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Governor & First Lady to attend Samoa Independence

Governor Lolo Moliga departs Sunday to attend Samoa’s 54th anniversary of independence celebration. 

Samoa deals with cyber space crime

A phone company in Samoa has a new plan to help prevent violence among young people due to comments on social media platforms. 


Our youth as cultural ambassadors in Guam

American Samoa’s delegation to the 12 Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam is showing other island countries represented that our youth are also practitioners and guardians of our culture and traditions.

Last night was the  premiere performance of the Faasao Marist Cultural group in Guam, and the response from the crowd was evidence that the high school students had won

SOFIA donates $2000 to Hope House

The Sosaiete o Faafafine i Amerika Samoa has continued its tradition of giving to the elderly mothers and fathers and children with severe disabilities residing at Hope House. 

House version of Defense bill passes with Amata amendment

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), that Congress has passed  included language introduced by Congresswoman Aumua Amata.  

Hope 4 Cancer sets up branch in Samoa

A US organization that is at the forefront of alternative and natural treatments for cancer, Hope 4 Cancer, is setting up a branch in Samoa.    
Photo Pacific Daily News

American Samoa attracts attention in Guam

The American Samoa group is already turning heads at the Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam.  

Five years in jail for first offender

A first time offender begged the court  for a chance to return to his job and earn money to take care of his parents and serve his family. 

Oustanding ASCC students recognized at banquet

Outstanding academic achievement was recognized at the Americna asmoa Community college banquet held a week before the college graduation.  

Basic infection control procedures not followed

Inadequate infection control in the Dialysis Unit of the LBJ Hospital is an outstanding deficiency that the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services found in its re visit survey of LBJ hospital last year.  

Canoes, conch shells, chants in traditional welcome

It's a love affair whose roots date back twelve years ago.

Territory honors its senior citizens

Two lawmakers were among recipients of outstanding awards presented at the Senior Citizens Day celebration at Suiga ula o le Atuvasa in Utulei today. 

Govt witness in robbery gets sentencing option

A co-defendant in the 2014 Gold Conda robbery, who was given the nick name "Candyman," was sentenced by the High Court this morning to 9 years in jail. 

NOAA to attempt removal of grounded boat

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has contracted T&T Salvage, LLC, to assist local contactors with efforts to remove a stranded fishing vessel offshore of Aunu’u within National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa. 

Leone native in Guam detailed to AS delegation

A Leone native who's a Lt. with the Guam Fire Department, Dean Aigamaua, couldn’t believe his luck!  

A night of opera a smashing success

The music of Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and other classical composers filled the Lee Auditorium last night in the first of its kind event, a night of opera...a benefit concert for the Red Cross. 

Plea deal rejected for man who forced wife to have sex

Chief Justice Michael Kruse today rejected a plea bargain for Aska Faleali’i Laulu who faces multiple charges, and set a date for his trial.  

Report from 12th Festival of Pacific Arts, Guam

Any journey or mission that is prayed for and supported ends well. And so it is with the journey of American Samoa’s delegation to the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam which departed the territory yesterday. 

Honoring our senior citizens, the trailblazers

Today the territory honors our senior citizens, the trailblazers of our society. 
ANZ Center, Melbourne, Australia

ANZ drops fees for transfers in some countries

The ANZ Bank says it is cutting fees on international money transfers from New Zealand to Vanuatu, Samoa and Tonga. 

And they've left on a United Airlines jet

Shortly after noon today, a United Airlines Boeing 737 jet with a full load of passengers took off from Pago Pago International Airport. 

Rotary Club donates blankets, sheets, towels to LBJ

The LBJ hospital will be flush with close to two thousand pounds of new blankets, bed sheets and bath towels thanks to the Rotary Club Of Pago Pago. 

Hokule'a arrives in D.C. to Pacific welcome

Congresswoman Aumua Amata, welcomed the Polynesian voyaging canoe, Hokule'a, as it made its way to Washington D.C. via the Potomac River. 

LBJ CEO says LBJ finances not critical

When he  discussed the status of the LBJ Hospital at the cabinet meeting this week, CEO Taufetee John Faumuina , said  hospital finances were at a manageable level.  

Am Samoa group leaves for PacFest Guam

American Samoa ‘s delegation to the Pacific Arts Festival in Guam leave this morning on a chartered United Airlines aircraft.  

LBJ awaits decision from CMS

The LBJ  Hospital is awaiting word from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services on whether its Plan of Corrections to address deficiencies and non compliance conditions for Medicare coverage meets the federal agency’s satisfaction.

ASTCA Board conveys condolences

The Board of Directors of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority yesterday conveyed its heartfelt and sincere condolences to ASTCA CEO Alex Sene, Jr., upon the recent passing of his father Aleki Sene, Sr., ASTCA's CEO for many years. 
Photo Mrs. Etenauga Lutu

A night of opera to aid Red Cross

It’s  night of opera tonight at the Lee Auditorium, a benefit concert by Maestro Poe Mageo and his Dancing Fingers  students in aid of the Red Cross.  

Latest funding source for LBJ: ASEDA

The LBJ Hospital can look forward to getting a $2.97 million cash infusion from a new benefactor, the American Samoa Economic Development Authority.

LBJ morgue is full, some bodies "forgotten"

According to LBJ CEO Taufetee John Faumuina Jr,. the hospital morgue is full to capacity.  

Burglar charged in three incidents

A burglar who was nabbed by a homeowner in Petesa over the weekend faces charges for three separates incidents.

ASCC Law Justice Club honors officers

The Law Justice Club (LJC), one of the student organizations at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC), held its first Award Banquet to honor the achievements of members and to bid farewell to graduating officers and members. 

Hawaiian Air pilots vote for strike action

Hawaiian Airline pilots have authorized their union representatives to call for a strike if contract talks don't end in a new collective bargaining agreement. 

Governor praises ASEDA as key to future

While critics are worried about the ability of ASG to raise enough revenue to repay investors for the American Samoa Economic Development Authority bonds, and maintain normal operations and services, Governor Lolo Moliga is hailing bond financing as the key to the territory’s future.  

'No special treatment for immigration chief'

The Commissioner of Public Safety has dismissed suggestions that Chief Immigration Officer Tamasa Dennis Lutu is getting special treatment at the Territorial Correctional Facility.  

Japanese delegation to explore business in Samoa

A group of business people from Japan will be visiting Samoa in July in a move to develop and secure partnerships with local businesses. 

Utu says ASPA needs $160 m to fix water problem

The Executive Director of the American Samoa Power Authority Utu Abe Malae told the cabinet yesterday that a five year plan by ASPA to fix the root of the water problem which led to the boil water notice would cost $160 million. 

Governor pays tribute to "Father of Communications"

Governor Lolo Moliga has expressed profound sadness at the passing of "a true public servant icon, who’s every action was motivated nto by personal gains but by the impact and effect of his work imporving the quality of the lives of our people."

KHJ News intern Karlinna Sanchez to D.C. media conference

Karlinna Sanchez, a student at Samoana High School, who has been an intern at KHJ News for the past several months, has been selected to represent American Samoa as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2016 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University.

OIA announces new funding for renewable energy

There’s new funding from the Department of Interior, Office of Insular Affairs for renewable energy projects in American Samoa, Northern Marianas and the Virgin Islands. 

Pacific churches urge dialogue on Islam issue

The Pacific Conference of Churches says dialoguing with other religions was a key resolution at its most recent assembly, in the wake of calls in Samoa to ban Islam. 

Tapaau:the term 'self-determination' often misinterpreted

The head of the ASG office of Political Status, Constitutional Review and Federal Relations, Tapaau Dr. Dan Aga gave a briefing for the cabinet today of the roles and responsibilities of the agency, a division of the Governor’s Office. 

Governor asks for prayers for Mrs Pohakalani Mauga

Governor Lolo has asked the cabinet for prayers for Ms. Pohakalani Mauga, wife of Lt. Governor Lemanu Sialega Palepoi Mauga. 

Defendant in Aute raid gets 8 yrs

A man arrested and charged from a police raid of the Aute Sports Club and Bar in Malaeloa last year has been sentenced to 8 years in jail. 

Avele College reopens after two week shut down

Samoa's Avele college, which has many ex students in Americzn Samoa, has reopened with teachers, parents and old pupils planning to enforce new measures to avoid more student violence.

ASG gives Leone $40,000 for Samoa trip

ASG is providing $40,000 to Leone village to help defray their costs to attend Samoa’s Independence celebrations June 1st. 

Local boat Alia wins Steinlager I'a Lapo'a Tourney

The 2016 Steinlager I’a Lapoa Gamefishing Tournament has been a great boost for the economy, but bad for some big fish which couldn’t get away.  

The unspoken covenant of taking care of parents

A panel discussion held yesterday as part of a training program for care givers of elderly mothers and fathers had speakers sharing their experiences as care givers for their parents and grandparents.  

Hearing spotlights VA efforts to prevent suicides among veterans

Congresswoman Aumua Amata, and the House Veterans Affairs Committee conducted a hearing Thursday, to examine the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) efforts to reduce suicide among veterans.

Lt. Vignette Kaltsas has audience with Speaker Savali

The head of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Unit in American Samoa Lt. Vignette Kalstas, who’s leaving the territory this week, had an audience with Speaker of the House, Savali Talavou Ale.  

Government told to explain alternative detention sites

Alatuna Simi, is the defendant in the Gold Conda robbery who turned state witness and was credited by the prosecution for the successful conviction of the alleged ring leader, Samuel Wright. 

CMS questions Medical director's responsibilities

LBJ did not ensure that the medical director responsibilities incuded quality assessment and performance improvemen says, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.  

Tausi Feagaiga begins training for care givers

At a ceremony Saturday evening at Hope House, a project to train caregivers for elderly mothers and fathers titled, Tausi Feagaiga or Covenant Keeper, was launched.  

Burglar caught in the act and arrested

A man who was recently released from the Territorial Correctional Facility, was nabbed by a homeowner in Tafuna when he forced entry at around 5am this past Saturday.

$2.5 million in tax refund checks released Tuesday

Good news from Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a.  The next batch of tax refund checks will be released tomorrow.

L&L say thank you, ask for 2nd term

American Samoa’s governor and lt, governor for the last four years, Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga are asking voters to give them another four years in office. 

Maximum sentence for manslaughter in Futiga

A father of two who was convicted of manslaughter in the death of the matai of his family last year, was today sentenced to 7 years in jail. 

Tri Marine sponsors World Tuna Day Festival

Today marks the beginning of the 5th Annual weekend-long World Tuna Day festival.  

Several extras on group to Guam

Lt. Governor Lemanu Sialega Mauga, First Lady Cynthia Moliga, Secretary of Samoan Affairs Mauga Tasi Ausega and Ms. American Samoa Suluga Taliau are some of the notable names on the list of American Samoa’s delegation to the Pacific Arts Festival in Guam.

Convicted rapist back on island despite ban

A man convicted of three counts of rape, in 2006 and was banned from the territory for 15 years, was in court again today.

Top fireknife dancers battle it out at PCC, Laie

Eighteen fireknife dancers from around the world lit up opening night of the 2016 World Fireknife Championships at the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) last night. 

JROTC cadet suffered hip injury

A JROTC cadet from Tafuna High School who was medivaced to Samoa on a Polynesian Airlines charter paid by the Department of Education is reported to have suffered a dislocated hip. 

Some impressive boats in the fishing tourney

After two days of no fishing due to foul weather, anglers in the 2016 Steinlager I'a Lapo'a Gamefishing Tournament  will be out today trying to make up for lost time. 

Mr. Aleki Sene Sr. passes away

A man whose name is etched in American Samoa’s history as the person responsible for making American Samoa the leader in telecommunications in the Pacific in the 1970s to the 1990’s.

Dialysis Unit risks losing CMS certification

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid has determined that the  dialysis facility at the LBJ Hospital no longer meets the requirements of the Medicare Program.   

USDOL expects ASG to pay $300,000 in DPS overtime

The US Department of Labor has verbally informed ASG it must pay nearly $300,000 in overtime pay for police officer for Fiscal Year 2015.  

Ituau District has highest attack rate of Zika

The highest attack rate of Zika according to the latest stats from the Department of Health is Ituau District.  

Samoa police confirm death related to FaceBook

Police have confirmed the death of a 16-year-old boy following an argument alleged to have been fueled by social media messages on Facebook. 

DOH a recipient of DHHS Pacific Basin grant

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has issued a Pacific Basin Program grant in the amount of $2,940,070 to the American Samoa Department of Health. 

Leone Village confirmed to entertain in Samoa

Leone Village will be entertaining for Samoa’s Independence Day celebrations on June 1st. 

NOAA takes over removal of grounded vessel

The US Coast Guard has transferred jurisdiction of the salvage operation for the fishing vessel #1 Ji Hyun that has been grounded near Aunuu island since April 15, to NOAA and the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa. 

Report: if done right tuna can earn $344 million /yr

A new World Bank report says better management of tuna fisheries can help Pacific countries earn up to $US344 million annually. 
Photo: Univ of Michigan

National media spotlight Coach Harbaugh coming here

When  a top notch football coach comes to town the national press follows.  
Vets & young fishermen

Ia Lapoa tourney suspended due to weather

This third day of the Steinlager I’a Lapo’a Game Fishing Tounament was supposed to be Ladies Day however organizers said yesterday that there would be no fishing today because the weather will be worse than yesterday. 

Future of Avele College uncertain

The future of Avele College remains uncertain as Cabinet gives the Avele College Old Pupil Association (ACOPA) and teachers, until next Monday to come up with a proposal on how fighting can be stopped at the school.

McConnell Dowell awarded contract for Faleasao dredging

Manu’a Rep Vesi Talalelei Fautanu is the bearer of good news.  He’s announced that ASG is awarding a contract for a project that has been on the drawing board for about a decade. 

LBJ certification for Medicare in jeopardy

The LBJ Hospital has until 11 this morning to submit to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, a satisfactory correction plan to address deficiencies some of which were identified  in the 2014 visit by the federal agency and had not been addressed when CMS made a follow up visit last year. 

No leads in death of man found hanging

Almost two weeks after a man’s body was found hanging from a tree by the road leading to the Aute Sports Club which turns off the main road in Futiga and goes inland to Malaeloa.

Coach Jim Harbaugh coming to recruit

American Samoa is where one of the satelite camps for the University of Michigan will be held. 

US Zika advisory mentions American Samoa

US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and the White House are disseminating information about  the Zika virus ahead of the start of summer when there’ll be a lot of people traveling within the United States and abroad.   

Meli Ane Manulo is top nurse grad

A Manumalo graduate inspired by a  sister and  her grandmother who were nurses, topped the latest crop of registered nurses to graduate from the American Samoa Community College Nursing Program.  

Chief Justice expects proof of service for supboena

Chief Justice Michael Kruse is giving the Attorney General's office until November 10th to provide evidence that they did serve the Chief Immigration Officer Tamasa Dennis Lutu with a subpoena for a July 2015 hearing which Tamasa failed to attend.

House advances Amata's Veterans Education Bill

A bill by Congresswoman Aumua Amata Radewagen to boost fairness in veterans licensing charges and related aspects of the G.I. Bill is moving forward. KHJ Washington correspondent Matt Kaye reports:

Tafuna cadet airlifted to Samoa

A student and JROTC Cadet of Tafuna High School was medivaced to Samoa yesterday on a Polynesian Airlines charter. 

Cases of drive-by shooting defendants consolidated

The cases of four  men charged in the  drive-by shooting of the police substation in Leone in 2014 will be consolidated.   
Merimine, daughter of Sau S. Lutu receiving award for her father

Resident FAA Director receives award

The Resident Director of the Federal Aviation Administration Sau Taeletoto Smitty Lutu was recognized for his dedicated service to the federal government at a ceremony At Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu last week.

StarKist helps Feed the Children

StarKist® announces it is joining forces with Feed the Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending child hunger, by donating $100,000. 

Couple not allowed to leave Samoa

A Samoan court won't allow a business couple convicted of fraud charges to leave the country saying there's a high chance they will not return. 

Court accepts plea bargain for forger

The High court has accepted a plea agreement for 20 year old Theresa Luamanu who has been charged with 8 counts of forgery and stealing. 

Your chance to hike the National Park of American Samoa

The National Park of Americqn Samoa will offer free ranger led Saturday hikes from June through August.  

Caps and pins for 20 new nurses

Twenty American Samoa Community College's nursing students will graduate in a capping and pinning ceremony this evening at the Lee Auditorium.

Seeing is believing mental health facility is almost ready

Chief Justice Michael Kruse didn’t want to take ASG officials’ word for it and had to see for himself that the mental facility is ready to house the increasing number of individuals with mental illnesses. 

Unspent $200,000 in DPS budget cant pay overtime

Flag Day 2016 racked up more overtime hours for police many of whom are still waiting to be paid for overtime hours from previous years. 

LBJ Task Force requests bond money for hospital

The Task Force that Governor Lolo Moliga appointed to look at the problems at LBJ Hospital and come up with solutions has made a request to the American Samoa Economic Development Authority Board to allocate some of the bond money for the hospital. 

Woman accuses uncle and sons of assault

A couple and their 14-year-old daughter were treated at the hospital last night for injuries from  a family dispute in the village of Vailoa. 

Climate change forces Solosolo to move inland

The village of Solosolo is moving inland due to the effects of sea level rise which has been hastened by sand mining operations. 

"She was a peacemaker in the family"

The father of Rhonda-lei Lagarejos-Satele, the victim of an incident which police are still investigating, passed away Saturday morning in the Intensive Care Unit of LBJ Hospital.

AG: No discussion to remove Chief Immigration Officer

Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Alo says there's no discussion on removing Chief Immigration Officer Tamasa Dennis Lutu after he serves his sentence for contempt of court.

Congresswoman explains education funding

Congresswoman  Aumua Amata has explained how federal grants are awarded to fund ASG departments and programs.  

Fagatogo fish market reopens

The fish market at the Fagatogo market place is opened for business. 

Training begins for ASIA teachers

Last Saturday was the start of training for teachers from both private and government schools as well as those who wish to teach for the Department of Education's ASIA (Aoga Samoa I Alalafaga) summer program this year. 

Suspected Zika cases up, no change in confirmed case

The number of suspected cases of Zika in the territory reached 569 as of May 6, 2016. 

Immigration Chief jailed for 14 days

Chief Immigration Officer, Tamasa Dennis Fuimaono Lutu was sentenced this morning by Chief Justice Michael Kruse to 14 days imprisonment and a fine of $1,000 for contempt of court order. 

CJ halts any continuance in case of Immigration chief

Chief Justice Michael Kruse has ordered the government to have someone ready today to prosecute the case of Chief Immigration Officer, Tamasa Dennis Lutu.

Young mother who fell from vehicle dies

Rhonda-Lei Lagarejos Satele did not get to spend Mothers Day with those she loved the most.

Final fundraiser for group to PacFest in Guam

American Samoa's 80 strong delegation to the Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam, leave the territory May 20 for the two week fusion of song, dance, art, culture and Pacific people.  

ASVB attends South Pacific Tourism Exchange

For the third year, the American Samoa Visitors Bureau will be attending the South Pacific Tourism Exchange in Queensland, Australia this month. 

Governor: Mothers are a gift from God

Mothers, they’re the first ones to get up in the morning and the last ones to go to bed. 

ASCC almunus to keynote college graduation

Dr. Robin faumuina Vasai, a physician at the VA Clinic and an ASCC alumnus will be the keynote speaker at the spring 2016 Commencement Ceremony at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC).

Samoa commits to convention on rights of the child

Samoa is the first Pacific country to ratify and commit to making their laws conducive to the Convention on the rights of the Child. 

ASLA honors attorneys for service to less fortunate

Three private attorneys were honored by the American Samoa Legal Aid for their services for the less fortunate,

Student participation in SBA test affects grants

The Department of Education and Director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau have an important message for parents of students in levels 3,5,7 and 10. 

Iulogologo says late vendor payments due to depts

For several months now, local and off island vendors have complained about ASG’s inability to pay its bills.   

At last bids awarded for Taputapu Elementary & Poloa ECE

Almost a decade after the 2009 tsunami, construction will start soon on Taputapu Elementary School and the Early Childhood Education Center in the village of Poloa which were completely destroyed by the earthquake-triggered tsunami.

PM chastizes principal, teaches and parents of Avele College

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has criticised the principal, teachers and parents of Avele College students for failing to stop the ongoing violence, which has led to 22 students being charged over the fights. 

USS Spruance calls into port for 3 days

The nNavy has docked. The US Navy Guided Missile Destroyer, the USS Spruance (DDG 111) sailed into  Pago Pago Harbor yesterday afternoon  on a three day visit. 

Elder Otto Vincent Haleck meets US Ambassador in NZ

Elder Otto Vincent Haleck, a General Authority Seventy and first counselor in the Church' iof Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Pacific Area presidency, met yesterday in Wellindton NZ with Mark Gilbert, Ambassador of the United States of America to New Zealand and Samoa.

Twenty-two students charged in school brawls

The police in Samoa have charged 22 students over recent fights involving several schools. 

Polynesian seeks monthy cabotage waiver

Polynesian Airlines is seeking another waiver to continue flights to Manua during the busy graduation season and the start of the summer. 

Concern about pathologist leaving LBJ Hospital

As the LBJ Hospital continues to pay top money to its management team and non medical staff, another doctor is being let go because of “budget constraints.”   

Kiwis send 11 boats to I'a Lapo'a Game Fishing Tournament

A record number of anglers from New Zealand will be competing next week in the 17th Steinlager I'a Lapo'a Game Fishing Tournament.  

ASCC awards scholarships

The Saili le Atamai Scholarship, a $500 award sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA) of the American Samoa Community College, is awarded to  Louwill Cazilo, Maria Ioane, Onosimo Tovola, and Rosalia Taotofi.  

?Porous border...detrimental to security of our citizens"

At a  hearing of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Congresswoman Aumua Amata stressed that federal agencies tasked with keeping the borders secure are doing the job to their fullest capabilities. 

LBJ receives machine for eye surgeries

The LBJ Hospital Eye Clinic now has a machine to perform cataract surgery.  

No bonds for 30-day entry permits

Attorney General Talauega Ale has issued a new directive regarding bonds for 30-day permit visitors.  

Will another country replace US in tuna deal?

The Pacific island countries which are members of the US Pacific Tuna Treaty will be meeting in Vanuatu in a few weeks to discuss the next step in reaching a deal with the United States.   

LBJ's patient census concerns top nurse

The President of the American Samoa Nurses Association Mrs Tofiga Tufele is concerned about the high number of patients being admitted to the LBJ Hospital.

All votes for Mr. Donald Trump

The Republican Party of American Samoa is pledging the votes of all of its nine delegates attending the Republican National Convention to  Donald Trump. 

Assault case reported at Homeland Security

The Department of Human Resources is awaiting a police report concerning an incident in which a contract employee allegedly made threatening remarks and attempted to assault a  senior employee of the Department of Homeland Security.

MV Sili should be on its way to Manu'a soon

There is good news for Manu’atele residents.  

Who hit who in accident involving cop unit?

Butch Folauo'o, an employee of the ASG Sports Complex, has given his version of the accident involving a police motorcycle  on Saturday morning. 

ASLA receives unqualified opinion in 2015 audit

The American Samoa Legal Aid (ASLA)  received an unqualified opinion from its independent auditor Deloitte and Touche for  ASLA’s 2015 annual financial audit and annual compliance audit. 

World Teach volunteer wins SPW marathon

Bad weather did not dampen the high spirits of runners  in the , South Pacific Watersports & Fitness’ 1st Annual Flag Day Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Run this past Saturday.

No progress in latest tuna treaty talks

After another round of negotiations between the United States and Pacific Island parties for a permanent Tuna treaty, the two sides are nowhere close to coming to an agreement.

Vaimalu Vaiau wins internship in DC

American Samoa Community College (ASCC) student Ms. Vaimalu Vaiau  has been accepted  to a 10-week summer internship in Washington D.C. with the national organization Asian Pacific American Advocates, OCA  . Ms. Vaiau’s internship wh

American Red Cross offers help

The American Red Cross has responded to about 20 families who suffered some losses during Cyclone Amos.  

Body found in Leone identified

The body that was found in Leone early Sunday morning is believed to be that of a man from Fagaalu, Kennedy Sasala.  

Tautai rescinds offer to run fish market

Tautai o Samoa Longline and Fishing Association will not operate the Fish Market at the marketplace in Fagatogo.


DPW has busy weekend due to heavy rainfall

The rain was relentless Saturday and Sunday and highways turned into rivers some of which, like in the flooded hotspots of Tafuna and Ottoville, have not receded.  
Artist Setu Alofipo

Selu Alofipo is White House Champ for change

A Samoan, Selu Alofipo of North Salt Lake, Utah is one of the ten individuals from cross the nation  that the  White House will recognize as “White House Champions of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling.

Motorcycle cop involved in Saturday accident

Witnesses report that a police officer was injured in an accident near the Veterans memorial Stadium early Saturday morning.

Suspected Zika cases reaches 541

Here’s The Department of Health’s weekly update of the Zika virus.  

AG puts a stop to confiscation of passports

A memo from Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale  puts to rest a practice which has been going on at Pago Pago International Airport for many months: seizure of passports even for travelers with valid entry permits and travel documents. 

American Samoa benefits from DOI grants

American Samoa is to benefit from grants awarded by the US Department of Interior Office of Insular Affairs for regional efforts. 

Tua'au to help families cope with cost of living

Congressional candidate Tua’au Kereti Matautia believes the government should come up with ways to help families cope with the rising cost of living.  

Cans are top trash collected

Groups participating in the Environmental Protection Agency;s Keep American Samoa Beautiful Program removed a total of 3,223 pounds of trash from roadsides, streams and coastal areas. 

Needed part for MV Sili arriving today

There’s some help on the horizon for Manu’a.   

Celebrate International Jazz Day Saturday

We take you back to the Samoana Jazz and Arts Festival 2015 . 

Fono leaders dont support Retirement hike

The Retirement Fund’s proposal to raise the combined employee and employee contributions by 16% in order to address the unfunded liability of the pension fund is not being well received by government leaders.  

No Fotu o Samoa for Manu'a charters

As the week draws to a close, transportation relief for Manu’a remains elusive.  

Rep Vui seeks enforcement of statute

Tuala-uta Representative Vui Florence Saulo is hopeful that departments which have jurisdiction over land use will enforce existing regulations that can help alleviate flooding of public highways in her district.

Repeat escapee strikes again in Samoa

A repeat escapee from Tafaigata Prison is back behind bars after striking again.  

National Park offers student essay contest

The National Park of American Samoa has launched a youth essay contest that invites local fifth through twelfth grade students to share their National Park of American Samoa story.  

Homeland Security records cyclone damage

As of Wednesday, April 27, the Department of Homeland Secuirty had checked and documented13 homes which suffered some damage from Cyclone Amos over the weekend. 

Girl mauled by dogs in Kokoland

A girl who was attacked by dogs in Kokoland was admitted with serious injuries in the Pediatric Ward at LBJ Hospital. 

Football bug bites NZ

A historic football match between American Samoa and New Zealand at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in June is shaping up nicely.   

3 Wise Cousins have fun, making fun

You’ve read about them, seen their faces on FaceBook and trailers of their movies on You Tube. 

No decision yet on ASTCA loan request

The Retirement Fund Board has not made a decision regarding a loan application of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority.  

Man charged for rape of 15- year-old

A man  charged with rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse in the first degree involving a minor will be arraigned in High Court today.

Tua'ua says no to changing status

Three time congressional candidate Tuaua Kereti Matautia says the negative impact of federal laws on American Samoa should not be reason for the territory to change its political status. 

600 mynah birds have been trapped

Since the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources hired an expert to get rid of the myna bird, more than 600 mynan birds have been trapped.

A must see musical prodution

Just a few hours now before the curtain is raised and it’s show time for the American Samoa Community College Fine Arts Department.  

Old guardrails replaced from Avau to Pago Pago

The coastline from Avau to Pago Pago will soon sport new guardrails.


Knife assault at marketplace leads to arrest

A man who assaulted another man with a butcher’s knife on the week of Flag Day was arraigned in High Court this morning.   

Training for special ed parents and teachers

About 50 parents and teachers have a better understanding of how instruction for children with special needs are designed taking into account the students' abilities and needs.  

No bail reduction for man facing sex charges

Judge Elvis Patea yesterday denied bail reduction for a man charged with attempted sodomy of his step daughter. 

High School Vocational Trade Fair

The  Annual Vocational Education; Business, Trades, and Family Consumer Science Fair will be held tomorrow - Thursday April 28, at the Pago Pago Gym - DYWA Center. 

Researcher says .as domain name not secure

A British security researcher that goes online only by the name of InfoSec Guy revealed today that American Samoa domain registry ASNIC was using an outdated domain name management system that contained a bug allowing anyone to view the personal details of any .as domain owner.

Man faces multiple sex charges

A man  charged with rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse in the first degree involving a minor will be arraigned in High Court today.   


OIA Asst Secretary advocates for US nationals

In her Flag Day address , Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Affairs, Lupesinaosamoa Esther Kiaaina mentioned the name of a young woman from Nu’uuli who had interned with her Washington D.C. Office last summer, Fuatino Solaita.

Bluesky to shut down 2G network May 2

As Bluesky continues to make improvements to its network a project that will involve retiring older equipment and replacing them with newer equipment, the phone company is phasing out an older generation of phones.  

Mission unaccomplished at Aunuu

They pulled and they tugged but they couldn’t remove the fishing vessel that’s been  on the reef near Aunuu island  for more than a week. 

Tua'au Kereti makes third bid for Congress

Third try a charm? Tua’au Kereti Matautia is making his third bid for American Samoa's seat in Congress.  

Flu like bug spreading like wildfire

Schools and workplaces are reporting high absenteeism because of the flu like disease which seems to be spreading like wildfire in the territory.  

Polynesian Airlines gets 30 day green light

The US Department of Transportation has again given Polynesian Airlines the thumbs up to continue flights to Manu’a. 
Lupesinaosamoa Esther Kia'aina & Lydia Nomura

Lupesinaosamoa "stunned" with title bestowal

Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Affairs Esther Kia’aina says she was stunned when she was bestowed the honorary matai title Lupesinaosamoa. 

Governor absent at Retirement Fund briefing for leaders

Governor Lolo Moliga did not make it to the meeting in Honolulu where Actuary advisers of the Retirement fund were to give a briefing for government leaders concerning the pension fund’s unfunded liability.

Archbishop Alapati is 1st Samoan to offer Mass at Basilica

The leader of the catholic Church in Samoa, Archbishop Alapati Lui Mataeliga  became the first Samoan priest in history to celebrate Mass at the largest Catholic Church in the United States.  

FEMA impressed with AS Homeland Security

Other than for a team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be on island when Tropical Cyclone Amos hits,  ASG is not submitting any other request for assistance from the federal agency.

Delegates seek bankruptcy deal in Puerto Rico debt bill

Territorial delegates to Congress including our own Congresswoman Aumua Amata are expected to attempt an amendment to the  Puerto Rico debt bill, if territories are denied key economic relief.

No major damages in Samoa

Four families in Savaii and one in Upolu had to evacuate to higher ground when Cyclone Amos struck at the weekend, according to the government.  

No damages, FEMA help not needed

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Incident Management Assistance (IMAT) Team came ready to respond to any situation as a result of Tropical Cyclone Amos however their help was not needed.

ASPA advises boil water before using

The American Samoa Power Authority is stressing that people boil their water before using. 

Long lines at banks and EOB

The effects of the two commercial banks closing early on Friday due to Cyclone Amos was the extra long lines seen at Bank of Hawaii and ANZ this morning.

Luatua unable to draw out retirement monies

The former Executive Director of the American Samoa Government Employees Retirement Fund Luatua Filisouaiga Taafua has waived his rights to a probable cause hearing in District Court and his case now heads to the High Court. 

DOE sorts through recurring payroll issues

The Department of Education is taking steps to address discrepancies which have continually come up in the deprtments payroll.   

FEMA arrives on island before TC Amos

The Federal Emergency Management Agency sent a team to the territory on Friday’s Hawaiian Air flight.


Number of suspected Zika cases tops 500

The number of suspected Zika cases in American Samoa has topped 500.  

Life imprisonment for Siaumau Siaumau Jr.

Despite all the fine words and great testimonies presented in court this morning for murder defendant, Siaumau Siaumau Jr., the court sent him to jail for  life for the murder of detective Liusila Brown five years ago. 

Rep. Vesi wants complaints to come to him

Manu’a Rep. Vesi Fautanu Junior would prefer that Manu’a residents with complaints take it up with him or the ASG representative in Manu’a instead of going to the media.  

Removal of grounded vessel delayed

Today the US Coast Guard team from Honolulu, working with local response agencies and companies was supposed to remove the fishing vessel #1 Ji Hyun from the reef near Aunuu island.  

Territory's population increases by 2000

American Samoa's population stands at 57,436, an increase of more than 2000 people from the last survey in 2010. 
Photo: Manuatele Community Face Book

Manu'a resident pleads for help

A resident of Ta’u, Manu’a is pleading with government leaders to please send a boat to Manu’a as its been more than a month since the MV Sili has been down and they don’t know when it will be back in service. 

EOB gets the first of a few ATMs

The AP Lutali Executive Office Building is the latest spot on the island to have an Automated Teller Machine,  and this one doesn’t belong to either of the local banks.  

Family of Tuvalu man worried

The family of a Tuvaluan fisherman who was a crew member on a purse seiner that was based here are appealing for information on his whereabouts.  

Young researcher praised by NOAA scientists

A  young man from  American Samoa has won admiration and praise from leading US marine scientists who mentored him in research work on board the NOAA Vessel Oscar Elton Sette.

Beware of falling rocks along highway

A word of caution about falling rocks and other debris from mountain sides along the high way during heavy rains. 

Treasury releases third batch of refund checks

Treasury is ready to distribute the next batch of tax refunds at 10 AM Friday, April 22nd.  

Fautasi reps happy with money distribution

Village fautasi were happy with the decision by the co chairs of the Main Flag Day Committee, Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga and Secretary of Samoan Affairs Mauga Tasi Asuega to award $10,000 to each of the village fautasi.

Survey shows 46% hide sexual assault

Results of a recent survey by the American Samoa Community College and the Alliance for Strengthening Families makes it clear how urgent it is to continue sending the message that sexual assault is wrong and more needs to be done about it. 

No public schools, ASG cleans up

The Department of Homeland Security in collaboration with the Department of Education has issued a CANCELLATION OF ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS tomorrow, Monday, April 25, 2016. 

Fautasi: villages-$10000, ASG & Fono-$2000

The Flag Day Committee today presented checks of $10,000 to all of the village fautasi that competed in the controversial Flag Day fautasi races. 

Fishing boat was on an ASPA charter

The  longliner which ran aground the reef last Friday #1 Ji Hyun, was on its way to Manu’a on a charter by the American Samoa Power Authority to deliver fuel and supplies.

Goodbye Amos, no more warnings

CycloneAmos Saturday Night Update: The National Weather Service has issued a CANCELLATION of all TROPICAL CYCLONE WATCHES AND WARNINGS for Manu’a. 

Gale warning & wnd advisory for Manu'a

Amos is 60 miles to the South East of Manua and moving away but there is some high pressure that could likely stall Amos.  As such, there is a Gale Warning and Wind Advisory in affect for Manua until late tonight.   

Hurricane warning over, some damage

12:30PM, Saturday: American Samoa is no longer under a Hurricane Warning while Manu'a is downgraded to a tropical storm warning and Flash Flood warning. 

Cabinet level meeting discusses response

 "What are the chances of Cyclone Amos making a U-turn?"

Post Amos:Airport closed, Boil water

Boil Water notice from ASPA:As a precautionary measure please boil your water before consuming, due to heavy rains. 

First half of Amos passes Tutuila

6:15AM Saturday: NWS says the first half of Amos has passed Tutuila, highest wind speed was 59 miles an hour.  

Waiting for Cyclone Amos to clear

6:20 am Saturday: At day break, as I wait for the tail or whatever part of Amos body is expected to whip American Samoa, I look outside to see a tree blocking my driveway.  

Eye of storm directly over Am Samoa

0530am, Saturday: The National Weather Service says the Center of Amos is now atop of American Samoa. 

Latest has TC Amos arriving sooner

According to the National Weather Service, Amos is now 64 miles west of Tutuila and right over the eastern side of Upolu moving towards us at 10 miles per hour.   
Polynesia Shipping all boarded up

Ridge weakens, Cyclone Amos heads our way

Cylcone Amos is now 200 miles west of Pago Pago and moving towards us.   

A flurry of activity as territory awaits TC Amos

Tropical Storm Amos is currently 250 nautical miles north west of Pago Pago moving north eastward over the last few hours, shifting it closer to Samoa. 

Cyclone Amos stalls and arrival is delayed

Cyclone Amos’ expected time of arrival has been delayed until Saturday afternoon stretching into Saturday night. 

Cyclone Amos takes its time to pass through

Cyclone Amos’s expected time of arrival has been delayed until Saturday afternoon stretching into Saturday night. 

And the heavy rains have started

It's now raining heavily in the Bay Area and from reports of callers from around the territory the whole island is getting a down pour.  

More closures due to Tropical Cyclone Amos

The LBJ Dialysis Unit will be closed on April 22, 2016, Saturday, and will be re-opened on Monday, April 25 if everything goes well. 

Storm watch continues, upgrade to warning delayed

7:00am Friday: Tropical Cyclone Amos is still 370 miles to the west of Pago Pago and is now a Category 3 Hurricane (130 MPH Winds).

TC Amos veers closer to Savaii & Upolu

As of midnight Tropical Cyclone Amos had stalled near Savaii and intensifying. 
U.S. fencer Jonathan Tiomkin soars above Russian opponent Renal Ganeev in the bronze-medal bout of the men's team foil competition at the Athens Olympic Games. Russia went on to win, 45-38.

Want to try the sport of fencing?

Fencing, one of the original sports of the Olympics is being introduced to the diversity of sports under the American Samoa National Olympic Committee. 

DOE cancels all public schools Friday

Due to heavy winds forecast by the Tafuna Weather Service, all public schools, including ECE, elementary and high schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday, April 22nd. 

Longliner goes on reef near Aunuu island

A longliner, ran aground the reef west of Aunuu island last Friday morning. 

Am Samoa awarded $75,013 in park funds

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced nearly $95 million will be distributed from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.

Protest signs greet Indonesian envoy during Flag Day

During the Flag Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Stadium yesterday, a mother and her children displayed placards with messages saying Free West Papua.  

Fexco launches new business payment service

Local businesses are already showing interest in a new service that was launched today at the Flag Day Trade and Farm Fair. 

We're now under a storm watch

Effective at noon today a tropical storm watch for Tutuila, Aunuu and Manua is in effect.

Governor establishes office for constitutional review

The Office of Political Status, Constitutional Review and federal relations, a new division of the Governor’s Office has now been established by Governor Lolo Moliga. 

Leone group features World Teach performers

Nearly all of Leone performed in their pese and siva which culminated the 2016 Flag Day program. 

Benjamin Liaga wins congressional art contest

Congresswoman Aumua Amata, congratulated the winner of the 2016 "An Artistic Discovery" Congressional Art Competition upon her return for the Flag Day celebration. 
Michael Fishman & DOC Director Keniseli Lafaele

Nine Mile Botanicals eyes American Samoa

While there were many government and military dignitaries attending Flag Day not only from Hawaii and the mainland but from neighboring islands, there were also many business representatives. 

Big question: will there be a fautasi race?

Now the biggest question on everyone’s mind: will there be a fautasi race? 

Happy 116th Flag Day American Samoa

Happy 116th Flag Day. Its going to be a wet birthday celebration with the weatherman serving up rain, wind and high surf that’s expected to remain throughout the week. 

Seventh Day Adventist leader pays visit

A VIP guest that’s not here for Flag Day but is here to visit his flock, is the President of the General Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.  

Fewer buyers at Pacific tourism exchange

Media coverage of Pacific disasters means there will be fewer European buyers at its upcoming tourism exchange on the Gold Coast, the South Pacific Tourism Organisation says. 

First hike in the price of unleaded gasoline

If you didn’t fill up your gas tank already, you’ll be paying a bit more for unleaded gas and other fuel products.

Dear Talanei Readers

You may have noticed that the posting of stories on Talanei of late has not been in chronological order.

Farmers didnt ask to be paid

Director of Agriculture, Lealao Melila Purcell, has clarified that it wasn’t the Farmers Cooperative who sought payment for their participation in the Flag Day Farm and Trade Fair.  

Luatua's probable cause hearing postponed

The probable cause hearing of former Executive Director of the Retirement Fund, Luatua Filisouaiga Taafua, in District Court did not take place today as scheduled.

Pacific Judicial Council says thank you

The Pacific Judicial Council, the organization of chief justices, judges and court officials from the US Pacific are wrapping up their annual conference at Sadies by the Sea today. 

Fono honors first woman to lead local Coast Guard

The  Head of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Unit in American Samoa, Lt. Vignette Kalstas leaves American Samoa in June  with a legislative commendation among her prized possessions.  

AG Talauega comments on un-served 2008 warrant

Samoa’s Minister of Justice Faleosa Katopau Ainu’u maintains that he was never served a 2008 arrest warrant that was the subject of a recent Samoa News story.

It's official, no more fautasi races

Governor Lolo Moliga, the Flag Day Committee co-chairs, Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga and Secretary of Samoan Affairs Mauga Tasi Asuega, and the captains of all fautasi which raced on Saturday, have reached a decision concerning the finals of the 2016 Flag Day Fautasi Race.  

Fautasi race set for Monday cancelled

The Flag Day Committee advises that the fautasi race scheduled for 7:30am tomorrow has been cancelled until further notice. 
Photos: Tauva Esera

Governor to intervene before finals of fautasi race

Governor Lolo Moliga is expected to intervene in the finals of the 2016 Flag Day fautasi race. 

Here's the official 2016 Flag Day Program

The Governor's Office has released the 2016 Flag Day Program.


There's a lull as afternoon wears on

2:51pm, Saturday: Things have quieted down from a few hours ago when sirens were blaring and police cars were racing to and fro in the Bay Area.  

In wake of Committee's decision, flare ups occur

Following the Fautasi Race Committe's decision, several police cars were seen at Aua.  Young people got angry that their fautasi has been disqualified and not given a chance to compete in the finals.  

Four fautasi disqualified, six picked for finals

The Fautasi Race Committee has spoken and has selected six fautasi to race on Monday at 7:30 am Manulele Tausala - Nu'uuli Fuao - Vatia Fealofani - Fagasa Taema - Leone Aeto - Pago Pago Tama o le Muaau - Faleniu The other fautasi which raced: Paepae

Fealofani wins again, 3rd time

Fealofani is three times a winner.   It won the first heat, the repeat of the first heat and the race that was voided Thursday.  
Photo: Olivia

Paepaeulupo'o wins 2nd heat, Matasaua close 2nd

9:45 AM, Saturday The second heat is over and Paepaeulupoo ruled the seas, though Matasaua made a valiant effort and nearly caught up, but not quite. Results: 1. Paepaeulupo'o - Aua 2. Matasaua - Manu'a 3. Manulele Tausala II- Nu'uuli 4. Fuao
Photo: Valerie Adams

Committee calling captains of first heat

9:15am: Saturday-The Fautasi Race Commitee is trying to contact the captains of the fautasi that raced in the first heat to inform them that the results of that heat are being voided because it was not started properly.  

Fealofani wins first heat of fautasi races

8:30 am Saturday: First heat of the 2016 Flag Day Fautasi Race is over:  The course was from just off Aua to in front of Asco Motors.

1. Fealofani Samoa-Fagasa

2. Iseula o le Moana-Fagatogo
3. Aeto-Pago Pago

4. Taema-Leone

5. Tama o le Muaau-Faleniu


Our commentator Doug Tuigamala reports that they didnt hear a gun go off to start the race but the fautasi

Weather will decide Saturday's fautasi races

The weather will be the deciding factor for the Flag Day Fautasi Committee to make a call on whether to hold fautasi races tomorrow. 

One race voided, another cancelled

The Fealofani Samoa from Fagasa won the first of two qualifying heats in the 2016 Flag Day fautasi races this afternoon.  But the race was later voided by the Flag Day Fautasi Committee.  

Have tatau or malu? Come march Flag Day

In line with the theme of the 2016 Flag Day celebration, “Our People, Our Culture, our Home,” a group perpetuating the traditional tattoo, will display this most ancient art form of Samoa, in the Flag Day parade on Monday. 


Promoting awareness of labor laws up a notch

Cognizant of the fact that the majority of the workforce in the territory are Samoan language speakers, the US Department of Labor has translated important documents with information on laws, benefits and entitlements that employees and employers should know.

Hooray, ASG doesn't have to repay $2.5 million

The American Samoa Government doesn’t have to pay back $2.5 million in federal funds spent on purchases, and expenditures which the US Department of Labor determined to be disallowable. 
Photos: Etenauga Lutu

Captain Lemanu says his crew gave race their all

Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, captain of the ASG fautasi, which won their race against the Fono fautasi, says he and his crew gave it all they had.  

Congresswoman praises Transition Assistance Program

Congresswoman Aumua Amata, and the House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) conducted a legislative hearing on several bills that have been brought before the committee. 

Fautasi becoming a women's sport too

Two women who have been training with fautasi crews in the past months hope to make their debut in fautasi racing this year. 
Photo: Etenauga Lutu

Executive Branch too good for Fono

And the winner is ASG Executive Branch.  After several postponements due to bad weather, the first race for Flag Day 2016, took place this afternoon with just the Fono and Executive Branch.  
Photo: Tau Toluono

Fisherman's body found near cannery

A  body believed to be that of an Asian fisherman from a boat anchored at the Samoa Tuna Processors dock, was found in the sea in the vicinity of the cannery this morning. 

1st fautasi race-Fono vs Executive Branch

Provided the Flag Day Fautasi Committee is satisfied that conditions at sea are safe, a curtain raiser for the fautasi races is tentatively set for 1 pm today.
Apia Marist

Flag Day Sevens Rugby begins today

Checking out other Flag Day events, the Flag Day Sevens rugby Tournament get underway this morning at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. 

Many farmers stay away from Trade & Farm Fair

  The farm part pf the Trade and Farm Fair for Flag Day, hasn’t been very impressive.  

Human trafficking on agenda of judges' conference

For the first time in the 25 years that the Pacific Judicial Council has been in existence, the organization of chief justices, judges and court officers is meeting in American Samoa for the first time. 

Zika may keep Pacific athletes away from Olympics

The Zika virus is keeping some athletes at home from the Summer Olympics.  

Luatua held on bail of $100,000

The former executive Director of the Retirement Fund Office Luatua Filisouaiga Taafua is now behind bars on $100,000 bail. 

Governor decides Manono will not be in fautasi race

It’s official.  Manono will not compete in the Flag Day fautasi race.  

First night of evening entertainment cancelled

Heavy rainfall throughout the day which got worse this evening forced the cancellation of the Flag Day Performing Arts Festival at Suiga ula o le Atuvasa. 

Tafuna High's Louisa Mavaega paves the way

Tafuna Hgh School continues to set the bar.  Warrior Louisa Mavaega has become the first female athlete to sign an acceptance letter with a US college this school year. 
Samoa Head of State

Territory hosts many guests for Flag Day & before

The territory is hosting several meetings and workshops this week before Flag Day and some of the hotels are reported at near full or full. 

Food stalls most popular at Trade & Farm Fair

The food stalls at the Flag Day Farm and Trade Fair at Suiga ula o le Atuvasa are the big earners since the fair opened Monday .  

Manono seeks fautasi to race in

Governor Lolo Moliga yesterday allayed concerns of our Flag Day guests from Manono, who arrived in the territory yesterday to learn that their hosts have not found a fautasi for them to race in.

Wednesday update on fautasi race

The Flag Day Fautasi Committee met this morning with captains of all 13 local fautasi participating in the 2016 Flag Day race to give an update on the regatta which has been postponed for two days now because of foul weather. 

Former Director of Retirement Fund now in jail

The former Executive Director of the Retirement Fund Office Luatua Filisouaiga Taafua appeared before the District Court this morning facing multiple criminal charges.  

No new confirmed cases of Zika in two weeks

The latest report on the Zika outbreak from the Department of Health, shows that the number of confirmed Zika cases has not increased in the last two weeks. ‘

Lolo: dont coerce employees to march

Governor Lolo Moliga has made it clear to directors that employees are not to be "coerced" or forced to march in the 2016 Flag Day Parade next Monday.  

Tuna in the pouch gaining popularity

Tuna with lemon and spicy tuna are among the varieties of Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) that StarKist Samoa is producing for the US military.  

PNA vote to keep Vessel Day Scheme

Fisheries officials who belong to the bloc of Pacific island countries that have the largest exclusive economic zones in the Pacific, Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) agreed at their annual meeting in Kiribati last week to recommend to their fisheries ministers that the vessel day scheme be continued.

Air New Zealand will land here in June

Air New Zealand, which used to connect the two Samoas to New Zealand and the Americas in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, will be landing at Pago Pago International Airport in two months.  

All fautasi races now postponed to Thursday

The weather has thrown a spanner in the Flag Day fautasi race schedule and fans have to wait one more day to see their favorites in action on the high seas.

Robert Ho Chee named to head Office of Financial Institutions

Governor Lolo Moliga has appointed  Mr. Robert Ho Chee as Commissioner to head the head the Office of Financial Institutions. 

History Day winners now prepare for national competition

Tafuna High School senior Charu Joserose has clinched two first places in high school academic competitions this year:   

Students flood short story contest, few Samoan entries

More than 220 stories from American Samoa students have been entered in a story competition sponsored by Samoa Stationery and Books, Pago and Eveni, Pago and organised by the Samoa Observer. 

Trade and Farm Fair great start to Flag Day

The weather man served up sunshine this morning as the 2016 Flag Day got off to a great start with the opening of the farm and trade fair at Suiga ula o le atuvasa. 

Samoa: everything above board in dealings with Panama

The Samoa government is addressing reports of its involvement with the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, recently highlighted in the Panama Papers. 

Pacific Judicial Council here for conference

The American Samoa Judiciary is hosting chief justices and judges from the US Pacific territories and jurisdictions this week.   

Tuesday fautasi races called off, planned for Wednesday

The weather has intervened and fautasi races scheduled for tomorrow have been called off.  

Charu Joserose is overall winner of History Day competition

Congratulations to Tafuna High student Charu Joserose who topped the Annual History Day competition.   

Despite rain, Farm & Trade Fair is on

The weather is turning out to be a  factor in the Flag Day festivities but organizers are forging ahead. 
Photo: Airl

Three birds strike Hawaiian Air plane

Passengers scheduled to depart Hawaiian Air Friday night did not leave until Saturday evening due to the second consecutive bird strike of a Hawaiian Air plane at Pago Pago International Airport. 

High Court gives probated sentence in drug case

LJ solo, who pled no contest to possession of marijuana, escaped jail time when he was sentenced Friday in High Court.  

Alao reports fish kill similar to Amouli & Laulii

Another village has reported a major fish kill...that is thousands of dead fish on their beaches and shallow waters today, similar to what occurred in Laulii and Amouli earlier this week. 

Dr. Urhle says no to tax on bottled water

The head of the Veterans Affairs Clinic in American Samoa, Dr. Fred Urhle, recommends that the legislature reject a bill that slaps a tax on imported bottled water.  

Patriotism runs high in lead up to Flag Day

Utility poles are woven with coconut leaves, flags of the United States and American Samoa are hung from posts and windows, and red, white and blue fabric drape fences and walls.  

Fautasi races set for Tuesday postponed

As of this afternoon, upon checking the tide condition and the latest weather forecast for tomorrow, the Fautasi Race Committee has decided to CANCEL all Fautasi races initially scheduled for Tuesday, April 12.

Community responds to linen drive for LBJ

The LBJ Hospital asked and it received. Last month a hospital letter went out to organizations, churches and businesses seeking linen like bed sheets, pillow cases, towels and the like for LBJ.
Dr. Stephen McGarvey

Obesity among Samoans attracts international attention

A local doctor agrees with the findings of a survey by a US physician who has been studying the weight problem of Samoans for years, Dr. Stephen McGarvey of Brown University. 

Samoa signs deal with investors in new marine cable

A signing ceremony of the Equity Investors for the Samoa Submarine Cable Company (SSCC), an undersea fiber optic cable from Samoa to Fiji was held in Apia this week.


NOAA research vessel waste refused here, but accepted by Samoa

Samoa accepted a request from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel Oscar Elton Sette to dispose refuse that had collected on the boat after several weeks at sea.   
Photo: Mel Gurr via FB

Hawaiian Air suffers 2nd bird strike in a week

For the second time this week a bird strike delayed the return flight to Honolulu for Hawaiian Airlines.

ASCC presents Pacific on Stage next Thursday

The American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Language and Literature Department will present “A Literary Experience: Pacific on Stage” this coming Thursday, April 14th, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the college’s Lecture Hall. 

Scientists to deliver fish stock assessments

Fishery scientists from American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and Hawaii will join NOAA scientists next week to review last year's performance of federally managed fisheries in the Western Pacific Region. 
Photo: DMWR

Thousands of baby fish found dead in Amouli & Laulii

A repeat of what occurred in Amouli yesterday, that is thousands of baby fish dead on the beach and in shallow waters, occurred again in the village of Laulii today.   

Manulele Tausala ready to defend fautasi championship

For twenty years church leaders of Nuuuli tried to change their fautasi’s name, to something other than Satani…the devil.   In the old days  Nuuuli  used to be a fautasi winner ujnder the name Satani.  

Reading made easier with e-books

E-books allow members of the Feleti Barstow Public Library to read a book without having to make a trip to the library. 

ANZ assures triplicate charges will be reimbursed

ANZ assures those impacted by the triplicate debit charges that their accounts will be reimbursed within the next 24 to 48 hours.   

Doctors from Shriners to hold clinics next week

Another medical team from the Shriners Hospital in Honolulu is arriving Monday, April 11th volunteering their services to check children with bone or burn conditions.  

The lanes are drawn for battle of the seas

Captains of the 13 local fautasi to race for the most coveted event of Flag Day, the long boat regatta, yesterday drew their lanes for next week's races. 

No paychecks in 2 pay periods for some DOH employees

Employees of the Maternal Child Health Program, the federally funded program which has been riddled with fiscal management problems and personnel issues since last year have not been paid for two pay periods now. 

Chair of House Education & Workforce Committee was here

Congressman John Kline who chairs the House Education & Workforce Committee that approved funding for American Samoa school using a new funding formula that Congresswoman Aumua Amata initiated, landed at Pago Pago International Airport yesterday. 

Customers unhappy over ANZ triplicate debits

ANZ customers are not happy campers. The reason is because the bank has charged them triple for EFTPOS transactions using ANZ machines. 

SPW hosts 1st Flag Day Half marathon

The Flag Day buzz is building and some of the hype is around a new health and fitness event this Saturday.  

Keeping the Zika virus in people's minds

With the attention on Flag Day it's easy to forget that the territory is experiencing an outbreak of the Zika virus. 

Old VA clubhouse and one next to it demolished

Public Health condemned the old American Samoa Veterans Association clubhouse in Tafuna and the one next to it, which had become a hang out for young people and drinkers.  

It's beginning to look alot like Flag Day

Floats will be part of the parade for Flag Day on Monday, April 18 which will have the theme, "Our people, our culture, our future." 

Pago Pago matai complains about unfair treatment

Pago Pago High Chief Pulu Ae Ae Jr, wants fair treatment for all government employees who are crew of fautasi in the  Flag Day race. 

Polynesian Airlines seeks another 30-day waiver to Manu'a

Polynesian Airlines is again seeking approval from the US Department of Transportation to continue air service to Manu'a. 

Lots of action at Suiga Ula next week

Fashion, tuna, phones, food, drink m, handicrafts, tattooing, money and media are some of the products and services that will be on display in the five day Flag Day Trade Fair and Farm Fair which kicks off Monday at Suiga ula o le Atuvasa.   

Man convicted of sodomy gets five years in jail

A defendant charged with molesting a girl who was attending rehearsals for White Sunday last year in Poloa has been sentenced to five years in jail. 

It's a fautasi filled Flag Day celebration

Lt. Governor Lemanu P Mauga, the co-chair of the Flag Day Committee provided details of the fautasi race at yesterday’s cabinet meeting. 

AG: Woman who missed probation hearing, not on look out list

Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale says a woman who left the territory early in the year even though she has a pending case in High Court, didn’t have any lien on her to stop her from leaving the territory. 

Cargo flight delivers packages after 3-day delay

Residents who showed up Saturday and yesterday at the Post Office to pick up packages, learned that the cargo flight was delayed and their mail did not arrive.

Hearing on cabotage bill turns to other territorial issues

Federal legislation to improve air passenger service between Tutuila and the Manu’a islands got a boost today with a US Senate committee hearing on a larger territorial bill. 

Sentencing delayed as court has questions

Chief Justice Michael Kruse needs briefings from both counsels before sentencing can be handed down for 26 year old Erasi Valusaga convicted in conenction with the death of Futiga matai Namu Tuamasaga Aetui last year. 

Interior's Asst. Secretary Kia'aina to give Flag Day speech

Assistant  Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas, Esther Kia’aina will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 official Flag Day program which will be celebrated Monday, April 18 at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. 

Leaked papers connect Samoa to Syria

The Samoa High Commission in Australia is implicated in leaked documents as playing a role in setting up shell companies through Panama. 

Retirement Board Chairman defends off island meetings

  Many have complained as to why the Retirement Fund Board has to meet off island with its consultants k money managers and actuary advisors when it can convene the meetings here But Chairman of the retirement Fund Board Vaanatiu Toafala Iafeta says
Photo: Airline Pictures

Bird strike damages Hawaiian Air engine

Passengers booked to fly out on Hawaiian Air’s flight to Honolulu last night were unable to leave because the aircraft was damaged upon arrival at Pago Pago International Airport last night.

Waiting is over for TAOA vendors

Vendors for the Hot Meal Program for the elderly are thankful to finally receive payment for the hundreds of meals they’ve provided since late last year. ‘

StarKist president apologizes for recent cutback

The President and CEO of StarKist Co., owners of StarKist Samoa, Mr. Andrew Choe, predicts that production at the local cannery will remain in a  state of uncertainty if it doesn’t get additional fish freezer space.  

Man pleads not guilty to murdering wife

A man has been arraigned in High Court accused of killing his wife in February in Faleniu.  The couple’s 9-year old son is the only witness to how his mother died.    

Spotless crake bird doesnt make endangered species list

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the American Samoa population of spotless crake (Porzana tabuensis) does not warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 

"Career criminal" gets another five years in jail

A man whom Chief Justice Michael Kruse calls a “career criminal” was sentenced this morning to 5 years imprisonment  for his latest crime.  

More than 30 businesses sign up for Trade Fair

More than 30 local businesses have registered for the Flag day Trade Fair and local farmers are also expected to make a strong showing at the Farm fair which will prelude the 2016 Flag Day celebration. 

Under scrutiny: LBJ Electronic Health Record system

LBJ’s multi million dollar Electronic Health Record electronic system came under scrunity at the House Health Committee hearing with LBJ officials last week.  

Feleti Barstow Library offers e-books & amnesty

The Feleti Barstow Public Library is now offering free e-books. 


Lt. Governor explains tugboat's aborted trip

The reason why the Tug boat Sailele was heading to Samoa yesterday was to provide assistance in  contain the fuel tank fire that erupted at the wharf in Matautu yesterday.  

Samoa seeks help to prevent repeat of fuel tank fire

Petroleum Products Supplies Ltd (PPS) has confirmed that one of its employees died in a fire that started during work on one of the companys fuel tanks at the Matautu wharf yesterday afternoon.  

Uncommitted local Republicans are hounded for support

American Samoa continues to grab national headlines because of the presidential campaigning.  

Sailele is called back to port while enroute to Apia

The tug boat Sailele was forced to return to port yesterday evening on orders of the US Coast Guard while it was on its way to Apia. 

'Most urgent need for StarKist is more freezer space'

StarKist Samoa’s parent company assures it will do everything it can to remain in American Samoa but it critically needs more fish storage space to ensure a constant and stable supply of fish.

Chief Immigration Officer to be sentenced next month

Chief Immigration officer Tamasa Dennis Lutu is to be sentenced in May stemming from his testimony in the case of Pelenato Maiava a sex offender who entered the territory on many occasions despite a ban that he stay away.

LBJ urged to seek bond money to fix cash flow

During review of the use of proceeds from the sale of the American Samoa Economic Development Authority bonds, several senators had recommended that some of the bond earnings be used to prop up the LBJ Hospital. 

ANZ explains policy for cashing tax refund checks

Today is tax refunds Day #2.  

Zoning Board tells Rotary site for pools need to be re-zoned

The ball is back in the Rotary Club of Pago Pago’s court.

Samoa fuel company confirms death of one employee

Petroleum Products Supplies Ltd (PPS) has confirmed that one of its employees died in the fire which took place this afternoon at a fuel storage tank at Matautu 
Photos: Talamua Media

One person confirmed dead in fuel tank fire in Apia

(Talamua Media) - One person is confirmed dead from a major fire at one of three fuel storage tanks on the main wharf in Apia. 

Congresswoman greets Senate CODEL

Congresswoman Aumua Amata, met a few of her Congressional colleagues last night at Pago Pago International Airport, during a stop off for refueling on their way back to the mainland from South Korea. 

No new confirmed Zika cases since last report

As March drew to a close, the number of suspected Zika cases totaled 427, an increase of 24 in a week. 

Tafuna High School wins 2016 Speech Festival

Tafuna High School is the  overall winner of  this year's secondary School Speech Festival  which was held today Leone High School. 

High Court getting 'sick & tired' of Immigration

The Immigration Office will have to answer to the High Court for another probation case which has apparently slipped past their look out list.
ANZ longest serving employees Terry Taua & Makerita Polu

Happy 15th anniversary ANZ Guam Bank

Customers of ANZ Guam Bank were in for a surprise this morning. 

Businessman upset that ASG isnt paying vendors

One business owner has decided enough is enough an the time has come to speak out in the media about ASG's inability to pay local vendors.

Chamber says no to water tax

It’s the view of the Chamber of Commerce that the bill proposing an excise tax on imported bottled water will not get the intended results but will instead have an opposite effect.

SV Adventurer steps in to serve Manu'a

The MV Sili will be out of commission for a while as parts would have to be ordered to repair the propeller and other parts that were damaged during the vessel’s last trip to Manu'a earlier this month. 

Ocean planning meetings at village level urged

There should be  opportunity for traditional leaders and fisher men and women in the villages to provide their comments on how coastal and ocean resources of American Samoa should be managed.

Victory eludes Fealofani for four years

Fagasa village’s Fealofani Samoa I was the winner of the 1950’s Golden Jubilee’s Flag Day Celebration under Skipper Lili’o Mile. 

Faiivae Alex Iuli re-elected Pres of FFAS

Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet was re-elected as President of Football Federation American Samoa for a third term during the association’s electoral, Ordinary Congress on March 30, 2016. 

ASG's IOU with the LBJ Hospital is $6.4 million

The LBJ Hospital hasn’t received a subsidy from ASG in four months.  

Second batch of tax refunds out Friday

The second batch of tax refund checks will be issued tomorrow April 1st, and that’s’ no April fool’s joke. 

Stigmata wounds real or hoax: debate rages in Samoa

A woman claiming to have suffered stigmata -- the injuries Jesus suffered when he was crucified -- has become the subject of hot debate.   

Mixed feedback at listening session for ocean plan

Federal officials and consultants who last night conducted an ocean and marine resource planning meeting billed asa public listening session, got a mixed reaction from the more than 40 people who showed up.  

LBJ's personnel costs are more than half of its budget

The chief Executive Officer of the LBJ Hospital says he’s looking at reducing personnel costs for the hospital, which accounts for more than 50% of LBJ’s annual budget, to about 28 or 29%.

Should Am Samoa voice be heard in tuna treaty negotiations

An ASG official who has done the rounds of discussions and negotiations surrounding the US South Pacific Tuna Treaty is of the opinion that American Samoa could be effectively used to lobby with Pacific island countries for fishing rights for US tuna boats.

'Dont be afraid to make decisions...for the public's good'

Governor Lolo says while criticisms are being thrown left and right against the administration by both the public and the Fono as long as they are taking calculated risks they shouldn’t be afraid to make decisions that they feel are for the public's good.

Breaking news: Drivers licenses have arrived

Drivers who have been carrying receipts as proof that they have valid drivers licenses can now pick up their official American Samoa drivers licenses from the Office of Motor Vehicles.


March ASPA bill will show lower power rate

Your next power bill will show a drop in the electricity rate.  

Senate resolution honors HTC Tuilefano Vaelaa

Before the third regular session of the Fono ended yesterday, the House of Representatives approved a Senate resolution honoring a prominent traditional leader who has held many leadership positions in the executive and legislative branches and in  his church, village and family: Tama Matua Tuilefano Vaelaa.

Keeping the canneries here is Gov's main goal

When Governor Lolo sits down with Mr. Andrew Choe, President and CEO of StarKist Samoa’s parent company today, the central issue of discussion will be improving the competitive advantage of the canneries. 

Slow progress on payment of increments

Only about 5% of 600 executive branch employees approved for pay increments have actually received them.  

Fono session concludes, Governor's bills approved

The Fono wrapped up its third regular session yesterday and almost all of the governor’s measures that were submitted for review have been approved.  

Retirement Board calls Honolulu meeting with leaders

It looks like government leaders will be heading to Honolulu for a meeting with the Retirement Fund Board and its consultants net month to discuss issues  regarding the unfunded liability of the government’s pension plan. A March 28 letter fro

Public invited to Listening Session

The highest official in charge of the US Pacific territories at the National Marine Fisheries Service, the arm of NOAA which handles fisheries regulations like the Large Vessel Prohibited Area, (LVPA)  is in the territory this week.  

Veterans complain about restrictions at PX

Veterans have been reminded that the American Samoa Post Exchange or PX store was established especially to serve US Army reservists in the territory. 

This is KVZK-TV broadcasting live from Aunuu island

The government television station KVZK-TV is touting a first of its kind live broadcast from Aunuu island last Saturday. 

Method of voting changed for last two TBAS directors

The Senate vote this morning on the remaining two directors of the Board of the Territorial Bank of American Samoa did not go through the usual voting process.


Five election petitions filed in Samoa

The Speaker of Samoa's Parliament and four other Members of Parliament (MPs) in the ruling HRPP party are facing corruption, bribery and treating allegations after this month's general elections.

Future of tuna treaty: Vessel Day scheme or catch based system?

US tuna boat owners have decried the policy of the Pacific island countries which are party to the US South Pacific Tuna Treaty to charge for fishing days rather than the amount of fish caught under the treaty. 

Chairman defends, senators unhappy with payout

Despite senators concerns regarding the recent payout for former Retirement Executive Director Luatua Filisouaiga Ta’afua, the head of the Retirement Fund board insisted at a hearing last week that the payout was legal.  

StarKist President arrives for meetings

StarKist President and CEO Mr. Andrew Choe arrived in the territory last night with officials from company headquarters in Pittsburgh on a four day visit.


Task Force named to identify LBJ problems

In response to the LBJ Tropical Medical Center’s critical situation, Governor Lolo Moliga  has appointed a special committee to do research, find out what’s causing the ongoing problems at the territory’s sole health facility and find long term solutions to solve them.

ASCC hosts international students

Twelve School of International Training (SIT) students in the Study Abroad program for spring 2016 spent five days in American Samoa last week.

Suspected Zika cases tops 400

The latest report from the Department of Health concerning the Zika outbreak shows that there are now 403 suspected cases as of March 22. 

Old cost containment measures now in force

ASG begins the 3rd quarter of Fiscal Year  2016  with cost containment measures similar to what the Lolo Lemanu administration implemented when it first took office in FY2013. 

Samoan Affairs will administer new office of self determination

A new ASG ffice will open after Flag Day to house a committee for the Territory’s Self-determination headed by Tapaau Dr. Dan Aga. 

Kapolei teachers here to learn

Teachers from Kapolei High School in Hawaii are in the territory this week on an educational exchange program. 


Alaska company hiring, 200 plus respond

About 200 job seekers turned up at the Tradewinds Hotel Saturday to learn about job opportunities offered by Silver Bay Seafoods in Alaska, an integrated processor of frozen salmon for domestic and export markets.

Fagatogo Rep thanks Fletchers Construction

Fagatogo lawmaker Maugaoalii Leapai Sipa Anoa'I has sent a thank you letter to Fletchers Construction for improving the boat ramp in his village. 

President & CEO Andrew Choe visits StarKist Samoa

StarKist Co. today confirmed that Andrew Choe, President & CEO at StarKist Co., will visit American Samoa the week of March 28th. 

Bishop Brown urges giving for others

The head of the Catholic Church in American Samoa is urging everyone to make someone’s Easter special this year especially for the sick and the elderly. 

Tugboat that disappeared in 1921 is found

A tugboat that disappeared in 1921 was discovered and finally identified late last year by a team of marine surveyors, archeologists, and naval personnel. 


Am Samoa qualifies to apply for EPA grant for water projects

Three of the Western Region’s largest municipal water agencies have partnered with federal agencies to kick off the latest round of an expanded competitive grant program aimed at discovering the next generation of water-saving devices and technologies.

SPA's Seung Ju Myun accepted at West Point

South Pacific Academy student Seung Ju Myun has been accepted to the US Military Academy at West Point.

Governor Lolo says Easter brings hope & joy

Governor Lolo says the greatest gift Easter Holiday brings us is hope and he prays hope and happiness fill our hearts as the territory celebrates Good Friday and Easter Sunday. 

Samoa PM names 13 associate ministers

In Samoa, 13 new Associate Ministers to Cabinet were sworn in yesterday.

ASCC QUEST graduates mentor marine science students

Six ASCC students gave up their vacation time to participate in the Quantitative Underwater Ecological Surveying Techniques (QUEST) field course, held from March 7th-12th in Nu’uuli uta, with surveys conducted at Avao.