What's Happening

We have much to be thankful for

Local leaders extend Thanksgiving Day wishes to the territory.  

Rats force closure of Juvenile Detention Center

About 10 juveniles have been moved from the Juvenile Detention Center inTafuna to the Faga’itua substation because the juvenile center is infested with rats.  

Pacific Community takes stance against cancer of violence

Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive manifestations of gender inequality in the Pacific region and the Pacific Community (SPC) has an ongoing responsibility to address this "cancer" in our society. 

Governor Lolo admitted to LBJ Hospital, doing well

Governor Lolo Moliga was admitted last evening to the LBJ Hospital and underwent an operation. 

Political Differences Still Separate Island Delegates

The territories have had aGOP delegate now for almost a year…and while the islands delegation works together on some issues, there is still a level of mistrust over party differences.

DOI releases $1.9 million in CIP funding for Am Samoa

The Office of Insular Areas, Department of Interior has announced the release of $1.9 million in CIP grant funding to American Samoa.   

DOA blames Procurement for farmers' SLP woes

Director of Agriculture, Lealao Mel Purcell says the Office of Procurement failed to do its part resulting in the problem some suspicious and confused farmers seem to blame on his department.   

Polynesian granted waiver for holiday season

Polynesian Airlines has been granted another cabotage waiver by the US Department of Transportation to continue flights to Manua Islands into the holiday season.   

Governor explains reasons for lifting freeze on increments at this time

More information about the reasons why the administration has decided to lift the freeze on annual pay increments at this time is explained in a memo that Governor Lolo Moliga issued on Monday, prior to his announcement at yesterday's cabinet meeting.

Vo-Tech getting new equipment & supplies

Departments have teamed up to provide new equipment and supplies for students at the local trade school. 

Annual Christmas program set for Dec 13-15

The Amerika Samoa Arts Council, the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs as well as Administrative Services are putting together the government’s annual Christmas Caroling program this year. 

Governor lifts freeze on pay increments

There‘s good news for government employees who have been waiting for pay increments for the last few years. 

Samoa fiber optic gets international funding

The Asian Development Bank is granting $25 million towards an underwater cable which will improve internet access for Samoa. 

Congresswoman hears from youth

Congresswoman Aumua Amata hosted a town-hall meeting on Friday that focused on the island's youth, and how they can become empowered and get more involved in their communities. 

Tafuna High School wins JROTC Cadet Challenge

Tafuna High School’s JROTC is the winner of this year’s JROTC Cadet Challenge held last Friday at the Office of Motor Vehicles field in Tafuna.  

Territorial PTA meets this morning

The newly established Territorial Parent Teacher Association will meet this morning.  

Several landslides across Tutuila after heavy rains

The weekend downpour and heavy rainfall resulted in some landslides. 

31 US Army Reservists become US citizens

This morning, thirty-one young men and women were granted United States citizenship in a local ceremony. 

American Samoa shares experience at energy meeting

Pacific countries have expressed interest in the fuel pricing template as well as the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Geothermal project for the region, which will be launched during the 21st United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris

Farmers petition for DOA to take charge of SLP produce supply

Local farmers, mostly registered members of the newly established American Samoa Farmer’s Co-op, have signed a petition to return the selection of suppliers of local produce for the School Lunch Program to the Department of Agriculture. 

Student Veteran Organization set up at ASCC

Veterans Day became a spring board for the Student Veteran Organization at the American Samoa Community College to promote their group.   

Man who assaulted cop gets 20 month jail term

Chief Justice Michael Kruse told  a man who assaulted a police officer that the only good thing going for him was a good counsel who advised him to take responsibility for his crime. 

Fleet owner wants US to restore fishing days

Over fishing is occurring in fishing grounds covered by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, and the agreement to restrict the US fleet on the high seas for conservation purposes has failed to achieve the desired goals 

No decision on new CEO of ASTCA

The Board of Directors of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority did not reach a decision on a new CEO when it met last week. 

CJ: Funds to treat substance abuse more important than funds for jobs

Chief Justice Michael Kruse has again raised concern about the lack of treatment services for drug defendants at the Territorial Correctional Facility. 

Power blackout at Satala power plant

ASPA's Satala power plant experienced a blackout at approximately 5 Saturday morning; this was due to what is known as a double fault - taking out the TieLine that transfers power to and from the Tafuna power plant to Eastern District villages, and all 9 generators at Satala

Woman who cashed stolen currency placed on probation

A woman who cashed foreign currency that was stolen by her brother from a room at Sadies by the Sea in January has been placed on probation for 2 years and fined $1000. 

Resident questions Zoning Board quorum & record

The Territorial Zoning Board yesterday reviewed local resident Jim McGuire’s motion for reconsideration of the board’s approval of a variance for the Rotary Club of Pago Pago‘s swimming pool project. 

DMWR hosts Awareness Fair for PALS

An Awareness Fair concluded a weeklong program for high school students by the  Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) as part of  the People, Air, Land and Sea (PALS) celebration. 

Six highschools compete in JROTC Cadet Challenge

The Office of Motor Vehicles field was the venue for the 2015 JROTC Cadet Challenge today. 

Man charged with possession of marijuana

The driver of a vehicle which was involved in a one car accident on the eve of Veterans Day near Leone was arrested yesterday and charged with possession of a controlled substance. 

One of Gold Conda robbers sentenced to 15 years

One of the three men charged in the armed robbery of the former Gold Conda Store in Fagaalu in May of last year has been sentenced to 15 years at the Territorial correctional Facility.  

Report on kitchen incubator to be completed in January

A consultant hired by the Development Bank of American Samoa to conduct a feasibility study for a kitchen incubator, Mary Lou Surgi, hopes to complete the study and issue a report in January. 

Claim that StarKist is not hurting for fish

Partner and owner of Ocean Global Fisheries LLC. which owns a purse seiner fleet that fishes in the Pacific, Douglas Hines, casts doubt on recent statements by StarKist about considering moving some of its production off island. 

New York investor has interest in hotel project

An investor from New York has expressed an interest in the Request for Proposals for parties to develop a four story hotel where the Rainmaker Hotel once stood in Utulei.

Signature drive for petition to save canneries extended

A community signature drive for a petition that will ask President Barack Obama to save our canneries has been extended a few days.  


Charu Joserose tops High School Science Symposium

South Pacific Academy School dominated the winners of this year’s 28th American Samoa High School Science Symposium however the judges choice to top the field of student researchers  was Tafuna High School senior Charu Joserose . 

Don Bosco student pleads guilty to sexual assault

The High Court has accepted a plea agreement for Don Bosco student Nomani Tepa, who was charged with raping a minor while the all boys trade school malaga from Samoa was here for the Flag Day celebration.

Poor participation at Farmers Market

The 2015 Farmers Market held today at the Suiga ula o le Atuvasa was nowhere near the past two farmers fair in terms of variety of produce and livestock displayed and the participation of farmers and the public.  

Tropical cyclone activity predicted for early 2016

The Samoa island group  has been spared the last two hurricane seasons but the National Weather Service is forecasting some disturbances based on past weather data and a strong El Nino affecting the region. 

Congresswoman recognizes National Entrepreneurs Day

Congresswoman Aumua Amata, has paid tribute to small business owners and entrepreneurs who continue to make the United States the beacon of prosperity it has always been to the world.

ASCC awards in house scholarships

The Division of Student Services at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) has announced the recipients for the fall 2015 semester of the College’s two In-House Scholarships. 

Stars of gospel music present Thanksgiving Concert

The Dancing Fingers Productions will debut a Thanksgiving concert featuring some of the Samoan gospel homecoming singers including the parents of the internationally well-known gospel group the Katinas, Pastor Mose and wife Eseta Katina. 

High Court hears Exxon Mobil Asia Pacific suit against ASG

The High Court is hearing this week the suit by oil company Exxon Mobil Asia Pacific against ASG over a more than $88 million tax levy for tax years 2009 to 2012,. 

NWS urges residents to get disaster information from local stations

At a media workshop conducted by the American Samoa Department of Homeland Security and National Weather Service yesterday, broadcasters were asked to help inform residents they should get disaster information from local radio and television stations rather than Radio 2AP.

PC Lualemaga Faoa sends message of condolence to France

On December 11, 1787, members of French explorer Jean-Francois La Perouse’s expedition who were trying to fetch water from a stream in Aasu village had an encounter with villagers. 

Governor pleads to Commerce Secretary for help

“Less time need be spent on researching how dependent we are on tuna and more time must be spent on getting our fleet to high seas waters."

Defendant disavows knowledge of marijuana in bag

A man found with marijuana during a security check at District Court last Friday waived his rights to a probable cause hearing in the lower court and was arraigned in High Court Tuesday.  

NMFS maybe leaning towards longliners in LVPA rule

The National Marine Fisheries Service says it’s not ready just yet to decide on lifting large fishing vessel restrictions in a 50-mile prohibited area near American Samoa, but KHJ News Washington Correspondent Matt Kaye reports,the agency may be leaning toward providing relief...

Ex-prosecutor OBrien is new staff attorney for ASLA

A former deputy attorney general and head of the prosecution division in the AG’s Office, Frederick OBrien will be returning to the territory as the staff attorney for American Samoa Legal Aid. 

Aua village launches new fautasi, Sinapioa

Aua village celebrated the dedication of a new fautasi, Sinapioa, this morning. 

Murder reduced to manslaughter in plea deal

The High Court has taken under advisement a plea agreement for 21 year Michael Schuster who’s charged with the murder  of his cousin in August of this year.  

Task Force to recommend best economic use of Tafuna land

A new task force has been formed to recommend the best use of government land in the Tafuna area for economic and social development.  

Extreme sea levels expected next year

Scientists are predicting that extremely low sea levels near Guam will move near American Samoa next year. 

Farmers Market opens tomorrow at Suiga ula ole Atuvasa

The Annual Famers Market formerly called the Farmers Fair is scheduled to open tomorrow  at Le Su’igaula o le Atuvasa Beach Park in Utulei.

Customs chief wants e-cigarettes taxed same as cigarettes

The Chief of customs Moetului Sipili Fuiava estimates that the 30 cent per cigarette tax which went into effect in May has raised just 70% of projections up to now.   

Governor shares thoughts on Community Bank

Governor Lolo Moliga says all options must be pursued for establishing a new bank in the territory and that includes the Community Bank of American Samoa as well as the government bank. 

Shriners team seeing 30-40 patients a day

Twice a year, doctors from Shriners Hospital for Children in Honolulu visit the territory to conduct follow up appointments and review new cases.  

Samoa PM condemns terrorist attacks

Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has joined the voices of other world leaders in condemning the attacks in Paris, France.  

Murder trial for Siaumau Siaumau set for December 1st

Five years after the horrific shooting death of police detective Liusila Brown, the jury trial of the man accused of his murder, Siaumau Siaumau Jr. is set to get underway in two weeks.  

ASTCA Building named Aleki Sene Sr Telecommunications Center

The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority new building in Tafuna has been named the Aleki Sene Sr Telecommunications Center. 

Beware the "Microsoft technician"

Local residents are being targeted by scammers claiming to help them with computer problems.   

Woman jailed for 30 months for tax fraud

A Samoan woman, Pepe Anetipa, has been sentenced in Anchorage, Alaska to 30 months in prison for managing a tax fraud scheme that cheated the United States Treasury out of more than $2 million. 

Flags lowered in honor of victims of Paris attacks

Flags in the territory are flying at half staff as a sign of respect for the victims of terrorist attacks in Paris France on Friday.  

ASPA rep says geothermal drilling in Malaeloa a success

The American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) drilling in the village was a success according to project coordinator Mr. Tim Bodell.  

Five vendors picked to supply produce for SLP

Five farmers and local businesses have been awarded contracts to supply fruits, vegetables and produce for the School Lunch Program.  

Motion for reconsideration of swimming pool variance

The Territorial Zoning Board has received a motion for reconsideration of the variance issued for the Pago Pago Rotary Club’s community swimming pool project.  

Grassroots petition asks US President to save canneries

A grassroots movement has been formed by local businesswoman Mrs Kathy Pilimai and local businesses and working class people to help save the local tuna industry. 

Project: Breadfruit flower as mosquito repellent

One of the presentations at the High School Science  Symposium today was on using the breadfruit flower as a mosquito repellent.  

Republicans kick start fundraising for RNC

The Republican Party of American Samoa raised more than $5,000 at their first fundraiser to help underwrite the expenses of its nine member delegation to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next July. 

Court rules that Joe Togitogi violated probation conditions

At a probable cause hearing in the case of Joe Togitogi, charged with assaulting a man who accused him of stealing a television set, the High Court was satisfied there was enough evidence showing that the defendant violated conditions of his probation.

Doctors from Shriners Hospital begin clinics Tuesday

A team from Shriners Hospital in Honolulu arrive tonight and will begin clinics at LBJ Hospital tomorrow.

Students present research work at science symposium

Aspiring high school scientists today presented research work at the 28th American Samoa High School Science Symposium.

No production at STP for one day

There’s no production at Samoa Tuna Processors today because of a machinery breakdown at the Atuu plant.   
Osborne, 3rd from left with local Repubikcans

Dr. Ben Carson supports full vote for territorial delegates

Giving territorial delegates the power to vote in Congress is a move that Republican Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson would support. 

DMWR prepares for bird survey in Manu'a

A team from the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources is heading to Manu’a as soon as there's space available on the MV Sili to conduct a survey of native bird population on Ta’u, Ofu and Olosega.

Man found with marijuana in District Court

A man has been charged with possession of illegal substance after he was caught in the security check at District Court with a green leafy substance that tested positive as marijuana. 

Outspoken Taimane Johnson speaks up for farmers

Farmers want the Fagatogo marketplace opened 24 hours so they can make money from the fruits of their hard labor. 

Pitolau sent to jail for 7 years for violating probation

The High Court has sentenced a repeat burglar, Joe Pitolau  to seven years imprisonment for violating conditions of his probation. 

DOE Director calls for ban on sale of junk food close to schools

Director of Education Vaitinasa Dr Salu Hunkin-Finau  has recommended enactment of legislation that prohibit convenience stores selling junk food close to school grounds. 

Campaigner for Dr. Carson rallies support for presidential hopeful

A top strategist for Republican presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson, Jason Osborne says if elected president, Dr. Carson will appoint a special assistant in the White House to be in charge of communications with the territories.  

ASPA project eliminates cesspools, protects groundwater

The American Samoa Power Authority is making significant progress in hooking up homes in the east side to the sewer line that runs from Aua to the waste treatment plant in Utulei.  

Arbor Day celebration at Suiga ula

Tree planting, educational booths and poems about trees and the environment were some of the activities to mark Arbor Day today. 

Young scientists present at ASCC symposium

Young scientists from the American Samoa Community College and high schools gave presentations on completed and ongoing science projects at the 6th annual science symposium on Tuesday. 

AP: Clinton has support of territories

Hillary Rodham Clinton has secured the support of many Democratic Party leaders in Hawaii and U.S. Pacific island territories as she pursues her party's nomination for president. 

Motusa praises NCD awareness efforts in Samoa

The American Samoa delegation to the two Samoa Summit on Non Communicable Diseases was impressed with the level of public awareness and community participation in efforts to combat life style diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease in Samoa.

Suit challenges why territories cant vote for President

Six US citizens from the territories along with two non profit groups have filed a lawsuit in the Illinois Northern District Court, challenging federal and state voting laws that have denied US citizens living in the territories the ability to vote for US president.

Attorneys talking plea deal for murder defendant

A plea agreement is in the works for murder defendant Michael Schuster. 

ASG shipyard to undergo close to $1 million upgrade

The Ronald Reagan Marine Railway at Satala will soon get an almost $1 million Capital improvement Project upgrade. 

PNRS approves relocation of airport fuel tanks with conditions

The Project Notification Review System (PNRS) Committee has approved a land use permit for relocation of fuel tanks from the airport parking lot side to the Pala Lagoon end of the airport.  

Farmers upset with new hours for marketplace

As of next week, no farmer or produce seller is allowed to sleep at the Fagatogo market place.  

LHS keeps Turkey Run tradition alive

Thanksgiving is coming up and Leone High School is shifting gears for tis Annual Turkey Run.  

Local farmers form coop to represent their interests

Local farmers have heeded the advice of Governor Lolo Moliga and set up a farmers cooperative to  look after their interests.   

Senator says lack of public opinion may be cultural

It’s not just leaders who should be expressing their views on issues, decisions and events in the government.   

Nursing students head to Manu'a next week

Students in the Nursing Program at the American Samoa Community College head to Manu’a next week to promote awareness about Non Communicable Diseases and provide nursing services that are not currently available to Manu’a residents. 


Aioletuna Sunia takes aim with "Donate for Love"

One young woman’s idea to help struggling families has received strong support from the community and has caught the attention of the Lions Club. 

Crown of thorns & coral bleaching major concerns

In her report at the US Coral Reef Task Force meeting in Puerto Rico, Director of Marine and Wildlife Resources Dr. Ruth Matagi Tofiga said American Samoa is battling the crown of thorns outbreak and coral bleaching.  

Driver of one car accident charged with DUI

The driver of a vehicle involved in a one car accident in Leone close to midnight on Tuesday night has been charged with driving under the influence and failing to render aid in an accident.  

Voc Rehab staff & clients learn arts & crafts

Staff and clients of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation were trained on producing traditional arts and crafts as a self employment opportunity.

Judgment and sentence issued in contempt of court case

The High Court issued a written ruling on Tuesday concerning the contempt of court judgment and sentence for Chief Immigration Officer Dennis Fuimaono and the IT manager for Immigration Lawrence Apo.  

Political status review is in the works

A review of American Samoa’s political status was one of the topics that government leaders discussed at a meeting on Tuesday.  

Territory already feeling effects of climate change

A report on the effects of climate change thjat the territory is experiencing was presented at a  meeting of the Climate Change Task Force earlier this week.

Two Samoa collaborate on fighting NCDs

Health Director Motusa Tuileama Nua told Samoa media that the American Samoa and Samoa health Departments assisted each other during the recent dengue fever outbreak.  

Remembering all those who served & are serving

The laying of a single wreath, a  gun salute, prayers and speeches honored the men and women who served in the US Armed Forces in years past and those who continue the fight for freedom and peace around the world.   

Veterans Day message from Congresswoman Aumua Amata

Congresswoman Aumua Amata has issued the following Veterans Day message,
Photo: Ola Foster

Leaders discuss assistance for StarKist

Assistance for Starkist was one of the topics that was discussed at a meeting of government leaders this morning.  

Funding holds up removal of longliner from reef

The hold up in removing the longliner that has been stuck on the reef just off Coconut Point since May, the Seahawk # 68, is funding.  

DOE proposes two new schools for Tuala-uta

The Department of Education is proposing funding for the construction of a new middle school and a high school for the densely populated Tuala-uta District. 

ASCC's Samoan Studies Institute perpetuating language

The Samoan Studies Institute (SSI) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) awarded Miss Soofaatasi Kilisome the first place prize in the Institute’s competition for the best piece of original writing in the Samoan language.  

Governor wants bid prices for SLP produce revised

Governor Lolo Moliga agrees with farmers complaints about the bidding for local produce for the School Lunch Program.  

Simple ceremony planned for Veterans Day

A simple ceremony at the Veterans Monument in Tafuna will commemorate Veterans Day tomorrow.  

LBJ Hospital says it cant accept transient dialysis patients

The LBJ Hospital has noticed an increase in the number of patients turning up at the Dialysis Clinic for treatment.  

Climate Change Task Force plans multi sector approach

The American Samoa Climate Change task force is looking at a multi-sector approach to combat the effects of climate change in the territory.  

More than 700 amnesty applicants havent paid bonds

The Immigration Board approved a total of 3,124 applicants who applied for amnesty however 786 of those applicants have no tpaid bonds and have not been issued immigration ID cards. 

Dr. Browning: ASCC has shown tremendous growth

An eight person team representing the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), a division of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), concluded its Show Cause visit to the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) last Friday.

No Special Session, leaders decide

At a meeting between Governor Lolo Moliga, Senate President Gaoteote Palaie and Speaker of the House Savali Talavou Ale the leaders decided that there will be no special session convened for the remainder of the year.   

Five applicants for new CEO of ASTCA

There were five applicants for the position of Chief Executive Officer of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority.  

Governor hears an earful of complaints about bidding of SLP produce

The governor is considering a request from local farmers to recall the bidding of local produce for the School Lunch Program, a federal move which has taken many of them by surprise. 

Former Commissioner Tuiteleleapaga Peseta Fue passes away

A former Commissioner of Public Safety and Director of the Territorial Administration on Aging Office during the Tauese Togiola and Togiola Faoa administrations, High Chief Tuiteleleapaga Peseta Fue Ioane passed away October 30th. 

Boys & Girls Club receives basketball donation

The Boys and Girls Club of American Samoa provides several after school activities for students both academic and recreational.  

PM Tuilaepa upset with Miss Pacific Islands Latafale Auva'a

Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has blasted Miss Pacific Islands, Latafale Auva’a, for choosing the Miss World Pageant over the regional one. 

Senator wants separation of House & Senate finances

 While lawmakers openly criticize the Executive Branch, spending practices by the Fono whose annual budget for the last fiscal year was close to $7 million, has gone unnoticed without any questions from within. 

Utu responds to faipule's concerns about above ground sewerlines

The Executive Director of the American Samoa Power Authority Utu Abe Malae has responded to concerns raised by Fagatogo Representative Maugaoalii Leapai Sipa Anoai about placing above ground sewer lines along the Fagatogo waterfront. 

Residents affected by cyber intrusion against US Government

Some local residents have received letters from the US Office of Personnel Management informing them that their personal information may have been included in the theft of background investigation records in the recent malicious cyber intrusion against the US Governent

Ex-Fagatogo mayor pleads guilty to sexual abuse of 15 yr old

This morning when  jury selection was to begin for the trial of the former village mayor of Fagatogo.  Soosemea Tinae,  he entered a plea agreement with the government. 

Community Bank seeks support, not funds from ASG

The Community Bank of American Samoa hopes that with the information it has provided to the American Samoa Economic Development Authority concerning the progress of its efforts to set up a private bank in the territory, ASEDA will realize that the Community Bank is far ahead of the process.

DOE Director explains delay in approval of Consolidated Grant

Director of Education, Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau says while DOE awaits the release of the Consolidated Grant from the US Department of Education, 250 teachers whose salaries are paid under the grant are being covered by other funding sources.  

Jury acquits man of possession of drugs & ammunition

A jury of five women and one man took just half an hour Friday to return a verdict in the trial of Tolupo Hodges.

Victim's advocate claims power struggle is holding up ID card

More than a month since Administrative Law judge Toetagata Albert Mailo reversed the Immigration board of American Samoa’s decision to deny Filipino citizen Merlee Gumanab’s application for amnesty, the woman is still unable to get an Immigration ID card.

Small Business Incubator opens at Fagatogo marketplace

The Small Business Cncubator at the Fagatogo marketplace is officially opened for business after a dedication on Friday.  
Photo: BGCAS

BOH donates $10,500 to Boys and Girls Club

The Bank of Hawaii made another sizable monetary donation today.

Tradewinds Hotel adds Equator Pavilion, historical displays

Tradewinds Hotel in Ottoville announces the opening  of its new Equator Pavilion. 

Senator Galeai says Retirement Fund is not a private fund

Senator Galeai Tuufuli says as long as members of the public are paying the government contribution for ASG employees to the Retirement Fund, the fund should not be treated like a private fund.  

Ed Imo has memorable induction into Aztech Hall of Fame

Ed Imo says he and his family had the times of their lives at his induction into the San Diego University Aztechs Hall of Fame last month.  

Rheumatic heart disease must be treated early

The medical team from Oregon Health Sciences University  that’s here to check children with rheumatic heart disease says its very important that the disease is detected and treated early. 

Tri Marine reports drop in purse seiners calling into port

Tri Marine International says it has seen a dramatic decrease in the number of purse seiner calling at American Samoa since the high seas were close to Us flagged tuna boats in June of this year.  

Samoa's first female AG shares leadership traits

The keynote speaker of the final day of the Business and Professional Women of American Samoa’s leadership conference, shared her own experience of leadership positions she’s held.  

Senator suggests federalization of Immigration Office

Federalization should be the last solution to fixing American Samoa’s immigration system according to Senator Galeai Tuufuli. 

Moody's says B Series bond sale postponed indefinitely

Yesterday, the bond rating company, Moody’s,  issued a press release about a change in sale information for the general revenue and refunding bonds issued  by American Samoa through the American Samoa Economic Development Authority.

534 teachers have received pay increases

Out of 909 public school teachers, 534 have received salary increases under the teacher salary reclassification plan that has been in the making for the last two years.   

Chamber of Commerce concerned about StarKist statement

The American Samoa Chamber of Commerce says the recent statement by Starkist on potential action that it may implement, perhaps should be taken seriously now. 

Local businesses feeling impact of purse seiner loss

Some local businesses are feeling the effects of purse seiners not calling into Pago Pago to off load their catches, as a result of a ban on fishing by US tuna boats in nearby fishing grounds.  

Sen. Galea'i shares views on bank & candidates for governor

It’s the view of Senator Galea'i Tu'ufuli that the government should support a private bank instead of trying to set up its own bank. 

Rotary District Governor visits local Rotarians

The Rotary Club of Pago Pago is hosting a special visitor this week. 

New school buses & vans blessed

The new fleet of buses and vans that will transport school children were blessed today. 

Army Reserve Center re-opens, device detonated

The US Army Reserve Center was reopened late yesterday after the detonation of the device that was thought to be an unexploded ordinance.  
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Dongwon to build new tuna plant in PNG

The owners of StarKist ,  Dongwon Industries has signed a $35 million deal with Papua New Guinea to build a new factory on the island, reports EMTV. 

Docs from Oregon here to check kids with rheumatic fever

A six member team of cardiologists from the Oregon Health Sciences University have returned to the territory to treat children with rheumatic fever.   

Galea'i says if Fono leaders don't, he will sue Lolo himself

Senator Galea’i Tu’ufuli says if by next week the Fono hasn’t taken the governor to court over his line item veto action on the Fiscal Year 2016 budget he will do it himself. 

Commissioner says forensic audit points to fraud

The Chairman of the Retirement Fund Board of Trustees Vaanatiu Toafala Iafeta says the Executive Director of the Retirement Fund remains on leave with pay until they receive the auditor’s report as well as the police investigation report into the allegations surrounding Luatua Filisouaiga Taafua.

Community Bank of Am Samoa meets with ASEDA

Don’t count Community Bank of American (IO) out of the picture yet. 

Sex convict that's put spotlight on immigration serves six yrs

The High Court has revoked the probation for Pelenato Maiava and he is now serving the remainder of his seven year sentence for deviate sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl. 

Amendment pitting territories against each other killed

The US House has defeated a highway amendment that pitted the Northern Marianas and American Samoa against Guam and the Virgin Islands. 

USDOL fixes phone, investigator here end of January

The Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division hopes to have an investigator on island by the last week of January.   

Chicken pox is spreading in Western District

The Department of Health is seeing a spike in chicken pox cases and is alerting parents, school officials and the community on ways to stop the spread of this highly contagious illness. 

Site visit by WASC is crucial for ASCC

A visit this week by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges is crucial to deciding whether the American Samoa Community College will remain under sanction by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

Congresswoman critical of VA officials who plead the Fifth

Congresswoman Aumua Amata was critical of two high-ranking officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs who refused to testify Monday night at a congressional hearing on allegations that they manipulated the agency's hiring system for their own gain.

BlueSky gives diamond support to BPW leadership conference

BlueSky Communications is showing its support of the Business and Professional Women of American Samoa’s  women leadership conference.

BOH donates $10,000 to Hope House

Bank of Hawaii continues to support the care of the elderly residents and children with severe disabilities at Hope House.  


Explosion alert from US Army Reserve

If you hear explosions from the McConnell Dowell quarry across from the Veterans Memorial Stadium this afternoon, don’t be alarmed.  

Defendant who stabbed girlfriend jailed for 28 months

A man who admitted to stabbing his girlfriend in August has been sentenced to 28 months in jail.

Boat owners raise concerns with Coast Guard

Local boat and fishing vessel operators voiced their concerns with inconsistencies in the enforcement of US Coast Guard regulations at a meeting yesterday. 

ANZ appoints Acting Country Manager for American Samoa

ANZ Bank has appointed Mr. Sean Stratton as Acting Country Manager for ANZ Amerika Samoa, replacing Terese Salumbides who concluded her four year term with ANZ last month. 

Governor tells Filipino company to provide final terms

During his recent trip to Honolulu, Governor Lolo Moliga had another meeting with the owner of the Filipino company, AVM Bernardo Engineering, Mr Anthony Bernardo concerning their plans to set up a food processing plant in the territory. 

DOH locked out of GHC Reid Building for non payment

The offices that were occupied by the Maternal Child Health Program or Aiga Manuia of the Department of Health, in the GHC Building in Fagatogo were padlocked Friday up to last night for failure to meet lease payments.  

US Army Reserve remains closed until further notice

The US Army Reserve Center remains closed until a military team from off island arrives to assess and dispose of an unexploded ordinance that was found behind the center in Tafuna last week. 
Photos: NFL Films

NFL Presents Troy Polamalu in American Samoa

Viewers of Fox Sports 1 got to watch a 20 minute segment, NFL Presents Troy Polamalu in American Samoa, that was filmed during Troy and Theodora Polamalu’s Faasamoa Initiative this past summer.  

Next up is Miss Pacific Islands in Cook Islands

Just five weeks from now, Miss American Samoa Suluga Taliau will be competing in the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant in the Cook Islands. 

Sailing Vessel Adventure to the rescue

A week ago the sailing vessel Adventure dropped off drums of fuel to keep  the power on in Manu’a when the MV Sili was unable to make a delivery.  

Lots of palolo last night, selling for $20-$30

After a no show last month, there was a heavy rising of the palolo last night. 

Police may have possible suspect in attempted rape

Last week we reported about an attempted rape in Nu’uuli where a women reported that a masked man entered her bedroom and tried to force himself on her. 

Governor says territory is caught up in US global politics

“We’re caught up in the United States’s global politics, and there’s nothing much we can do,” is Governor Lolo Moliga's reaction to Starkist’s announcement that it may have to shift its tuna production elsewhere. 

DBAS receives $2 million loan from Retirement Fund

The American Samoa Government Employees Retirement Fund has disbursed the $2 million loan for the Development Bank of American Samoa. 

The new school buses and vans have arrived

New school buses have arrived.  Six large size school buses and 3 vans for the Department of Education are sitting on the main dock awaiting release.  

Annual NCD Summit set for Apia next week

The annual summit between the two Samoa on Non Communicable Diseases is coming up next week.  

Stolen jeep found parked outside church

The owner of a vehicle that was stolen over the weekend from Pago Pago was reunited with her car last night.  

Congresswoman urges StarKist to resist cheap labor temptation

Congresswoman Aumua Amata  says while she understands StarKist’s position, she believes American Samoa is still a viable and profitable location for the canneries.   

New Psychology Club at ASCC springs into action

The Social Science Department and Psychology Club at the American Samoa Community College were co-sponsors of a workshop on  domestic violence in American Samoa organized by the American Samoa Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Coalition. 

BPW helping lead women to the top

The Business and Professional Women of American Samoa is hosting a women’s leadership conference at the Lee Auditorium this Thursday and Friday. 

Anneliese says farewell with a prayer

Former Miss American Samoa Anneliese Sword did not give a farewell speech before she passed the crown to the winner of the 2015 2016 pageant Suluga Taliau on Friday night.  

One of Don Bosco trio admits to having sex with 15-yr-old

The eldest of the three men from the Don Bosco group that was charged with the rape of a 15-year-old girl in April has entered a plea agreement with the government.  

Miss Am Samoa says winning was a struggle

The new Miss American Samoa Suluga Taliau says winning the crown did not come easy.  

Bank glitch delays direct deposits for LBJ employees

Friday was payday for the LBJ Hospital however employees paid by direct deposit did not receive their paychecks that day. 

Vehicle stolen Friday night is still missing

The owner of a vehicle which was stolen between late night Friday and early Saturday morning from Pago Pago is now offering a reward for information to help locate it. 

StarKist looks at alternative locations due to increased costs

StarKist President and CEO Mr. Andrew Choe has announced that as a result of several cost factors affecting StarKist Samoa’s competitiveness, the cannery is implementing a hiring freeze and reduction of any future investments to its local plant.

ASPA takes delivery of seven new generators

Last week all seven generators for the new power plant at Satala arrived on island.  

Traditional and modern tattooists mix it up at Tisa's

The annual tattoo festival at Tisa’s Barefoot Bar was the place to be for tattoo artists this past weekend. 

Chamber pledges to support young business people

The American Samoa Chamber of Commerce has pledged its support of young people who want to go into business. 

US Army Reserve closed due to discovery of live ordinance

A live ordinance was found behind the US Army Reserve Center last week and led to the reserve being closed down for a couple of days. 

The new Miss American Samoa is 19-yr-old Suluga Taliau

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Nineteen year-old Suluga Talofaali’i Taliau was sponsored by the law office of Marshall Ashley and Associates where she interns.


Still no date for dedication of new Youth Center

The official dedication and opening date of the new Youth Center in Pago Pago is yet to be determined said Deputy Director Pa’u Roy Ausage of the Department of Youth & Women Affairs.  

Leone High School Alumni says thank you

The alumni of Leone High School 50th anniversary continued the celebratory momentum with a “thank you” wave this morning.   

Chief Justice says real action needed on drug problem

Chief Justice Michael Kruse said that the government needs to get real with the drug problem in American Samoa. 

Author launches book on "attire of Samoa"

Family, friends and members of the community showed up to celebrate with local author Telei’ai Fanaea Christian Ausage, as he launched his second book, “Laei A Samoa”.   

US Air Force admissions team here next week

Congresswoman Aumua Amata’s local district office will be teaming up with the U.S. Air Force Academy's Admissions Office next week to conduct outreach to some of the local high schools and organizations. 

NASAC promoting locally grown & made products

Soaps, fragrances and medicine, hair adornments and handicrafts all made of local materials are being produced on a small scale by the Native America Samoa Advisory Council or NASAC.  

Plea deal for 19-year-old who had sex with 14-year-old

The High Court has accepted a plea agreement for a 19 year old man who is charged with 5 counts of rape, sodomy, sexual assault, deviant sex and deviate sexual assault. 

Governor meets with potential bank investors

The Lolo Lemanu Administration had been hopeful to establish the charter bank by mid - 2015. 

Former LBJ doctors report on Rheumatic Heart Disease

Two former LBJ Medical Center doctors, Dr. Beth Parker and Dr. Amber Michelle  have presented an analysis of quality improvement initiatives undertaken for children with rheumatic heart disease during the American Academy of Pediatrics National Convention in Washington, D.C.

In American Samoa at least 10.5 per 1000 school-age children are affected by rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart

Anneliese Sword says thank you American Samoa

Tomorrow night the young woman who has worn the Miss American Samoa crown for the past year will be taking a bow and pass her pale to the winner of this year’s competition. 

Contestants' views on education, tourism & politics

Contestant for the Miss American Samoa pageant, Miss Sulu Talofaali’i Taliau supports the Department of Education’s Dual-Language Initiative and said it’s the way to go to improve students’ academic achievement.

DMWR Director reports on use of Disaster Relief Fund

Director of Marine and Wildlife Resources Dr. Ruth Matagi Tofiga has provided a status report on the use of the $1 million Disaster Relief Fund that The US Congress provided in Fiscal Year 2014 to help revive the bottomfish fishery in American Samoa. 

Trial in DBAS vs Board Chairman Nua set for February

The High Court has continued to February 8, 2016 the bench trial in the lawsuit by the Development Bank of American Samoa against the Chairman of the Board and Senator Nuanuaolefeagaiga Saoluaga Nua. 

Contestants give views on gender equality & empowerment

The first judged portion of the Miss American Samoa pageant was held at the Lee Auditorium this morning...the pre pageant interviews. 

CID assigned to investigate attempted rape case

Commissioner of Public Safety Save Liuato Tuitele says he was not aware of the attempted rape incident that was reported by KHJ News this morning. 

Congresswoman says time for party divisions to end

Congresswoman Aumua Amata says she’s excited and looks forward to working with the new House Speaker Paul Ryan. 

Owners agree to pay fine of more than $1 million

The settlement reached in connection with an oil spill that occurred in Pago Pago Harbor in October of last year requires Tri Marine Fishing Management company and Cape Mendocino Fishing to pay a fine of $1,050,000 to the US Government. 

Polynesian Airlines granted another 30-day cabotage waiver

Polynesian Airlines has been granted approval to continue flights between Tutuila and Manu’a for another 30 days effective October 27th.

Trust issues affecting churches' role as refuge for victims

Victims advocate, Ms. Piper Delluns, has observed that the role of churches as sanctuaries for victims of domestic violence and abuse of all forms has been shaken due to trust issues.

Origins of famous Samoan song explained

The origin of a well known Samoan song, Leafaitulagi was one of the topics covered by a presenter at Friday’s Samoana Ethnomusicology Forum at the American Samoa Community College. 

No police file of attempted rape at knife point

A woman has been shaken by an incident in which a man tried to rape her and she's furious that more than a week after the attack, police don’t have a file of the incident. 

Contestants visit Hope House & Pediatric Ward

Participating as contestants of this year’s Miss American Samoa Incorporated (MASI) has changed the perceptions and the outlook of life for the five young women vying for the title currently held by Miss Anneliese Sword. 

Chamber & BPW presents business awards

The Chamber of Commerce and Business & Professional Women presented business awards at a small informal gathering at the Goat Island Café conference room.  

$95,000 grant for Maternal & Child Health

The LBJ Hospital has been awarded a grant of more than $95,000 by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration.  

Relief as the MV Sili arrives in Manu'a

Residents of Manu’a are breathing a sigh of relief today.  The MV Sili has docked.

Advocate says division doesn't help victims

Division among advocate groups and service providers for abuse victims is one of the problems victims advocate Piper Dellums has detected in the week that she’s spent in the territory. 

Five confirmed for PALS Fautasi Challenge next month

Five fautasi have confirmed to race in the Fautasi Challenge next month, the final activity for Coastweels and the People, Air, Land and Sea (PALS) celebration. 

Settlement reached in purse seiner oil release

A settlement has been reached in connection with a boating accident that resulted in an oil spill in Pago Pago Harbor last year involving the purse seiner FV Captain Vincent Gann.

Talking is not enough, treatment facilities needed

Conversation and dialogue are not enough to treat and deal with the problem of alcoholism that’s contributing to violent forms of abuse in American Samoa, says abuse activist and advocate Piper Dellums.

Utu Abe Malae shares thoughts on leadership with HOSA

Executive Director of the American Samoa Power Authority Utu Abe Malae shared his thoughts on effective leadership with American Samoa Community College students participating in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) student organization.

Miss American Samoa will return to the classroom

Outgoing Miss American Samoa Anneliese Sword intends to return to her teaching job at South Pacific Academy when she finishes her reign.  

School repairs to begin under OIA's ABC Initiative

About $2 million in renovations and repairs for 23 public schools in the territory will soon be carried out under the Office of Insular Affairs, ABC (Assessment of Buildings and Classrooms) Initiative. 

LBJ hasnt hired any new doctors

No new doctors have been hired at the LBJ Hospital since the uproar a few months ago when the Medical Clinic was down to only two doctors to man both the clinic and the ward.  

Congresswoman pays tribute & farewell to Speaker Boehner

Congresswoman Aumua Amata, joined her colleagues on the House floor thsi evening to salute resigning Speaker of the House, John Boehner.  

Manu'a resident says their lawmakers have forgotten them

"We need help," is the urgent plea from Manu’a resident Ale Filoialii. 

Commissioner says motorcyclist in accident was intoxicated

The driver of the motorcycle which struck a child Saturday in Ottovile was under the influence.

Customs moves to old DYWA office in EOB

The Customs Office is now temporarily located at the former office of the Department of Youth and Women Affairs on the second floor of the EOB in Utulei. 
L-R, Puaauli, Opeloge, Mageo

ASCC highlights music as an effective teaching tool

Music as a teaching tool for language was highlighted by one of the panelists of the Samoana Ethnomusicology Forum at the American Samoa Community College Friday.  

Defendant claims mistreatment at TCF

Defendant Brian Benjamin Loma yesterday told the court that he’s not getting the representation he feels he should from his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Mike White.  

'NGO's with big money influence decision making on fisheries'

There were repeated statements made at last week’s meeting of the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council that the US Government regulations are hurting the whole fishing industry, from boat owners to fishermen to canneries and the communities they operate in.

Attention drivers: slow moving traffic on the road

Commissioner of Public Safety Save Liuato announces that starting at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow night, ASPA will be  transporting one generator each night for the next seven nights, except Sunday night, between the wharf and the ASPA plant at Satala.

Vendors allowed back on the main dock

A face to face meeting between the American Samoa Visitors Bureau and Port Administration Saturday resulted in vendors being allowed back on the main dock for yesterday’s cruise ship, MS Costa Luminosa. 

Motorcycle accident puts child in hospital

A child is hospitalized after being struck by a speeding motorcycle in front of the Tongan Methodist Church,in Ottoville across from Islands Choice Saturday morning.

Employees benefit from USEPA waste water training

Employees  of the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA)’s Wastewater Division and staff of the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) benefitted from a workshop on operating, managing and funding waste water systems,  

Hawaiian Air delayed coming and going

Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu last night arrived two hours late and there was no return flight as usual.  

SSBCI program faces another delay

There’s been another snag  in spending ASG’s first allotment for the State Smaller Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI).  

DOH Director says Home Visiting Program continues

A beleaguered federally funded program fro the Department of Health that employed about 200 people is still functioning according to Director of Health Motusa Tuileama Nua.   

Hawaii Council member says there's room for cooperation

While the territory awaits a decision by the Secretary of Commerce on the amendment to the Large Vessel Prohibited Area, a Council member from Hawaii says there’s room for the large and small fishing vessels, as well as recreational fishermen to help each other.

Remembering victims of cancer, domestic violence & abuse

Recognition of victims of cancer, those who are still battling the disease and cancer survivors was part of the ceremony for the 2nd annual International Day of the Girl last Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. 

Second plea deal for Arona Amituanai in a week

The High Court has accepted the plea agreement for Arona Amituanai who is charged with four counts of second degree burglary, second degree assault and private peace disturbance. 

Governor wants names of ASG cable members who said no

Governor Lolo Moliga has asked the President of American Samoa Hawaii Cable, Mr. Adolfo Montenegro, to provide the names of ASG cable members who refused the liquidation of ASG’s investment in the company.

NMFS official says being here provides understanding

Regional Administrator, Pacific Islands Division of US Fish and Wildlife Service Mr. Michael Tosatto says being in the territory has provided a better understanding of the impact of agency rules on the local fishing industry and American Samoa community.

Professor discusses traditional music of Samoa & Tonga

A talk by Dr. Richard Moyle who has carried out extensive research on traditional music in Polynesia, discussed the influence that Samoan music had on Tonga and vice versa. 

High Court ponders plea deal in stabbing case

The High Court has taken under advisement a plea agreement for Nicholas Luamanu who’s charged in connection with the stabbing of a taxi driver in Leone back in August.

Empowering girls & women at International Day of the Girl

Hundreds turned out for the 2nd Annual International Day of the Girl celebration on Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Stadium.   

Chief Justice says missing file another south seas mystery

Chief Immigration Officer Tamasa Dennis Lutu was unable to provide a pre amnesty file for defendant Nicholas Kuka Friday. 

Audit report of Retirement Fund Director expected in 2 weeks

An auditor from the Utah based accounting firm Squirre spent last week conducting a forensic audit of the Retirement Fund, specifically looking at allegations against Executive Director Luatua Filisouaiga Taafua. 
Photos: Jim Kneubuhl

All that jazz and then some...

The 2015 Jazz Festival weekend was an indication that this genre of music knows no bounds as young and old turned out to participate and enjoy jazz. 

Decision making getting on the nerves of alia association

The president of the Pago Alia fishing Association, Fuega Moliga told the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council that he hopes the Council is sincere about supporting island communities in their decision making.   

Territory gets LIHEAP grant of $249,620

Congresswoman Aumua Amata, has announced that the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration (HHS) has awarded American Samoa a grant of $249,620 for energy assistance. 

Contestants benefit from MASI seminars

The five contestants for the Miss American Samoa Pageant have benefited from seminars organized by the Miss American Samoa Incorporated to raise their awareness about various issues that they would likely have to deal with. 

Closure of fishing grounds helping foreign competitors

Owners of StarKist Samoa, say the National Marine Fisheries Service needs to recognize the unique nature of American Samoa’s small and developing economy.   

Puerto Rico's problems affecting sale of B Series bond

The sale of the bond series intended to finance the government’s charter bank is affected by the financial challenges in Puerto Rico. 

Council asks DOJ to provide money from fines to AS

The US Department of Justice has yet to determine a fine for one of the Tri Marine International purse seiner that is believed to have violated anti pollution regulations while docked in Pago Pago Harbor a few months ago. 

All Stars ready to rock the house

The West Aoast Samoan All Stars...some of the island’s top musicians who made American Samoa’s night club and bar scene the envy of the Pacific in the 1970's and 80's.  

Six elementary schools piloted for WASC accreditation

Six public elementary schools are being piloted for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accrediting process. 

ASPA gets grant from USEPA for Ofu generator

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $42,201 to the American Samoa Power Authority to replace a diesel generator with an all-electric generator on the Island of Ofu. 

Small Business Incubator will soon open at Fagatogo marketplace

The ASG Small Business Incubator will soon open at the Fagatogo marketplace.

Local seafood vendors recognized for data collection

Forty-one restaurants, stores and hotels which sell seafood were recognized by the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council today for participating in data collection efforts. 

AG will not appeal ALJ ruling in amnesty case

The immigration sponsor for Philippines citizen Merilee Gumanab has been informed that the Attorney General’s Office will not appeal the decision by Administrative Law Judge Toetagata Albert Mailo to overturn the Immigration Board’s denial of her amnesty application.

Illegal Fishing Bill passes Senate, goes to President

The US Senate has passed legislation to crack down on illegal fishing, sending the House-passed measure to President Obama for his signature.  

DOH will do follow up inspection of Customs Office

The Department of Health is scheduled to conduct another inspection of the Customs Office next week to check on clean up by the agency to remove unsanitary conditions in the building.

Industrial Gases has eye on super alia

The President and CEO of Industrial Gases, Peter Crispin, is hopeful that some of the funding made available for construction of the super alia will remain in the territory.  

ASPA delivers fuel to Manu'a

The American Samoa Power Authority managed to deliver diesel to power generators in Manu’a early this week.  

Total WPFMC funding for longliner dock is $130,000

A $50,000 check that the Western Pacific fishery Management Council presented  to Port Administration yesterday is just a portion of total funding that the Council has committed to build a dock for longliners. 

ASG to readvertise bids for design of super alia

A project that the Lolo Lemanu administration is embarking on is the construction fo super alia that would be able to travel longer distances and with larger capacity, 

Messianic minister lends voice to breaking the silence

The keynote speaker for the Day of the Girl celebration on Saturday and other activities for Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an author, teacher, actress, producer and survivor of child abuse and rape. 

Congresswoman disappointed with NOAA

Congresswoman Aumua Amata says she’s extremely disappointed in the decision from NOAA to deny Tri Marine’s petition for emergency rule on the purse seine fishing effort int eh high seas.  

Togiola comments on ASG move to pull out from ASH Cable

With Governor Lolo Moliga moving to divest ASG's shares in the American Samoa Hawaii Cable company, KHJ News sought comments from former Governor Togiola Tulafono concerning the move. 

A four story, 250-room hotel on the horizon

A Request for Proposals has been issued for a major tourism development project  in the territory.

USEPA sponsors workshop for wastewater operators & managers

A two day workshop for wastewater operators and managers, sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency opened this morning at Sadies by the Sea.  

Senior citizens insist on food vouchers, not meals

Senior citizens got an audience with Congresswoman Aumua Amata on Monday at the TAOA Office in Pago Pago.  

No objections to relocation of fuel tanks

There were no objections to the relocation of fuel tanks from the airport parking lot to the east side of the airport adjacent to the Veterans Monument.  

Purse seiners will continue to fish but...

The president of the American Tunaboat Association Brian Hallman says the ban on high seas fishing is very costly to US purse seiners, and while they will continue to fight on, at some point boat owners cannot continue to lose money and stay in business.

Lemanu tells Council to consider people's wishes

Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga’s  message to the group that regulates fishing for US territories and Hawaii is that solutions intended for the mainland may not work in small island states. 

Court accepts plea agreement for sex offender

The High Court has accepted a plea agreement for Tau Malae, who was charged with sexual offences involving his wife’s two nieces from Samoa. 

FASE President seeks answers about teachers reclassification

What‘s happened to the reclassifaction for teachers and educators that should have gone into effect in Fiscal Year 2016? 

Advisory Panel urges NMFS to expedite analysis

The American Samoa Advisory Panel for the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council has drawn up several recommendations which the Council will review. 
Attorney Eric Seitz

Family of man who died in police custody sues HPD

The family of Sheldon Haleck who died after he was arrested in downtown Honolulu in March has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging police misconduct and a cover-up regarding the man's death. 

WIC advises clients about Cheerios recall

The American Samoa Women Infant and Children Program is advising clients that some cereal boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios and Original Cheerios have been mislabeled on certain dates. 

Vendors complain about port & tourism standoff

Cruise ship vendors are not happyabout being relocated from the main dock to the Fagatogo malae.

BYU team is here to help players and coaches

Some top brass from the Athletics Department of Brigham Young University, Utah are on island on a mission of giving.  
Joe Hamby, far right

Tri Marine disappointed with NMFS decision

The decision by the National Marine Fisheries Service not to issue an emergency rule to exempt purse seiners that deliver at least half of their catch to the local canneries from the ban on fishing in the high seas, puts fish supply for the canneries in jeopardy.

Samoan West Coast All Stars are here for Samoana Jazz Fest

Names that were synonymous with the band scene in the territory  in the 1970’s and 80’s are back to perform in the second annual Samoana Jazz festival happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

Jurors dismissed after defendant enters plea agreement

Jurors picked for the case of 27 year- old Arona Amituana’i on charges of resisting arrest, assault and public peace disturbance were dismissed this morning after the prosecution and defense reached a plea agreement.   

Industrial Gases builds new charter boat

This Friday Industrial Gases will put to the water the newest product manufactured at its Tafuna plant. a charter vessel that's entirely built by locals.  

NMFS not issuing rule to exempt purse seiners from fishing ban

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) will not issue an emergency rule to exempt U.S. purse seiners that deliver at least half of their catch to the local canneries from the ban on fishing in the high seas or area known as the Effort Limit Area for Purse Seine (ELAPS).

Port Director responds to favoritism charge

Port Director Taimalelelagi Dr Claire Poumele admits that she asked to designate an area for a vendor who has special needs, and this was to ensure easy access to restrooms. 

Access to fishing grounds on agenda of WPFMC

Access to fishing grounds for American tuna boats is one of the main topics concerning American Samoa on the agenda of the 164th meeting of the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council which will be held tomorrow and Thursday at Lee Auditorium. 

Governor Lolo is in Honolulu for meetings

Governor Lolo Moliga left the territory last night for meetings in Honolulu.  

Seven alia pass Coast Guard safety inspections

October 15 was the effective date for Coast Guard regulations requiring all commercial vessels that operate beyond 3 nautical miles from shore to undergo a safety examination.  

No delivery for School Lunch Program in Manu'a

The Department of Education has not been able to deliver food supplies for the School Lunch Program to Manu’a.  

Mase says Governor Lolo is modern era Rex Lee

Leone High School’s 50th jubilee celebration ended on a high note with many attributing the overall success to the organizing committee led by LHS Alumni Association President Pogia Tusipasi Suiaunoa. 

Lutu-Sanchez & Feliciano serve as advisers to WCPFC

The President of tautai Fisheries and longline association Christina lutu Sanchez and Association member Edgar Feliciano have been appointed a member of the 2015-2016 Permanent Advisory Committee (PAC) to the U.S. Section of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission.

Man arraigned on sex charges involving 12 year old

A 56-year-old man accused in a child molestation incident during the White Sunday weekend was arraigned in High Court this morning.  

HTC Lealofi Uiagalelei is new Election Commissioner

Governor Lolo Moliga has selected High Talking Chief Uiagalelei Dr. Lealofi Uiagalelei as the new Chief Election Officer.  

Concern that fisheries facilities in Manu'a not used

The Executive Director of the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council Kitty Simonds says the Council is concerned that facilities like ice making machines and freezers in Manu’a which the Council funded are not being utilized. 

CIO explains missing file for defendant

Chief Immigration Officer Tamasa Dennis Lutu told the court Friday that the immigration file for defendant Nikolao Kuka is in archives. 

Polynesian Airlines to start flights to NZ in November

Polynesian Airlines starts its international flights from Apia to Auckland next month. 

Chamber members not impacted by wage hike

The Chamber of Commerce says there doesn’t appear to be much impact of the 40 cent increase in the minimum wage on their members, with the exception of the canneries. 

Fishers Forum draws large crowd

The 2015 Fishers Forum Day Saturday was everything about fish and fishing – from how it’s done to who does it. 

Hope House receives new hospital beds from Rotary Club

Hope House has received ten brand new hospital beds donated by the Pago Pago Rotary Club, with assistance from businessman Manu’a Chen who helped sourced the beds and arranged the freight. 

ASHC CEO says ASG should re-consider

The President and CEO of American Samoa Hawaii cable , ASHC, the company that is managing the undersea fiber optic cable which currently connects the two Samoa and Hawaii , says they have received ASG’s request to withdraw from the company.

Sen. Laolagi Vaeao weighs in on Governor's comments

Senator Laolagi Vaeao has spoken up regarding statements by Governor Lolo Moliga regarding the Fono moving to become full time so it can be stronger and fully independent. 

ASVB says there was favoritism in space allocation on dock

The Interim Chairman of the Board of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau, Roy Hall Jr. says that vendors who complained about favoritism with the allocation of tent space at the main dock for yesterday’s cruise ship were correct. 

High school teacher jailed for 7 years

A high school music teacher Lose Auvaa begins serving a seven year jail term today for having sex with a 16 year old girl who was his student at Fagaitua High School. 

Asst. Sec Kia'aina proposes solution to Manu'a air service

Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina today sent a letter to U.S. Senate and House congressional leadership proposing draft legislation to improve transportation within the U.S. territory of American Samoa.   

Multi-language Billie Sipili reflects on LHS days

One of the many Leone High School alumni who traveled from off island for the school's 50th anniversary is military retiree Billie Sipili Sipiliano. 

Fishers Forum promises lots of fun and prizes

The main dock is the place to be tomorrow for the Fishers Forum Day on American Samoa Fisheries. 

Court fines Chief Immigration Officer $1000 for contempt

Chief Immigration Officer Tamasa Dennis Fuimaono has been slapped with a $1,000 fine for contempt of court while his step son and IT manager for the Immigration office Lawrence Apo has been fined $500. 

Galea'i: It's up to the people to decide

Senator Galeai Tuufuli says it’s up to the people of American Samoa to decide if the Fono  should operate year round.  
Image #: 20667743 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) waits to be photographed with newly re-elected Speaker of the House John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) for the reenactment of her swearing in on the first day of the 113th Congress, Washington, D.C., Thursday, Janu

Republican Party wants DNC Chair to apologize to Rep. Gabbard

The Republican Party of American Samoa demands Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz apologize to Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii).

Lions having the time of their lives

Despite foul weather the Leone Lions 50th anniversary celebration has had great attendance and alumni from here and off island have had the times of their lives.   

Hearing next Wednesday on relocation of fuel tanks

The Project Notification and Review System Board (PNRS) which reviews applications for land use permits, is holding a public hearing next Wednesday on the relocation of fuel tanks from one part of the airport to the east end, adjacent to the Veterans Monument.

Chamber of Commerce meets with Congresswoman

Business owners and managers got to hear how Congresswoman Aumua Amata  pushed through an amendment to the minimum wage bill and got it passed by both the House and Senate.


Sen. Galea'i says Fono's power is in the Constitution

Senator Galeai Tuufuli is taking issue with Governor Lolo Moliga’s reference to the Fono being a part time legislature and suggests that the governor go back and read the Constitution.

School Lunch supplies run out for Olosega Elementary

Parents of elementary school children in Ofu and Olosega say they have been informed that beginning tomorrow their children have to bring water and food to school because there will be no meals served. 

Leone Alumni pump money in the economy

Leone High School’s Alumni Association President, Pogia Suiaunoa estimates that at least a quarter of a million dollars has been spent on the schools 50th anniversary since they started planning earlier this year. 

Five species proposed for protection face extinction

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting members of the public to provide information on the five bird, bat and snail species which are proposed for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.  

Customer files complaint about ANZ to Federal Reserve

An ANZ Bank customer who believes the bank should pay for overdraft charges that he says were the result of ANZ duplicating charges on point of sale terminals last month, has filed a complaint with the Federal Reserve.  

Bench warrant issued for man who hasnt paid restitution

A bench warrant is being issued for a man who finished serving jail time but has not paid a cent of restitution as part of his sentence in the theft of fuel from oil company BP Oil several years ago. 

No overfishing of bottomfish in territories

The Scientific and Statistical Committee, a group of renowned fishery scientists who advise the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, concluded its two-day meeting in Honolulu  by setting the 2016 and 2017 acceptable biological catches (ABCs) for bottomfish in the US territories of American Samoa, Guam and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

Port allows vendors on the main dock

Vendor tents were allowed to set up at the main dock today for the arrival of the cruise ship Dawn Princess. 

ASTCA boosts bandwidth by 30%

On October 1st, the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA) and O3b Networks (O3b) initiated the first in a series of bandwidth boosts since the local telecommunications provider went live with O3b Network’s Service earlier this year.

Info on bird, bat & snails proposed for protection

Officials from the Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office under the Department of Interior’s U.S Fish & Wildlife Service are on island to solidify plans to list five species from American Samoa as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

Ed Imo to be inducted into SDSU Aztec Hall of Fame

Ed Imo will be among five athletes to be inducted into the San Diego State University Aztec Hall fo Fame later this month. 

Governor suggests that Fono become full time

“I encourage the Fono to seek a court ruling on the line item veto.” 

OpenVista EHR expanded to other LBJ & DOH clinics

Medsphere the leading provider of affordable and interoperable healthcare IT platform solutions, today announced that the company’s OpenVista® electronic health record (EHR) is live throughout the American Samoa healthcare system.  

DHR Director says their operation is like a business

Hiring, ghost employees, federally funded positions, overtime, harassment in the workplace, pay increments and military leave were among  issues that the Director of Human Resources, Sonny Thompson covered  in a presentation at Friday’s cabinet meeting.

Grant will be used to start hydroponic farms

Non profit organization, Pacific Youth and Community Development, will use a $400,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to develop hydroponic farms in the territory. 

Governor Lolo wants ASG out of ASHC

Governor Lolo Moliga wants ASG out of American Samoa Hawaii Cable, the company which oversees and manages the undersea fiber optic cable in which $9 million of public money was invested. 

Governor says you cant pay increments with figures

At Friday’s cabinet meeting, Director of Education Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau asked about pay increments for ASG employees.

Hand washing with soap saves lives

Hand washing with soap is a lifesaving but often ignored health measure in the Pacific says the United Nations Children’s & Emergency Fund or UNICEF.  

Customs move to Lumana'i Building on hold

The Department of Health closed signs are posted on the Customs Office down stairs in the Port Administration Building, after an inspection yesterday found the office infested with rats.  

Rain and winds will linger for rest of week

Heavy rainfall early this morning caused a landslide in Afono and streams in Aua and Leloaloa to overflow. 

Immigration Board votes 4-2 for appeal of ALJ ruling

The Immigration Board voted 4-2 to appeal the decision by Administrative Law Judge Toetagata Albert Mailo to reverse the board’s denial of Merilee Gumanab’s application for immigration amnesty. 

Covenant Keeper project will train service providers for elderly

Local non profit organization Pacific Youth Community Development is excited about being awarded a five year grant of $460,000 per year by the Administration for Native Americans.


Man arrested for sexual contact with 12 year-old

The day before White Sunday, a 12 year old girl was allegedly sexually abused by a 57-year-old man in Poloa village. 

Retirement Fund audit will be conducted by Squirre

Auditors from the Utah-based firm, Squirre, should be arriving next week to conduct an audit focusing on the Executive Director of the Retirement Fund Luatua Filisouaiga Taafua. 

Circuit Court Judge Fa'auuga To'oto'o here for LHS 50th

The first US Circuit Court Judge of Samoan ancestry is home after so many years.Judge Fa’au’uga La’ititi To’oto’o is here to celebrate his alma mater Leone High School’s golden jubilee.

Attorney for murder defendant still waiting for police report

The attorney for murder defendant Michael Schuster, Sharron Rancourt,  has asked the court to compel the government to turn over the police report of the incident involving her client.  

Miss American Samoa contestants on the radio circuit

The five contestants who’ve put up their hands for the 2015 Miss American Samoa Pageant got a taste of public speaking as guests of the Samoa Sunrise Show Friday.  

Top teacher hopes to inspire students & peers

Territorial Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016, Mrs. Rosita Esene Sola or Miss Rosita to her students, hopes she is an inspiration to her peers just as other teachers have inspired her.  At her school,  

Fono delegation travels to Samoa

House Speaker Savali  Talavou Ale is leading a group of lawmakers and staffers on an official trip to Samoa to learn about the workings of Samoa’s Parliament and discuss issues of mutual interest. 

Customs Office closed due to rat infestation

The Customs Office on the main dock has been forced to close down by the Department of Heallth due to rat infestation.  

Cabinet given 'dos and donts' of budget process

It was like Budget 101 at last Friday’s cabinet meeting when Budget Director Catherine Saelua gave a lengthy presentation on the dos and donts of the budgetary process as ASG begins a new fiscal year.  

Amata slams AP, Washington Post

The island delegates to Congress have long taken their share of abuse from the national media…some feel, for too long.  

Governor brings up Fono's treatment of cabinet members

Governor Lolo Moliga has urged directors to do their best to make the Fono understand what the executive is doing. 

CJ: Someone in the executive should act on Immigration

Chief Justice Michael Kruse says someone in leadership in the executive must do something about immigration and not pretend there’s nothing wrong. 

Golden jubilee celebration for Leone High School begins

Leone High School, Home of the Mighty Lions, was a site of celebration yesterday as current and former students gathered for a church service to open their school's 50th anniversary celebration.  

Directors violating travel policy

Directors have been told before about the rules of ASG travel. 

Man starts serving sentence for felony driving

Matthew Asuega begins serving a 90 day jail sentence for felony driving today.

Spread of dengue fever wanes

There were only four cases of dengue fever seen at the LBJ Hospital from September 28 to October 4.   

Boat with Asian crew runs aground in Falealupo

A boat that has ran aground at Falealupo, on the most western part of Savai’i Island of the Samoan group is suspected of fishing in Samoan waters illegally. 

Man spends 5 weekends in jail for probation violation

The High Court didn’t revoke probation as the prosecution recommended but has ordered that Keith Talosaga spend the next five weekends in jail for violating terms of his probation. 

Fishers Forum next Saturday at main dock

A Fishers Forum is happening next Saturday, October 17 at the main dock in Fagatogo.


White Sunday shopping not as busy

The shopping rush was on for White Sunday today but according to retailers 

Agriculture gets $250,000 grant from USDA

The Department of Agriculture has been awarded a grant of $250,040 by the US Department of Agriculture to support local specialty crop initiatives.  

Birds, snails and bat proposed for protection

Several animals American Smaoa are being proposed for protection under the Endangered Species Act.  

ASCC showcases films and jazz this month

Film and music takes center stage at the American Samoa Community College this month. 
Photo: Chris Bullinger

Honoring the children on White Sunday

Singing, scripture verses and bringing to life some of the ancient characters of the Bible will be the highlight of the special Sunday honoring children in Samoa.

House Committee approves territorial waters protection

A bill that includes an amendment by Congresswoman Aumua Amata for protection of territorial waters from federal regulations has been approved by the House Natural Resources Committee.  

Governor anxious to move on setting up charter bank

Governor Lolo Moliga says he’s hoping that the remaining bond series of the American Samoa Economic Development Authority will be sold soon so that the government can move on setting up the Territorial Bank of American Samoa.  

ASCC library helps sociolinguistic research

A PhD student from Germany Mrs Anja Auer has been interviewing students of the American Samoa Community College as part of a sociolinguistic project focusing on the interplay between the indigenous culture and use of the English language in American Samoa.

Epidemiologist says benchmarks for data weren't met

Members of the House Health Committee have urged Director of Health Motusa Tuileama Nua to move quickly to correct problems with federal grants so that employees who were recently released can return to worK.

President signs bill to increase minimum wage in AS

President Barak Obama yesterday signed H.R.2617, the bill increasing the minimum wage in American Samoa by 40 cents per hour. 

"Do the Right Thing" takes petition to Hawaii

The citizens group, "Do the Right Thing" will present its petition to the Navy Federal Credit Union management in Hawaii requesting that it open a local branch.  

Onesosopo Park awaits $200,000 upgrade

It wont be quite like the Veterans Memorial Stadium but when the upgrade to Onesosopo Park is completed, Parks and Recreation Director Tamaaiga Pili Gaoteote says the east side park will have most of the amenities of the stadium in Tafuna  

Rotary Club gets swimming pool project underway

The architect of the Rotary Club of Pago Pago‘s community cwimming pool  and one of the longest serving Rotarians, Joe Weilemann, concedes that they nearly gave up on the project.  

Director says he's responsible

Director of Health Motusa Tuileama Nua has taken responsibility for problems which has forced DOH to release nearly 200 employee who had been hired as On the Job trainees for the Home Visiting Program. 

Amata raises concerns about credit card chip

Congresswoman Aumua Amata, and the House Committee on Small Business conducted a hearing yesterday to examine the upcoming Europay, Mastercard, Visa (EMV) chip deadline.
Faafoi Palepua with Samoa PM

Deputy GM at StarKist Samoa moves to STP

The Deputy General Manager of StarKist Samoa Faafoi Palepua is leaving StarKist to join Samoa Tuna Processors.  

Fotu delivers White Sunday cargo to Manu'a

White Sunday cargo for Manu’s was shipped on the Samoa Government vessel Fotu o Samoa last night however the most needed commodity in all of Manu’a now, gasoline,  could not be taken on the boat. 

PITA discusses brain drain in ICT sector

Discussion at one of the sessions for the Pacific Island telecommunication Association ‘s Forum concerned the brain drain in the Information Communication technology sector in the region. 

Community swimming pool gets underway

After more than ten years on the drawing board, the Rotary Club of Pago Pago is getting the community swimming pool project off the ground. 

Senate decides to challenge Governor's line item veto

At a discussion on Monday, Senate President Gaoteote Palaie and senators who attended a hearing of the Senate Government Operations Committee resolved to take Governor Lolo Moliga to court over his line item veto of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget. 

ParkS & Rec Director changes mind about resignation

The Director of Parks and Recreation Tamaaiga Pili Gaoteote has accepted Governor Lolo Moliga’s request that he remain in the position and complete the administration’s plans for improvement of park facilities in the territory.  

Pago PTA starts sewing class

Parents who drop their children off at school then wait around until school's finished to pick them up are making using of that waiting time to learn a new skill...sewing.  

BlueSky explains cause of phone problems

BlueSky Communications has come forward to explain why calls from BlueSky phones to American Samoa Telecommunications Authority phones were not connecting Monday and yesterday. 

Man facing sex charges found not guilty

A man who was tried for sex charges involving his sister in law, a minor, has been acquitted. 

ASTCA, Pacific's 1st Ubiquitous fiber service provider

The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority highlighted the almost $100 million Broadband Linking American Samoa Territory project in its country report at the Pacific Island Telecommunications Association Forum. 

Governor signs bill removing age limit for judges

A bill that removes the age limit for temporary associate judges has been signed into law.  

No vendor tents at malae & dock for Volendam

There were no tents for vendors to sell their handicrafts, clothing and wares for the tourists when the cruise ship Volendam called into port this morning. 

Directors refuse to leave Retirement Fund Board meeting

The Chairman of the Retirement Fund Board told a hearing of the Senate Government Operations Committee yesterday that a meeting of the board held last week became contentious when he asked two cabinet members on the board to excuse themselves voluntarily.

PITA President says collaboration can help reduce costs

The President of the Pacific Island Telecommunications Association Ivan Fong of Fiji says the organization is well aware that communications costs in this part of the world are high.  

Governor comments on release of DOH employees

Governor Lolo Moliga says he gave the orders to the Director of Health to release employees paid with federal grants that are in trouble until unresolved issues with the grantor have been addressed. 

Filipino woman still waiting for ID card

Philippine citizen Merlie Gumanab , who won her petition against the Immigration Board and the American Samoa Government to reverse the Immigration Board’s denial of her amnesty application has yet to be issued an Immigration ID card. 

USEPA awards $2.2 million for American Samoa

The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA), will receive over $2.2 million to fund air, water, and land inspections, monitor the safety of beaches and drinking water, clean-up sites contaminated by waste, and respond to emergencies. The A
PITA President Fong with Samoan Affairs

Lt Governor tells PITA to keep it simple

Delegates to the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA) Conference have been reminded that technological advancements must be applied with consideration of the economies, culture and locations of the markets in this region.   

Chairman vows he's not stalling Retirement Fund audit

The Chairman of the Retirement Fund Board Vaanatiu Toafala Iafeta says it was on his instructions that the Acting Executive Director of the Retirement Fund Caroline Wendt advised off island auditors to hold off on their travel plans to American Samoa.

Customer says ANZ should pay for overdraft

There’s more complaints about the duplicate charges by ANZ Bank for non ANZ cards used to make bill payments and pay for shopping at local ANZ EFTPOS terminals. 

Health Occupations Students of America at ASCC

The American Samoa Area Health Education Center (ASAHEC) is pleased to announce its efforts to launch the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Association and support the affiliation of local HOSA chapters in schools.

Manu Samoa winger suspended for 5 weeks

Samoan winger Alesana Tuilagi has been suspended for five weeks for an act of foul play during their Rugby World Cup game against Japan at the weekend.   

PTA fills a need that DOE couldnt

The PTA of Coleman Elementary School in Pago Pago has donated benches and tables for the school’s library.  

We're sorry all circuits are busy now

Since yesterday it’s been impossible for BlueSky phones to connect with American Samoa Telecommunication Authority (ASTCA) phones and vice versa.  

PITA Forum begins this morning at Lee Auditorium

The annual meeting of the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association gets underway this morning at the Lee Auditorium.  

Rain welcomed but we're not out of the woods yet

That is rain on dry ground and we’ll need lots of it to break the drought conditions that we’re in now going on three months.  

Policy suspends payment of employees when drawdowns are late

The governor is getting tough with departments that are late in getting reimbursements for federal grants to cover ASG funds to pay for employees and services that the grants are intended for.