(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.


(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.


(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.