(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. 


(HONOLULU)—Just before a 21-gun cannon salute honored American Samoa and its affiliation with the United States of America – six new recruits were sworn into the U. S. Army when Samoans in Hawai’i gathered late July to celebrate 114 years since the United States flag was raised in American Samoa.

[Posted Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014]

(HONOLULU)--Sharing the words of American Samoa’s ailing Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga at Samoan Flag Day, his chief of staff Fiu Johnny Saelua addressed homelesness among Samoans in Hawai’i, challenging members to come together and find solutions that will help Samoans prosper in the Aloha State.

He said the governor, who was on O’ahu for several months to seek medical treatment, went on walks and on these walks saw with sadness – mothers, Samoan mothers who are homeless.

(HONOLULU)--Festivities for the weeklong Flag Day in Hawai’i kicked off Sunday during a church service in Waipahu, with the committee set to honor service members of Samoan ancestry during a special military tribute Saturday morning, July 26, at Ke’ehi Lagoon Park.

Public inquiries about this year’s “Flag Day” – where the raising of the flag of the United States of America on Tutuila, the main island in American Samoa, is celebrated – have been pouring into tautalatala.com in recent weeks.

Service and sacrifice of ‘Toa Samoa’ highlighted at Samoa flag raising


by Tina Mata’afa-Tufele

Editor, tautalatala.com

(KALIHI, Hawai’i)—The service and sacrifice of our ‘Toa Samoa’ was highlighted when close to 200 members of the Samoan community in Hawai’i gathered for the Second Annual Independent State of Samoa Flag Raising Ceremony, Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Kuhio Park Terrace.


Photos from the Second Annual Independent State of Samoa Flag Raising Ceremony held Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Kuhio Park Terrace in Honolulu, Hawai'i. The event is hosted by Leo o Tumua ma Pule, a community group that advocates for Samoa citizens residing in the Aloha State.

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(HONOLULU--July 7, 2014)--A language dies every 14 days. This sad truth was shared by Smithsonian Institute’s Dr. Michael Mason at the 2014 Native American Languages Summit held in Arlington, Va. last month. In the audience of about 300 Native Americans and Pacific Islanders were four representatives from Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center who are working in Hawaiʻi to teach the Samoan language to students of all ages.

(WEST POINT, New York)—In his most defining moment as a father and Army soldier of 30 years, Command Sgt. Maj. Charles M. Tobin saluted his newly commissioned second lieutenant son in West Point, New York when the historic U. S. Military Academy graduated its class of 2014.

It was a frigid, drizzly morning May 28, 2014.