(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."


(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--She’s running to fight obesity, diabetes and heart disease. She’s running for her family.

(Honolulu, HAWAI’I) – University of Hawai’i Assistant Professor Dr. Fa’anofo Lisa Uperesa will deliver the keynote speech at the Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance spring signing, Wednesday, April 17. at the Elks Club Lodge 616 in Waikiki.

In a press statement issued yesterday, PIAA says it hosts the only state-wide signing event in the U.S. during the spring. Twenty-five students are registered to sign letters of intent and scholarship agreements April 17.


(MANOA)--Messages in Samoan, Tongan and Hawaiian can expect to be seen among multilingual preservation posters that are in the works for Preservation Week at Hamilton Library, April 23-27.

The theme is “Pass It On." To mark this week, the Library will offer a series of special activities set for 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 23 through Saturday, April 27 in the first floor lobby.

(AUCKLAND)--Much to the delight of devoted fans, the highly anticipated third book in Lani Wendt Young's Telesa Book Series, is closer to becoming a reality. Its beautiful cover art was released early this month and book three, "The Bone Bearer" is due out in late July.

"The design is by Talia Brown of Talia Design, photographer is Penina Momoisea and model is Stacie AhChong Levi. All fiercely fabulous Samoan women," Young told tautalatala.com from Auckland. "It's 100 percent Samoan made."

(HONOLULU) – The University of Hawai‘i has vital responsibilities for the first space launch from the State of Hawai‘i, which is scheduled for October 2013. When the Super Strypi missile takes flight from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kaua‘i, it will be carrying a satellite designed by University of Hawai‘i faculty and students. UH will have also played a significant role in getting that satellite into space.