(FRESNO, Calif.)--Immigration is a huge issue for Samoan and Pacific islanders residing in the U.S. With the help of California attorney Leah L. Tuisavalalo, tautalatala.com will host an all-new immigration blog -- "Ta'iala" -- to assist the islander community make sense of the often daunting immigration laws of the U.S.

It was seeing the life changing effects of obtaining lawful status that led Tuisavalalo to take up immigration law.

(MEDIA RELEASE—American Samoa Visitor’s Bureau)—Two new tourist brochures showcasing the Territory’s U.S. Naval & World War II history and shopping will be available next month.

The first, the ‘American Samoa U.S. Naval History and World War II Guide’ showcases the rich naval connection the islands had for over 50 years and the key role the U.S. Naval Station Tutuila had as the command center in the defense of the Pacific Islands stretching from Wallis and Futuna in the west to the French Polynesia in the east.

(TELESA MEDIA RELEASE)—They first met and fell in love in high school. Sixteen years, two children and one successful business later – they are still very much in love. And as of Saturday March 23, they are the new faces for the TELESA book series.

Married couple, Stacie Ah Chong – daughter of Tiumalu Papalii Caroline Paul-Ah Chong & Gaono Randy Ah Chong and Malu Alesana Levi, son of Lavea Malagamalii Fosi Levi & Matautia Rula Levi – have lent their traditional tattoos to the Young Adult book series which continues to gain fans worldwide.


(MEDIA RELEASE)—Are we still moving, as Albert Wendt called for in 1976, ‘Towards a New Oceania’? Has this new Oceania turned tides and become a ‘niu’ Oceania? In what ways and for what purposes? Wendt’s seminal treatise on the development of Pacific Arts and Criticism lay an elemental foundation for those in the Pacific to develop their creative and critical voices in a post-colonial (where ‘post’ means ‘before’, ‘during’ and ‘after’ colonialism) Pacific.

Wendt’s article poses questions that remain relevant today:


(UTULEI, AMERICAN SAMOA)—The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council today concluded the second of its three-day meeting at the Governor H. Rex Lee Auditorium (Fale Laumei) in American Samoa. The meeting opened yesterday at the newly erected fale Samoa with a traditional `ava ceremony, one of the most important customs of the Samoa Islands involving a solemn ritual where a ceremonial beverage is shared to mark important occasions in Samoan society.

[Hipa Seto was already in Hawaii at the Kapiolani Children's Medical Center receiving treatments for osteosarcoma, cancer of the bones, when I wrote about him for the Samoa News in May 2010, where it was published on the front page.

In September 2010, my children and I moved to Hawaii.

With his family gathered around him at their Makakilo home, Hipa died in June a few days after Father's Day 2011.

(Las Vegas, NEVADA)--A Las Vegas archer, one of the top in the state of Nevada, is hoping to represent American Samoa or Samoa in the 2016 Olympics Aug. 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With his recently purchased Olympic recurve bow, 30-year-old Andrew James Faga is training day in and day out – all the while hoping for a spot on either Samoa’s Olympics squad – whichever team will have him.

“Samoa or American Samoa, it doesn’t make a difference to me,” Faga told tautalatala.com. “I just want to represent my people. I just want to represent Samoa. That’s my dream.”


(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--In line with a memo issued late January by American Samoa Gov. Lolo M. Moliga, the American Samoa Government Office in Hawaii remains open. Located on Dillingham Boulevard, the ASG Hawaii Office comes under the jurisdiction of the Governor's Office and the decision for the office to remain open was reported Jan. 30, 2013 by Samoa News in American Samoa.

(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--After passing the finish line in the 8 kilometer Great Aloha Run today, Samoan novelist Sia Figiel threw up a pair of shakas in victory, celebrating her success in meeting a goal set before she shed 80 pounds in the course of seven months.

"Crossing the finish line at Aloha Stadium has convinced me that if your heart is in it, you are unstoppable!," she told tautalatala.com. "Another epiphany: if I can do it, anyone can too!"

Figiel expressed her gratitude to her support group "Sia has diabetes. It doesn't have her."