(Honolulu, HAWAI'I) Both sides in the June 1 USA V. Toa Samoa rugby league test match have been named and the visiting team from Samoa is due to arrive in Hawai’i early Friday morning via Hawaiian Airlines.

Half the 18-member Tomahawks team represents Hawai’i with names from American Samoa, Utah, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut completing the roster. Fifteen players from Samoa and three from New Zealand comprise the Toa Samoa roster.

(Honolulu, HAWAI’I)—The University of Hawai’i Board of Regents invites public input on the selection of UH’s new leader. The Board will host a public hearing in June—an opportunity for the public to share their ideas on the selection of the next UH President.

“The Board met yesterday to initiate the process of selecting the next President of UH,” says a UH press statement issued late yesterday afternoon.
“The Board respects the University’s numerous constituents and acknowledges the importance of soliciting public input."

(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--USA Tomahawks will meet the Toa Samoa from sovereign Samoa in an historic Rugby League match that will mark Samoa Independence Day, Saturday, June 1, 2013, at the Aloha Stadium.

This is the first time a rugby league international test match will be played on the Hawaiian Airlines field at Hawai’i’s largest outdoor arena – home to the University of Hawaii Warriors football team and the annual NFL Pro Bowl game.

(PHOTO 1) Members of the United States Congress during the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Ceremony, May 8 , 2013, an event held at the U.S. Capitol VisitorCenter that celebrated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. U.S. Senator for Hawai'i Brian Schatz (far left) and American Samoa Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin (far right) hold up shakas. Third from right is U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, from Hawai'i. Fifth from left is U.S. Rep. Madeleine Z. Bordallo, who represents Guam.

A.S. CONGRESSMAN: “E lē falala fua le niu”

(Washington D.C.)—Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin represented American Samoa and the nation’s Pacific Islanders when he spoke to members of Congress and hundreds of community leaders of Asian and Pacific descent at a meeting in Washington D.C. last week.

In addition to a Chinese proverb, Faleomavaega also used a Samoan proverb to address immigration reform at the gathering, according to a press statement issued by the congressman’s office.

(LA'IE, Hawai'i)--The We Are Samoa High School Cultural Arts Festival took place Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Polynesian Cultural Center in La'ie on O'ahu. Six Polynesian clubs from six high schools competed in the event that included cultural games of banana peeling, basket weaving and fire making, plus competition in Samoan oratory and Siva Samoa (dance).

Radford High School placed first; Kapolei High School placed second and Farrington High School finished in third place. Waipahu High School, Castle High School and Kahuku High School also competed in the event.

(Written in celebration of Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month)

Who am I? Who the hell am I?
I’m more than what you see
Am I Samoan? Am I American?
I was born in Hawai’i

I’m the daughter of Super Woman
Tofa soifua American Samoa
Heart of gold, twinkle in her eyes
A dream of finding more

I know you know the story
It was opp-or-tu-ni-ty
She worked three jobs
Our first home: world famous Waikiki

Talofa readers!

In celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in the month of May, invites students and writers of all ages to submit a piece of writing (poem or essay), photograph, video or artwork that tells your unique story as a Pacific Islander or Asian American (or both) living or attending school in the United States.


(Washington D.C.)—The Smithsonian and White House launch Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month May 1— to begin discussions and announce a number of special AAPI events that include a museum exhibit, a forum set for May 9 and internship opportunities in Washington D.C. for AAPI college students.

All are invited to participate in AAPI events that kick off the first of May, ‘May Day’, Lei Day in Hawai’i.

By Leah L. Tuisavalalo, Pasifika Immigration Law Group

(Fresno, CALIF.)--On March 4, 2013, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS or "Immigration") began accepting applications under a program that reduces the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents), who are in the process of obtaining visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States under certain circumstances.