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Faleolo International Airport
Apia, SAMOA — The matai council of Ti'avea village on the eastern end of Upolu in Samoa, has consented to a government request to relocate homes and graves to facilitate the construction of a $US5 million airstrip. The Samoa Observer newspaper reported a senior matai, Tolu Iona Maiava, said the...
Sheriff's badge
Honolulu, HAWAII — The Department of Public Safety has issued a warning about the latest scam reported in Hawaii. Officials say a man told authorities that he got a strange text message from someone claiming to be a “Sergeant Anderson” with the Sheriff Division Internet Crimes Task Force. The...
Hawaiian Air employees unload HAL plane bringing masks to Hawaii.
Honolulu, HAWAII — More than 50 Hawaiian Airlines and Every1ne Hawai‘i representatives on Tuesday welcomed home the carrier’s charter flight bringing 1.6 million face masks from China to Hawai‘i to help protect the state’s residents from COVID-19. Eight Hawaiian Airlines crew members departed...
A car part and the baggie of cocaine found in it
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Police Service (SPS) has confirmed that 200 grams of cocaine was found hidden in a car part that was sent as a mail package from Mexico, after multiple news agencies in Samoa broke the story overnight. In a press release SPS says it was notified by the Ministry of Customs...
Air New Zealand plane in flight
Apia, SAMOA — The Government of Samoa has approved Air New Zealand flight NZ993 to depart Samoa and travel to Auckland at 2.30pm (Samoa time), on Friday 24 April. This according to a notice posted on the New Zealand High Commission Facebook page. The Commission states that if you have already...
A Waikiki Starbucks coffee shop near Kapahulu Avenue with windows boarded up
Alia Tuiolosega, a member of the Colgate University Class of 2023, has earned the fall 2019 Dean's Award for Academic Excellence. Tuiolosega is a graduate of Pacific Horizons School, and is from Pago Pago, AS (96799). Students who receive a term grade point average of 3.3 or higher while completing...
People maintaining social distancing on Thursday in front of the Moana Surfrider Hotel in Waikiki
Honolulu, HAWAII — Another person has died from coronavirus in Hawaii, bringing Hawaii’s death toll to 10, according to data from the state Department of Health released Sunday. The man who died was a visitor on Maui from Washington state, the agency said in a press release Sunday. He was between...
Tonga's Fua'amotu airport
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga has extended its border closure until 12 June. The country closed its border and order the cancellation of all inbound and outbound flights last month, in a bid to prevent Covid-19 entering. Some exceptions on border entry have been made for repatriation and humanitarian...
Samoa Acting Chief Justice Vui Clarence Nelson
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government is using the COVID-19 pandemic to covertly make changes to the country's Constitution and its judiciary, according to the president of the Samoa Law Society. Leiataualesa Komisi Kora told RNZ Pacific a suite of bills had been moved through parliament to their third...
The main bus station in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Cabinet has eased some of its state of emergency lockdown restrictions including reopening inter-island travels and public transport. The Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, in announcing the changes, said the two meter social distancing rule remains, and other state...

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