Education News

(MAPUSAGA--SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2016)--In late March, Ms. Sailitafa Samoa, Program Director of the American Samoa Area Health Education Center (ASAHEC), based at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC), conducted an outreach visit to Manu’a, the outer islands of American Samoa, as part of the ASAHEC mission of increasing the number of future local health workers.

For part of the trip, Ms. Samoa was assisted by two students representing the ASCC chapter of the Health Occupations...

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(MAPUSAGA--TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016)--The Samoan Studies Institute (SSl) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) held its launching ceremony for the second volume of “Ua Tala le Ta’ui” last week Tuesday, Mar. 22.

“’Ua Tala le Ta’ui is a book series which we began in 2009 with the first volume,” said SSI Director Mrs. Okenaisa Fauolo-Manila.

“It’s a collection of oral traditions from the islands of American Samoa, and the stories then are either about how a village got its...

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(WAIPAHU--GOOD FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016)--Dancing to the distinct sounds of Samoa, an older version of the Tamasese tune that tells of Samoa's historic Black Saturday, 18-year-old Natalie Oloa beat the competition to earn a place of honor among Kahuku High School's student body.

She will represent the Red Raiders as their Taupou at the We Are Samoa High School Cultural Arts Festival happening May at the Polynesian Cultural Center in La'ie.

Natalie's story is one of persistence...

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(HONOLULU)--Malofie Samoa Hawai'i President Tufuga Ta Tatau Samoa Su'a Sulu'ape Peter, will lead the flag raising parade for the Aso o Tupulaga "Loto Tasi" Youth Festival, Saturday, Sept. 5 at Ke'ehi Lagoon Beach Park.

The ceremony starts at 8:30 a.m.

As is customary for weeklong Samoan events held at Ke'ehi, the flags are raised on the final day. The flags of the United States of America, the Independent State of Samoa...

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(HONOLULU)--The weeklong Aso o Tupulaga "Loto Tasi" Youth Festival opened with leaders representing seven Samoan Assembly of God churches, two AOG youth groups and a singing husband and wife duo from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Sunday, Aug. 30 at Ke'ehi Lagoon Beach Park.

The festival is geared toward nurturing the innate talent of Samoan youth in dance, sports and competition.

"The Tupulaga event is created to highlight the young generation of Samoa ages...

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SIVA SAMOA: Dancing ourselves into existence

(HONOLULU)--Today, Friday, May 15, 2015 is a pivotal day in the lives of Samoan and Pacific Island students in the state of Washington. Fa’afetai tele lava tamaiti o le A’oga Maualuga o Mount Rainier, mo le vala’aulia. It is indeed a high honor to receive your invitation to judge the First Annual Samoan Arts Competition hosted by Des Moines.

Students of Mount Rainier, Federal Way, Kennedy Catholic High School, Cascade Middle School,...

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(HONOLULU)—As students across Hawai’i prepare for the We Are Samoa High School Cultural Arts Festival Saturday May 9 in La’ie, students in Washington excitedly look forward to the First Annual High School Samoan Arts Competition May 15 in Des Moines.

May is a big month for Samoan language, arts and culture in the state and the nation.


The Washington competition that includes participants from nine schools – is the...

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(PITTSBURGH-Jan. 30, 2015) – On June 23-27, 2015, the Troy and Theodora Polamalu Foundation Fund will support its third bi-annual youth camp in American Samoa. This year the camp officially carries the name, Fa'a Samoa Camp, as a division of a larger program, the Fa’a Samoa Initiative. What originally began as a football camp for boys in its first year (2011), expanded to include a volleyball division and academic and life skills workshop...

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(PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va.)—New blood joins Team Amerika Samoa with the selection of Northern Virginia Community College Women's Basketball Head Coach Uchenna Faumuina-Eze. He's been named as one of two assistant coaches for the American Samoa National Women’s Basketball Team.

"It's very exciting and humbling at the same time," Faumuina-Eze wrote from Prince William County, Va. "I am excited for the opportunity, not only to be a fresh new face but also to work with athletes who want...

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(HONOLULU--July 7, 2014)--A language dies every 14 days. This sad truth was shared by Smithsonian Institute’s Dr. Michael Mason at the 2014 Native American Languages Summit held in Arlington, Va. last month. In the audience of about 300 Native Americans and Pacific Islanders were four representatives from Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center who are working in Hawaiʻi to teach the Samoan language to students of all ages.

Le Fetuao Executive Director and Founder Elisapeta Tuʻupo-...

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