(Washington, D.C.)—Congressman Faleomavaega today offered his personal condolences on the passing of Fofoga o Samoa Sen. Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii. Sen. Inouye passed away peacefully on Dec. 17, 2012 at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

“Today, we have a lost a father, a hero, and a true friend of American Samoa,” Faleomavaega said. “There is no doubt Senator Inouye was a strong advocate for the people of Hawaii but he was also instrumental in helping the people of American Samoa and all our Territories and neighbors in the Pacific.”

(HONOLULU) – In remembrance of Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered that all Hawaii flags at state offices and agencies as well as the Hawaii National Guard are to be flown at half-staff alongside the U.S. flag until sunset on the day of his interment, as ordered by President Barack Obama.

President Obama made the Presidential Proclamation ordering the U.S. flag at half-staff as a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of Senator Inouye, President Pro Tempore of the U.S. Senate.

Link to the Presidential Proclamation here:

American Samoa continues its preparations for the potential arrival of Cyclone/Hurricane Evan, hereafter referred to as "the cyclone".

The cyclone received its name in the late evening on December 11 here in American Samoa, prior to that, it being only referred to as a quickly moving tropical depression.

It is expected that the cyclone will swing over the Indpendent State of Samoa, with the Fiji meteorological service predicting that the storm system will be over the independent country of Samoa at around midday today. The storm system is then expected to continue eastward toward American Samoa, but should swing Southward and Westward later in the evening before arriving in American Samoa to continue on toward Fiji.

by Tina Mata’afa-Tufele

tautalatala.com

It’s never easy to lose a child but as the Manu Samoa prepares for its test match against France this morning, a Hawaii woman hopes that her great loss this week will have a hand in seeing Samoa’s national 15s rugby squad team to a win.

(MEDIA RELEASE) – Tattooed models, Pacific island twist. Fashion Show Director Tina Mata’afa-Elise says “in a nutshell, INKED is Polynesian and Pacific fashion, tattoos, music and culture.” Island-themed fashion designers show off their latest faire, with models also sharing their love and collection of island tattoos.

by Tautalatala staff

Thirty-one student athletes signed Letters of Intent in Hawaii on a National Signing Day event hosted by the Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance. PIAA, headed by Doris Sullivan, is a 501c3 non-profit organization that exclusively assists student-athletes from the Aloha State and American Samoa in finding and securing collegiate sports scholarships. The early signing took place at the Elks Club (Lodge No. 616) in Waikiki.

Thirty-one student athletes signed Letters of Intent in Hawaii on a National Signing Day event hosted by the Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance. PIAA is a 501c3 non-profit organization that exclusively assists student-athletes from the Hawaii and American Samoa in finding and securing collegiate sports scholarships. The early signing took place at the Elks Club (Lodge No. 616) in Waikiki. (See signing story for name list.)

Faletuiga and tautalatala.com are proud supporters of the Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance.

(MEDIA RELEASE—Washington D.C.) – Congressman Faleomavaega, Wednesday, Nov. 14, hosted participants from the Boys and Girls Club of American Samoa (BGCAS) who were in Washington, D.C. as part of a partnership program with the Close Up Foundation.  The group includes 10 students grade seven through high school and three chaperones.