(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.

(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--Thursday, July 11, 2013 has been declared Samoan Flag Day in Hawai’i, by a proclamation signed by Hawai’i Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui.

(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--On June 30, 2013, Malagamafaleupolu Alaiva’a Tu’upo, 69, of Salt Lake, O’ahu, died at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i.

(Honolulu, HAWAI’I)

Portuguese sausage
Furikake on rice and eggs
I’d chuck my fave breakfast
For a nice pair of rugby legs

Lean, mean, cheetah-fast
Running machines
Make a rugby dummy
Into a crazy rugby fiend

C’mon! Score! Yes!
What a beautiful try
I like your penalty kicks
The cuts in your thighs

Such awesome form
When you're in that scrum
From Apia Park, Samoa
To the Aloha Stadium

(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--The U.S. State Department must approve the name that has been submitted for Samoa’s honorary consul in Hawai’i, says Aiono Mose Sua, Chief Executive Office for the Samoa Government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

(Papali’i) Jack Thompson, owner of Tihati Productions, has agreed to have his name submitted for the honorary consul position, Aiono told tautalatala.com last week when the Samoa Government hosted a Samoan Community Conference at Sea Life Park.