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  • (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]...

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  • People are capable of being many things. We often forget that.

    Fashion. That isn't one of the first things that pops into your mind when you think about me. Nerd, geek... Dude... Yes, it's pretty common for people to think I'm a photographer, a computer programmer, an IT guy, a graphic artist, an avid gardener, a web designer, a poet, or a writer. Over the last few years, some have even come to know...

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  • (Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--Talent, creativity and outside the box thinking—that’s what will determine the winners in tonight’s 4th Annual Mr. & Miss Polynesia Pacific Pageant, set for 5 p.m. at the 600-capacity Leeward Community College Auditorium.

    “[A]nd overall wow factor,” explained Event Coordinator Ralph Malani on KITV4’s Community News Minute early this week.

    Pageant presenter is Missing Polynesia, owned by Meilin Vitale-Vae and husband Richard Vae.

    The pageant,...

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    (New York City, NY)--Fijians irate over the naming of New York designer Nanette Lepore’s ‘Aztec’ dress – which they say contain Fijian masi (or tapa) designs – will have their concerns voiced in the Big Apple, during a protest being organized by Tongan writer and activist Vaimoana Litia Makakaufaki Niumeitolu.

    Masi – called kapa in Hawai’i, ngatu in Tonga, siapo in Samoa and hiapo in...

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  • (Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--Change and recognition. Those are the driving forces behind what’s shaping up to be the event of the year for island music artists across the United States—the FobbNation Music Awards ceremony presented by Island Swagg Entertainment this weekend in San Francisco.

    “It’s time for change, it’s time for recognition within our community,” said FobbNation CEO Pati Eneliko from California, “To not only witness change, but to support change.”

    Nine artists from...

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  • (BASED ON PRESS RELEASE)--When Willie Salave’a accidently received a shipment of kukui nuts instead of the flower leis he was expecting, he saw a vision of a business that would not only feed his family, but honor and support his heritage. On that day Go Nuts Kukui jewelry was born. Soon after Salave’a obtained unprecedented license agreements from all of the major US sports leagues, including the NFL, NBA, MLB and NCAA colleges.

    It was through these licenses that Salave’a got the...

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  • (Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--Family, education, military service and deployment, farming, business, disputes over land and romantic relationships that span from American Samoa to the USA – from Tutuila and Manu’a to Iraq – that's real life for American Samoans in 2013 and that is what viewers will see in Heart to Heart: Fatu O Le Alofa, the new American Samoa film that held its U.S. premiere in Hawai'i last week.

    More than 100 people joined Atoa-O-Ali’i for the premiere held Wednesday, July...

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    (Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--Fatu O Le Alofa, a new Samoan language film, premieres in Hawai'i and the U.S., Wednesday July 24, kicking off a series of state-by-state showings of the first motion picture written, cast and filmed in the U.S. territory of American Samoa.

    The Hawai’i premiere (titled Heart-to-Heart for English audiences) will be held at the 400-capacity Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Hall at the Ke’ehi Lagoon Memorial on...

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    (HONOLULU, Hawai'i) — In the effort to promote tourism in Samoa to the U.S. market, the Samoa Government will host a formal Samoan Community Conference and dinner next week. Invitees will meet with a delegation led by Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Fatialofa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi.

    The conference and dinner is hosted by the Samoa Tourism Authority in collaboration with Sielu Enterprises, a company owned by Sielu...

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  • December 1, 2012 - The Bank of Hawaii is ending its presence in American Samoa. "After serving the American Samoa market for more than 40 years, this was a decision that was not made lightly," said Hobbs Lowson, district manager for Bank of Hawaii's American Samoa branches.

    This break-up with their American Samoa customers comes at a bad time when the economy in American Samoa is still vulnerable from the closure of one of the canneries 3 years ago, and the ending of the U.S. Stimulus...

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