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PRIME MINISTER SET TO MEET WITH HAWAI'I'S SAMOAN COMMUNITY

(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 Avea which offers Hawai’i visitors the Chief’s Luau at Sealife Park at Waimanalo.

(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.

(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.

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’s office.

ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE FORUM IS MAY 9

(Washington D.C.)—The Smithsonian and White House launch Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month May 1— to begin discussions and announce a number of special AAPI events that include a museum exhibit, a forum set for May 9 and internship opportunities in Washington D.C. for AAPI college students.

All are invited to participate in AAPI events that kick off the first of May, ‘May Day’, Lei Day in Hawai’i.

DISTRICT GOVERNORS CALL FOR REMOVAL OF EXPANDED SANCTUARY

(UTULEI, AMERICAN SAMOA)—The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council today concluded the second of its three-day meeting at the Governor H. Rex Lee Auditorium (Fale Laumei) in American Samoa. The meeting opened yesterday at the newly erected fale Samoa with a traditional `ava ceremony, one of the most important customs of the Samoa Islands involving a solemn ritual where a ceremonial beverage is shared to mark important occasions in Samoan society.

FOR THE FIRST TIME, SPECIFIC FUNCTIONS OF THE ASG-HAWAI'I OFFICE ARE PUBLICIZED

(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--In line with a memo issued late January by American Samoa Gov. Lolo M. Moliga, the American Samoa Government Office in Hawaii remains open. Located on Dillingham Boulevard, the ASG Hawaii Office comes under the jurisdiction of the Governor's Office and the decision for the office to remain open was reported Jan. 30, 2013 by Samoa News in American Samoa.

(Written in West Valley, Utah on the occasion of the Inauguration of the President of the United States Barack H. Obama)

Today is the day we have been dreaming of
Across this land of the beautiful
Our wounds have carried us
And illuminated the power of the words
Falling like jeweled water to heal our yesterdays
And lift our spirits and our hearts to the horizon
Of Hope we stand on today....

(MEDIA RELEASE—Washington D.C.)—Congressman Faleomavaega has congratulated Tulsi Gabbard on her election to the U.S. House of Representatives. Gabbard is the first Samoan-American congresswoman, sworn in at the opening of the 113th Congress, Jan, 3, 2013. She fills the seat for Hawaii’s Congressional District 2 vacated by Mazie Hirono who was recently elected to the U.S.