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, tautalatala.com 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.

ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE FORUM IS MAY 9

(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.  

(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--All siva, all activities in the We Are Samoa festival will be judged— as Polynesian Cultural Center, hosts of the annual event— celebrates 50 years of education and entertaining more than 37 million Hawai’i visitors since 1963.

High school students in dance clubs across O’ahu are preparing for the 2013 We Are Samoa High School Cultural Arts Festival, scheduled for Saturday, May 11 at PCC’s Pacific Theater in La’ie. The festival will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

(Honolulu, HAWAI'I0--A 4/20 concert, the Mental Health Mele Benefit, will help the homeless served by Mental Health Kokua, a non-profit organization that provides transitional housing for individuals with mental illnesses.

The family event is scheduled for 5 to 10 p.m., tomorrow, Pier 10 at the Aloha Tower, says a statement from MHK.

Artists playing at the fundraiser are Nesian N.I.N.E., Pohaku and FaithAsia. A silent auction has also been planned and MHK will provide pupus.

(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--Through pouring rain and agonizing pain, Samoan health blogger Menne Taliva'a Hall, conquered the 26.2-mile North Shore Marathon, completing it in under six hours this morning.

"For the most part, it went well. I got in under six hours," she told tautalatala.com. "Had a bit of a challenge after mile 21, but I pushed through the agonizing pain, kept telling myself, 'just a few more miles, just a few more'."

Hall, founder of the She's Now or Never sisterhood and Health and Wellness blog said her "iPod went out because it was pouring hard."