(SALT LAKE CITY, Utah) — Members of the United Samoan Organization of Hawai'i reconvened as USOH 2.0 to represent Samoa at the Melaleuca Convention Friday, May 4 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Melaleuca, The Wellness Company, reports that "thousands" were in attendance at the convention where several new products were unveiled at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

The beautiful harmony of its musicians and signature grace, liveliness and precision of USOH combined to deliver an audiovisual treat for attendees and viewers of live video posted on social media.

(TACOMA, Wa.) — Lilly's Bakery, Paka Polynesian Tattoos and Left Coast Streetwear join leaders in education as sponsors of the 4th Annual Samoan Arts & Academics Competition Saturday, May 5 at the Tacoma Dome.

The competition in Washington state, coordinated by Kiana Fuega, has also garnered support from educators as far away as New Zealand, the mobile classroom called Aganu'u Fa'aSamoa, a program of Epiphany Pacific Trust which visited Samoa in 2017 for an up-close study of the art of Tatau.

(TACOMA, Wa.) — 'Love and Unity' is the theme for the Samoan Arts & Academics Competition that will bring together students from 41 schools, Saturday, May 5 at the Tacoma Dome in the state of Washington.

Champions of the 2017 competition is team Le Lumana'i o le Pasifika. They clinched the Overall Group Champions title, the Academic Excellence Champions honour and these categories: Court, Ulufale, Mauluulu, Siva Teine, Siva Tama and Sasa.

(WASHINGTON D.C.) — U.S. President Donald J. Trump declared May 3, 2018 National Day of Prayer in the United States. Here is his declaration in its entirety: On this National Day of Prayer, we join together to offer gratitude for our many blessings and to acknowledge our need for divine wisdom, guidance, and protection.

Prayer, by which we affirm our dependence on God, has long been fundamental to our pursuit of freedom, peace, unity, and prosperity.

(SAMOA) — Samoa’s engagement with the People’s Republic of China since 1975 remains underpinned by the One China policy. 

"And we will continue to support the One China Policy,” reaffirms Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi.

The Prime Minister was responding to a call made in Beijing China last week during a courtesy call to China’s Vice Minister for International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, (IDCPC) Guo Yezhou by a delegation of eight parliamentarians from Samoa in late April.

(SAMOA) — May 7 is the deadline for journalists from Samoa to submit applications for the United Nations Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship that provides funding to cover the UN during a three-week programme in New York.

The award is named in honor of a 29-year-old Jordanian public information officer killed in the August 19, 2003 bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq.

To meet the eligibility requirements, candidates must be full-time working journalists between the ages of 22 and 35.

(SAMOA) — Access to social media sites such as Instagram and Twitter will no longer be available inside meetinghouses of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

According to lds.org, the official Website of the LDS Church, a list of 19 social media and entertainment sites, and apps, appear on the list sent to Church leaders May 1, 2018.

“Non-Church-related internet use in meetinghouses often creates difficulty for those who are trying to use it for Church purposes,” it says in a My Callings email notice.

(SAMOA) — Legend. Original Gangsta. Pioneer. Rap star.

From the DeeJays who played his music, to the artists who tattooed him — friends who call him "fam" are paying tribute to the late Ted DeVoux, The Godfather, one of the DeVoux Brothers from Carson, Calif., who brought the world Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. — leading the way for Samoans and Pacific Islanders into America's Hip-Hop scene.

A member of the DeVoux family confirmed for Tautalatala that Godfather died after an extended illness.

(SAMOA) — Writers for the Government of Samoa, with the Ministry of the Prime Minister & Cabinet, are extremely busy. We've compiled a few of the stories provided to Tautalatala by the Press Secretariat for your Samoa Government Briefs. Find more stories on the Government of Samoa Facebook page.


The Vuki family in St. George, Utah in the United States, has donated close to $200,000 to Samoa to fund scholarships for students and in their latest donation presented $15,000 to the Fire Emergency Services.

(PAGO PAGO, American Samoa) — The annual Steinlager I'a Lapo'a Game Fishing Tournament opens with a ceremony on Saturday at Sadie's Thompson Inn at Malaloa, anglers gearing up for the shot gun start Monday, April 30.

Wednesday, May 2 has been designated as Ladies and Junior Day, according to information distributed to members of the Pago Pago Game Fishing Association, from I'a Lapo'a Event Manager Debbs Cox.