(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.

SECOND LISTENING SESSION SET FOR THIS EVENING 6:30 P.M. AT LEILEHUA HIGH SCHOOL

(HONOLULU)--While most Hawai'i politicians strongly oppose the reduction of U.S. Army soldiers in Hawai'i, one Maui politician and several community groups are for it, urging the military to "clean up" and address the concerns of native Hawaiians about land.

(PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va.)—New blood joins Team Amerika Samoa with the selection of Northern Virginia Community College Women's Basketball Head Coach Uchenna Faumuina-Eze. He's been named as one of two assistant coaches for the American Samoa National Women’s Basketball Team.

(HONOLULU)--Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered, “What will I do next?” Well, I have. I was 39 years old, a single parent, with a daughter in college, and a son graduating from high school. I took a good hard look at myself in the mirror and saw year 40 looking back at me; it was an uncertain future. Up until that point, I lived my life for my children, but what now? They were beginning their own journey in life, so what do I do?

People are capable of being many things. We often forget that.

Fashion. That isn't one of the first things that pops into your mind when you think about me. Nerd, geek... Dude... Yes, it's pretty common for people to think I'm a photographer, a computer programmer, an IT guy, a graphic artist, an avid gardener, a web designer, a poet, or a writer. Over the last few years, some have even come to know me as an amateur fashion designer.