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1988 photo of Su'a Saini Lemamea in action
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is mourning the death of former rugby and league internationals Su'a Saini Lemamea and Masada Iosefa. Former Manu Samoa lock Su'a Saini Lemamea passed away this week aged 56. Known by his teammates as 'the Bushman', Su'a played 13 tests and was a key part of Samoa's 1995 Rugby...
Polynesian Football Hall of Fame graphic of DeForest Buckner
Honolulu, HAWAII — The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced on Thursday that Indianapolis Colts Defensive Lineman, DeForest Buckner has been selected as the 2020 recipient of the Polynesian Pro Football Player of the Year Award presented by Hawaiian Airlines.  The Polynesian Pro Football...
Team Fa’afetai and Team Fealofani gather at the grandstand
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Team Fa’afetai and Team Fealofani met on the gridiron for the JPS Senior All-Star Classic held at the Veterans Memorial Stadium this past Friday evening, one of the first events to celebrate the New Year Team Fa’afetai’s Pa’apa’a Mauigoa and Team Fealofani’s Presley So’...
Group photo of players, coaches and others who took part in the first dodgeball tournament
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  The newly formed Dodgeball Association of American Samoa (DAAS)  held its first tournament, “Bye Bye 2020” on Dec. 26th at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium. It was hosted by CaBoom Athletic Club of Tafuna and sponsored in part by South Seas Broadcasting and The American Samoa...
Jack Thompson
ESPN— Growing up in Washington, Jack Thompson likely never could have imagined this moment. Known as the "Throwin' Samoan," Thompson was an NFL rarity. When he'd gone to college at Washington State, teammates asked him what position he played. Quarterback, he told them. Then Thompson played his way...
Mariota and Tagovailoa
Miami, FLORIDA — Long before they took the college football world by storm and their NFL careers began, Tua Tagovailoa will never forget when he first met fellow Hawaiian and Samoan quarterback Marcus Mariota. It was during a football camp at St. Louis School in Honolulu, which became the high...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Tafuna High School’s Francisco Mauigoa signed his official Letter of Intent to Washington State University Wednesday morning at Corner Cafe in Tafuna. Mauigoa is now officially on a full ride athletic scholarship to WSU. Mauigoa led Tafuna Warriors football team as a...
Nevada Wolfpack running back, Toa Taua
Honolulu, HAWAII — The spirit of Mosiula Faasuka Tatupu visited Cool Stuff at Aloha Stadium Sunday last week in the form of Toa Taua. Toa runs hard and low just like Mosi, and seemed amazingly resilient at only 5’ 9”. Affectionately I bestow upon Toa the nickname, “Mini Tatupu”. Toa seems to have...
UH team on the sidelines.
Honolulu, HAWAII — The Samoa News Family is excited that Cool Stuff gets to shoot an extra game of our favorite player, Linebacker, #46 Tauivi Ho Ching, who was informed with his teammates, that the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior Football Team will host the San Jose State University Spartans...
 ANZ paddlers
PALA LAGOON — Alo O Samoa Outrigger and Au Va’a Laumei Outrigger Canoe Club co-hosted the first Paddle Battle Novice Invitational in the Pala Lagoon Saturday, Nov. 21.  Over 80 paddlers, spanning across 19 teams raced in the inaugural event.  The team representation ranged from corporate groups to...

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