• Friends, business partners and environmentalists.

    (SAMOA) — Affordable, enviro-friendly feminine hygiene products made in Samoa are now a reality with the launch of MANA, its moniker carefully selected to empower women of the Pacific region to talk about their monthly periods.

    "Mana is power, to empower, we chose this name as a means of empowerment, to give women the power to speak about it," said MANA Care Products Co-Creator Angelica Salele-Sefo.

  • Leaders of the Assemblies of God Church in Samoa which includes 78 Congregations.

    (SAMOA) – I se feso’otaiga ma le Susuga a Rev. Dr. Tavita Pagaialii, sa ia faailoa mai ai i le sui o le ofisa fa’asalalau a le alaleo o le Talalelei Christian Broadcast i le asō e faapea, o le sailiga tofi o le Komiti Faafoe a le ekalesia Assemblies of God i Samoa lea sa faataunuuina i lona...

  • Players from both teams gather for a photo.

    (MURFREESBORO, Tenn.) – Kahuku High School's Lady Red Raiders have won a national rugby title in Tennessee, winners of the Single High School Rugby Championships in Murfreesboro.

    Coached by Silivenusi Tukuafu, the U-18 squad from Hawai'i defeated Catholic Memorial High School 33-29 in the...

  • Scholar-princess and Bible studies teacher Lusia Aveolelaeosomaiilematasau Cole.

    (ANNE ARUNDEL, Maryland) – After garnering a number of historic firsts during her teenage years that includes winning the title of Miss Tausala in Maryland, Lusia Aveolelaeosomaiilematasau Cole is set to add another feat to an already lengthy list of impressive accomplishments.

    The 18-...

  • Carson, California Artist Jason Pereira at work.

    (SAMOA) — A giant mural featuring a Samoan Taupou is in progress at Long Beach Boulevard and 69th Street in California, cousins of Artist Jason Pereira urging others to check out the art in person to truly appreciate its beauty.

    "Went to check out my cousin's mural today in Long Beach....

  • (Left to right) Faletuiga's Maleko Magallanes, Siva Afi Champion Hale Motu'apuaka and Cora Seui Seiuli.

    (LAIE, O'ahu, Hawai'i) — Hale Motu'apuaka of the Mauga Mu Siva Afi Club was crowned the Champion Saturday, May 12 during the finale of the We Are Samoa Cultural Arts Festival.

    Runner-up is Matsushima Yuya of Fukushima Prefecture in Japan and third place winner is Papeete, Tahiti native Joseph Cadeaustou, currently based in Vancouver, Washington.

    Finalists competed during the Polynesian Cultural Center's "Ha Breath of Life" Show at the Pacific Theater.

    The 2018 Champion is from Aiea, O'ahu, Hawai'i and dances with the Mauga Mu Siva Afi club based in Waialua.

  • Fourth place in the Year 8 District Samoan Writing competition, Ministry of Education, Sports & Culture 2016.

    (PATA, Falelatai, Samoa) – For the Samoan student, reading and writing are the biggest challenges in academics, says veteran educator Galulolo Fiu Tavita.

    In the effort to strengthen these skills among the children at Pata Primary School, Galulolo is seeking books for the library as their current collection lacks the type of reading material students need.

    "We have many books and encyclopedia in our library and we are thankful for the donations, but we don't have the type of books the children need," she told Tautalatala.

  • Leading pese for Pata, Toomaga Iakopo, Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

    (PATA, Falelatai, Samoa) – Facebook's importance in keeping Samoans connected with family members – is one of the issues addressed in pese that Pata village will present in celebration of Independence Day June 1, 2018.

    Government officials have begun their inspections of pese and siva for Independence Day celebrations and visited Pata Wednesday, May 9. They were received at the guesthouse of Rev. Sisa Samuelu, leader of the Ekalesia Faapotopotoga Kerisiano Samoa at Pata.

  • Siapo was laid out on a field at Kapolei High School during a memorial for late teacher Esther Reid Trani.

    (KAPOLEI, Hawai'i) — Students, parents and colleagues are mourning the sudden loss of school teacher Esther Reid Trani, a leader in Hawai'i's Samoan community who worked tirelessly to perpetuate the arts and language of Samoa.

    Trani's mother Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau, longtime educator and politician from American Samoa, joined Kapolei High School for a memorial held in her daughter's honor, May 7 at the campus. Flags at Kapolei were flown at half mast.

  • Book launch attendees, Jackie and Roy Hall Jr., with Dr. Kruse.

    (SAMOA) — A book that examines land rights and laws in five U.S. territories in the Pacific, was launched over the weekend at Tradewinds Hotel in American Samoa.

    Today, May 7, the book's Author Dr. Line Memea Kruse will lead a seminar in which she'll discuss the new title — "The Pacific Insular Case of American Samoa: Land Rights and Laws in Unincorporated U.S. Territories" — at the National University of Samoa.

    The event is part of the Seminar & Film Series hosted by the Centre for Samoan Studies at NUS.

  • Trixy Taua Petaia, far left, and fellow judges of the 4th Annual Samoan Arts & Academics Competition.

    (TACOMA, Wa.) — Fifita Lotulelei, the Taupou representing the United Pacific Islanders Impact claimed the best Taualuga prize in the 4th Annual Samoan Arts & Academics Competition.

    Along with the honour, UPII's Taupou received a $100 prize from Miss American Samoa 2004 Trixy Taua Petaia, a competition judge.

  • USOH 2.0 in Salt Lake City.

    (SALT LAKE CITY, Utah) — Members of the United Samoan Organization of Hawai'i reconvened as USOH 2.0 to represent Samoa at the Melaleuca Convention Friday, May 4 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Melaleuca, The Wellness Company, reports that "thousands" were in attendance at the convention where several new products were unveiled at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

    The beautiful harmony of its musicians and signature grace, liveliness and precision of USOH combined to deliver an audiovisual treat for attendees and viewers of live video posted on social media.

  • Find these pies, Tim Tams, Bongos and more at Lilly's Bakery.

    (TACOMA, Wa.) — Lilly's Bakery, Paka Polynesian Tattoos and Left Coast Streetwear join leaders in education as sponsors of the 4th Annual Samoan Arts & Academics Competition Saturday, May 5 at the Tacoma Dome.

    The competition in Washington state, coordinated by Kiana Fuega, has also garnered support from educators as far away as New Zealand, the mobile classroom called Aganu'u Fa'aSamoa, a program of Epiphany Pacific Trust which visited Samoa in 2017 for an up-close study of the art of Tatau.

  • Le Lumana'i O le Pasifika with the Championship trophy and the Samoa flag.

    (TACOMA, Wa.) — 'Love and Unity' is the theme for the Samoan Arts & Academics Competition that will bring together students from 41 schools, Saturday, May 5 at the Tacoma Dome in the state of Washington.

    Champions of the 2017 competition is team Le Lumana'i o le Pasifika. They clinched the Overall Group Champions title, the Academic Excellence Champions honour and these categories: Court, Ulufale, Mauluulu, Siva Teine, Siva Tama and Sasa.

  • Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One after arriving in West Palm Beach, Florida, on March 3, 2017.

    (WASHINGTON D.C.) — U.S. President Donald J. Trump declared May 3, 2018 National Day of Prayer in the United States. Here is his declaration in its entirety: On this National Day of Prayer, we join together to offer gratitude for our many blessings and to acknowledge our need for divine wisdom, guidance, and protection.

    Prayer, by which we affirm our dependence on God, has long been fundamental to our pursuit of freedom, peace, unity, and prosperity.

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