What's Happening

ASPA's net metering policy attracts interest

There was not much opposition yesterday regarding the American Samoa Power Authority’s proposed rate increases for water, wastewater and solid waste services. 

Cooks to host next year's pageant

Cook Islands has won the bid to host next year’s Miss Pacific Islands Pageant, the new name of the Miss South Pacific Pageant. 

Reid Foundation donates $25,000 to SPA

The Lealaifuaneva Peter E Reid Chartiable Foundation presented a check of $25,000 to South Pacific Academy yesterday evening to help with the school’s construction projects. 

Aumua asks constituents to help with file transfer

Congresswoman elect Aumua Amata is asking constituents who have remaining or unresolved casework with the office of the delegate to Congress to please contact Congressman Faleomavaega’s Office to retrieve their files. 

Polynesian caters for Pago transit passengers

Local travelers  who transit in Apia will be happy to know that Polynesian Airlines is adding a direct flight between Faleolo Airport and Tafuna Airport early next year. 

Customers will pay more under ASPA's rate plan

A residential customer will typically pay a little over $4 more per month beginning next year for increases in water, waste water and solid waste rates  which are being proposed by the American Samoa Power Authority. 

LBJ gets $2.7 million for e-health record system

The LBJ hospital is $2.7 million richer today. 

Anneliese talks diabetes in pre pageant interview

Miss American Samoa Anneliese Sword gave an engaging and lively presentation on diabetes during the pre pageant interviews for the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant in Apia this morning. 

Treats and light show to conclude Holiday Program

Tonight is the final night of the ASG Holiday Program and the organizers – the Arts Council and Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs -have something special for the audience especially the children.

Millions of dollars available to implement healthcare plan

American Samoa could get several million dollars from the federal government to implement a comprehensive healthcare plan that health officials will work to create from previous plans that were partially or never implemented. 

PM tells women not to neglect their God chosen duties

Samoa  Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has reminded women participating in the government’s program to promote the participation of women in Parliament that they should not neglect their duties of looking after their families. 

Sale of Sea Ram mackeral stopped

The Department of Health has ordered California Mart and distributor Ocean Star Enterprise to temporarily stop the sale of the brand of mackerel known as  “Sea Ram” after a customer reported finding a plastic strap while eating the mackerel.

Tafuna JROTC delivers toys to Manulele

There will be lots of smiling faces at Manulele Elementary School when Santa’s helpers make a stop there this morning. 
Amata and Chairman Bishiop

Natural Resources Committee reorganized

Majority House Republicans have reorganized the Natural Resources Committee, disbanding the key subcommittee for the US territories, and combining it with another panel.  

Contestants get emotional at Mapuifagalelei

Some of the contestants for the Miss Pacific islands Pageant shed tears when they hugged and shook hands with the elderly fathers and mothers at the Home of the Aged in Mapuifagalele yesterday. 

Tonga inaugurates regular boat trips to American Samoa

A Tonga Government owned vessel will begin making regular trips to American Samoa bringing cargo to and from the island kingdom.

Miss Am Samoa gets into regional issues

Miss American Samoa Anneliese Faaitumalo Sword is thankful with the preparations she’s had to make for the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant because its given her a wealth of knowledge about other Pacific islands. 

Ex-LBJ employee offered plea deal

The government has offered a plea deal to former LBJ Hospital employee Felise Toilolo. 

Bill trades citizenship for foreign investment

A bill which would grant Samoan citizenship to foreigners who make substantial investment in Samoa was introduced in the Samoa Parliament yesterday. 

Passenger may face additional charges

The government may file additional charges against a man accused of creating a public disturbance on Hawaiian Airlines flight Friday night. 

ASG awarded $750,000 to test healthcare payment models

American Samoa has been awarded $750,000 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to design and test health care payment service delivery models that will improve health care quality and lower costs.


Governor to decide on Dec 26 holiday

Governor Lolo is expected to make a decision this week whether to declare the day after Christmas a holiday.

Poe Mageo is now a published author

Poe Mageo, music instructor at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC), can now add “published author” to his already impressive list of credentials.

Territory's corals for all the world to see

The world will be able to see and experience American Samoa’s coral reefs once the team that has been collecting coral data and pictures upload the information on Google Street View. 

District Office for Aumua Amata in Fagatogo Square

The District Office for Congresswoman-elect Aumua Amata Coleman Radewwagen will be located on the ground floor of Fagatogo Square. 

AS-Tokelau MOU is for two years

With the Tokelau-American Samoa Memorandum of Understanding now in place, the next step is for leaders of both island countries to set a schedule where they can regularly meet to follow up on issues outlined in the MOU. 

Fire at ASCO Motors in Pago Pago

Firefighters were able to contain a fire that destroyed thousands of dollars worth of fishing equipment at the ASCO Motors building in Pago Pago yesterday evening. 

Veterans ask for government land for military cemetery

Two Army veterans have called for the government to designate land for a cemetery for fallen military service men and women. 

Volunteers work behind the scenes with Miss AS

A committee of volunteers has been working with Miss American Samoa Anneliese Faaitumalo Sword for the last month to prepare her for the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant. 

Some are feeling the ATM blues

Long lines are a common sight this time of the year not only at the banks, but at ATM machines.

Stairs to top of Mt. Alava closed

Due to unsafe conditions, the National park of American Samoa has temporarily closed the stairs near the summit of Mount Alava until further notice. 

Pago Pago Alia Fishing Association unites in tourney

Twelth alia boats took part in a fishing tournament that has been described by organizers as one way to revive the alia industry. 

Media background a plus for Miss Am Samoa

Miss American Samoa Anneliese Sword  is getting along quite well with the other contestants in the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant. 

Man arrested for PPD on HA flight Friday

An alleged drunken passenger who nearly caused Hawaiian Airlines Friday night flight to return to Honolulu was arrested when the plane landed at the Pago Pago International Airport. 

Program to forgive student loans eyed for recruitment

The administration has asked the Department of Interior to help recruit hard to find professionals such as doctors, nurses, technicians, and engineers to work in American Samoa. 

"Construction Materials Testing" opens for business

A company that tests materials for a wide range of construction projects held its grand opening on Saturday. 

Faleomavaega congratulates Navy Coach Niumatalolo

Congressman Faleomavaega has congratulated Ken Niumatalolo, Head Coach of the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen, on their 17-10 win Saturday against Army in the 115th Army-Navy game in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Marcus Mariota honors Samoan heritage

Marcus Mariota made history by becoming the first player of Samoan descent to win the college football’s most prestigious award, the Heisman trophy. 

Wreaths laid in honor of Toa o Samoa

Military veterans and family members of fallen soldiers laid 7 wreaths at the Veterans Memorial Monument at 6 in the morning on Saturday to remember the Toa o Samoa who died serving our country. 

ASG Holiday Program begins

Thoughts and prayes for the less  fortunate, the elderly population, and for service men and women serving all over the world were echoed by leadesr at the opening of the ASG Holiday Program yesterday evening at Maleaoletalu. 

Stateless man Mikhail Sebastian granted asylum

Remember stateless person Mikhail Sebastian who was stranded in American amoa after he was refused entry into the United States where he had been living before he came here? 

Miss American Samoa a "standout"

Miss American Samoa Anneliese Sword will be contestant number l in the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant now underway in Samoa. 

No comments yet on ASPA's proposed rates

The American Samoa Power Authority has not received any comments regarding utility rates and fees that were changed last year and proposed fee changes which the utility hopes to implement in the near future. 

ASG says it needs new financial and personnel systems

The administration is seeking financial assistance from the Department of Interior to improve its financial and personnel systems. 

19-year-old pleads guilty to sexual abuse

A 19-year-old who committed sex acts to a 13-year-old today pleaded guilty in High Court to first degree sexual abuse.

Samoa's shipping company PFL gains from partnership

The number of Pacific Forum Line ships calling into the port of Apia will increase from 36 this year to 48 in 20l5. 

Hiring in full swing at Samoa Tuna Processors

Samoa Tuna Processors is not having problems hiring fish cleaners. 

Miss Am Samoa is the taupou for ava ceremonies

Governor Lolo made clear yesterday that the Miss American Samoa is the person to serve as the taupou for welcoming ava ceremonies for government event and no one else. 

Two cruise ships arriving in January

Two cruise ships will be calling into port in January, the first cruise ships arriving in the new year. 

Man answers for bottle and rock throwing

A man accused of throwing beer bottles at a residential home in Leone has been charged with public peace disturbance.   

Suspect in Samoa theft is to be sacked

The General manager of the National Health Services Leota Laki Sio has recommended that a female employee implicated in the theft of thousands of tala be terminated. 

ANZ offers new and secure online banking

ANZ Bank customers can now access new services after a successful upgrade of the bank’s operating system over the weekend.  

Administration sends wish list to DOI

The Lolo Lemanu administration has a long list of issues it wants Interior's Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kiaaina to help with. 

Cheers for Designated Drivers from DHSS

If you become a designated driver this holiday season, you’ll get free non-alcoholic drinks from bars and taverns under a Designated Driver Campaign by the Department of Human and Social Services. 

Purse seiner company urges reduction in fleet

All we want is a level playing field and applying the same regulations we’re following to other foreign fishing boats. 

Samoa among Top Ten ethical destinations

Palau, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu are listed in the top ten countries that are doing the most to promote human rights. preserve their environments and support social welfare while fostering a lively, community-based tourism industry. 

Faasao Marist removes asbestos during holiday break

Faasao-Marist High School will be using its holiday break to remove asbestos that was discovered during a visit by Governor Lolo in late October. 

Group fascinated with local corals

The off island team that’s conducting dives and taking high resolution photos of corals at the sanctuary sites are in  awe with the territory’s marine treasurers. 

Council says spending on trip appropriate

&& The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council says their participation in a meeting in September in Washington DC was at the invitation of the White House and the meeting was consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

ASCC holds Graduate Banquet

The Division of Student Services at the American Samoa Community College held its Graduate Banquet Wednesday to recognize pending graduates for outstanding scholastic achievements. 

Governor wishes Miss Am Samoa well

Governor Lolo today met with Miss American Samoa Annelise Sword to wish her the best of luck as she prepares for the Miss South Pacific Pageant on December 19. 

Public anxious about legal aid service

A question the public raised with the American Samoa Legal Aid Board last week is how they will select areas of law the new legal aid program will handle.

Amata gets two Committee assignments, possible third

American Samoa’s Congresswoman-elect Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen now has her committee assignments in the new Congress.    

StarKist Samoa shuts down next Friday

The 2,000 employees of StarKist Samoa have one more full week of production before they wrap up for this year. 

Chamber elects new board, recaps year

A new board of directors has been elected to lead the Chamber of Commerce in the new year. 

Canneries say they're already taking action

Officials of the two canneries have commented on the call by environmental group Greenpeace for tuna consumers, traders and investors to step in to make up for inaction over dwindling stocks from the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. 

Definition of legal resident necessary for health plan

In its efforts to develop a universal care coverage plan under the Medicaid program, one of the areas the Medicaid Office and ASG has to sort out is who qualifies for the program. 
Masinalupe Tusipa

Two CEOs suspended in Samoa

Samoa’s Public Service Commission has suspended  two government Chief Executive Officers and has launched investigations into separate complaints against them.

Governor wants to stop refueling at sea

Fishing vessels should not be allowed to refuel at sea. 

Marcus Mariota a frontrunner for Heisman

The 12th Annual Samoa Bowl will be held during the week of Christmas. 

Purse seiner owner sounds alarm bell

A purse seiner owner foresees that locally based vessels may pack up and leave because fishing in the South Pacific is no longer profitable. 

If plea deal fails, cockroach case goes to trial next year

Veteran police officer Poe Leapai will face a jury trial next year if he and the government fail to reach a plea deal. 

ASG hosts festive celebration for senior citizens

Music, dancing, laughter and the chatter of hundreds of senior citizens filled the Lee Auditorium as the American Samoa Government honored the territory's elderly with a holiday luncheon. 

What's in all that trash?

More than 20,000 pounds of trash was collected in a one year period by volunteers working with the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency under ASEPA’s Keep American Samoa Beautiful (KASB) program. 

Greenpeace calls on tuna traders and investors to act

Greenpeace is urging tuna traders and investors to fill the void created by the Western and Central Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)'s failure to manage Pacific tuna fisheries.

Teachers trained on life skills curriculum

Tafuna Elementary and Nuuuli Vocational Technical High School are being used as pilot schools to teach a curriculum aimed at helping students gain crucial life skills. 

Healthcare coverage means you pay

Medicaid Director Tofoitaufa Sandra King Young says the time has come for residents to start contributing financially into a healthcare coverage plan for American Samoa. 

DOI Secretary to address panel on climate change

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will offer opening remarks tomorrow at a panel discussion on climate change impacts facing three Pacific island nations freely associated with the United States.   

Territory joins National Wreaths Across America Day

American Samoa will take part for the first time in the National Wreaths Across America Day by placing wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers this coming Saturday. 

Inmate's wife arrested for smuggling meth to TCF

The wife of an inmate has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle methamphetamine to her husband in jail. 

ASG to pay half a million to Progressive this month

ASG is due to make a half a million dollar payment this month to Progressive Insurance Company per the parties’ settlement agreement stemming from the Laufou Shopping Center fire. 

ASBA President happy with teams' performance

&& The president of the American Samoa Basketball Association says despite the outcome of the 2014 FIBA Under 19 Basketball Championship, our boys and girls squads put on an impressive performance in Fiji. 

Next Goal Wins rated best documentary

A movie about the American Samoa football team has won an award at the British Independent Film Awards. 

Polamalu Foundation sends medical team

A team of medical professionals from Yale University and Molloy College is on island to assess the medical needs of the territory as part of the Troy and Theodore Polamalu Foundation’s Faasamoa Initiative.

Bumble Bee loining plant poses concern

The owners of the territory's new cannery, Samoa Tuna Processors are keeping an eye on Bumble Bee's planned fish loining plant in Samoa. 

ASCC's International Students Org helps others

The International Student Organization at the American Samoa Community College can take pride in having accomplished two of its club objectives.

Governor: no commitment on AVM proposal

The Filipino company that's planning to set up a multi food processing plant in the territory has said that it hopes to break ground for the factory in January. 

Take a virtual dive in marine sanctuary

Local residents who have never gone diving will get to see the beauty and the health of the territory’s coral reefs through a virtual dive that a scientific expedition is working on in collaboration with the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.

A team from Catlin Seaview Survey, Underwater Earth and Google View Street has been diving at the sanctuary sites in Tutuila in

Restaurant opens at former Nu'uuli shopping center

The businessman who has been renovating the commercial complex formerly known as the Nuuuli Shopping Center opened a restaurant at the location yesterday. 

Governor hits speed pedal on charter bank

The governor is hopeful that the Fono will quickly approve legislation authorizing the establishment of a charter bank for American Samoa. 

US official gains better understanding

The Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Fisheries at NOAA, the US Department of Commerce, has gained a better understanding of fisheries issues that impact American Samoa.

Ottoville residents seek faipule's help

Tualauta Representative Larry Sanitoa has written to the police and the American Samoa Power Authority for assistance following a residential break in and a public disturbance incident reported to him by his constituents. 

Woman asks court to reverse guilty verdict

The attorney for the woman who was convicted by a jury in October of promoting prostitution is seeking the Trial Court to reverse the verdict. 

Faleomavaega makes final speech in Congress

American Samoa's delegate Eni Faleomavaega bid farewell to friends and colleagues this week, capping a 13-term career in Congress, KHJ Washington correspondent Matt Kaye reports. 

AS Legal Aid surveys needs

Domestic violence, divorce, adoption, rental disputes, access to healthcare, getting help for those with special needs and the elderly are some of the cases residents want the American Samoa Legal Aid to handle. 

BOH selects lucky five to receive grants

Five small businesses have been selected by Bank of Hawaii to receive grants of $5,000.  

Governor says DPS changes were planned

Personnel changes at the Department of Public safety ordered last week by the governor were planned and not made suddenly. 

Please keep national park areas clean

The National Park of American Samoa asks for the public’s help to keep all park areas free of trash and debris.  
Governor in Apia wit Samoa's Minister of Civil Works

Governor urges DOI to protect tuna canneries

Governor Lolo Moliga says he has told Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas Esther Kiaaina that American Samoa expects the United States to save the territory’s economy if the local industry collapses. 

Am Samoa gets okay for universal care coverage

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has given American Samoa the ok to develop a universal care coverage plan under the Medicaid program. 

Primary Care Clinic's not closing

The chairman of the LBJ Hospital board Leilua Mase Akapo explains that the primary clinic will not be closing.

Missing Pago teen found

The 13-year-old girl from Pago Pago who was missing from her home since last week was found over the weekend at a relative’s home. 

DOH shut down Kanana Fou High School last week

The Department of Health closed down Kanana Fou High School for two days due to unsanitary kitchen and bathroom facilities. 

Tough times for US tunaboats

US fishing boats are facing tough times because of the low price of fish and a big reduction in fishing grounds in neighboring Pacific islands. 

Ruling says House will decide if Mageo is eligible

It will be up to the House of Representatives to determine whether Meauta Mageo is eligible to sit as a faipule for District #9. 

Cannery boss says more must be done to stop overfishing

The Chief Operating Officer of Tri Marine International Joe Hamby supports the call for more action on preserving tuna stocks which are in decline in the Pacific Ocean. 

One of Fagaalu robbery trio enters plea deal

One of the three men implicated in the robbery of the former Gold Conda store in Fagaalu has struck a plea agreement with the government. 

Governor signs MOU with Tokelau

American Samoa and Tokelau now have a non binding agreement to work together on areas of mutual cooperation. 

Island countries disappointed at outcome of tuna meeting

Perhaps the only major score for the Pacific islands at the week long meeting of the  Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission  in Apia this week is the appointment of two islanders to lead the commission. 

Local ornaments hang on National Christmas Tree

Two dozen Samoan-designed ornaments adorn American Samoa’s Christmas Tree that’s part of the National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington D.C. 

CJ asks if guards are checked

A convict serving 9 years in jail for arson and assault today got an additional 20 months added to his sentence after he was caught with marijuana in jail. 

Residents upset that primary care is closing

A handful of residents were irated yesterday when they were unable to book appointments with the hospital’s primary care clinic because it will soon be closing down. 

Manu'a gets first onion plantation

The territory will soon have its first onion plantation in Manu’a. 

ASCC stages holiday concert

The public got to enjoy the first taste of holiday public performance last night at the American Samoa Community College’s Fine Arts Department “Let Christmas Begin” concert. 

Many can see better thanks to Lions Eye Care

More than 400 people were served by the Pago Pago Lions and its local and off island partners in their eyecare project this year. 

Lealao explains why cash prizes are late

The director of Agriculture says their review of what farmers say they will bring to last week’s Territorial Farm Fair and what was actually submitted is part of the reason why prize monies for the event have not been distributed. 

Man pleads guilty for unlicensed gun

A man pleaded guilty today in High Court to possessing a firearm that was not licensed. 

Longline fleet may get help soon

American Samoa's longline fleet may be getting the help they've been seeking from the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council. 

Governor's Office reviews report on DPS

An assessment of the Department of Public Safety carried out by the director of the Office of Fraud Prevention and Investigation is still being reviewed by the Governor’s Office. 

Thirty groups to entertain in Arts Council Holiday Festival

30 community groups will be featured at this year’s combined Arts Council and ASG holiday program which official opens December 14. 

Appeal in citizenship case will be heard in February

Oral arguments in an appeal filed by five US nationals and an off island organization over the issue of US citizenship for people born in American Samoa will be heard by the federal appeals court in Washington DC in February. 

Kiaaina approves funding for new Samoana building

Not long after her first visit to American Samoa in November, Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina is coming through for American Samoa. 

Governor to sign MOU with Tokelau

Governor Lolo Moliga is scheduled to depart for Apia today to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Tokelau.

New Zoning Board appointed

Nine individuals have been appointed to serve on the Zoning Board. 

AS Legal Aid holds community meeting

The American Samoa Legal Aid wants to hear from residents regarding the types of cases they want the legal aid to handle. 

House passes tax extenders for canneries

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a tax extenders package that includes Congressman Faleomavaega’s provision for an extension of IRS 30A benefits for another year, which is critical to American Samoa’s tuna and economy. 

American Samoa wants Tuna Commission to act now

American Samoa has called on the Tuna Commission to act now to limit the catches of South Pacific albacore both on the high seas and within exclusive economic zones. 

Miss Am Samoa ready for Miss South Pacific

Miss American Samoa Anneliese Sword says she is thankful to the support of many individuals who are helping her prepare for the Miss South Pacific Pageant this month. 

Fisheries council spends taypayer funds on lobby trip

An article that appeared in this month’s issue of the “Environment Hawaii” magazine raises questions about a trip to the White House taken by a US Pacific Islands delegation that was led by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Managent Council.

Pink eye and flu on the rise

The Department of Health is seeing a rise in not only the number of flu cases but people coming in with both the flu and pink eye. 
Joe Hamby and Brian Hallman

US tuna treaty may need overhaul

There's been suggestions that the fishing treaty which allows US tuna boats to fish in Pacific island waters is no longer relevant. 

Our corals attract world interest

An independent journalist from France is here to follow the work of Catlin Seaview Survey, a major scientific expedition whose goal is to study the health of coral reefs worldwide. 

McDonald's hosts Christmas Program Friday

McDonald’s American Samoa invites the public to the McDonald’s Christmas Program this Friday at their Tafuna location. The free event will feature caroling by community and school groups.  

ASG seeks partner to operate shipyard

The American Samoa Government is now seeking a private firm to partner with the government in the running of the shipyard in Satala. 

Maiava is deputy commissioner, Tauese is chief of police

Governor Lolo made several personnel changes at the Department of Public Safety yesterday. 
Russel Smith

US supports territory's relations with Pacific islands

The American Samoa delegation to the Tuna Commission meeting has been meeting with the US delegation on ways that American Samoa can fully participate in regional fisheries bodies like the Forum Fisheries Agency and agreements such as the one signed in Apia over the weekend known as the Tokelau Arrangement.

Police need help find missing teen

The police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 13-year-old girl from Pago Pago who has been missing since Monday night. 

Rescued crew thankful to be alive

The crewmembers of the fishing vessel that caught fire over the weekend are thankful to be alive and be able to return to their families. 
Dr. Feleti Teo

New head of Tuna Commission sees need for island fish scientists

The first Pacific islander to head the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Dr. Feleti Te’o  sees a need to develop the capacity of Pacific islanders  to assess fish stocks. 

Food prices down slightly in November

Food prices dropped by a slight margin .3 percent by the end of November as prices for six basic food items such as corned beef and sausage dipped.

Jason Betham is new fInance man for ASTCA

The former vice president of the Development Bank of American Samoa Jason Betham is now the Chief Budget and Finance Officer for ASTCA.

Basketball results from Fiji

American Samoa’s Under 19 men’s basketball is 2-1 while the women’s squad is 0-2 (o and 2) at the 2014 FIBA Under 19 Basketball Championship in Suva, Fiji. 

Consensus not there for big eye measure

Calls from Pacific island countries to reduce catch rates for big eye tuna, is unlikely to get the support of some distant water nations.   

Price of gas drops to four year low

There's more good news at the pump for this holiday season. 

ASCC hosts "Let Christmas Begin" concert

The Fine Arts Department at the American Samoa Community College invites the public to join them for an early-evening concert of Christmas and other music this Thursday at 6 p.m. in the College’s Lecture Hall.

Immigration chief explains Lady Naomi clearance process

Chief Immigration Officer Tamasa Dennis Lutu has brushed off as misinformation and misunderstanding suggestions that Immigration is not timely processing passengers on the Lady Naomi, causing them to wait onboard several hours after a long journey from Samoa.

American Samoa invited to be part of albacore measure

American Samoa has been invited to get on board the Tokelau Arrangement which aims to set catch limits for South Pacific albacore. 

Richard Parker helps DYWA fundraiser

Polynesian singing sensation Richard Parker will be on island this holiday season to raise funds for a computer and training session room for the territory’s youth. 

Man in court for drugs and weapon

A man who was found with live ammunition and a marijuana joint in the vehicle he operated is now facing drug and weapons charges. 

Aiga bus slams into SUV

Police are investigating the cause of the two-vehicle accident Friday evening that sent several people to the hospital. 

Chief surgeon Dr. Ledua keynotes ASCC graduation

The hospital's chief of orthopedic surgery Dr Akapusi Ledua has been selected to keynote the American Samoa Community College's 61st commencement ceremony on December 12. 

American Samoa supports conservation of fish

American Samoa’s delegation to the llth session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Apia has emphasized that decisions within the commission must consider the special requirement of small island developing states and territories.

Don't be alarmed, it's just a test

The Department of Homeland Security/ TEMCO Division wishes to remind the public that the monthly territory-wide emergency siren test for the month of December will be conducted Friday, December 5 at noon.

World AIDS Day: "getting to Zero"

Become more informed about HIV and AIDS this year so that we may be able to protect ourselves and our loved ones and be to bring the number of AIDS cases to zero. 

Tokelau will deliver its fish to STP

Tri Marine International, the owners of Samoa Tuna Processors has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Tokelau whereby fish caught in Tokelau waters will be sent for processing at the STP plant in Atuu.

Former local attorney behind online legal service

What if you could hire an attorney for just $125? 

Local artists demonstrate siapo making in Tahiti

American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Art facilitator Regina Meredith recently returned from the conference Tapa Festival Lien culturel d'Oceanie held in Papeete, Tahiti from November 10th – 23rd. 

USDOL reviewing record keeping of ASG

The US Department of Labor district director for Pacific Island Communities says DOL is currently reviewing the recordkeeping and pay practices of several departments of the American Samoa Government. 

Cape Ferrat to the rescue of burning vessel

21 passengers who were rescued from a burning boat 230 miles south of Jarvis Island on Saturday will be brought to American Samoa by the US fishing vessel that saved them. 

AS defeats Fiji in mens basketball, women lose to Australia

American Samoa’s under 19 men’s team won its first game against Fiji’s team but our women’s team was crushed by Australia on the first day of the 2014 FIBA Under 19 Oceania Basketball Championship. 

Further catch limits seen as threat to canneries

 The availability of fish delivered to the local canneries for processing is shaping up to be one of the main threats to American Samoa's only industry. 

Lemanu: Policies should be geared towards islanders' needs

Lt Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga says American Samoa is open to sharing its fishery resources with Pacific Island countries and policies relating to the managing of these resources should be geared towards the needs of Pacific Islands.

Pacific urged to do the fishing

If island countries were fishing in their own backyard instead of distant water fishing nations, it would be so much easier to manage fisheries resources in the region.  

Governor Lolo still unhappy with overtime

Governor Lolo Moliga is again making the case for the hiring of new employees if the ASG workforce continues to incur overtime.

Man charged with assault using knife

A man is facing two counts of assault for allegedly assaulting three Asian individuals on November 19 in a store in Aua. According to the government’s case, 

Call to end secrecy in fish catches

The failure of some distant fishing nations to disclose the real amount of fish they catch in Pacific island waters is throwing off predictions on the sustainability of fish species available. 

USDOT approves Polynesian flights to Manu'a for December

The US Department of Transportation has granted Samoa based Polynesian Airlines’ request for cabotage waiver in order to continue flights between Tutuila and Manu’a. 

Governor talks to cabinet about internship program

Governor Lolo spoke to his cabinet last week about his graduate internship program and the need for directors to buy into it.

PTK donates to Hope House

One of the many groups that donated to Hope House this week for the Thanksgiving Holiday was the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at the American Samoa Community College.

And the winner of $75,000 is....

It was a ticket sold by the Futiga parish that won the $75,000 1st prize for the Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago raffle on Thanksgiving Day. 

Flexibility urged in US SP Tuna Treaty

There needs to be more flexibility for US tuna boats to negotiate access to fishing grounds with island countries rather than be locked into the US South Pacific Tuna Treaty says the Chief Executive Office of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement Dr. Transform Aqorau.

Election results certified for Districts 9 & 14

The Election Office has certified the results for the House of Representatives race for Districts 9 and 14. 

Minister: Blessings lie in our lands

The importance of our lands as part of the territory's economic development was highlighted at the closing of this year's Farm Fair. 

StarKist donates $13,000 for kids' hearts

Officials of Starkist Samoa led by General Manager Kwon Sangdon today presented a check of $13,000 to the LBJ Pediatrics Dvision to help with the treatment of children with heart problems. 

Vatia's Fuao wins Fautasi Ocean Challenge

The Fuao from Vatia is the winner of the 2014 Fautasi Ocean Challenge, crossing the finish line about a full fautasi length ahead of the Paepaeulupo’o from Aua. 

Governor Lolo reflects on God's goodness

Governor Lolo says this year’s Thanksgiving Holiday is truly special for him because God cared for him by restoring his health. In his Thanksgiving message, 

Pago Pago Alia Fishing Association hosts tourney

The Pago Pago Alia Fishing Association is hosting a fishing tourney that starts tomorrow on Thanskiginvg Day. 

Governor has expectations of fisheries visit

Governor Lolo Moliga is hopeful that the visit by fisheries ministers from Pacific islands on Friday will give them an appreciation of how much American Samoa depends on the fishing industry for its livelihood. 

Great turn out at 2014 Farm Fair

Utulei Beach is the place to be today if you want to view or buy what our local farmers have to offer. 

Br. Christopher to head Catholic schools

A Marist Brother who has spent more than 20 years teaching and managing Catholic schools in the Pacific is arriving in january to take up the position of Director of Catholic Education. 

Man charged with sexual abuse

A man accused of touching a relative in a sexual manner has been charged with first degree sexual abuse and third degree assault. 

Road map for development finalized soon

What is regarded as the new roadmap for economic development in the territory for the next 10 years, the Economic Development Implementation Plan for American Samoa is close to being finalized.  

ANZ makes major upgrade

ANZ Bank will be carrying out a major upgrade of its core banking system in American Samoa next week and customers should expect temporary interruptions in services.  

DOH alert about Chik rise in Samoa

While the chikungunya outbreak is receding in the territory, the Department of Health is alerting residents that chik cases in Samoa is on the rise.

StarKist talking to ASG about shipyard

Since Governor Lolo Moliga made known his intention to have the shipyard at Satala privatized, many in the fishing industry have said that StarKist would be the likely party to take over.  

Rep Vui urges better treatment for boat travelers

Representative Vui Florence Saulo has raised concerns about the failure of Immigration to timely process passengers arriving on the Lady Naomi.
Br. Kevin, Ms. Heather Kelly & Br. Donald

Marist Brothers review Catholic Schools

A review of the Catholic school system is currently being carried out by two Marist brothers, Kevin OMalley and Donald Teixeira and a lay teacher from New Zealand Ms. Heather Kelly. 

Call to enforce litter laws

The Island Wide Clean Up Committee says enforcement of litter laws and changing the mindset of residents are key to keeping American Samoa trash free. 

Miss Am Samoa didnt want special treatment

The president of Miss American Samoa Incorporated said Miss American Samoa Annelise Sword did not ask for any special treatment nor did she have any involvement in the police’s handling of the bench warrant relating to her traffic infractions. 

Bipartisan farewell for Rep. Faleomavaega

After nearly four decades, American Samoa’s longest serving member of Congress bid farewell to colleagues and friends at a reception on Capitol Hill held in his honor on Wednesday, November 19th. 

Trial of Siaumau Siaumau Jr. postponed again

The murder trial of Siaumau Siaumau Jr., which was set to start next week is now being postponed after Siaumau fired his lawyer. 

Administration to host luncheon for elderly

The administration will be hosting a luncheon for the territory’s senior citizens for the holidays. 

LBJ could be raking in more from Medicaid

The LBJ Hospital believes it can significantly increase reimbursements from Medicaid if changes are made to the way it bills for Medicaid patients.  

Fautasi race is at high noon Wednesday

The finals of the Fautasi Challenge to end the People, Land, Air and Sea takes place at high noon tomorrow. 

Governor not taking action on CPO

Governor Lolo Moliga says until he’s officially informed of the federal government’s case against Chief Procurement Officer Tiotalaga John Kruse, he will not take any action against the director.  

Governor gives Manu'a Air a deadline

Manu’a Airlines has been given a bit more time to get off the ground despite a 30 day deadline that Governor Lolo Moliga gave Airline President barney sene to get their service off the ground or the government will take back the governemnt plane, Segaula.

Court dismisses Al-Sheri's complaint

The Appellate Division of the High Court has dismissed the election challenge brought by Alataua House candidate Fatumalala Al Sheri against an election official, unofficial winner Savali Talavou Ale and others. 

Lions Club hosts eye doctors

Yesterday was the first day of a two week eye care clinic sponsored by the Lions club of Pago Pago.   

LBJ cash flow hurt by Medicare advance

The LBJ Hospital is not receiving full reimbursements for Medicare, and this is affecting the hospital’s cash flow.  

Employee benefits also on StarKist agenda

StarKist is well aware of the contribution that their employees in American Samoa make towards the success of the cannery.  

Man with machete faces PPD

 A man who chased another man with a machete more than once over the weekend was charged today with public peace disturbance.

If it sounds too good to be true...

The FBI reminds shoppers in advance of the holiday shopping season to beware of cyber criminals and their aggressive and creative ways to steal money and personal information. 

Night shift added on airport road job

December 19 is when the contractor for the airport road project McConnell Dowell will wind down operations for the year.   

Nearly150 farmers sign up for Farm Fair

Close to 150 farmers have signed up for the Territorial Annual Farm Fair which opens Wednesday at the Suigaula o le Atuvasa at Utulei Beach. 

Open House for fisheries delegation

This Friday the American Samoa Government, in conjunction with the local canneries, the shipyard and the Western Pacific Tuna Council, is hosting an open house for  heads of island country delegations who are attending the meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Apia.

Four charged for throwing rocks

An adult and three juveniles were charged today with public peace disturbance for allegedly stoning vehicles that were transporting Fagaitua High School students following Saturday’s football game. 

House Committee farewells Faleomavaega

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs last Thursday paid tribute to Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin for his outstanding service.   

StarKist CEO optimistic about future

The President and CEO of Starkist, the parent company of the territory’s biggest private employer Starkist Samoa says while the reduction in fishing grounds for US fishing boats in the Pacific will have an impact on their opertion, he's confident the cannery will overcme this challenge.

ASG saves $287,000 in back wages

The American Samoa Government was able to save more than $287,000 that would have otherwise gone to paying wage violations levied by the US Department of Labor.

ASPA sets public hearing for rate changes

The American Samoa Power Authority will hold a public hearing on December 17 regarding rates and fees that were changed last year and to solicit feedback for proposed rate changes that ASPA is planning to implement in the near future.   

Governor mulls reorganization of Samoan Affairs

Governor Lolo Moliga is not happy with the productivity of village mayors and is therefore looking at the possible reorganization of the Office of Samoan Affairs. 

Hospital Auxiliary donates $5,000

The Women’s Hospital Auxiliary today presented a $5,000 check to the LBJ Hospital to help in the treatment of children with heart problems. 

DOL gets help in contacting Indonesians

Officials of the US Department of Labor will be getting assistance from the American Samoa Department of Homeland Security in tracking down foreign nationals who have returned to their home countries but have wage paychecks coming their way. 
StarKist CEO Andrew Choe with Michelle Faist, StarKist spokesperson

StarKist remains committed to American Samoa

The President and CEO of StarKist, the parent company of StarKist Samoa, Mr. Andrew Choe has reiterated the cannery’s commitment to American Samoa and its local employees. 

DOI issues authorization for Manu'a vessel

The Department of Interior Office of Insular Affairs has issued the Authorization to Proceed to ASG to proceed with the Manu’a Vessel Project. 

Deputy AG pleased with conference turnout

The task force created by new human trafficking law to address trafficking in American Samoa is now working on creating a Standard Operating Procedures Manual to be used by government departments. 

ASCC Carnival to benefit freshmen students

The American Samoa College Research Foundation (ASCRF) Student Association, based at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) will be hosting a pre-Thanksgiving Mini-Carnival in the ASCC Gymnasium tmorrow from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.   

Governor says ASG employees less productive

Governor Lolo says the American Samoa Government workforce is becoming less productive despite ASG paying out more money in wages.


PD has concerns about human trafficking law

While leaders have lauded passage of the territory’s first human trafficking legislation as a way to prevent a repeat of the Daewoosa saga, one ASG official has major reservations about the language of the new law.

DOC collects remittance data

How much money is being remitted in and out of the territory each year?   

State Dept officials follow up on passports

Two representatives from the US State Department are on island to follow up with local residents who have pending applications for US passports with the federal agency. 

Surge in new business licenses

There was a 7.8% increases in the number of business licenses registered at the Revenue Branch of Treasury as of September 30, compared to the previous quarter.

Monica Lui is Top Teacher

Monica Lui of Samoana High School is the Department of Education’s Territorial Teacher of the Year. 

Fatumalala Al-Sheri presents her case

The Appellate Division of the High Court has taken under advisement the complaint filed by House of Representative District 14 candidate Fatumalala Al-Sheri over what she views as violations to the election law. 

More dialogue on violence urged

Former local prosecutor Suzanne Tiapula says an open discussion about the various forms fo violence taking place in the territory should engage various sectors of the community.  

Report: LBJ Hospital hiring more nurses

The LBJ Hospital is recruiting more licensed nurses after it was heavily cited by the Centers of Medicaid and Medicare services for not having enough registered nurses to supervise each shift.  

Seafood vendors urged to help provide data

In an effort to gather accurate data on fish and shellfish that’s sold locally the Western pacific Fishery management Council sponsored a Seafood vendors forum to explain the data collection efforts by the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources.

Kiaaina delivers for American Samoa

Less than a week since she wrapped up her first visit to the territory, Assistant Secretary of the interior for Insular Areas Esther Kiaaina has delivered for American Samoa.   

ASG responds to Clipper Oil challenge

The American Samoa Governments contends it assessed the correct amount of taxes and penalties against California-based Clipper Oil and the amount – which is more than $41.6 million – is what ASG is asking the court to award it. 

Former prosecutor recommends dialogue

Criminal justice consultant and local girl Suzanna Tiapula recommends that American Samoa leaders – from government to cultural, church and community sectors – engage in a dialogue to discuss some of the forms of violence happening in the territory.

Alcohol vendors prosecuted for selling to minors

Twenty three alcohol vendors were successfully prosecuted for violating the underage drinking law in Fiscal Year 2014. 

Jury acquits assault defendant

A High Court jury yesterday acquitted an Asian man of assaulting another man during an outing at the Karaoke Bar in Satala earlier this year. 

Industrial Park arrears still high

At the close of Fiscal Year 2014, tenants at the Tafuna Industrial Park owed just under $1 million in lease payments to ASG.  

Turf war a hurdle in helping victims

Victims advocate Ipu Lefiti highlighted at the human trafficking conference today the need for government departments to put in place unified policies to aid victims of violence. 

Music provides a window to culture

A well known professor of cultural music Dr. Richard Moyle of New Zealand told students at the American Samoa Community College that music provides a  “window” into a culture’s history and practices.  

Man charged with raping 14-yr-old

A man is facing several sex crimes for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl.   

DHSS helps trafficking victims

A Department of Human and Social Services employee who works with victims of violence said they have housed 10-20 victims of human trafficking at the government shelter since the 1990s. 

Outpatient numbers increased

Pink eye and chikungunya cases seen at the hospital helped prop up cash revenues for the hospital for Fiscal Year2014.   

Governor supports Poly flights to Manu'a

Governor Lolo Moliga is supporting Polynesia Airlin;es latest  request for cabotage waiver so it can continue flights between Tutuila and Manu’a. 

DOH confiscates thawed freezer goods

Department of Health inspectors removed yesterday numerous frozen goods from a Leone store after the store’s power went out causing the goods to thaw overnight. 

Human trafficking law explained

Police officers, educators, social workers and victim advocates were educated yesterday about American Samoa Human Trafficking Law that was passed in March. 

Scientists head to Rose Island Monument

Scientists head to Rose Island Monument next week to tag more turtles and conduct seabird monitoring on the island.  

Chamber pow wows with Kiaaina

The American Samoa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors informed Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas that the private sector in American Samoa has been shrinking for many years and that the underdevelopment of the private sector was holding back progress.

Where does tautua fit into labor laws?

There needs to be a balance between meeting wage requirements for live in domestic workers and the faasamoa aspect of family tautua or service. 

Waiting for paychecks over

Employees of the main office of the Department of Education finally received their paychecks after 3 this afternoon.  

Treasurer calls FY2014 record setting

Treasury’s fourth quarter performance report for fiscal year 2014 gives mostly rosy information about the department’s achievements.  

AG: Conference corrects errors from Daewoosa

Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale describes the human trafficking conference which began today as a continuation of American Samoa’s march towards correcting the errors that happened during the Daewoosa debacle. 

US Navy is here to recruit

Twice a year the US Navy recruiters from Kaneohe Hawaii makes a recruiting trip to the territory.   

Man admits he hid marijuana in crotch

A man who came on an Hawaiian Airlines flight with marijuana has pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. 

Start of Tausani airline pushed back

Owners of a new airline intending to serve Manu’a may not meet their target of starting the service in the first week of December.  T

Island delegates see Aumua win as a plus

Congresswoman-elect Aumua Amata Radewagen has met with House Speaker John Boehner and GOP leader Kevin McCarthy…and expects her GOP credentials to benefit American Samoa and the other US islands in the new Congress.   

Contract signed for new Manu'a boat

A contract has been signed between ASG and the Seattle company that will build the new vessel for Manu’a Nichols Brothers.  

DOE paychecks late

Most of the employees at the Department of Education central office didn’t receive their paper paychecks yesterday or their automatic deposits over the weekend.  

Meauta asks court to dismiss complaint

The attorney for the unofficial winner of the District #9 House race Meauta Mageo has asked the Appellate Division of the High Court to dismiss the complaint filed by incumbent faipule Vaamua Henry Sesepasara against him. 

Computer glitch affects ASPA service charge

Some customers of the American Samoa Power Authority were surprised when they were told they had to pay more than $6 for the monthly service charge when they went to purchase power credits. 

'Dog bites affects childhood obesity'

An obesity researcher at the college says more needs to be done to address dog bite cases in the territory because it’s a public health concern and it affects childhood obesity. 

Jury selected for assault trial

A jury was selected today to hear the evidence in the trial of an Asian man accused of assaulting another man during an outing earlier this year. 

AG's Office continuing probe of cops

The Attorney General’s Office is continuing an investigation of two detectives who were involved in a public peace disturbance incident at a nightclub last month.    

18 cruise ships next year

American Samoa will host 18 cruise ships next year from January to October from seven cruise companies. 

MOU sets aside $1 m for school maintenaince

Before leaving the territory Friday after a busy week in the territory, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas Esther Kiaaina signed with Governor Lolo Moliga a Memorandum of Agreement which would help fund maintenance of schools.

Human Trafficking Conference this week

Representatives from the US Department of Labor, the Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse and Human Trafficking Programs and a non profit group working with survivors of violence will be sharing their expertise at an American Samoa Human Trafficking Conference that opens tomorrow.
E-rate laptops which were damaged in floods

FEMA & ASG finalize projects

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and ASG are scheduled to complete this Friday preparations for 19 repair and mitigation projects to be funded under the federal disaster declaration resulting from the July floods and landslides.
New Ituau faipule Manumaua Wayne Wilson & Vae'iaitu Filo Maluia

Introducing the new Ituau faipule

The two newly elected faipule for Ituau say one of their first priorities is to follow up on what their predecessors have been working on for their district. 

Financial affidavit filed for another 1602 case

The spokesman for the FBI office in Honolulu has declined to comment on whether the US Department of Justice has filed another criminal case against a second 1602 low income housing recipient. 

Hawaiian Air adds 3 holiday flights

Hawaiian Air is adding three extra flights for the holiday season.   

Samoa casino seeks partners

White Sands Casino Samoa held a cocktail event Friday evening to meet with local businesses and talk with those interested in becoming business partners. 

Businessman pleads guilty to sexual abuse

Businessman Mike Kim and codefendant Motau Samani have each pleaded guilty to first degree sexual abuse in connection with a 2010 incident involving a 17 year old girl. 

CPO and wife arraigned by VTC

Chief Procurement Officer Tiotalaga John Kruse and his wife Elaine today entered “not guilty” pleas at their arraignment in connection with a federal 1602 low income housing case.

StarKist Pres/CEO arrives Monday

StarKist President and CEO Andrew Choe arrives in the territory Monday to visit the local plant and meet with local leaders.   

Plea deal in assault and break-in

A man accused of breaking into a residential home and assaulting the homeowner has pleaded guilty for his crime. 

ASCC Ed majors form Educators Association

Education majors at the American Samoa Community College have formed a new student organization the Lumana’i Educators Association. 

DMWR floating docks dedicated

Fishing boats can safely anchor at the Malaloa marina now that the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources has completed construction of floating docks to replace the ones damaged during the 2009 tsunami. 

Processing begins for Amnesty Program

There was palolo last night

There was palolo to catch last night, but the seaworm was not in abundance. 

Tolmie found not guilty

A three-member panel of judges who presided over the bench trial of Michael Tolmie in October has found him not guilty of embezzlement. 

Savali expected to retain Speakership

Savali Talavou Ale is expected to retain the Speaker’s chair when the House of Representatives convenes in January.   

Samoa not taking Ebola lightly

The CEO for Samoa’s Ministry of Health says international flights into the country including  those from American Samoa will be kept at a minimal in the event there is an Ebola threat to Samoa. 

Businessman offers cash reward

A local company has offered a monetary reward for information regarding the drive by shooting at the Leone police substation two weeks ago.   

Another drop in gas prices

The good news is, prices at the pump will continue to tumble in time for the Thanksgiving Holiday. 

Case closed on body found at tramway

Police have closed their investigation of a body that was found at the tramway site in Utulei last month.    

Kiaaina determined to make tenure count

Though she has only two years as the Department of Interior official looking after insular areas, Assistant Secretary Esther Kiaaina is determined to make her tenure count for the territories.

Local Ebola plans tested

Officials of the Department of Health and the LBJ hospital say they are vigorously monitoring travelers coming into the territory by land and sea as part of its plan to handle an Ebola threat. 

Will palolo rise in November?

Several palolo hunters went out last night to look for palolo but were disappointed. 

Dancing Fingers holds last recital

After 10 years, 21 consecutive performances, the Dancing Fingers, one of the most successful piano studios in American Samoa held its last piano recital last night the the Calvary Temple AOG in Lepuapua. 

Kiaaina comments on meeting with chiefs

Having been affiliated with the Hawaiian sovereign movement, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas Esther Kiaaina says she’s familiar with the complexities associated with self determination among Pacific island people. 

Update on free legal aid services

Legal aid consultant Charles Greenfield made his second visit to the territory last week to set up legal aid services for American Samoa. 

Community workers help control diabetes

Dr. Stephen McGarvey of Brown University is recommending expanding a program using community health workers to help residents control their diabetes. 

ELDP participant reacquaints with roots

One of the participants of the Executive Leadership development Program from the Northern Marianas, Alfreda Marie Passi Camacho is thankful that the class is meeting in American Samoa as its allowed her to get reacquainted with her Samoan roots.

Asst. Sec takes different lens on issues

Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas Esther Kiaaina says being a Polynesian woman gives her a different lens on how she looks at issues she’s charged with at the Office of Insular Affairs.  

Accurate data important in disease control

The head of the Veterans Affairs Clinic Dr. Fred Uhrle yesterday stressed at the two Samoa health summit the importance of having accurate data and making accurate diagnosis in order to combat the increasing number of people dying from chronic kidney disease.

DOC considers agricultural census

The Department of Commerce is in discussions with the US Department of Agriculture to resume an agricultural census in American Samoa so the territory can have updated data on local farms and farmers. 

Man admits to stabbing another

An Asian man who slashed the arm of another man with a knife yesterday pleaded guilty to second degree assault. 

Five finalists for Fautasi Challenge

Following a meeting with captains of fautasi who raced in the Fautasi Challenge for the People Lands, Air and Sea celebration, the Coastal management Program has determined the five fautasi that will race in the finals on November 26.   

Chiefs discuss rights with Kiaaina

Traditional leaders have held an informal discussion with Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas Esther Kiaaina about rights of the people of American samoa which are guaranteed under the Deed of Cession.   

2014 election results now official

The Election Office has certified the results of the 2014 general elections.   

Two Samoa unite to fight NCDs

Continue to wage war, keep on working together, and never give up.  

Halecks drop suit against Interior Sec

The Haleck family has voluntarily dismissed their civil suit against the Secretary of the Interior over the 26-acre Tafuna lowland rainforest known as Naumati. 

Oregon team will check children's hearts

A team from the Oregon Health and Science University will be on island next week to continue their work with children with heart problems. 

Kiaaina announces DC opportunities

Assistant Secretary of Interior for Insular Areas Esther Kiaaina announced yesterday the establishment of a climate change coordinator and a DC internship program for the benefit of US territories. 

Ex-manager pleads guilty to embezzlement

The former manager of a local shipping company today pled guilty to embezzling more than $200,000 of company funds.

Paepaeulupo'o & Fuao win heats

Aua's fautasi, Paepaeulupoo and Vatia's Fuao were the fastest of the 6 fautasi that competed in the People, Air, Land and Sea or PALS race, sponsored by the Coastal Management Program yesterday.

Kiaaina says matai system & military similar

Assistant Secretary of Insular Areas Esther Kiaaina was emotional when she spoke about her late father, a Korean War veteran, in her remarks at the Veterans Day ceremony yesterday. 

Future leaders of US Pacific meet here

A Department of Interior sponsored program to develop leadership skills of young professionals in government is meeting in American Samoa for the first time.  
Pago Pago candidates: Mageo closest to camera and Vaamua with ula

Two election challenges filed

Two complaints relating to last Tuesday's general election were filed with the High Court by yesterday's deadline. 

Asst. Secretary Esther Kiaaina welcomed

Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Affairs Esther Kiaaina was officially welcomed at an ava ceremony hosted by the Office of Samoan Affairs at the Samoan guest fale at Utulei this morning.   
DOC Director with SSBCI contractors

Start of SSBCI program delayed

The launching of American Samoa’s State Small Business Credit Initiative or SSBCI federally-funded program is now postponed to early next year. 
Health CEOs at 2013 Health Summit in Apia

DOH hosts Health Summit with Samoa

Are the two Samoa ready for an ebola threat?   

DOI official to keynote Veterans Day Program

Assistant Secretary of Interior for Insular Affairs Esther Kiaaina will deliver the main address at the territorial Veterans Day Ceremony tomorrow.    The service will be held at the Veterans Memorial Center in Tafuna beginning at 9:

Swains faipule says MOU creates benefits

Swains Delegate Su’a Alexander Jennings says the visit by the Ulu o Tokelau Kuresa Nasau to American Samoa more than a week ago was an important first step towards finalizing trade relations between Tokelau and American Samoa.

No election challenges, recount requests

As of this morning, there have been no requests made to the Election Office for a recount of election results.   

Marine Patrol explains reason for delay

It took the Marine Patrol Unit a while to organize a search and rescue crew after it got the call that a man was in the ocean in Vaitogi Friday evening. 

Faleomavaega: support of Amata depends

Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin says he still has strong support among Democrats in the House and Senate that would be beneficial for American Samoa’s new Congresswoman Aumua Amata.  

Arraignment in 1602 case set for Friday

The arraignment of the first project owners to be indicted by the federal government in connection with the 1602 low income housing program has now been rescheduled to later this week. 

Sea claims life in Vaitogi

What started as a drinking session Friday evening ended in tragedy. 


Aumua Amata is on a roll

Congresswoman-elect Aumua Amata has hit the ground running.   

It's now Neil's Ace Home Center

Neil’s Ace Home center, the new name of Ace American Industries in Malaeimi honors the late Mr. Neil Scratch, who started the family business with his wife Sala and their six children three decades ago. 

Drug defendant jailed for 20 months

Punefuolemotu Tuaolo was sentenced to 20 months in jail for possessing 12 stamp sized baggies containing methamphetamine and an unlicensed rifle in 2012. 

Amata's win could give islands stronger hand

The big political news for the Pacific territories this week may have come from American Samoa, with the election of a Republican to the US Congress for the first time in decades.  

Asst. Secretary has full schedule

The Department of Interior today announced that Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina will make her first official visit to the southernmost U.S. territory of American Samoa next week.

Another clean up day for ASG

Government employees were out this morning picking up trash and cutting grass along the roadside as part of its beautification program. 

After 28 months in jail, man must leave

A man who broke into a residential home has been ordered to serve jail time then depart the territory and remain outside for seven years. 

Faleomavaega concerned about political status

As he ends his tenure as American Samoa’s delegate to Congress, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin says the one issue that poses grave concern to him is the territory’s political status. 

DOH employees asked to donate

Some employees of the Department of Health are grumbling over a memo from their director asking that they donate money to help with the hosting of the two Samoa Health Summit that the department is hosting next week. 

Ace celebrates 30th birthday

Ace American industries the island’s biggest hardware supply store is celebrating 30 years.   The business started from humble beginnings in a small building at tafeta by the founders the late neil Scratch, his wife Sala and their children. &n

Commissioner considers cash reward

The Department of Public Safety has not received any information from the public concerning the drive by shooting at the Leone police substation last Saturday morning.  

Faleomavaega not ready to retire

He may have lost Tuesday’s congressional elections but Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin is not yet ready to hang up the towel from local politics.  

Ocean Star Enterprises owes $23,922 in wages

Ocean Star Enterprises Inc., doing business as Pacific Mini Mart in Tafuna and as Ocean Star Enterprise Inc. in Nu'uuli, has agreed to pay $23,922 in back wages to seven employees following an investigation by the Wage and Hour Division. 

Brawl breaks out at Tafuna vs Fagaitua game

The junior varsity game between Tafuna and Fagaitua High school last night was marred by spectators some of them inebriated.   

Amnesty registrants in court for offences

The District Court is seeing more and more foreign nationals registered for the amnesty program appearing for law violations such as public peace disturbance. 

Eni thanks supporters & staff

An emotional Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin thanked supporters and his office staff in American Samoa for their confidence and support in him. 

Samoan heroes save man's life

A local boy and his teammate are being called heroes after lifting a 5,000 pound truck that almost crushed a man to death. 

ASCC awards In House scholarships

The American Samoa Community College’s In House Scholarship recipients are Finao Tuiasosopo, Theresa Togia, Adolph Petaia and Jillane Clemens. Tuiasosopo and Togia are the recipients of fall 2014 “Saili le Atamai” Scholarship. Funded b

LDS Church adds two new wards

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in American Samoa has created two new church wards in the past two months due to its growing membership. 

Republican Party hypes Amata victory

Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin and congresswoman elect Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen were both at Utulei this morning to thank the voters.  

Aumua Amata pledges to work with local leaders

The territory’s new delegate to Congress is well aware that there are pressing federal issues affecting American Samoa which would require her attention when she takes office in January.  

Dr. Jerome Amoa passes away

A long serving and well known doctor at the LBJ Hospital Dr. Jerome Amoa passed away Monday at Hospice Valley in Phoenix, Arizona.  

Cancer Coalition donates to cancer patients

The American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition presented yesterday $500 stipends to 15 cancer patients to assist them with their medical related expenses. 

It doesn't pay to disturb the peace

Two 19-year-old men, Norman Skelton and Eddie Satele were ordered to undergo alcohol counseling and perform community service as part of 12 months probation for underage drinking.   

Aumua Amata welcomes support from Eni

Congresswoman-elect Aumua Amata has welcomed the offer of support from  Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin as she takes over the office which Faleomavaega has occupied for almost 30 years.  

Taufetee is new CEO of LBJ Hospital

The LBJ Hospital has a new CEO.  The Hospital Authority Board yesterday selected board member Taufetee John Faumuina Jr. as the new CEO. 

Bank of Hawaii gives $10,000 to BGCAS

Bank of Hawaii yesterday  donated $10,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of American Samoa to help sustain its various educational and after school programs.  

DOA looks into barrel of feces

The Department of Agriculture is closely monitoring vegetable farms following a study which found bacteria in cabbages supplied to the School Lunch plus questionable activities which have raised the eyebrows of Agriculture officials. 

'Father used daughters of others as sex slaves'

A father of 13 whom the court said used the daughters of other fathers as sex slaves was sentenced today to 15 years in jail for sex crimes. 

OPAD & VA give mental illness training

The Office of Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Disabilities in collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Medical Clinic provided an Overview of Mental Illness Training for the Department of Public Safety police officers.  

Company owner confirms ASG investment

The owner of the company from the Philippines that intends to set up a multi food processing company in the territory Anthony Bernardo has confirmed that American Samoa Government has committed to putting up a 10% investment in the company. 

Twenty months for sex with minor

A man who committed a sexual act with a 15-year-old girl has been ordered to serve 20 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility. 

Territory votes for a change: Aumua Amata

The territory has voted for a change in its representation in the US Congress.  

Aumua Amata unseats Congressman Faleomavaega

Aumua Amata has unseated incumbent Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin.  

Aumua Amata tops AB votes

Aumua Amata has topped the congressional candidates in local and off island absentee votes which were counted at the Election Office this afternoon.   

Low voter turn out this morning

Voter turn out has been sporadic in the first six hours since polls opened this morning. 

Man found dead in Fagatogo

IN other news, a man was found dead in an apartment in Fagatogo yesterday.  

How Hawaiian can meet demand

Hawaiian Airlines says it can better cater to demand for seats on the Honolulu Pago Pago route if it knows ahead of time of events that would generate more than the usual traffic.   Airline Vice President Ann Boticelli said this has been communicated

Leone aumaga now policing substation

Since the drive by shooting targeting the Leone substation last Saturday morning, the Leone aumaga has extended its nightly policing around the substation vicinity and helping police patrol the area.   

Tokelau seeks trade relations with AS

The Ulu o Tokelau Kuresa Nasau has presented Governor Lolo with a proposed Memorandum of Understanding for trade relations between Tokelau and American Samoa. 

The polls are now opened

Polls were opened at 6 this morning on Tutuila, Aunu'u and Manu’a on this overcast Election Day when electors will cast ballots for members of the American Samoa House of Representatives, a delegate to Congress and a referendum to give the legislature the power to override the governor's veto of legislation.

Two or three cyclones predicted

The National Weather Service Office in Tafuna says the tropical cyclone season outlook from November 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015 we can expect at least expect two to three named tropical cyclone systems to impact American Samoa.  

Driver in fatal accident jailed for 20 months

The driver of a vehicle which slammed in to a utlity pole in Aoloau last year killing one of his passengers was sentenced Friday to 20 months in jail. 

Local cabbage banned from SLP

The Department of Agriculture has banned farmers from selling cabbages to the School Lunch Program.

Candidates give views on business ownership

Should the Fono regulate or control the number of foreign owned businesses in the territory? 

Ballot boxes for Manu'a first to be delivered

Ballot boxes for Manu’a  were flown around 8 this morning on a Polynesian Airlines flight to Manu’a, chartered by the Election Office.   

OPAD to assist "special voters"

The Office of Protection & Advocacy for the Disabled has set up a voter hotline for voters with disabilities who may have questions about voting. 

Commissioner: Police will not be intimidated

Commissioner of Public safety William Haleck has assured the public that the drive by shooting at the Leone Substation over the weekend will not intimidate police and deter them from their duty to protect the public.   

Hawaiian Air assists Hope House

Hawaiian Airlines continued the celebration of 30 years service to American Samoa with a community service project at Hope House Saturday.  

Testimony tells of Karaoke Bar activities

Testimony in the trial of two womem charged with promoting prostitution has again pointed to questionable activities going on in what is known as the dark side of town.    

Commissioner appeals for help

Commissioner of Public Safety William Haleck is appealing to the public for help in finding the person or persons who shot at the Leone substation early Saturday morning.  

Prostitution defendants found guilty

A High Court jury has found the owner of Karaoke Bar Faasaina Park and her second in charge Lusia Tusi guilty of promoting prostitution. 

Tiara Drabble tops science symposium

South Pacific Academy senior Tiara Drabble is the first place winner of this year’s High School Science Symposium. 

Stakeholders assess special education

Parents of children with special needs, administrators and teachers of the Sepcial Education Division of the Department of Education, and community organizations that serve children with special needs assessed the strengths and weaknesses of special education.

Drive by shooting targets police

Four bullets were fired at the police sub station in Leone in a drive by shooting around 3am yesterday.   

Congressman says Salazar's claims baseless

Congressman Faleomavaega says he  respects the rights of Congressional employees to pursue remedies for perceived violations.

Candidates asked about US citizenship

Congressional candidate Tuaau Kereti Matautia said it should be an individual's choice whether he or she wants automatic US citizenship. 

Clean-up Day for EOB offices

Government employees at the Executive Office Building spend most of today picking up trash, cleaning and painting their offices. 

Lt. Gov's residence ready for Halloween

Ghosts and goblins, superheroes, princesses and fairies will be roaming the streets tonight going to door to door trick-or-treating this Halloween. 

Su'a Alex Jennings says he's honored

Swains Representative Su’a Alex Jennings says he is honored to have been selected for another term in the House of Representatives. 

Agents question overtime charges

At the public hearing yesterday on proposed increases for tugboat charges, shipping agents raised several issues about the services they get from port.  

BGCAS donates to Hope House

Hope House again benefited from the Lights On After School Program event of the Boys & Girls Clubs of American Samoa.  

KVZK-TV airs political speeches again

Next Monday KVZK TV will devote several hours of air time on Channel 2 to rebroadcast speeches by congressional and House of Representatives candidates.   

Prostitution trial winding down

A jury hearing evidence in the trial of two women accused of promoting prostitution is expected to begin deliberations this afternoon for a verdict. 

Swains returns Rep. Su'a Alex Jennings

Residents of Swains Island have once again selected Su’a Alex Jennings as their delegate to the House of Representatives for the next two years. 

Shipping agents say tugboat charges too high

Port users who attended a public hearing yesterday on proposed increases in tugboat charges say the charges are too high and they would just pass them on to the public.

Handwashing is still required

As parents prepare their children for Halloween, the Department of Health reminds them of the need to practice good hygiene whenever there’s a gathering in public places.    
Festival Director Peta Si'ulepa on congas

It's a weekend of live music

The sounds of Banned from the Sun, one of the local bands that will be on stage for the  inaugural Samoana Jazz and Arts Festival which kicks off tonight at Sadie's by the Sea.  

ASEPA recognizes KASB partners

In celebration of Environmental Week this year, the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency recognized today more than 40 community, business and government entities who helped make their “Keep American Samoa Beautiful” campaign a success.

Unleaded drops below $4 a gal

Come November 1st, the price of unleaded gasoline will fall below $4 a gallon, the first time in a while that a gallon of gas will cost less than $4.

Candidates must submit names of poll watchers

The Election Office reminds candidates to please submit their list of poll watchers for the elections next Tuesday.The election office reminds candidates to please submit their list of poll watchers for the elections next Tuesday.   Election Commissioner Tuaolo manaia Fruean says the poll watchers must be qualified electors.  The poll watchers will represen