(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.

(Waianae, HAWAI’I)—Waianae Samoan Methodist Church Youth are champions of the co-ed Sinoti Metotisi Hawai’i Softball Tournament, a statewide church competition hosted for the first time in 2013.

Sinoti Metotisi Hawai’i refers to the Synod or "council" representing six Samoan Methodist Churches in Hawai’i.

In the tournament, no team was able to defeat Waianae. Not even once. They finished the competition with a perfect 12-0.

PRIME MINISTER SET TO MEET WITH HAWAI'I'S SAMOAN COMMUNITY

(HONOLULU, Hawai'i) — In the effort to promote tourism in Samoa to the U.S. market, the Samoa Government will host a formal Samoan Community Conference and dinner next week. Invitees will meet with a delegation led by Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Fatialofa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi.

The conference and dinner is hosted by the Samoa Tourism Authority in collaboration with Sielu Enterprises, a company owned by Sielu Avea which offers Hawai’i visitors the Chief’s Luau at Sealife Park at Waimanalo.

(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--Ten Toa Samoa rugby league footballers are stranded in Hawai’i. They didn’t board the Pago Pago-bound Hawaiian Airlines flight Monday afternoon.

The group was in high spirits at the Honolulu International Airport, ready to depart for home after their 34-10 win over USA Tomahawks, June 1.

Toa Samoa is Samoa’s national rugby league team. They represent sovereign Samoa and Rugby League Samoa (RLS) in the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF). Tomahawks represent USA and the American National Rugby League (AMNRL) in the RLIF.

(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--Tears were shed when Samoans in Hawai'i gathered for a flag raising ceremony Saturday, June 1 on a small field behind the Kuhio Park Terrace Community Resource Center in Kalihi.

About 100 people of all ages joined newly-formed community group Leo O Tumua ma Pule, for the happy occasion.

Leo O Tumua Pule is comprised of: Fa’amausili Misa Tauave Galuvao and wife Tina; Ape Fuli Lei Poleki and wife Malia; Leafa Suliveta and wife Lufi and Seumanutafa Fouvale Aetonu and wife Sele.

(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--Leo o Tumua ma Pule, a newly formed group of Samoa citizens living in Hawai’i will celebrate Samoa Independence Day Saturday, June 1 with a flag raising ceremony 8:30 a.m. at the Kuhio Park Terrace Community Resource Center in Kalihi.