(La'ie, HAWAI’I) – The Polynesian Cultural Center in La’ie, Hawai’i is temporarily closed beginning 16 March, 2020 and its annual fireknife championships and We Are Samoa High School Cultural Arts Festival have been cancelled.

(SAMOA) I had the unfortunate opportunity to watch a Facebook video captured on Saturday, from a moving vehicle that showed a woman lying lifeless on the ground in front of the Ligaliga Funeral Home on the road that leads up to the hospital.

She wasn’t moving. I didn’t see anyone near her body. There was blood on her clothes. It was obvious that she was in need of urgent help.

Samoans are honouring father of 12 and late choral music pioneer Pulefaasisina Palauni “Brownie" Tuiasosopo, across social media after news of his death in Oregon was announced by family members early this week.

He was 82.

“The legacy he leaves behind is phenomenal,” wrote Ara Mahealani Lei Yandall on Facebook.

“All Samoan musicians are familiar with the legendary name Pulefa’asisina “Brownie” Tuiasosopo. We owe this man a great deal for his musical genius. Thank you for the music sir.”

I’ve spoken out against this in the past. 

American Samoa is a refuge, a heritage location, an example of where America (and the West) DID NOT fully colonise and destroy the native people. Encapsulated in the treaty that transferred local sovereignty to the USA was a pact and promise that the United States would preserve the Samoan way of life and by extension protect our lands and culture, which are tied to the communal ownership of land and the traditional leadership system of the families. 

(SAMOA)–Samoa's Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) Lopao'o Natanielu Mua blasted the American Heart Association (AHA) for its "negative propaganda" published about coconut oil which has impacted the export of coconut products from the Pacific to the world.

Lopao'o made the comments when he opened the inaugural Coconuts For Life meeting at Taumeasina Island Resort on Monday morning, 30 September, 2019.

(SAMOA)–Vaiola College tops the list of 10 schools on the big island of Savai'i recognized by the nation's education and sports ministry for their participation in the XVI Pacific Games Adopt-A-Country 'School Environment' competition.

Of those 10 participating schools, Vaiola, operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the only secondary school from Savai'i listed among the awardees in the School Environment category.

Vaiola adopted the Solomon Islands and declared: "We are proud Solomons from Samoa!"

(SAMOA)–A mom and daughter academic team from Utulei are traveling to Samoa for a cross-cultural exchange that highlights the impact of pollution and environmental issues in American Samoa, Samoa and the surrounding ocean.

Mom Dr. Donna Vaitu'utu'u Achica-Talaeai said she will not participate in the three days of environmental science activities. She accompanies her daughter Donna Fa'au'uga Aigailetai Talaeai to support the honour student's selection to study in the "important" Finafinau environment program.