(MAPUSAGA--TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016)--The Samoan Studies Institute (SSl) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) held its launching ceremony for the second volume of “Ua Tala le Ta’ui” last week Tuesday, Mar. 22.

“’Ua Tala le Ta’ui is a book series which we began in 2009 with the first volume,” said SSI Director Mrs. Okenaisa Fauolo-Manila.

(WAIPAHU--GOOD FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016)--Dancing to the distinct sounds of Samoa, an older version of the Tamasese tune that tells of Samoa's historic Black Saturday, 18-year-old Natalie Oloa beat the competition to earn a place of honor among Kahuku High School's student body.

She will represent the Red Raiders as their Taupou at the We Are Samoa High School Cultural Arts Festival happening May at the Polynesian Cultural Center in La'ie.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER IS SHOPO PRESIDENT TENARI MA'AFALA

(HONOLULU)--Malofie Samoa Hawai'i President Tufuga Ta Tatau Samoa Su'a Sulu'ape Peter, will lead the flag raising parade for the Aso o Tupulaga "Loto Tasi" Youth Festival, Saturday, Sept. 5 at Ke'ehi Lagoon Beach Park.

The ceremony starts at 8:30 a.m.

(HONOLULU)--The weeklong Aso o Tupulaga "Loto Tasi" Youth Festival opened with leaders representing seven Samoan Assembly of God churches, two AOG youth groups and a singing husband and wife duo from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Sunday, Aug. 30 at Ke'ehi Lagoon Beach Park.

The festival is geared toward nurturing the innate talent of Samoan youth in dance, sports and competition.

(TI'AFAU, SAMOA)--There is a Samoan saying, “E sili le toa e pulea lona loto i le toa e a’ea le ‘olo”. This means: “He who conquers his impulses is greater than he who conquers the fortress”. This Samoan saying provides the theme for my Independence address this year.

Independence is a goal that demands the ability to conquer one’s impulses. It includes ensuring that despite our personal biases that in our teachings of Samoan Independence history that we make visible, audible, memorable and sensible all that motivated, shaped, defined and enabled the Independence we enjoy today.

SIVA SAMOA: Dancing ourselves into existence

(HONOLULU)--Today, Friday, May 15, 2015 is a pivotal day in the lives of Samoan and Pacific Island students in the state of Washington. Fa’afetai tele lava tamaiti o le A’oga Maualuga o Mount Rainier, mo le vala’aulia. It is indeed a high honor to receive your invitation to judge the First Annual Samoan Arts Competition hosted by Des Moines.

(HONOLULU)—As students across Hawai’i prepare for the We Are Samoa High School Cultural Arts Festival Saturday May 9 in La’ie, students in Washington excitedly look forward to the First Annual High School Samoan Arts Competition May 15 in Des Moines.

May is a big month for Samoan language, arts and culture in the state and the nation.

FIRST ANNUAL H.S. SAMOAN ARTS COMPETITION-WASHINGTON

(FRESNO, Calif.)-On Nov. 20 and 21, 2014, President Barack Obama announced the administration's "Immigration Accountability Executive Action." The plan that the President outlined is designed to help reform the immigration system and ranges from measures to enhance border security, to new temporary protections for many of the people living in the United States without permission. Many of these changes, will directly affect members of the Pacific Islander community. With this blog, I will highlight the two most pertinent changes.