(KAPOLEI, Hawai'i) — Students, parents and colleagues are mourning the sudden loss of school teacher Esther Reid Trani, a leader in Hawai'i's Samoan community who worked tirelessly to perpetuate the arts and language of Samoa.

Trani's mother Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau, longtime educator and politician from American Samoa, joined Kapolei High School for a memorial held in her daughter's honor, May 7 at the campus. Flags at Kapolei were flown at half mast.

(SAMOA) — A book that examines land rights and laws in five U.S. territories in the Pacific, was launched over the weekend at Tradewinds Hotel in American Samoa.

Today, May 7, the book's Author Dr. Line Memea Kruse will lead a seminar in which she'll discuss the new title — "The Pacific Insular Case of American Samoa: Land Rights and Laws in Unincorporated U.S. Territories" — at the National University of Samoa.

The event is part of the Seminar & Film Series hosted by the Centre for Samoan Studies at NUS.

(TACOMA, Wa.) — Fifita Lotulelei, the Taupou representing the United Pacific Islanders Impact claimed the best Taualuga prize in the 4th Annual Samoan Arts & Academics Competition.

Along with the honour, UPII's Taupou received a $100 prize from Miss American Samoa 2004 Trixy Taua Petaia, a competition judge.

(SALT LAKE CITY, Utah) — Members of the United Samoan Organization of Hawai'i reconvened as USOH 2.0 to represent Samoa at the Melaleuca Convention Friday, May 4 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Melaleuca, The Wellness Company, reports that "thousands" were in attendance at the convention where several new products were unveiled at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

The beautiful harmony of its musicians and signature grace, liveliness and precision of USOH combined to deliver an audiovisual treat for attendees and viewers of live video posted on social media.

(TACOMA, Wa.) — Lilly's Bakery, Paka Polynesian Tattoos and Left Coast Streetwear join leaders in education as sponsors of the 4th Annual Samoan Arts & Academics Competition Saturday, May 5 at the Tacoma Dome.

The competition in Washington state, coordinated by Kiana Fuega, has also garnered support from educators as far away as New Zealand, the mobile classroom called Aganu'u Fa'aSamoa, a program of Epiphany Pacific Trust which visited Samoa in 2017 for an up-close study of the art of Tatau.

(TACOMA, Wa.) — 'Love and Unity' is the theme for the Samoan Arts & Academics Competition that will bring together students from 41 schools, Saturday, May 5 at the Tacoma Dome in the state of Washington.

Champions of the 2017 competition is team Le Lumana'i o le Pasifika. They clinched the Overall Group Champions title, the Academic Excellence Champions honour and these categories: Court, Ulufale, Mauluulu, Siva Teine, Siva Tama and Sasa.

(WASHINGTON D.C.) — U.S. President Donald J. Trump declared May 3, 2018 National Day of Prayer in the United States. Here is his declaration in its entirety: On this National Day of Prayer, we join together to offer gratitude for our many blessings and to acknowledge our need for divine wisdom, guidance, and protection.

Prayer, by which we affirm our dependence on God, has long been fundamental to our pursuit of freedom, peace, unity, and prosperity.

(SAMOA) — Samoa’s engagement with the People’s Republic of China since 1975 remains underpinned by the One China policy. 

"And we will continue to support the One China Policy,” reaffirms Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi.

The Prime Minister was responding to a call made in Beijing China last week during a courtesy call to China’s Vice Minister for International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, (IDCPC) Guo Yezhou by a delegation of eight parliamentarians from Samoa in late April.

(SAMOA) — May 7 is the deadline for journalists from Samoa to submit applications for the United Nations Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship that provides funding to cover the UN during a three-week programme in New York.

The award is named in honor of a 29-year-old Jordanian public information officer killed in the August 19, 2003 bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq.

To meet the eligibility requirements, candidates must be full-time working journalists between the ages of 22 and 35.

(SAMOA) — Access to social media sites such as Instagram and Twitter will no longer be available inside meetinghouses of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

According to lds.org, the official Website of the LDS Church, a list of 19 social media and entertainment sites, and apps, appear on the list sent to Church leaders May 1, 2018.

“Non-Church-related internet use in meetinghouses often creates difficulty for those who are trying to use it for Church purposes,” it says in a My Callings email notice.