(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--Talent, creativity and outside the box thinking—that’s what will determine the winners in tonight’s 4th Annual Mr. & Miss Polynesia Pacific Pageant, set for 5 p.m. at the 600-capacity Leeward Community College Auditorium.

“[A]nd overall wow factor,” explained Event Coordinator Ralph Malani on KITV4’s Community News Minute early this week.

Pageant presenter is Missing Polynesia, owned by Meilin Vitale-Vae and husband Richard Vae.

The pageant, Malani notes, “is not something you would think of a beauty pageant.”


(New York City, NY)--Fijians irate over the naming of New York designer Nanette Lepore’s ‘Aztec’ dress – which they say contain Fijian masi (or tapa) designs – will have their concerns voiced in the Big Apple, during a protest being organized by Tongan writer and activist Vaimoana Litia Makakaufaki Niumeitolu.

(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--Change and recognition. Those are the driving forces behind what’s shaping up to be the event of the year for island music artists across the United States—the FobbNation Music Awards ceremony presented by Island Swagg Entertainment this weekend in San Francisco.

“It’s time for change, it’s time for recognition within our community,” said FobbNation CEO Pati Eneliko from California, “To not only witness change, but to support change.”

(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--The UH Library has announced new additions to the open-access archive of 19th and early 20th century English language newspapers published in Hawaiʻi, offering a glimpse into the lives of Hawaiʻi residents more than a century ago.

The Pacific Commercial Advertiser (PCA), first published in 1856, began as a bilingual weekly with a Hawaiian section, Ka Hoku Loa O Hawaiʻi (The Morning Star of Hawaiʻi), that ran for five years. The PCA became a daily in 1882, and eventually merged with the Honolulu Advertiser in 1921.

(Ta'iala) In the past few months, I have hosted several immigration seminars, workshops and informational booths in both California and Utah, targeting the Pacific Islander community.  During these public venues, four key things stood out to me as issues that NEED to be addressed in the Polynesian community with regard to immigration. 

(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--Family, education, military service and deployment, farming, business, disputes over land and romantic relationships that span from American Samoa to the USA – from Tutuila and Manu’a to Iraq – that's real life for American Samoans in 2013 and that is what viewers will see in Heart to Heart: Fatu O Le Alofa, the new American Samoa film that held its U.S. premiere in Hawai'i last week.


(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--Fatu O Le Alofa, a new Samoan language film, premieres in Hawai'i and the U.S., Wednesday July 24, kicking off a series of state-by-state showings of the first motion picture written, cast and filmed in the U.S. territory of American Samoa.

The Hawai’i premiere (titled Heart-to-Heart for English audiences) will be held at the 400-capacity Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Hall at the Ke’ehi Lagoon Memorial on Nimitz Highway.


(San Francisco, CALIF.)--Nominations are in. Voting has begun. And the 2nd Annual FobbNation Music Awards are set for Saturday, Sept. 14 at the monumental Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, Calif.

 Island Swagg Entertainment is presenters of the 2013 FMAs.

(Mānoa HAWAI'I)--The U.S. Census Bureau has named Dr. Maile Taualii, an assistant professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, to the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations.

This was announced in a press statement issued by the UH system this afternoon.

The National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations advises the Census Bureau on a wide range of variables that affect the cost, accuracy and implementation of the Census Bureau's programs and surveys, including the once-a-decade census, UH explains.