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Graph of Hawaii’s COVID-19 cases by race depicted over time.
Honolulu, HAWAII — Pacific Islanders, excluding Native Hawaiians, are more than twice as likely to be killed or hospitalized by the coronavirus in Hawaii than other racial and ethnic groups after adjusting for age and gender, according to newly released data from the state Health Department. The...
U.S. Federal Court building San Francisco, CA
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two Samoans are among the six alleged street gang members — who were part of what’s been described by federal prosecutors as a “murder squad” — in California, who were arrested and charged late last week with murder and other crimes, at the federal court in San Francisco...
John Kanui
Kona, HAWAII — A hotel security guard brutally beaten by three people in the parking lot of a Kona hotel just over two years ago has died. John Kanui, 65, was receiving medical treatment on the mainland for a closed traumatic brain injury and a broken neck that resulted in paralysis after he was...
Joseph Auga Matamata in court
Napier, NEW ZEALAND — A man’s been jailed for 11 years for luring vulnerable people here from Samoa over more than two decades in New Zealand’s first slavery case. Joseph Matamata was found guilty in March of 13 charges of dealing with slaves and 10 of human trafficking. His convictions are the...
Samoans stranded in New Zealand
Hastings, NEW ZEALAND — Samoa's RSE workers who finished their contracts in May and June will be returned home on chartered flights organized by the New Zealand horticulture industry. The date for the first flight is yet to be finalised but an assistant CEO of Samoa's Ministry of Labour who is the...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The annual White Sunday celebration, dedicated to the children of American Samoa, is today, Sunday, Oct. 13th. Introduced in the islands by Christian missionaries in the 1800s, White Sunday has became a special holiday, with children being treated to the best — from...
Children parading to White Sunday celebration in Samoa
A uniquely Samoan celebration is unfolding this weekend as Sunday dawns around the world.  White Sunday is celebrated wherever Samoan communities are present, including New Zealand, and Australia, Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fort Hood (Texas), and at other U.S. military bases around the...
 [l-r back row]: #5 Rae Sapiga (setter, 5’7”); #11 Sarah Tuioti-Mariner (outside/opposite side hitter, 5’10”); and #7 Adriana Puni (outside/opposite side hitter, 5’9”) [l-r front] #19 Fofoga Luamanuvae (outside hitter, 5’8”); and #3 Qitana Sapiga (setter, 5’5”)
Samoan female volleyball players currently enrolled at Eastern New Mexico University, Home of the Greyhounds. [l-r back row]: #5 Rae Sapiga (setter, 5’7”); #11 Sarah Tuioti-Mariner (outside/opposite side hitter, 5’10”); and #7 Adriana Puni (outside/opposite side hitter, 5’9”) [l-r front] #19 Fofoga...
An officer stand guard over a fraction of the cocaine seized
Philadelphia, PA — Two Samoan men are among the six crew members of the MSC Gayne cargo ship who have been arrested in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in connection with the seizure of more than 16 tons of cocaine, which federal authorities say has an estimated street value of over $1 billion. “Federal...
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA — Victoria has cancelled the visas of 20 gang members over the past three years in a crackdown on youth violence.  Nineteen more visas are 'under active cancellation consideration', The Australian reported.  Those who have had their visas cancelled include people with...