(PAGO PAGO, American Samoa) — Miss Pacific Islands Matauaina G. To'omalatai and Miss Samoa Alexandra Iakopo are heading to New Zealand for Auckland's iconic 26th Pasifika Festival.

Traveling together, To'omalatai and Iakopo, will spend time in each of the 11 villages at the event.

"I am excited and I look forward to witnessing this event for the first time," wrote Miss Pacific Islands on Facebook. "I hope to see you all there."

(SAMOA) — JAWS has called a special meeting for Monday, 26 March where new members are invited to register.

The meeting was announced on the National Media Association of Samoa JAWS Facebook page.

New executive officers will be elected at the special meeting, said Rudy Bartley, Acting President of the Journalists Association of Samoa.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. 26 March, 2018, at the Hotel Insel Fehmarn Conference Room.

For more information, contact the Board at jawsamoa2016@gmail com.

(SAMOA) — Culinary Arts and Food Service have received a nice boost through Teen Challenge Samoa, the recipients of $5,000 tala in resources from the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development and the Samoa One UN Youth Employment Programme.

The resources — stove, cutlery, pots, storage containers, coolers and other kitchen essentials are "for enterprise ventures in the food service industry providing youth with basic skills for deployment in the hospitality sector or [the] start of their own business," the MWCSD announced in a statement.

(SAMOA) — O le tali fuaitau lenei a le Palemia Afioga Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, na pueina i le polokalame o le "Taimi ma le Palemia," ina ua fesiligai sona finagalo i fesoasoani mai Saina o loo ia atugaluga o nisi e faapea, o loo aumaia i ni auala fa’aalatua ma foliga mai ai e ono pulea ai e Saina Samoa i le lumana’i.

(SAMOA) — Miss Samoa Alexandra Iakopo and Nuanua o le Alofa have lent their support to the Sports to Life soccer course for college teachers held this week in Savai'i.

The 16 college teachers who participated in the three-day course, will return to their schools to implement what they learned.

"Miss Samoa and Nuanua o le Alofa were there. The course finished today," Angela Lafaiali'i Pauga, Media Officer for Football Federation Samoa, told tautalatala from Savai'i Wednesday morning, March 14.

(MAPUSAGA, American Samoa) — Seventeen students have been inducted into the Alpha Epsilon Mu Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC).

Former PTK member and current ASCC mathematics instructor Mrs. Amete Mulipola-Moefiainu provided the keynote speech.

A fall 2007 graduate of ASCC, Mrs. Mulipola-Moefiainu went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Texas A&M University in 2009, followed by her Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning from Argosy University, Hawai'i.

(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) — Many Americans are unaware of racism's history in the Pacific but a new two-year degree at the City College of San Francisco will shed light on the role race has played in every facet of life for Islanders and people of color in the U.S.A.

The new Associate of Arts degree in Critical Pacific Islands & Oceania Studies is the culmination of nearly two decades of work by past students and faculty, said Dr. David Ga'oupu Matthew Palaita, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at CCSF.

(SAMOA) — The U-17 Shield for Zone A's Rugby 15s is a carving of Ifilele wood from Fagaloa, handcrafted by instructors at Leifiifi College.

Visual Arts Teacher Jeremy Filo and Design Tech Teacher Andy Pula collaborated on the project.

Coaches for Leifiifi are: Reupena Levasa, Neru Leifi, Faafuaina Samuelu, Taleni Tufuga (Sports Master), Filo and Pula.

Leifiifi College Principal Sefuiva Malaea Lauano said the Ifilele it durable and should last 20 years.

The U-17 shield is currently in the possession of Avele College.