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Service and sacrifice of ‘Toa Samoa’ highlighted at Samoa flag raising


by Tina Mata’afa-Tufele

Editor, tautalatala.com

(KALIHI, Hawai’i)—The service and sacrifice of our ‘Toa Samoa’ was highlighted when close to 200 members of the Samoan community in Hawai’i gathered for the Second Annual Independent State of Samoa Flag Raising Ceremony, Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Kuhio Park Terrace.


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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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(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...

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(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--Leo o Tumua ma Pule, a newly formed group of Samoa citizens living in Hawai’i will celebrate Samoa Independence Day Saturday, June 1 with a flag raising ceremony 8:30 a.m. at the Kuhio Park Terrace Community Resource Center in Kalihi.

“We believe this effort is a voice for Tumua ma Pule, and not just for the flag raising, but something for the Samoan community in Hawai’i, especially for our youth,” said Fa’amausili Misa Tauave Galuvao, a U.S. Navy retiree and...

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(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--USA Tomahawks will meet the Toa Samoa from sovereign Samoa in an historic Rugby League match that will mark Samoa Independence Day, Saturday, June 1, 2013, at the Aloha Stadium.

This is the first time a rugby league international test match will be played on the Hawaiian Airlines field at Hawai’i’s largest outdoor arena – home to the University of Hawaii Warriors football team and the annual NFL Pro Bowl game.

“This game means a lot,” said Kelly McGill,...

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A.S. CONGRESSMAN: “E lē falala fua le niu”

(Washington D.C.)—Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin represented American Samoa and the nation’s Pacific Islanders when he spoke to members of Congress and hundreds of community leaders of Asian and Pacific descent at a meeting in Washington D.C. last week.

In addition to a Chinese proverb, Faleomavaega also used a Samoan proverb to address immigration reform at the gathering, according to a press statement issued by the congressman’...

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