem, OREGON — Pacific Islanders in Oregon are being disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic, according to new data released this week. This week’s data report from the Oregon Health Authority found that Pacific Islanders have 13.1 cases per 10,000 residents, a much higher rate...
NZers at Samoa airport wait to catch their repatriation to Auckland
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — An Air New Zealand plane is repatriating at least 200 people from Apia to Auckland but will not be taking any passengers back to Samoa. The airbus was also delivering essential supplies to Apia. The round trip would be made in one day without a need for crew changes. Earlier...

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