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(HONOLULU, Hawai'i–Dec. 19, 2013)--U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) announced that the Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center has received a three-year grant from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) to preserve and maintain the Samoan language. The grant includes $211,639 for the first year of operations.
It is the first ever award by the ANA for Samoan language preservation and maintenance in the U.S.

“This is an important step and a powerful acknowledgement of...

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The Center on the Family at UH-Mānoa and the Homeless Programs Office of the Hawai‘i State Department of Human Services have released the Homeless Service Utilization Report: Hawai‘i 2013. Authored by Dr. Sarah Yuan, Ivette Rodriguez Stern and Hong Vo, the report provides the most current data on individuals and households who accessed homeless services and the state’s overall service utilization in the 2013 fiscal year, based on agency-entered data in the Homeless Management and Information...

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(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--The first time she visited Hawai'i, Samoan Author Lani Wendt Young was just a little girl on vacation with her parents and siblings. She was nine and the family spent several days on O'ahu, enroute to Los Angeles, Calif., a trip she remembers fondly.

One Hot Man (what Lani calls her husband Darren Young), five children, a highly successful blog and a super popular book trilogy later – she arrived last night in Honolulu – where a growing fan base of tweens, teens,...

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(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--The first seven honorees to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame will be named 10 a.m. tomorrow, during a press conference at the Sheraton in Waikiki.

Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Co-founders – Super Bowl Champions Jesse Sapolu and Ma’a Tanuvasa, along with Dick Tomey, a member of the selection committee – will make the announcement, according to a statement issued this week by HOF.

The establishment of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame was...

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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)--The UH Library has announced new additions to the open-access archive of 19th and early 20th century English language newspapers published in Hawaiʻi, offering a glimpse into the lives of Hawaiʻi residents more than a century ago.

The Pacific Commercial Advertiser (PCA), first published in 1856, began as a bilingual weekly with a Hawaiian section, Ka Hoku Loa O Hawaiʻi (The Morning Star of Hawaiʻi), that ran for five years. The PCA became a daily in 1882, and...

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(Mānoa HAWAI'I)--The U.S. Census Bureau has named Dr. Maile Taualii, an assistant professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, to the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations.

This was announced in a press statement issued by the UH system this afternoon.

The National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations advises the Census Bureau on a wide range of variables that affect the cost, accuracy and implementation of the Census...

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(Honolulu, HAWAI’I)—The University of Hawai’i Board of Regents invites public input on the selection of UH’s new leader. The Board will host a public hearing in June—an opportunity for the public to share their ideas on the selection of the next UH President.

“The Board met yesterday to initiate the process of selecting the next President of UH,” says a UH press statement issued late yesterday afternoon.
“The Board respects the University’s numerous constituents and acknowledges...

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(Written in celebration of Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month)

Who am I? Who the hell am I?
I’m more than what you see
Am I Samoan? Am I American?
I was born in Hawai’i

I’m the daughter of Super Woman
Tofa soifua American Samoa
Heart of gold, twinkle in her eyes
A dream of finding more

I know you know the story
It was opp-or-tu-ni-ty
She worked three jobs
Our first home: world famous Waikiki


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Talofa readers!

In celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in the month of May, invites students and writers of all ages to submit a piece of writing (poem or essay), photograph, video or artwork that tells your unique story as a Pacific Islander or Asian American (or both) living or attending school in the United States.

AAPI Month launches the morning of May 1, May Day, Lei Day in Hawai'i at 7 a.m. Hawaii Time. Please see our story...

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