What's Happening

Faoa explains why he stepped down

The former attorney for the American Samoa Government Employee Retirement Fund says he had to remind  members of the Board of Trustees about their fiduciary duty to protect the interests of members of the Fund.

Good luck AYFS Matais

The Matais of the American Youth Football of Samoa are in Chula Vista, California for the National GridIron Championship Tournament.    

Am Samoa gets Zika money from DHHS

The US Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday announced it would provide $742,000 to health centers in American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands to help address the Zika virus. 

Customers complain about BlueSky's 888#

Blue Sky Company’s Customer has received numerous complaints since launching their new self-service menu. 

2Samoa talk permits, food and trade

Travelers between Samoa and American Samoa are familiar with the permits they have to obtain when they are bringing or taking certain food items.  

Project to boost fruit production in islands

A project to boost tropical fruit production in the Pacific is developing strategies to ensure a year round supply is available to help combat non-communicable diseases. 

Collections way off projections says LFO report

The review by the Legislative Financial Office of ASG’s collections and spending for the first six months of Fiscal Year 2016 shows that projected local revenues fell far short of actual collections.  

Pa'u Roy Ausage denies scare tactic

Some key supporters of the administration were present at the venue of the campaign kick off for the Faoa Sanitoa team on Saturday and some have describe it as intimidation or scare tactics. 

Polynesian cleared for Manu'a service up to July 23

Polynesian Airlines has received another waiver to continue flights to Manu’a during the busy summer season.   

Six months in jail for sexual offender

Associate Justice Judge Lyle Richmond  today sentenced Iafeta Sau to five years imprisonment  which was suspended for a six month jail term and a fine of $1,000. 

Man released from confinement without posting bail

A Territorial Correctional Faclity police officer, an immigration officer, and an assistant attorney general were sworn in before the court this morning as they each explained to Judge Sunia how Luaufui aka Fui Fa’aletonu was released from custody even though he did not post bail.

Next Goal Wins opens new frontiers for Jaiyah

Starring in the film The Next Goal Wins has broadened Jaiyah Saelua’s world in wasy that she would never dream off. 

Administration says it will respond to Faoa's claims

​A response is forthcoming from the Governor’s Office regarding statements by the former counsel of the American Samoa Government Employees Retirement Fund Faoa Aitofele Sunia.

Parks & Rec keeping children fit with sports

Parks and Recreation has a full schedule of sports to keep the children healthy and fit during their long summer break.   

Matson Shipping to launch direct service to Pago Pago

Matson Shipping, will soon be providing a direct shipping link between the Hawaii and the two Samoa. 

The customs scanners are on their way

Treasury is going ahead with the purchase of rapid scanners for the Customs Division.  

Guam to decide on poitical status

A pro-independence leader on Guam says he's happy the island may finally be deciding the future of its political status, but that alone will not be enough. 

USDOE has doubts about ASG's control mechanism

ASG’s continual budget overruns and delays in getting federally paid materials and supplies to schools and students are among concerns raised by the US Department of Education in response to ASG’s report of progress towards resolving issues that led to the federal government putting ASDOE under high risk.

Soccer movie star comments on newspaper story

The family of the faafafine who was the subject of the Samoa Observer’s front page story which has attracted criticism and condemnation  globally, has told media in Samoa that they are suspicious about how she died.

Counsel for Retirement Fund hands in resignation

The legal counsel for the American Samoa Government Employees Retirement Fund, Faoa Aitofele Sunia, handed in his resignation to the chairman of the Board Vaanatiu Toafala Iafeta yesterday. 

Customs find gun and marijuana in vehicle

A weapon and drugs were found by customs officers and canine agents during a search of a vehicle that was imported by a local resident. 
Photo: USC football.com

Juliano Falaniko is MVP linebacker at All Poly Camp

Our student athletes continue to excel and draw the attention of top colleges and universities.

Probation violation lands rock thrower back in jail

A young man accused of throwing rocks at an ambulance that was taking a patient to the hospital , is back in jail after District Court Judge Elvis Patea revoked his probation. 

Jaiyah Saelua on jury for FIFA's 1st Diversity Award

Jaiyah Saelua, the American Samoan faafafine starring in the  film, The Next Goal Wins, is looking forward to her first visit to Switzerland where the world governing body for soccer, FIFA, is based.
From last year's talks

America Samoa asks Samoa for help in fisheries

American Samoa requested Samoa for help in saving   the US pacific Tuna Treaty to ensure that the two local canneries dont run out of fish and put the few thousand people who are employed there. 

Swire Shipping adds twice a month service

American Samoa is getting a new twice monthly shipping service through Swire Shipping. 

Pasifika Plates promotes island food to fight NCDs

The Pacific Community (SPC) yesterday released Pasifika Plates, a potentially life-changing cookbook to promote healthy eating to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Pacific Islands. 

Lolo & Lemanu declare candidacy

Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga have not announced when they will launch their re-election campaign. But a full page advertisement in today's Samoa News announces the "Declaration of their Candidacy." 
Photos: Blue Sky

Blue Sky presents scholarships to four graduates

Four graduates, three from high school and one American Samoa Community College graduate are lucky recipients of Blue Sky's Future of American Samoa scholarship program. 

Candidate points to lack of confidence

In his speech at the launching of the Faoa Sanitoa campaign for governor and lt. governor on Saturday, candidate for governor, Faoa Aitofele Sunia addressed a question that many have asked. 
Photo: Samoa Times NZ

Samoa Observer Editor in Chief apologizes

Amid condemnation from around the Pacific and the world to its front page story about an alleged suicide victim, with a photo of the deceased, the Publisher of the Samoa Observer newspaper Gatoaitele Sano Malifa has apologized to Samoa.  

Tax refunds released Tuesday

Treasury will be issuing a new batch of tax refund checks tomorrow.  

Call for more action to combat NCDs in Pacific

The King of Tonga says a whole-of-government and whole-of-society response is needed to address the non-communicable disease (NCD) crisis in the Pacific.

Babies whose mums had Zika are okay

Two pregnant women who contracted Zika have given birth to healthy babies at the LBJ Hospital.
Photo:Paula StevensonMcDonald

Le Vasa is ready for Savaii Crossing

The Le Vasa Outrigger Canoe Club, home-based at  South Pacific Watersports in Utulei, is ready for the 2016 Savaii crossing.  

Team Faoa & Sanitoa kicks off quest for leadership

Relatives and friends of Faoa Aitofele Sunia and Rep. Larry Sanitoa packed the Tradewinds Hotel poolside and pavilion Saturday to officially launch their campaign to become the next governor and lt governor of American Samoa. 

Amelie Chen is going to the White House

Nine-year-old Amelie Chen is looking forward to her trip to the nation's capital and the White House. She landed the all expenses paid trip by submitting a winning recipe for the 5th Annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, spearheaded by First Lady

Media freedom group, PFF, condemns Observer report

“Publishing an uncensored photo of the dead woman breaches common decency, not just ethics,” says PFF Chair Titi Gabi.

Amata wants to continue as Delegate to Congress

Congresswoman Aumua Amata has officially declared that she is seeking a second term as American Samoa’s non voting delegate to the US House of Representatives.  

Outing for new group for senior citizens

A new group for senior citizens called Sooula Aso Lelei gathered at Lions Park this morning for games and to honor  the fathers in the group. 

Report points to inadequate training for staff

The US Department of Education has found that local staff is still behind on the skills set needed to effectively manage and account for federal grants.  

ASTCA to pay 8% interest on Retirement Fund loan

The American Samoa Telecommuncations Authority will be paying 8% interest on its loan of $4.2 million from the American Samoa Government Employees Retirement Fund Board of Trustees. 

Youth for Christ being revived

The tents are up and the blue and white balloons deck the Suigaula o le Atuvasa this morning for a Youth For Christ Camp which runs from  9am to 1130 this morning.  Youth for Christ used to be very active in the territory in the late 1970s to th

Aumua provides fisheries update to Task Force

Congresswoman Aumua Amata met this week with representatives of the Governor's Fisheries Task Force and fishing- related businesses to  update them on issues that are important to them. 

Lolo: Dont interfere with employee voting rights

Today’s meeting of the cabinet took on a festive air when the Faasao Marist Cultural group that went to the Pacific Arts Festival in Guam were guests of Governor Lolo Moliga, Secretary of Samoan Affairs Mauga Tasi Asuega and the cabinet. 

Samoa considers ban on weekend release of inmates

The Ministry of Prison and Correction Services (M.P.C.S) is contemplating a blanket ban on weekend parole.  

USDOE raises concern about receipt of goods

The US Department of Education has expressed concerns with actions taken by the Office of Procurement and the Chief Procurement Officer to notify all departments that the receipt of goods procured through purchase orders must be received by the Office of Procurement, Shipping and Receiving Division. 

SYEP participants told to use opportunity wisely

Participants of the Summer Youth Employment Program, students currently studying on ASG scholarships as well as college graduates who are employed under the Governor’s Apprenticeship Program all came together this morning for the opening of this year's SYEP.
Director K. Lafaele & Samoa Counterpart Margaret Malua

Samoa private sector wants land here

At the 2 Samoa Economic Integration talks in Apia last month, Samoa’s private sector raised the issue of acquiring land to operate businesses in the territory.   The two sides made a land swap during the Togiola Faoa administration where Samoa

Passengers complain about Polynesian's fares

Travelers between the two Samoa are complaining about Polynesian’s fare structure. 

USDOE has issue with Treasury policies

One of the outstanding items that the US Department of Education identified in ASG’s Plan of Correction for removal of the high risk designation for the American Samoa Department of Education relates to ASG Treasury policies and procedures for on going monitoring.

Troy contiues giving off the field

Troy Polamalu is out of the public eye, but that doesn't mean he's done making a huge impact on society.

Samoan Language camps begin next month

For parents looking for summer learning and fun activities for their children the Feleti Barstow Library is offering a Samoan Technology Camp next month.

Lolo: If you dont trust deputy then stay home

Some directors are apparently restricting the authority of their deputies to make decisions for the department in their absence. 

Claim that Amata was barred from stage

The head of Congresswoman Aumua Amata’s Field Office in American Samoa Pulu Ae Ae Jr. has charged that Director of Education Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau has put her political agenda ahead of the students’ rights.

He makes the accusation in a letter to Governor Lolo Moliga dated yesterday.

Pulu says during graduation ceremonies it was reported to their office that the

13 receive Governor's JSA scholarships

Thirteen high school students participating in the Junior Statesmen Program have been awarded scholarships under Governor Lolo Moliga’s JSA Scholarship Program to help with their travel costs.  

Scientist sees no benefit in expansion

A senior scientist of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council says there's no conservation benefits in expanding Hawaii's protected waters. 

No progress in removing boat off Aunuu

Efforts to remove the fishing vessel that’s been stuck on the reef off Aunuu island since early April have so far been unsucessful. 

Land Grant hosts 2016 Safety Day

Keeping chemicals locked away, keeping sharp objects out of children’s sight and reach and being proactive where the safety of children is concerned, were covered at the Annual Safety Day sponsored by the Land Grant Division of the American Samoa Community College.
AG: Talauega Eleasalo Ale

Am Samoa at table for tuna treaty talks

American Samoa will be at the table when the United States sits down  with fisheries ministers from the Pacific Island Countries to try and hash out a new tuna treaty. 

Governor Lolo welcomes Supreme Court ruling

Governor Lolo Moliga is pleased with the Supreme Court decision on the US citizenship lawsuit saying it preserves individual rights of the people of American Samoa to make a decision whether to become a US citizen or remain a US national. 

Registration underway for Camp Harbaugh

Regstration has begun for University of Miami Head Coach Jim Harbaugh’s camp on June 30th. 
Pago Elementary students

USDOE continues 12 outstanding issues

The US Department of Education says its encouraged by ASG’s continued efforts in addressing outstanding issues in the High Risk Corrective Action plan however it has determined that ASG was not able to make significant progress towards completing or completing or implementing all necessary actions for the outstanding items.

Coach says WNMU has right fit for locals

Western New Mexico University is the latest US college that’s come knocking on American Samoa’s doors for student athletes.  

Feds to seek summary judgment in fisheries lawsuit

The National Marine Fisheries Service and other federal entities that the territory of  American Samoa has sued over fishing grounds for longliners are expected to file a motion for summary judgment in the case later this month. 
Faaolesa Katopau Ainuu in the middle with wife Diana

Minister may have to appear in court

Samoa’s Justice Minister Faaolesa Katopau Ainuu may have to make a personal appearance in the local District Court before his motion to quash a 2008 arrest warrant in his name can be granted. 

Faoa and Sanitoa team up for gubernatorial race

With just four months before the general elections, the first team to publicly announce their candidacy for the gubernatorial race in November will do so on Saturday. 

Meet the future Dr. Angelica McGoon

American Samoan born and raised, Nicole Angelica McGoon, a freshman at Vallejo High School is a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, MA next week.


Charles Alailima: "We remain a 116 year colony of US..."

With the highest Court in the land ruling that American Samoans cannot become US citizen by birth, where to now for the plaintiffs in the Tuaua vs US Government case?

Dont be alarmed, sirens are being checked

If you hear the emergency warning sirens going off don’t be alarmed.   

Chinese eye Satitoa wharf as fishing base

A Chinese fishing company is interested in establishing a cannery in Samoa and it is looking at Satitoa wharf at Aleipata as the main base for its deep sea fishing vessels.


Wave for Cancer Survivors Awareness Month

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in American Samoa. 

Fiji's Thomson has a seat on the UN General Assembly

The Pacific Community says the election of Fiji's Peter Thomson to the UN General Assembly presidency is momentous for the Pacific. 

Mixed reactions to Supreme Court ruling

The main plaintiff in the US citizenship case is not ready to give a comment about the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday which let stand an earlier ruling that American Samoans are not entitled to automatic US citizenship.  

Traditional healer gets 1 yr in jail

A traditional healer who took advantage of a schoolgirl he had treated has been jailed for 12 months for sexual connection with a minor. 

ASPA explains cause of weekend power outages

Residents in some areas of Tutuila experienced more than one power outage over the weekend.  
2015 ASIA

School's out, ASIA begins with 11 centers

Though school's out elementary school children were seen by roadside today as the Department of Education’s Samoan language program for the summer, Aoga Samoa i Alalafaga, got underway. 

Power a factor in internet outages

It’s been a frustrating weekend if you depended on the internet to do business or school work.  

Congresswoman pleased with Supreme Court decision

The US Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the American Samoa citizenship case is a big win for territorial  leaders including Congresswoman Aumua Amata Radewagen, who feels the case never should have gotten as far as it did.

Alliance hosts presentation on Dyslexia

Parents of children with dyslexia, a disorder that involves difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols, but that do not affect general intelligence, are invited to join a presentation on this condition.  

Flags lowered Thursday to honor Florida victims

Governor Lolo Moliga has ordered the lowering of flags of the United States and American Samoa in the territory as a sign of respect for the victims who were slain in the tragedy in Orlando, Florida yesterday. 

PNA critical of US limit on high seas fishing

The bloc of Pacific island countries that own most of the fishing grounds where US purse seiners fish, the PNA, says a new U.S. Government fishing regulation that went into effect late last month violates a conservation measure for high seas fishing approved last year by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

Retirement Fund Board approves ASTCA loan

The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority Board fo Directors appears to have accepted loan terms set by the American Samoa Government Employees Retirement Fund for a nearly $5 million loan. 

Supreme Court rejects US citizenship suit

The US Supreme Court has ruled that people born in American Samoa don’t have the same status as those born in other states and territories. 

Vaitinasa declares her candidacy for Congress

Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau today made it official.  Her name will be on the ballot for the 2016 congressional race.

Cancer Clinic has a new home in Samoa

Samoa has given the Mexican-based Hope for Cancer Clinic a home. 

Lady Naomi heads to the slipway at Satala

The Samoa Shipping Corporation has resolved a payment dispute with the American Samoa Shipyard Services and the Lady Naomi is going on the slipway at Satala next week.   

AG clarifies rules for ASG employees in elections

Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale has issued a memo reminding ASG employees about the laws governing government employees involved in political campaigning.  

ASPA spending outpaces revenues

The American Samoa Power Authority faced a 27.3% shortfall up to March 31st and has spent more money than it collected. 

2016 graduation season going well

Parties, a night at the movies, hanging out and just kicking back are how graduates have celebrated the end of 12 years of education. 

UN report calls for more rights for Samoa's children

More protection is needed for the rights of children in Samoa according to a UN committee reviewing Samoa in Geneva this week.

Previous deficits blamed for stopping enrichment

The Budget Director’s call to departments and agencies for their Fiscal Year 2017 budget submissions says that accumulated fund deficits carried over from the predecessor administration inhibited efforts to achieve quality of life enrichment for American Samoa.

Faatili released on own recognizance

The defendant in what is described as a case of parking space rage, Auma Faatili, was released on his own recognizance today after spending two nights at the Territorial Correctional Facility.

Fiji PM will not budge on journalist ban

Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama has staunchly defended his blacklisting of some New Zealand journalists.  

Island delegates face setback with Puerto Rico bill

A key House Committee nixed a bid by island delegates to try to add key tax breaks and Medicaid relief for their islands, on a bill to save Puerto Rico from major default. 

Paramount Builders wants to attract them early

If you’re a high school junior or senior wanting to learn a trade and earn minimum wage, local construction company Paramount Builders wants is offering you a summer job. 

Te Vaka wins Best Pacific Song & Album

Te Vaka and Vince Harder have dominated this year’s Pacific Music Awards, which were announced in New Zealand last night.  Both the Best Pacific Song and Best Pacific Album awards were won by Te Vaka.  

The stories of FestPac Guam continue

Our young men and women who performed at the Pacific Arts festival in Guam have a lifetime of  memories from their two weeks away from home.  They have not stopped talking about anything but since they returned home.  Doug Tuigamala says

Football game with NZ postponed

The week before Flag Day  you heard on KHJ News that the New Zealand Football Federation was chartering an Air New Zealand plane to fly Under 20 football teams directly from Auckland to Pago Pago. 

Retirement Fund Board approves ASTCA loan

The Board of Directors of the ASG Employees Retirement Fund has approved the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority’s loan request to help fund its share of the Hawaiki Cable. ‘ 

FY2017 call sets ceiling at FY2016 approved spending

End of contract payments for directors in the administration of Governor Lolo Moliga and Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga would be incorporated into ASG’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget.

Vaitinasa to announce candidacy on Monday

Today media were informed that Director of Education Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau will be announcing her candidacy for the election of American Samoa's Delegate to Washington D.C. 

Mixed reaction from cops to overtime directive

The rank and file at the Department of Public Safety have welcomed news that Governor Lolo Moliga has instructed his directors who deal with finances to find the money to pay outstanding overtime.  

Pacific Energy Summit showcases green projects

The Pacific Energy Summit in Auckland has seen donors commit more than $US690 million dollars to more sustainable energy projects in the Pacific Islands region. 

GM appointed for government bank

The General Manager of the ASG bank, has extensive experience in the banking industry and in fact was President of Celtic Bank in Utah.  

Man held on PPD from parking lot incident

The government plans to file additional charges against a man who wielded a bush knife at a man and woman when he became upset that they had taken up a parking space he was trying to park in. 

Number of pregnant women with Zika doubles

The number of pregnant women confirmed to have contracted the Zika virus has jumped to 12 after holding steady at 6 for about two months. 

BOH begins moving out of Centennial Building

The Bank of Hawaii is transitioning out of the Centennial Building in Utulei to make way for the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS).

Am Samoa thanks their Guam liaison and home

As is the custom whenever a Malaga or traveling group from American Samoa goes off island, they prepare gifts for  their hosts to reciporate their hospitality, 

Controlled spending helps shipyard's finances

The American Samoa Shipyard Services Authority under spent its second quarter budget allocation by 42% and still managed to carry out some facility improvements. 

Amata shares key to happiness

Congresswoman Aumua Amata spoke to the  graduates of the University of La Verne last week, during the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2016.

Parking space rage at EOB

You may call it a case of parking space rage. 

To'aiva Hall tops Porterville Academy, CA

A student from American Samoa topped her senior class at Summit Charter Collegiate Academy in Porterville, California. 

Council seeks release of funds to Am Samoa

An issue which was raised at last year’s meeting of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council in American Samoa last year has again been raised at the Council meeting in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas this week.  

Governor talks tourism, fisheries, trade in Samoa

Governor Lolo Moliga held trade, fisheries, tourism and air service talks with the leaders of French Polynesia and Tokelau while in Apia for Samoa’s Independence Day celebrations. 

Fitness center sponsors Youth FIT

The South Pacific Watersports and Fitness in Utulei  is  registering  kids from ages 10-19 for their first  Summer Youth FIT (Fun Interactive Training) Camp!


FestPac ends with thanks & gifts to Guam

At the closing ceremonies for the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts, overseas delegations all spoke about the overwhelming hospitality from their hosts, the government and people of Guam.  

CNMI and US hold consultations at White House

In all-day meetings at the White House today, Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina, Special Representative for the United States, began the first in a series of official consultations with Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Governor Ralph DLG. Torres, the Special Representative for the CNMI.  

Learning continues for Adrian & Alijah Baqui

While summer is a time for some to take a break from school, other students are taking the opportunity to continue learning. 

Our ambassadors return home from Guam

Pago Pago International Airport is normally quiet on a Saturday morning, but not last Saturday. 

New churches to be confirmed at next CCCAS conference

This year’s general conference of the Congregational Christian Church of America Samoa will be its 31st. 

ASTCA finances for 2nd Quarter at a glance

The American Samoa Telecommunications Authoity spent less money than it collected in the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2016, which was an improvement over the previous quarter when spending outpaced revenues.


Local fisheries panel wants clarity on "indigenous"

An advisory body of the group that governs fishing in the US Pacific territories, the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, is seeking clarification from the Council  and American Samoa Government on the definition of “indigenous” persons in the Deeds of Cession.

Governor's Sunday meeting discusses overtime

Overtime pay for the  Department of Public Safety was the main topic of discussion of a special meeting that Governor Lolo Moliga called yesterday evening at the VIP lounge. 

What's with the phone/internet services

Customers of both BlueSky and the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority have complained about the inadequate phone service they have been experiencing for several weeks now. 

Samoan on CNMI delegation proud of her roots

Many American Samoans living in other parts of the Pacific are representing their adopted homes at the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam.


CCCAS has mixed reaction to loss of members

Next month the territory’s population goes up when the bi annual meeting of the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa convenes at Kanana fou.

LBJ Hospital awaits money from ASG, ASEDA

The LBJ Hospital is still awaiting word from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services as to whether its correction plan to address deficiencies found by the federal agency last year is satisfactory.

Curtain comes down on FestPac Guam

All good things must come to an end and so too with the biggest gathering of the Pacific region, the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam. 

Dive Planit Australia extols the beauty of our corals

Diver, videographer, writer, corporate escapee and equally passionate eco-warrior, Simon Mallender of Dive Planit from Australia traveled to American Samoa to see why we have such great diving. 
Photos: Leua A. Frost

The winners of "My World" Young Writers Contest are...

Winners of the First Annual Young Writers Storytelling Competition were announced Wednesday at the American Samoa Community College Lecture Hall. 

From entertainers to making the umu at FestPac

From Guam courtesy of Pacific Energy, sponsors of 93 KHJ and V103 Radio's coverage of the Pacific Arts Festival, today is the last day of performances, demonstrations and other activities for the Festival.  

Tri Marine free school tuna wins MSC blue lable

The Tri Marine Western and Central Pacific skipjack and yellowfin tuna fishery has achieved Marine Stewardship Council  certification for free school tuna caught using its purse seine vessels. 

Myna expert has two months left in contract

The myna expert with the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources Susana Saveedra Cruz is urging the public to help in the effort to kill as many myna birds as possible.  

ASCC offers late placement tests

The American Samoa Community College is offering late placement tests for incoming students on the following dates: 
Photos: Monique Solofa

Thank you University of Michigan coaches

The turn out was great at the Veterans Memorial Stadium yesterday for the one day camp of the University of Michigan for high school football players. 

High school students explore molecules

Students who completed instruction in basic molecular biology methods and life science laboratory techniques, received certificates last Friday. 

Business licenses drop 31.31%

There’s been a significant drop in the number of nusienss licenses issued from Janaury to March of this year, indicating negative growth in business activities. 

Local case included in UH Zika study

A woman who apparently contracted the Zika virus while in American Samoa is being included in a vaccine study for the mosquito borne disease by the University of Hawaii. 

Supreme Court to hear citizenship petition

The United States Supreme Court will next week consider a petition from five American Samoans arguing they are entitled to US citizenship. 

Our group in Guam begin saying tofa

From Guamn with compliments of Pacific Energy, tomorrow will be the final performance by our young people at the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam.  

SOFIA donates $1000 to Red Cross

The American Red Cross, American Samoa is $1,000 richer thanks to the Sosaiete o Faafafine I Amerika Samoa (SOFIA).   

Where to on fisheries treaty

Later this month, the United States and Forum Fisheries Agency negotiators will sit down in Auckland, New Zealand for another round of talks for an agreement that would allow US purse seiners to fish within the Exclusive Economic Zones of island countries.

Dead myna birds given new life

The more than 1,200 myna birds put to their graves by myna bird expert Susana Saveedra Cruz and her band of myna trappers have been used in various ways.  

ASCC graduate Liu Lafaele heads to D.C.

Liu Lino Lafaele, a spring 2016 graduate of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC), will spend eight weeks as an intern with Congresswoman Aumua Amata Coleman in Washington, DC. 

New Coast Guard Lt. at the helm

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Unit in Pago Pago has a new lieutenant in charge.

Samoan taught at Pacific Arts Festival

In an intimate classroom setting, Guam residents and visiting delegates had the opportunity to learn some of the basics of the Samoan language yesterday at the Agana Shopping Center.  

MENA holds charity fashion show for Fiji

Habitat for Humanity has recognized  fashion designer Agnes Loheni and her team at fashion label MENA for their extraordinary support for cyclone victims in Fiji.    

ASG hiring continues in second quarter

 According to the Second Quarter Performance report for the Department of Human Resources, there were 83 new short term contracts added to the ASG payroll between January and March of this year.   

1200 myna birds are uma lava

Myna birds which have wreaked havoc on our native plants and trees and are a noisy nuisance everywhere have an enemy on their hands.  

800 youth have SYEP jobs

About 800 youth, 14-24, will be employed in the Summer Youth Employment Program this summer. 
Sili Epa Tuioti & wife Pearl

'Let's not borrow or owe money from the future...'

Samoa's new Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, has urged those in charge of government finances to control spending and not borrow against the country’s future. 

Last week of Arts Festival begins with a visitor

Our performers and artists in Guam got a surprise visit from District Court Judge Elvis Patea early this week. 

St. Theresa Elementary tops Just Play Program

St. Theresa Elementary school beat out seven other public schools in the Just Play Program competition last Friday. 

Polynesian delays during busy week

Polynesian Airlines was down to one aircraft for most of last week at the most inopportune time when flights were fully booked with passengers headed to Samoa for the Independence celebrations.  

Johann Vollrath studies on board Robert Seamans

American Samoa Community College student Johann Vollrath is studying Pacific coral reefs and environmental change through a four week study abroad program in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. 

Vikings edge Warriors in 1st JPS championship

In one of the closest football championships in recent memory in any league, the JPS Football finale lived up to all it’s hype.

Two directors file claims for worksman compensation

Two members of the Lolo and Lemanu administration have filed claims for Worksman Compensation.  
John Kerry speaking in London

Secretary of State congratulates Samoa

US Secretary of State John Kerry has sent a  message of congratulations to Samoa which is today celebrating 54 years of independent rule. 

Local students win special awards in Arizona

Two High School student from American Samoa won Special Awards in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP). 

American Samoa displays pageant outfits in Guam

From the Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam, in a  few days Hagatna will return to normal as the smorgasbord of people, arts, culture , food, fashions and other things Pacific draws to a close.  

In honor of their selfless sacrifice

A wreath was tossed in Pago Pago Harbor, while others  were laid at the cemetery at Satala and the Veterans Monument in Tafuna in remembrance of those who have given their lives in defense of the basic freedoms we sometimes take for granted today.

At long last, mental health facility is opened

It took decades to get off the drawing board but it’s finally opened. 
Photo: Samoa Observer

More action, less talk urged at 2Samoa meeting

Samoa’s Minister of Trade and Commerce, Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell, challenged  officials of American Samoa and Samoa for more action to realize an economic arrangement to facilitate trade and economic development between the two Samoas.

Polynesian seeks extension for Manu'a service

Not long after getting approval from the US Department of Transportation to continue flights to the Manu'a islands up to the end of next month, Polynesian Airlines is seeking another 30-day waiver. 

Tapaau attends UN decolonization seminar

Tapaau Dr. Daniel Aga, Director of the ASG Office on Political Status, Constitutional Review and Federal Relations, heads to Managua, Nicaragua tonight to represent American Samoa at the Pacific Regional Seminar of the United Nations Committee on Decolonization.

Rotarians host successful golf tourney

The Rotary Club of Pago Pago hosted their annual golf tournament Friday and Saturday and boasted one of the largest turnouts of the year. 


ASG payroll costs at a glance

The Department of Human Resources second quarter performance report provides details on the payroll costs for ASG excluding the semi autonomous agencies like the American Samoa Power Authority,  LBJ Hospital, Shipyard Services Authority, the American Samoa Community College and Library.


Rachel Jennings hired by Delaware State University

Rachel Jennings, an employee of the Department of Education  Testing Office and former English teacher at Samoana High School has been appointed as athletic academic advisor at Delaware State University. 

Kanana Fou accountants receive prizes

The Kanana Fou High School accounting team which topped the annual accounting competition held in February were presented their prizes on Tuesday.  

Head of State and his village reconcile

Samoa's Head of State, who is the holder of the Tui Atua paramount title, has reconciled with his village of Lufilufi who banished him six years ago. 

USDOL hopes to resolve DPS overtime with ASG

While in the territory this week, a senior official of the US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, Min Park, hopes to hold discussions with ASG regarding overtime payment for the Department of Public Safety. 

Singing career takes off for Malaeloa youth

Malaeloa native, Fonomaalii Mason Mataele, has been chosen to sing for a Christian ministry accapella group called, Keepers of the Faith Quartet, based in Puyallup, Washington. 
Photo: Wolverines

Coach Harbaugh will soon be landing on the rock

The University of Michigan’s football camps in American Samoa continue to get a lot of mention in US media.


At half way point of FY2016, ASG spends below budget

ASG managed to keep spending in check in the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2016. 
Photos: Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Pacific ministers agree to prioritize culture

Pacific culture Ministers have called for ongoing support for the region's cultural sector and for greater collaboration, experience sharing and use of innovative approaches to fund culture, such as development levies and tax incentives. 

Wreath laying honors women who have served

In a pre Memorial Day ceremony yesterday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, and the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues held a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery yesterday to honor all of the women who have served our great nation.

Governor delves into CMS report with LBJ

Since the release of the report of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was released, Governor Lolo Moliga is said to have held several meetings with the LBJ Board and management and the Task Force that he established to come up with solutions to LBJ’s problems.

Governor delves into CMS report with LBJ

Governor Lolo Moliga has held several meetings with the LBJ Board and management and the Task Force that he established to come up with solutions to LBJ’s problems since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report was released.

NOAA keeps fishing days for 2016 at 1,828

The US purse seine fleet fishing in the U.S. exclusive economic zone and on the high seas area known as Effort Limit Area for Purse Seine, or ELAPS, is getting only 1,828 fishing days for calendar year 2016. 

Two men accused of stealing from STP

Two men made their initial appearances in District Court today for allegedly stealing rolls of string belonging to one of  the canneries.  

From the Pacific Arts Festival in Guam...

In news from the Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam, last night our group bid farewell to some of the VIP officials who were in Guam for the opening days of the festival.   

Company aims to open local venture

A company that announced plans to set up in the territory during the Flag Day celebrations, hopes to open their local business next month or July. 

Leone's taking World Teach trio to Samoa

The Leone village group which will entertain at Samoa’s independence celebrations next Wednesday, Samoa time is taking its three World Teach volunteers who sang and danced with Leone during Flag Day. 

ASG & private sector should learn new overtime rule

The Department of Labor’s new overtime rule which would entitle high salaried employees who are currently exempt  from overtime compensation is going to be another blow to ASG ‘s already high personnel costs. 

American Samoa participates in autism study

More and more researchers from the US mainland are looking at health issues in American Samoa.  

First extra Hawaiian Air flight is tonight

Hawaiian Air ‘s first Wednesday night flight for the summer arrives tonight. 

Aufa'i Apulu Ropeti Areta is new head of ACNR

The Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources (ACNR) Division of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) or Land Grant  has a new director.

Photo: SP Water Sports & Fitness

It's summer, think boat safety

As we head into  summer, and families will be on the ocean more, the US Coast Guard is drawing attention to boat safety. 

Number of confirmed Zika cases is now 18

The Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed three additional cases of the Zika virus in the territory.  

New rule pays overtime to some management employees

New overtime regulations by the US Department of Labor which go into effect December 1st, would have employers paying overtime to professional and executive type employees who are currently exempt from overtime compensation. 

Island delegates fight on for help in Puerto Rico bill

Congressional Republicans are keeping American Samoa and the other outlying territories out of a time-sensitive bill to help save Puerto Rico from further default on its debt obligations. But KHJ News Washington Correspondent Matt Kaye reports, the island delegates are not giving up their bid to also win more federal help…

Hawaiian Air sends film crew here

A two-member film crew from Honolulu is in the territory this week filming a segment on American Samoa for the airline’s Hawaiian Skies in flight entertainment. 
Conceptual image of new hotel

Two companies make offers for hotel project

Only two companies, both from off island, submitted offers in response to the the request for proposals for the development of the old Rainmaker hotel site. 

Rotary's annual golf tourney & raffle is this Saturday

The Rotary Club of Pago Pago is holding its main fundraising of the year this Saturday.  Its annual golf tournament.

Region tries to get ahead of natural disasters

Ocean experts meeting this week in Noumea hope their research can help Pacific people better prepare for the impact of natural disasters. 

Guam: Good Samaritans come bearing gifts

From the 12th festival of Pacific Arts in Guam brought to you courtesy of Pacific Energy: American Samoa‘s cultural and arts ambassadors are not only popular but are receiving gifts of food and water from various sectors of the Guam community.

Hepatitis positive staff treated dialysis patients

A condition that the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services  laid out for the Dialysis Unit of the LBJ Hospital was that all suspected patients and staff be vaccinated for Hepatitis B. 

Tourism CEO wants Poly to resume international service

The Samoa Tourism Authority is pushing its government to resurrect the former international flight schedule of its national carrier, Polynesian Airlines.   

Host committee blamed for lack of water at PacFest

It’s the third day of the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam and media in the US territory are all covering the lack of water for delegations during the opening ceremony Sunday night.  

Samoa Office closes Monday & Tuesday next week

The Office of the Consulate General of Samoa advises the public that it will be closed Monday for Memorial Day and Tuesday, May 31 for Samoa’s Independence Day. 

Avele mastermind sent back to jail

Avele college student Setefano Taofia Toala has pleaded guilty to four charges of posting threats on Facebook, and has been sent back to prison to await a July hearing of additional charges against him.  

Tuaua plaintiffs fight for Supreme Court hearing

Supreme Court attorney Theodore B. Olson yesterday filed a reply brief before the Supreme Court in Tuaua v. United States, a case addressing birthright citizenship for people born in American Samoa who are currently US nationals and not citizens. 

Tuaua plaintiffs fights for Supreme Court hearing

Supreme Court attorney Theodore B. Olson yesterday filed a reply brief before the Supreme Court in Tuaua v. United States, a case addressing birthright citizenship for people born in American Samoa who are currently US nationals and not citizens. 

ASCC business students end year on high note

Business students at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) concluded their activities for the year with a donation to Hope House, along with entertainment for its residents. 

Air Force Lt. Louise Lafitaga Togia'i joins JAG

Louise Lafitaga Togia’i  is the first Samoan JAG Active Duty Officer in the Air Force.    
Photo: Pacific Community

Water shortage mars PacFest in Guam

Our delegation to the Pacific Arts Festival in Guam is staying in air conditioned classrooms but when they are out and about they’re having to deal with very humid conditions in the host country. 

Another attempt to remove vessel today

The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa and several local and federal partner agencies will make another attempt to remove the fishing vessel that's been stranded on the reef near Aunuu island for more than a month. 

Court reviews juvenile criminal record of Togitogi

The High Court asked to review the juvenile record of a young man who has made a career out of breaking the law.  

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.