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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has given provisional approval to the government’s Repatriation Plan and has agreed to the ASG Coronavirus Task Force’s suggestion of the first repatriation flight in mid January for the estimated 600 American Samoa residents stranded in the U.S...
Veterans waving thank you to Hawaii VA
Honolulu, HAWAII — Local veterans currently awaiting American Samoa’s border opening, have reached out to say “THANK YOU” for Wednesday’s feast treat by a Hawai’i VA group. “Your thoughtfulness to reach out last week to organize a feast for our veterans for Veterans Day is so appreciated with...
People providing food for veterans
Honolulu, HAWAII — Working closely with the Matsunaga Veteran Affairs Beneficial Travel office, resources and training were launched for American Samoa’s veterans stranded in Hawai’i. Many of them were standing at food banks and were referred to the Keiki to Kupuna Foundation, that provides weekly...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The more than 600 absentee ballots cast by American Samoa voters, under the COVID-19 absentee provision, provide some solid data on the number of American Samoans stranded off island due to border closure — but of course it does not include a count on the local legal...
OIA Director Nikolao Pula with Governor Lolo Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has not yet made a decision on a repatriation flight for next month, to bring home the estimated 600 local residents stranded across the U.S.,  he has asked the ASG Coronavirus Task Force “to look at December as the possible month to begin...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During a virtual meeting with the ASG coronavirus task force, members of the Tagata Tutufaatasi Alliance of American Samoa and US Interior Department’s Office of Insular Affairs Director Nikolao Pula, the ASG Health director Motusa Tuileama Nua said the government has no...
Epifania Rapozo (middle) and her two children
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Epifania Rapozo and her two children — who have been stranded in the territory since March after borders were closed — were among several non-medical passengers who traveled to Honolulu on Monday afternoon on the medical charter operated by Hawaiian Airlines. “My family...
Ladies who were among residents who participated in the  “Wave for repatriation flights - Not open borders”
These ladies were among residents who participated in the  “Wave for repatriation flights - Not open borders” at Utulei Friday morning. As of Friday, there has been no word on a repatriation flight, as the governor remains concerned with the continuing increase in the number of coronavirus cases in...
A group of residents - some with umbrellas - participating  in the “Wave for repatriation flights - Not open borders”
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Bad weather last Friday morning, with heavy rain in the early morning hours, didn’t deter a group of residents who gathered along the main road in Utulei for their “Wave for Repatriation Flights — Not Open Borders” to bring home the estimated 600 American Samoa residents...
Chief Election Officer, Dr. Lealofi Uiagalelei, speaking at election training
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Just over 400 overseas absentee ballots — including American Samoa residents stranded in the U.S due to border closer — have cast their ballots, as the Election Office has officially designated 41-polling stations territory wide for the Nov. 3, 2020 general election....

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