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Police officer and patrol car blocking road into the Tradewinds Hotel.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — So far the cost of the first repatriation flight from the US, that arrived on island Feb. 1 is “over $1 million” and the government is fronting payment of expenses, to be reimbursed later by the federal government. This is according to Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega...
Governor and others in Zoom conference with stranded residents
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — On Saturday, January 30, 2021, Governor Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga  accompanied the COVID-19 Task Force during a final briefing and After-Action Report after the last exercise on the same day. They discussed all phases of the repatriation operation and offered the...
Young boy holding welcome banner
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a statement yesterday, the Health Department reminds the public that all 159 passengers on the first repatriation flight from the US, which arrived yesterday afternoon at Pago Pago International Airport tested negative three-times for COVID-19. The reminder comes amid...
Kueni Aumoeualogo-Hisatake
The scene this morning shortly before dawn at Honolulu International Airport as American Samoa residents arrived for the first repatriation flight. The flight departed at 8 a.m. Kueni Aumoeualogo-Hisatake said she is elated and grateful to repatriate. She and her husband are carrying the ashes of...
Passengers on first repatriation flight arrive at HNL
Buses began pulling up at the Honolulu airport this morning before dawn with the 159 passengers who are booked on the first repatriation flight, that took off for American Samoa at 8 a.m. “I’m thinking about my mom,” Eileen Tyrell, of the Tagata Tutu Faatasi Alliance of American Samoa told Hawaii...
Volunteers packaging up food and supplies for stranded residents.
Honolulu, HAWAII — After their last test results came in yesterday — ALL NEGATIVE — the American Samoa residents quarantined in Honolulu, Hawaii are now all eager and excited for the weekend to be over, so they can finally board the Hawaiian Airlines flight and be on their way home — to be with...
Faimealelei Anthony Fu’e Allen
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — To assure the safety of American Samoans from the deadly COVID-19 virus when the first repatriation flight arrives in the territory next Monday, Feb. 1, 2020, Aua Representative Faimealelei Anthony Fu’e Allen has petitioned the House Speaker for a chance to send 200...
3 Representatives during yesterday’s hearing
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The House of Representatives is calling out to the American Samoa Government COVID-19 Task Force to hold another island wide exercise to test the territory’s readiness for the repatriation flight next week, Monday, Feb. 1st. Vice Speaker Fetu Fetui Jr made this request...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga, in a Jan. 25 memorandum to his cabinet members, explained a few issues that must be addressed and clarified regarding repatriation and Medicaid charter flights. And in a separate memorandum to the public, the governor announced...
Some members of COVID-19 task force at Fono
Some members of the American Samoa COVID-19 Task Force appeared before the House Health Committee last week discussing issues regarding the now delayed repatriation flight. Update on the flight and other issues at the ASG quarantine site in Hawaii — in Monday's issue. [photo by AF]

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