(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.

(SAMOA, Calif.) — A special 90-minute Adopt-A-Highway clean-up at the Samoa Peninsula in Humboldt, Calif. is among the many events that will mark Earth Day 2018, Sunday, April 22.

The event is hosted by the Humboldt Chapter of the Pacific Outfitters Green Team, a group of outdoor enthusiasts whose claim to fame is being "The Home of the 60-minute Weekly Clean-up!"

They carry out brief, consistent clean-ups throughout the year.

(MAPUSAGA, American Samoa) — One component of the Mission of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) is to promote awareness of Samoa and the Pacific, while one of the College’s Institutional Learning Outcomes is that students acquire proficiencies as Global Citizens.