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  • (FRESNO, Calif.)-On Nov. 20 and 21, 2014, President Barack Obama announced the administration's "Immigration Accountability Executive Action." The plan that the President outlined is designed to help reform the immigration system and ranges from measures to enhance border security, to new temporary protections for many of the people living in the United States without permission. Many of these changes, will directly affect members of the Pacific Islander community. With this blog, I will...

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    (HONOLULU)--While most Hawai'i politicians strongly oppose the reduction of U.S. Army soldiers in Hawai'i, one Maui politician and several community groups are for it, urging the military to "clean up" and address the concerns of native Hawaiians about land.

    Last evening, approximately 400 people showed up for the U.S. Army Force Structure and Stationing Community Listening Session held at the Hale...

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  • [Posted Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014]

    (HONOLULU)--Sharing the words of American Samoa’s ailing Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga at Samoan Flag Day, his chief of staff Fiu Johnny Saelua addressed homelesness among Samoans in Hawai’i, challenging members to come together and find solutions that will help Samoans prosper in the Aloha State.

    He said the governor, who was on O’ahu for several months to seek medical treatment, went on walks and on these walks saw with sadness – mothers, Samoan...

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  • (HONOLULU)--Festivities for the weeklong Flag Day in Hawai’i kicked off Sunday during a church service in Waipahu, with the committee set to honor service members of Samoan ancestry during a special military tribute Saturday morning, July 26, at Ke’ehi Lagoon Park.

    Public inquiries about this year’s “Flag Day” – where the raising of the flag of the United States of America on Tutuila, the main island in American Samoa, is celebrated – have been pouring into tautalatala.com in recent...

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  • (WEST POINT, New York)—In his most defining moment as a father and Army soldier of 30 years, Command Sgt. Maj. Charles M. Tobin saluted his newly commissioned second lieutenant son in West Point, New York when the historic U. S. Military Academy graduated its class of 2014.

    It was a frigid, drizzly morning May 28, 2014.

    “It was the highest honor of my life and military career to attend West Point’s graduation,” CSM Tobin wrote in a tribute penned for the occasion. “It was even...

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  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (Official Secretary of State Portrait)


    (Washington D.C.)--In a press statement issued May 30, 2014, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on behalf of President Barack Obama, congratulates the people of Samoa as they mark 52 years of independence June 1.

    "On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I would like to congratulate the people of the Independent State of Samoa as you celebrate the 52nd anniversary of your nation’s...

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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 U.S. State Department must approve the name that has been submitted for Samoa’s honorary consul in Hawai’i, says Aiono Mose Sua, Chief Executive Office for the Samoa Government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    (Papali’i) Jack Thompson, owner of Tihati Productions, has agreed to have his name submitted for the honorary consul position, Aiono told tautalatala.com last week when the Samoa Government hosted a Samoan Community Conference at Sea Life Park....

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