Aumua with former FBI Director, Judge Williams Sessions, and his son, current House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions.

FBI is looking for special agents

Congresswoman Amua Amata is spreading the word about job openings with the Federal Bureau of Investigations.   

Samoa PM not losing sleep on spy allegation

Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele is not losing any sleep over reports that New Zealand is spying on phone calls, and emails and turning over the information to the United States.  

Many receiving WIC food stamps

More and more people are benefiting from food stamps and the Women Children and Infant or WIC Program under the Department of Human and Social Services. 

Hobbs Lowson to succeed retiring Cannoles at BOH

Bank of Hawaii’s executive vice president and West Pacific region manager Ronald Cannoles, has announced that he will retire from BOH at the end of May after 29 years of service.  

Keep an eye on Jazmine Davis

A star on the University of Washington’s women’s basketball team with Samoan ancestry has aspirations of playing professional. 

Intruder in minister's home jailed for 31 days

A man who unlawfully entered the home of a Fagaitua minister and assaulted the minister's daughter was sentenced today to 31 days in jail.  

Report: NZ spying on the Pacific

New Zealand ‘s  electronic eavesdropping agency is spying on its Pacific neighbors and sharing communications it intercepts in bulk with the US National Security Agency, says a report in the New Zealand Herald. 

Births at LBJ continue to drop

The number of babies born at LBJ Hospital has been dropping steadily for the last five years and so too has the teen pregnancy rate.  

Lesson learned from shortages: diversify

Wholesaler Panamex Pacific believes it would take a month before the shipping situation from the United States starts to normalize. 


DMWR awarded $114,000 for conservation

State and territorial efforts to protect species and habitats in greatest need of conservation received a boost this week as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced over $45 million in funding provided through the State Wildlife Grant (SWG) program.

Customs chief explains inspection fees

Chief of Customs Moetului Sipili Fuiava says change he has made to the way customs conducts business is within the law and is in no way intended to hurt the business community.  

Lemanu congratulates new Postmaster

In congratulating the new Postmaster Tao Suani, Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga took the chance to thank the leaders of the US Postal Service in Honolulu for selecting a female postmaster for American Samoa. 

All circuits are busy now...

699 numbers have been down all day  today and the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority says its due to technical problems. 

Tao Suani installed as new Postmaster

Tao Suani of Leone takes the oath of office as the new Pago Pago Postmaster as administered by Honolulu’s US Postal Service Operations Manager Felix Bagoyo during her installation ceremony this morning. 

Wholesaler praises customs agents

One of the majn wholesalers in the territory has praised the customs Division of Treasury for their quick action in clearing containers which helped businesses get goods on the shelves as quickly as possible.   

Some fixtures from Rainmaker salvageable

  Some furnishings from the Rainmaker Hotel can still be used.  

Visa training for Amata's staff

The Chief of Staff of Congresswoman Aumua Amata’s Washington D.C. office Leafaina Tavai Yahn and three staff members from Amata’s local office are attending a visa training at the US embassy in Apia.   

Demolition of Rainmaker Hotel begins

In a few months time, the Rainmaker Hotel will be just a faint memory.  

Port needs dock space for cargo operations

Port Administration says it has reduced the space available to vendors who sell to the cruise ships at the main dock due to cargo operations and the change will remain in effect until further notice.


Hacked $1.2 million not yet returned

There’s been no information from ASG officials but sources in Washington D.C. have told KHJ News that the ceremony for the return of the $1.2 million that was transferred by a hacker from an ASG account with the Bank of Hawaii to the Bank of Vietnam didnt happen.

ASG provides new payment option

You can now use your Visa or master card or ANZ debit card to make payments to ASG.

Port reduces space for cruise ship vendors

More than 14 vendors missed out on making some bucks when the Ocean Princess cruise ship visited today after being cut from the list of vendors allowed to sell at the main dock.

Petroleum consumption up 6% in FY2014

The Territorial Office for Fiscal Reform reports consumption of petroleum went up 6% in Fiscal Year 2014 compared to the previous year. 

Samoa seeks more funding for renewable energy

Samoa's prime minister has told a regional workshop on energy efficiency in Apia that it is vital development banks and donors give more support to capacity building in the renewable sector. 

Sen. Galea'i pays back Retirement Fund

Senator Galeai Tuufuli says he has reimbursed the Retirement Fund check that was issued him for his travel and accommodation to attend the meeting of the Retirement fund board and its investment managers and advisors.   

Postmaster Tao Suani takes oath tomorrow

Tao A. Suani will be officially installed as the Pago Pago Postmaster at a ceremony tomorrow morning on the second floor of the Lumana’i Building. 

Bill to limit sponsorship of corporations now law

A bill that would limit the ability of corporations to sponsor foreigners to live and work in the territory is now law. 

Mount Alava summit area closed temporarily

If you’re planning a hike to Mount Alava,  the National park of American Samoa advises that the Mount ‘Alava summit area, including the fale, are temporarily closed due to construction activity. 

Defendant must stay away from Bowling Alley

Ga’opule Tapuala has been ordered to stay away from the Bowling Alley after he was taken into custody over the weekend for fighting inside the club. 

DBAS Board reconsidering Tausani Air loan

The Development Bank Board of Directors is reported to be reconsidering a loan that was approved for Tausani Airlines after seeing the state of the government aircraft Segaula which the airline plans to use for its planned flight service to Manu’a. 

ASEDA law offers protection for bond investors

Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga has signed a bill amending the American Samoa Economic Development Authority Act in order to better facilitate the sale of bonds by ASEDA. 

ANZ sues Casamar for unpaid loans

ANZ Guam Inc., has taken net repair company Casamar Inc., to court for failing to pay its loans to the bank. 

Hospital Board to discuss internships with OUM

Members of the Hospital Authority Board are traveling to Samoa today to discuss am Internship Program with the Oceania University of Medicine.   

ASDHS okay while awaiting funding decision

The American Samoa Department of Homeland Security is keeping close tabs of congressional action on funding for their federal grantor, the US Department of Homeland Security. 

Fuel prices going up again

Get ready to pay more for gas as prices at the pump are going up again. 

Weekend outing ends in jail

A 22-year-old man was charged today for assaulting his girlfriend during an outing this past weekend. 

Thursday is deadline to request absentee ballot

Voters for District #6, Sua #2 have until this Thursday to request for an outside absentee ballot for those who will be away during the district’s special election. 

Acting Governor signs charter bank & OFI bills

Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga today signed legislation creating the government owned and operated Territorial Bank of American Samoa as well as the Office of Financial Institution to regulate banking activities in the territory. 

Alia prepare for safety inspections

There’s been good response from the local alia fleet to efforts by the Coast Guard and local agencies to get them ready for mandatory safety inspections that they have to pass.
Photo: Talamua Media

Former minister fined $14,000

A former Samoan government Minister, Muagututagata Peter Ah Him, has been fined $US14,000 after being convicted on forgery charges. 

Fautasi Committee chair explains entry fee

The Chairman of the Flag Day Fautasi Committee has explained why he has agreed to lower the entry fee for the race from $1,000 to $300. 

CJPA works to avoid penalty on PREA

The Criminal Justice Planning Agency is working on making sure American Samoa is not assessed a 5% penalty on several of its grants for not being in compliance with the requirements of the Prison Rape Elimination Act or PREA. 

PPD lands man in court

A man accused of assaulting another man at McDonald’s Restaurant in Fagatogo was charged today with public peace disturbance and assault third degree. 

February excise tax collections way down

In February of last year ASG raked in a record $3.3 million in excise taxes.   

ASCC remains accredited under "show cause"

Between now and the next meeting of the governing board for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges ACCJC, the Ameircan Samoa Community College remains a US-accredited institution.

Using culture to deal with domestic violence

Being culturally responsive and sensitive when dealing with somestic violence and substance abuse cases was the aim of a training workship which brought together government and non-government social workers and service providers dealing with such problems.

Court denies off island travel for convict

The Trial Court denied on Friday a request from former Immigration officer Polone Savea for permission to travel off island for medical reasons. 

STP awaiting final equipment

The Samoa Tuna Processors plant which was officially opened in January is still waiting for equipment before it can fully begin production.    

Bribery case goes to High Court

The businessman accused of bribing three tax auditors will be arraigned in High Court tomorrow following a probable cause hearing in District Court today. 

Amata advocates for VA businesses

Congresswoman Aumua Amata is drawing attention to the needs of veterans in American Samoa.  

Funeral services for Shevon set for next week

Funeral services for educator, entertainer, and a founding member of the Society of Faafafine of American Samoa Soli Shevon Kaio Matai will be held on the second week of March. 

Fautasi captains say $1,000 fee too high

The office of Samoan Affairs has been asked to reduce the entry fee for the Flag day fautasi race. 

'Get into your sanctuary campaign' kicks off

Getting residents to experience, explore, discover and learn about the National Marine Sanctuaries of American Samoa is the aim of a campaign that was launched this morning at the Tauese P. Sunia Ocean Center in Utulei.  

Alliance loses tax exempt status

The Alliance for Strengthening Families has lost its non profit 501 (c) 3 tax exempt status because the group failed to submit necessary paperwork to the Internal Revenue Service. 

Woman admits to embezzling $11,000

A former employee of GHC Reid Inc., admitted today in High Court to embezzling more than $11,000 from the company in 2010.  

AVM optimistic it will start construction soon

The owner of the Filipino company aiming to set up a manufacturing plant to produce Made in American Samoa food items is optimistic that the project will get off the ground soon.   

Stomach flu cases up this week

The Department of Health said in a Communicable Disease report that the week ending yesterday showed above levels for flu-like symptoms, acute fever and rash, and gastroenteritis or the stomach flu. 

Funding for CJPA on the decline

The Criminal Justice Planning Agency is proceeding with caution and is carefully reviewing all active grants it administers as it waits to hear from the US Department of Justice regarding funding for Fiscal Year 2015.


Coral bleaching spreading fast

An off island team is working with the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa to document and capture the severe coral bleaching affecting the territory’s corals. 

Polynesian gets 30 day pass for Manu'a flights

The US Department of Transportation has again given the green light to Polynesian Airlines to continue flights to Manu’a for 30 days, but not longer as the Samoa based carrier had hoped. 

Still no word on tax refund checks

As February draws to a close, residents are still waiting for word on when tax refund checks will be issued.  

Public Defender's take on drop in prosecutions

The Office of the Public Defender has weighed in on why there’s been a decline in the number of cases prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office in the past year. 

Samoa soon to pick new marine cable

The Government of Samoa is on the verge of making a decision on a new submarine fiber optic cable for the country. 

Board of Inquiry reviews case of Lt. who released inmates

A Board of Inquiry at the Department of Public Safety is reviewing the case of a police lieutenant who released three inmates and ordered a guard to take them to Alofau last month.

BlueSky extends reach in Polynesia

The acquisition by Blue Sky Communications of the main phone company in the Cook Islands, Telecom Cook Islands will see local personnel working in the Cook Islands and vice versa. 

Amata thanks Interior Secretary Jewell

Congresswoman Aumua Amata has thanked Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for her assistance during the shipping slowdown which affected the territory. 

Sailele backs into sunken vessel

The tugboat Sailele had to go up on drydock at the Satala shipyard this week to fix a propeller which was damaged when it backed into a vessel that’s half submerged at the service wharf since last year. 

Viena avoids jail time for ppd

Duke Viena has been ordered to attend alcohol counseling as part of his sentence for causing a public disturbance at his home in late December.

Chairman explains benefits of Honolulu meeting

The Chairman of the Board of the American Samoa Government Employees Retirement Fund explains the benefit of having lawmakers attend briefings by investment managers and financial advisors for the Fund.

DOC puts unemployment at 10.2%

The Department of Commerce puts the unemployment rate for American Samoa at 10.2%.


Bill to establish ASG bank remains unsigned

Last Thursday the bill to establish the Territorial Bank of American Samoa was submitted to the Governor's Office.  

Spreading the word about "Fa'a Samoa Initiative"

Representatives of the Troy and Theodora Polamalu Foundation are on island this week to promote the upcoming Polamalu summer youth camp. 

ASCC put on "show cause" status

There has been no statement from leaders of the American Samoa Community College regarding a decision by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to place the school on “show cause” status.

CJ wants whole immigration file on felon

A hearing today to find out how a sex offender was able to re-enter American Samoa multiple times despite a stay away judgment has been continued to May so that the Immigration Office can present the offender’s entire Immigration file to the court.

AG's Office undergoes SORNA training

The staff of the Attorney General’s Office will be attending training off island as part of preparations for implementing legislation establishing a sex offender registry. 

PM says China fills the void others dont

Samoa Prime Minister has paid tribute to Samoa’s strong links with China at a conference at the National University of Samoa which is examining the China's role in the region. 

Two new leases approved for Industrial Park

Two new leases have been approved by the governor for parcels of land at the Industrial Park.


Caution urged on unfunded liability

The Chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Senator Laolagi Vaeao says while the ASG Employee Retirement Fund is in a healthy position now care must be taken to ensure that the fund‘s future remains bright. 

Attention high school artists

For the first time local high school students can enter artwork in the Congressional Art Competition- An Artistic Discovery. 

NOAA scientists assess reefs

Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA are conducting a reef assessment and monitoring cruise of US Pacific territories which includes American Samoa.   

Retirement Fund's net position grew 1%

The net position of the American Samoa government Employees Retirement Fund as of September 30 2014 increased 1% over the previous year.  

AG issues opinion on watermelon sales

A person must obtain a business license from the Department of Commerce plus an agricultural importation license from the Department of Agriculture before he can sell imported produce at the roadside. 

Off island mechanics work on 328 Dornier

Off island mechanics have been seen working on the 30 seater 328  Dornier aircraft belonging to Inter Island Airways, fueling speculation that the aircraft may be sold.  

Man enters plea deal in sex case

A man who committed sex acts to a nine-year-old girl has admitted to his crime. 

LFO report shows FY2014 in red, not black

While ASG has yet to close its books for fiscal Year 2014, its apparent that it will not finish the year in the black. 

DOC takes over ASG real estate properties

The Department of Commerce will be taking over the management of ASG’s real estate properties. 

Governor talks Chinese, climate change

Governor Lolo Moliga told the annual meeting of the Interagency Group on Insular Areas today that American Samoa is usually off Washington’s radar.

Man jailed for 20 months in sex case

A man who touched a 14-year-old relative in a sexual manner was sentenced today to serve 20 months in jail. 
Photo: DOI

Lolo: American Samoa deserves much better

Governor Lolo Moliga told federal officials at the annual meeting of the Interagency Group on Insular Areas in Washington, American Samoa “deserves much better” than the economic help it gets today.  

LBJ needs money & staff for mental health facility

The LBJ Hospital is reaching out to other government departments and agencies for help in recruiting and funding for qualified individuals to staff the mental health facility now under construction.

FASE President unhappy about salaries

The president of the Federation of American Samoa Educators is not happy that salary adjustments are already in place for new teachers for the Department of Education including those from Samoa.  

Mother Jones features citizenship case

The US citizenship case Tuaua vs the United States is featured in an article in the independent investigative news magazine Mother Jones.   

Spending to fix deficiencies, not in LBJ budget

The LBJ Hospital is spending a lot of money that wasn't budgeted to address citations by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. 

Salaries of teachers from Samoa adjusted

The Department of Education has adjusted the salaries of teachers hired from Samoa last year.  

SeaJade brings relief

Store shelves should be restocked by the end of today with the arrival of the Polynesia Line vessel SeaJade.   

Honest Tax Office employees praised

The Tax Office employee who turned over $1,000 in cash that a businessman gave him in order to make the businessman’s tax problems go away is Tim Mauga who has only been with the Tax Office for about a year. 

Treasury report not forthcoming

The administration is not as transparent as it used to be in its quarterly performance reports.


Chamber says lessons learned from delays

The Chamber of Commerce welcomes news that the two sides in a labor dispute that’s caused shopping delays from the US west coast have reached a tentative agreement.

KVZK-TV says sorry for not airing "The Oscars"

Director of KVZK-TV Office of Public Information has issued a statement apologizing to viewers for the government TV’s failure to air The Oscars as planned.

Taylor Va'alele Jessop offered 2nd appointment

Local student Taylor Va’alele Jessop has been accepted by the US Army Military Academy at West Point.  

President of Ocean Star Enterprises charged

A businessman was charged today with bribery of a public servant after he allegedly tried to pay off a Tax Office employee to make his tax problems go away. 

BlueSky acquires Telecom Cook Islands

The Bluesky Group has extended its reach to the Cook Islands with a 60% interest In the main phone company in the Cook Islands Telecom Cook Islands.  

ASTCA can look forward to e-Rate payments

Some new cash should be flowing in to the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority.


IGIA plenary session is tomorrow

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and White House Intergovernmental Affairs Director Jerry Abramson will co-host the 2015 Senior Plenary Session of the Interagency Group on Insular Areas (IGIA).

Businessman arrested for bribe attempt

An Asian businessman was arrested Friday for allegedly trying to bribe a Tax Office employee. 

Amata relieved labor dispute settled

News that employers and dock workers involved in a nine month long dispute have reached a tentative agreement brings relief to importers, the canneries, ASG and residents.   

Entry level salary for police will be hiked

The entry level salaries of police officers will be increased from $10,000 to $15,000 under a salary reclassification for the police force.    

Climate change and crown of thorns a worry

The impact of climate change and the crown of thorns outbreak to the territory’s coral reefs were two of the issues highlighted by the Director of Marine and Wildlife Resources in her remarks last week at the 33rd Meeting of the US Coral Reef Task Force.

Give Kids a Smile Day

More than 200 children had their teeth cleaned on Saturday during the Department of Health's Give Kids a Smile Day. 

Consolidated grant for DOE finally released

The Department of Education  can rest easy now that its Consolidated Grant for fiscal year 2015 from the US DOE has been released.    
Photo: BlueSky

BlueSky releases Yellow Pages Directory

BlueSky Communications has released a new yellow pages directory for American Samoa, the first phone directory for the territory in almost ten years. 

Partnership on climate change curriculum

This year the National Park of American Samoa is partnering with the American Samoa Community College-Teacher Education Department (ASCC-TED) to develop climate change curriculum programs that will be taught in elementary classrooms all across American Sa

March is Nutrition Month

Health care providers are visiting elementary schools this month to promote a healthy lifestyle as part of activities celebrating Nutrition Month. 

Taimalelagi: Time to think outside the box

Port Director Taimalelagi Dr Claire Poumele says Port is a strong advocate of tourism but it’s high time that people think outside of the box in terms of attracting tourist sales beyond vendors at the main dock.