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Hawaiki's 15,000 km subsea cable is now past its halfway point in its installation. It is expected to land in American Samoa in April and be operational in June of this year.

(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.

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 me as an amateur fashion designer. 

(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, Malani notes, “is not something you would think of a beauty pageant.”

FIJIANS HAVE LAID CLAIM TO DESIGN WORK; TONGAN ACVITIST VAIMOANA NIUMEITOLU WILL LEAD PROTEST

(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.

(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.”

(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.

PREMIERE SET FOR WEDNESDAY JULY 24 AT WEINBERG HALL

(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 Nimitz Highway.

PRIME MINISTER SET TO MEET WITH HAWAI'I'S SAMOAN COMMUNITY

(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 Avea which offers Hawai’i visitors the Chief’s Luau at Sealife Park at Waimanalo.