What's Happening

Governor unhappy with teacher shortage

A month into the new school year and some public schools are short of teachers. 

Ban on BBQ's, signs and tents near voting booths is law

The distribution of free food , display of political signs and campaign tents around voting booths will now be a thing of the past.   

Stepfather sent to jail for five years

  A man has been jailed for 5 years for sexual abuse and sodomy involving his two minor stepdaughters. The citizen of Samoa was sentenced to five years for sexual abuse and 15 years for sodomy.  However he will serve only 5 years with no rel

Children of disaster victims receive checks

Another emotional remembrance of the September 29 tragedy took place Saturday at the Tsunami Memorial Picnic Shelter at Lions Park. 


Ms. American Samoa promotes literacy

The new Miss American Samoa, Miss Tradewinds Hotel Anneliese Sword intends to use her reign to encourage children to read and promote literacy. 


Increases in budget can't be touched

The Fiscal Year 2015 budget for ASG is now awaiting the governor’s signature.


Leone remembers 9/29 tsunami victims

They say time heals but five years on the pain of losing her 6 year old daughter Vaijoresa in the September 29th, 2009  tsunami hasn’t diminished for Mrs. Taitasi Fitiao


New Miss AS is Anneliese Sword

Miss Tradewinds Hotel Anneliese Sword has been crowned the new Miss American Samoa.  

Defendant in Fagaalu murder jailed for 15 yrs

A murder defendant was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for killing a man in Fagaalu in October of last year.  

It must be an election year

There have been a slew of resolutions from the House of Representatives for infrastructure projects such as roads and seawalls.   

Segaula makes maiden voyage to Manu'a

It took the new Manu’a boat, Segaula about 5 ½ hours to travel from Tutuila to Ofu in rough seas .  

Opposition to veto change stirs up House

Calls have been made for the House of Representatives to explain to the public that the House did nto initiate the bill to increase office allowances for the Fono. 

PIE attorney claims ASG hasn't paid in full

The High Court is to decide whether the government has fully paid a judgment in the ASG and Pacific International Engineering Ltd civil case. 


All flags lowered Monday for 9/29 victims

Governor Lolo Moliga issued an order yesterday to lower all flags in the territory at half staff on Monday, September 29 from sunrise till sunset to remember those whose lives were taken by the earthquake and tsunami of September 29, 2009. 


Bigger retirement checks next month

With the Fono’s passage of the bill to increase annuities for retirees, the October retirement checks for 90% of retirees will be up by half a percent.  


CID close to solving Ottoville break-ins

The head of the Criminal Investigations of the Department of Public Safety, Commander Lavata'i Taase Sagapolutele says they are close to solving a series of break-ins in the Ottoville area in May.


Man admits to having sex with 15 yr old

Fereti Talosaga will be sentenced October 22 for first degree sexual abuse for having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

MacDonald & Vui considered for SSBCI

As the American Samoa Small State Business Credit Initiative Program, SSBCI prepares for launching early next month, two individuals are reported to have been hired for senior roles in the program.


No decision on any changes to cabinet

Governor Lolo Moliga says he hasn’t made any decisions on changes to the cabinet as his administration reaches the halfway point of their first term in office.  


Tautai Assoc makes renewed plea to governor

The Tautai o Samoa Longline & Fishing Association has used some of Governor Lolo’s statements to President Barack Obama opposing expansion of the Pacific Remote Island Marine National Monument to again plead their case to be allowed to fish within the territory's 50 mile closure area.  


DOE Director endorses non violence campaign

One of the aims of the non violence campaign by a local group that's promoting peaceful means to resolve conflicts  is to stop violence in schools.  


Governor says Payroll transfer to stop abuses

Governor Lolo Moliga is adamant that payroll irregularities that have been rampant for many years can only be stopped by moving the Payroll Division now under Treasury to the Department of Human Resources.

Seniors get three hotmeals a week

Beginning next week, elderly citizens will be served hotmeals three days a week instead of two.  


Yachtsman was a loner

A yachtsman found dead yesterday on his boat has been described by those who knew him as a person who kept to himself and didn’t socialize much with the yachting community.


Leaders pay tribute to Sen. Faumuina

The three branches of government gathered at the Fono guest house this morning to honor and farewell the late Senator of Mauputasi, Faumuina Tagisialii.

Group wages vote no campaign

A group of veteran public educators is quietly waging a campaign to get voters to vote no on the veto override referendum that will be on the ballot in November.


Mixed reaction to monument expansion

President Obama’s executive order to expand less than planned, the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, is drawing mixed reactions from American Samoa’s congressman and Western Pacific fisheries interests. 

Man found dead on yacht

Yesterday afternoon a man was found dead on a yacht moored in Pago Pago Harbor.

Driver in fatal accident enters plea deal

The driver of a vehicle which slammed in to a utlity pole in Aoloau last year killing one the passengers has entered a plea agreement with the government 


Countdown begins for 2014 Miss Am Samoa

The first judged portion of the Miss American Samoa competition takes place today when the five contestants vying for the crown make presentations on selected topics and answer questions from the judges.  


Hospital board's increases raise questions

Lawmakers have questioned what authority the Hospital Authority Board has to increase their compensation above what is provided under the law.  


Polynesian Airlines seeks extension for Manu'a

Polynesian Airlines has asked the US Department of Transportation to allow them to continue flying to Manua for an additional 30 days. 


Gold Mothers Day celebrated Saturday

This weekend the territory joins the rest of the nation in celebrating Gold Mothers Day, dedicated to honoring the mothers of military men and women who have died while defending freedom. 


Man charged for beating sister

A 37-year-old man  has been charged with third degree assault and private peace disturbance for assaulting his sister for drinking a juice that belonged to him. 


Pres. Obama to sign monument expansion

The expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument is a done deal. 

DoH to open Primary Care Clinic next month

The Department of Health hopes to have its first Primary Care Clinic opened early next month.  


Fono approves SONAR bill, ASEDA members

The House and Senate have approved in unanimous reading the SONAR or Sex offender Notification and Registration bill.


Workforce grant application to be re-submitted

The government's $10 million workforce grant application to the US Department of Labor which was initially submitted early this year will be resubmitted to the federal agency for the next funding year. 


Remembering victims of the 2009 tsunami

Ceremonies marking the 5th anniversary of the 2009 earthquake and tsunami which killed 34 children, women and men will take place this weekend. 


DHR gets ready to take over ASG payroll

The Department of Human Resources is getting ready to take over the processing and management of the ASG payroll.  


Father chokes son over Bible verse

A man accused of hitting his 10 -year-old son because he forgot his White Sunday verse has been charged with endangering the life of a child and private peace disturbance. 


Faleomavaega finally explains illness

American Samoa’s longtime Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin has finally revealed the nature of the illness that sidelined him for months starting last October.

Sen. Galea'i still after final payouts

A year after he first wrote to Govenror Lolo Moliga about payouts made to former directors of the last administration, Senator Galea’i Tu’ufuli has sent off another letter to the governor about the same topic. 


Paul Ieti is on island

Local singer Paul Ieti of "America’s Got Talent" fame arrived for a three week holiday last night.  


House drags feet on controversial bills

Members of the public are anxiously awaiting how their House representatives will vote on two bills that has generated much discussion in the community.  


BOH now accepting applications for grants

The Bank of Hawaii is again offering its Small Business Revitalization and Development Grant aimed at stimulating small business development in American Samoa.  


Board to begin interviews for LBJ CEO

The Board of Directors of the Hospital Authority will be meeting soon to go over applications for the position of CEO of the LBJ Hospital. 


Amnesty bill is now law

Governor Lolo Moliga has signed the immigration amnesty bill into law which gives an opportunity to foreigners who have been in the territory without proper authorization to legalize their status.  


AG urges passage of SONAR bill

Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale fully supports a bill which establishes a sex offender registry under the Attorney General’s Office and provides for a website that lists all those who have been convicted of sex offences.  


CRAG awarded $121,000 grant

The American Samoa Coral Reef Advisory Group has been awarded $121,000 by the Office of Insular Affairs, Department of Interior. 


LBJ Hospital to reduce outpatient fees

The LBJ Hospital will be reducing all basic charges for out patient services by $5 effective October 1st.  


Funeral services for Sen. Faumuina Thurs & Fri

The body of the late Senator Faumuina Tagisialii will lie in state at the Fono guest house Thursday morning where a government service will be held in his honor. 


Last open houses for Seamans

The educational and research vessel the Robert C. Seamans will be leaving the territory next week after a six week stay. 


Threats lead to husband's arrest

A woman who arrived home late from work and was accused by her husband of having an affair filed a complaint that her husband threatened to kill her and held her against her will in their house.


Service wharf project needs to be re-bid

A major infrastructure project which has been on the drawing boards since 2007 wil have to be re bid because all of the bids that were received in the first round were way beyond the budget for the project. 


Ten teachers will be hired from Samoa

The number of teachers that the Department of Education is hiring from Samoa is much less than what earlier reports had indicated.


Hokule'a captain thanks territory

The captain of the Hokule’a, Nainoa Thompson says American Samoa has had a very profound impact on their quest to revive traditional sailing methods and promote awareness of global challenges that affect islanders. 


DMWR honors villages & mayors with MPAs

Villages and village mayors with the best managed marine protected areas were honored by the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources during an awards presentation Friday.


Man gets same sentence 2nd time around

David Letuli had his wish granted for the original panel who heard his case from the beginning to sentence him.  


No public disclosure in communications dispute

The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority has filed a response to the complaint filed by Bluesky Communications with Governor Lolo over their dissatisfaction with ASTCA's handling of negotiations for an interconnectivity agreement.

House and Senate approve FY2015 budget

 The House and Senate have now approved their respective versions of the fiscal year 2015 budget intact except for a reduction of $65,000 to the budget of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau.   

Chapter on Fita Fita guard to be added to Centennial Book

Research is being conducted on the history of American Samoans in the U.S. military from the Fita Fita era through the present day.  
Photo: Courtesy Hokule'a

Swains visit strengthens crews' resolve

They had read about Swains island and seen photos of the island but being able to set foot there was an experience that the crews of the Hokule’a and Hikianalia would never forget.

Declaration of disaster helps SSBCI

The presidential declaration of American Samoa as a disaster area is seen by the contractors who are helping set up American Samoa’s State Small Business Credit Initiative Program as a boost in efforts to set up new businesses in the territory. 

Four fishermen alive and well in Samoa

The four local fishermen who went missing while heading from Tutuila to Manu’a two weeks ago are now in Apia awaiting word from Samoa’s Department of Foreign Affairs as to when they will return home. 

Magalei: E le ai afu le maota lenei

The House and Senate will vote on their respective versions of the Fiscal Year 2015 budget bill in final reading today.


Defendant has to pay back $23,000

Filoialii Mata’u was ordered Friday by the High Court to pay $23,000 in restitution to Tri Marine International, the amount of cash he took from the company last year.


ASH Cable pursues second undersea cable

The American Samoa Hawaii Cable company is pursuing a second submarine cable. 

Hokule'a captain presented Senate resolution

A Senate Concurrent resolution honoring the Polynesian Voyaging Society and its navigating canoes Hokule’a and Hikianalia was today presented to navigator Nainoa Thompson. 

Retirees can look forward to bigger checks next month

With less than 2 weeks before the start of the new month, the fono is moving quickly to pass a bill to authorize a .5% increase in annuities for government retirees.  

Vui allowed to intervene in Bartley appeal

The Appellate Division of the High Court today granted incumbent Tuala-uta Representative Vui Florence Saulo’s motion to intervene in the appeal brought by challenger Lucia Bartley over Vui’s eligibility to run for the District 15 race.

Strict controls for SSBCI

Because of ASG’s high risk designation, all disbursements for the State Small Business Credit Initiative, the federally funded program intended to finance new businesses and upgrade existing ones, will be subject to extra scrutiny. 

Bill would help crack down on illegal fishing

The Coast Guard and NOAA will have more authority to crack down on illegal fishing around American Samoa and other US islands under a bill the US House Natural Resources Committee just passed.

Man sent to jail for 6 months for beating teen

A 36-year-old man who assaulted a teenager with a metal pipe was ordered by the High Court today to serve 6 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility.


Youth sell fruits of their labor

The Native American Samoa Advisory Council Youth Livelihood Project will be selling organically grown produce from their farm this evening in Pava'ia'i across from the LDS chapel. 

Resolution asks governor to pay increments

Three members of the House of Representatives are asking Governor Lolo Moliga to lift the suspension on salary increments for eligible government employees.


Lost fishermen found close to Samoa

The four fishermen who went on a fishing trip last week to Manu'a but never arrived at their destination were found yesterday by a purse seiner vessel alive and floating some 230 nautical miles off Samoa.


SSBCI program close to take-off

Contractors who will oversee the American Samoa State Small Business Credit Initiative say the territory’s application was so novel that the US Treasury has never seen or approved anything like it before. 


Youth Center gets a roof

The new Youth Center at Pago Pago, financed jointly by the Indonesian and American Samoa Government, is beginning to take shape.  


Fire stations to be upgraded

The fire stations in Fagatogo and Tafuna will be upgraded and new protective gear and equipment for firefighters will be acquired.  


FEMA says not enough damage for IA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency determined that the extent of damages suffered by those affected by the July flooding and mudslides was not severe enough to warrant individual assistance.


CHIK seems to be slowing down

The Department of Health is seeing a decrease in average cases of Chikungunya as well as a steady decrease in attack rate throughout all the districts.


New DBAS building "a blessing"

It was a day of celebration for the Development Bank of American Samoa when its new building to replace the one destroyed by the 2009 natural disaster was blessed and officially opened.  .


US Secretary Lew was here

Governor Lolo Moliga had a chance to thank the US Secretary Treasury Jack Lew in person on local soil for his approval of American Samoa’s State Small Business Credit initiative (SSBCI) application. 


Smaller reduction from Visitors Bureau budget

The Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the American Samoa Government will have only one amendment to the original budget plan submitted by the Lolo Lemanu administration.  


Campaign Nonviolence at ASCC next week

September 21st -27th has been designated as the kick off week for the national movement of "Campaign Nonviolence” and a symposium on the topic will be held at the college next week.


Attorney seeks answers on Indonesian clients

The attorney representing the four Indonesian men who were kept at the Territorial Correctional Facility for more than a week has written to the Attorney General’s Office questioning why the men left the island after the AG’s Office initially put a stop order preventing their departure.


ASH Cable makes $1.5 m profit

The American Samoa Hawaii Cable, the company which manages the undersea fiber optic cable that connects American Samoa and Samoa to Hawaii made a profit of $1.5 million in 2013. 

Governor wants school buses fixed

Governor Lolo Moliga called a meeting yesterday to discuss school bus transportation.  


Majority are staying put in Gataivai

Most of the families in Gataivai whose homes were damaged by floods and mudslides in July have opted to return to their homes.  


Suleman family hasn't given up search

The family of the family and son team whose small plane crashed off Pago Pago International Airport in July have informed the Director of Port Administration that they will carry out a sonar search of the ocean floor where the aircraft is believed to have crashed. 


Meet and Greet the contestants

Congressional women candidates Aumua Amata and Rosie Fualaau Tago Lancaster last night urged the contestants vying for the Miss American Samoa title to never stop learning and to represent the territory with confidence and dignity. 


Man found guilty of assault

A High Court jury yesterday found 19-year-old Fernandez Euini guilty of assaulting another man with a rock and public peace disturbance but acquitted him of underage drinking. 


Gaoteote: Dont let criticisms stop what's right

Some in the Senate are perturbed with criticisms directed at the increase of office expense allowances for the Fono but Senate President Gaoteote Palaie says criticisms should not stop them from doing the right thing.    


The Hokule'a returns

The Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a and sister vessel Hikianalia returned to the territory early this morning after getting a warm welcome by the Jennings family in Swains Island.


Female candidates to address MASI contestants

Five beauties will be vying for the Miss American Samoa title next week and they will be introducing themselves to the public in a meet and greet this evening.


Man admits to sexual contact with 14-yr-old

Lawrence Sevaaetasi admitted today to having sexual contact with a 14-year-girl.


SFC Diaz gives credit to local team

The Local Army Recruiting Station is in a celebration mood and rightfully so.  


US SBA makes loans available after disaster

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has made available low-interest federal disaster loans to eligible organizations in American Samoa following President Obama’s recent federal disaster declaration for public assistance. 


Charges dismissed during assault trial

19-year-old Fernandez Euini, who is accused of assaulting another man with a rock, took the stand in his own defense today. 


Visitors Bureau and Special Programs cut

The American Samoa Visitors Bureau and Special Programs have fallen victim to cuts in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

Subsidies are helping alia owners

The President of the Pago Alia Fisheries Association Representative Vaamua Henry Sesepasara says the subsidies alia owners are receiving from the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources have been a tremendous help in reviving alia numbers.  


Need for air traffic control tower raised

An air traffic control tower for Pago Pago International Airport is not a dead issue but according to Port Director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele it would probably be 2017 when funding for the tower can be discussed with the Federal Aviation Administration.  


Vui files motion to intervene in appeal

Representative Vui Florence Saulo is requesting the Appellate Division of the High Court to intervene in the election appeal filed against the chief election officer which questions her eligibility to run for one of the House seats she currently occupies. 


Luxury yacht makes stop over

Quite a few residents stopped by at the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources yesterday to take photos and marvel at the site of a luxury yacht that’s anchored there called the "Margaux."


Govt fails to prove one charge in robbery case

District Court Judge Pro Temp Fiti Sunia yesterday dismissed the second criminal case against one of the defendants in the Fagaalu store robbery following a preliminary examination hearing yesterday. 


Local Army Recruiting Station is #1

The local Army Recruiting Office has put in 153 future soldiers in the US Army this fiscal year, the largest number of recruits out of American Samoa in the last five years.


Alia with four fishermen is missing

An alia fishing boat which left last Wednesday headed for Manu’a never arrived and is now reported lost at sea.  


Kidney diseases climbing

A celebration this week honoring nurses who care for patients with kidney disease is highlighting the rise in kidney disease in American Samoa and the need for residents to become “health kidney” advocates.


Joint Committee approves $424.5 budget

Moves to slash the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget for ASG by $6 million did not succeed when the joint budget and appropriations committees got down to finalizing the spending plan today.

Governor will decide when bills get to him

The President of the American Samoa Federation of Educators Ben Peni Te’o says he’s pleased to learn that Governor Lolo has reservations about the planned increases to the salaries of  the governor and lt. governor, and expense allowances of the Fono.

Election chief asks for dismissal of challenge

Chief Election Officer Tuaolo Manaia Fruean is asking the Appellate Division of the High Court to dismiss Tuala-uta candidate Lucia Su'a Bartley's challenge over Representative Vui Florence Saulo's eligibility to run in the House election.  


Grassroots approach for cabotage waiver

It’s the hope of Governor Lolo Moliga that if the grassroots approach to winning cabotage exemption is successful, the US Congress will put American Samoa in the same category as Alaska.  


Coast Weeks kicks off with canoe races

Coast Weeks 2014 got off to a great start yesterday.  


DHSS explains reason for delay

The delay in the issuance of food stamp bonuses for recipients of the American Samoa Nutrition Assistance Program yesterday was because Food Stamp employees had to manually input information in order to allow their computer system to print the food stamp bonuses. 


Leaders want a yes vote on veto override

The Governor, Senate President and Speaker of the House have asked voters to vote yes on the veto override referendum when they go to the polls November 4th. 


Ben Te'o gets call from the governor

Leone High School Principal and Preisdent of the American Samoa Federation of Educators Ben Peni Te’o yesterday received a response from Governor Lolo to his letter that before leaders give themselves a payraise they should fix more pressing problems in the schools and other public services. 


.5% increase for ASG retirees

The Retirement Fund Board of Trustees has approved a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) of 0.5% for ASG retirees who retired prior to October 1, 2012. 


Crowd waited awhile for Food Stamp bonuses

Those who turned up to receive the $90 bonus from the American Samoa Nutrition Assistance or Food Stamp Program weren’t expecting to spend their whole day to pick up the benefit. 


Nu'uuli Vo-Tech gets 6 yr accreditation

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges has given Nuuuli Vocational Technical High School, the territory’s only vocational technical high school, a six-year accreditation - the longest accreditation term a school can receive from WASC.


American Samoa's GDP dropped 2.4 in 2013

The estimates of Gross Domestic Product for American Samoa released today by the US Bureau for Economic Analysis show that real GDP – GDP adjusted to remove price  changes – decreased 2.4 percent in 2013.


New lanes of Airport Road will soon be used

Motorists will soon be using the new lanes of the Airport Road from in front of the Triple S gas station to in front of McDonald's in Tafuna.

Faimealelei reacts to criticism

Complaints from the public about planned increases to the Fono’s office expense allowances aren't sitting well with Representative Faimealelei Anthony Allen. 


Consultant: PUC model may not work in Pacific

A public utility commission model to regulate water and electricity utilities will not work in the Pacific Islands.



The Office of Protection and Advocacy for the Disabled and the Territorial Administration on Aging Office have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to plan and develop new programs that will focus on the needs of senior citizens with disabilities.


No jail for man found with trace of marijuana

A man found carrying a container that had liquid tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, when he stepped off Hawaiian Air in late April,  has been fined $2,000. 


Lemanu highlights COT plague

The crown of thorns outbreak, a major threat to the survival of American Samoa’s coral reef, was highlighted by Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga in his remarks at the 32nd United States Coral Reef Task Force in Maui, Hawaii. 


Why ASG needs MOA for hotel demolition

The Memorandum of Agreement needed by ASG in order to move forward with the demolition of the old Rainmaker Hotel will stipulate what needs to be done to mitigate the adverse effect on the historic property. 


Tafuna Dental Clinic reopens today

The Dental Clinic at the Tafuna Health Community Center reopens this morning after being closed the past week. 


Bill steps up sex offender registration

Legislation which implements the minimum standards of the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, in the territory is now before the Fono. 


On line petition to remove cabotage

An online petition calls on Congress to repeal the cabotage restrictions on American Samoa.  


Construction of new power plant gets off the ground

The construction of a new 23-megawatt power plant at Satala to replace the one destroyed by the 2009 earthquake and tsunami will now officially start following the blessing and the turning of the soil by leaders today. 

New Leone bridge dedicated

A new and improved Leone bridge which was damaged during the 2009 earthquake and tsunami was dedicated today.

Attorney says challenge of Vui will fail again

Attorney for Representative Vui Florence Saulo says they will be intervening in the petition filed by challenger Lucia Sua Bartley against the chief election officer over Vui's eligibility to run in the House race. 

Faleomavaega meets with StarKist CEO

Congressman Faleomavaega says he has met  with StarKist President and CEO, Mr. Sam Hwi Lee, regarding cannery operations in American Samoa.


Business incubator in the works

A new addition for the Fagatogo market place is an incubator for new businesses to start up.


Man jailed for 7 yrs for sexual assault

Chief Justice Michael Kruse today questioned how Immigration can grant permission to a 15-year-old girl to live in American Samoa without her parents. 


Sewerline project for the east breaks ground

Leaders of Maputasi led by Paramount Chief Mauga Tasi Asuega celebrated the groundbreaking for the long awaited sewer line project for Leloaloa, Aua and Onesosopo with an ava ceremony and speeches of thanks to the American Samoa Power Authority.


Fiji re-elected chair of PWWA

Members of the Pacific Water and Waste Water Association meeting in American Samoa this week have re-elected the Chief Executive Officer of the Fiji Water Authority, Opetaia Ravai. as chairman of PWWA for the next three years. 

Governor's Office wants $420,000 extra

As the Fono is about to finalize the Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the American Samoa Government, the Governor's Office has requested that $420,000 be added to its budget.


$90 bonus for ASNAP recipients

Good news for recipients of the American Samoa Nutrition Assistance or Food Stamp Program.  


Sadie's agrees to pay back wages

American Samoa-based Dateline Industries Inc., doing business as Sadie's Hotels, has agreed to pay $21,314 in back wages to 89 hotel and restaurant employees. 


No more BBQ's close to voting booths

The House has approved in final reading the Senate version of the administration bill dealing with elections.  


Bartley appeals ruling on Vui's candidacy

House candidate Lucia Su’a Bartley is asking the Appellate Division of the High Court to review a decision by the chief election officer to deny her challenge of Vui Florence Saulo’s eligibility to run in the Tuala-uta race.


Early walk on 9/11 for Recovery Month

Employees of the Department of Human and Social Services and their government and non-profit partners held a walk early this morning in commemoration of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States and to celebrate National Recovery Month.


Court grants defendant's request

A man who walked into the District Court late last year with a pouch containing methamphetamine has gotten his request to be re-sentenced for possessing an illegal substance.


Engage public when raising rates

A rate consultant is stressing the need for Pacific utilities to engage the public when they decide to raise power, water or waste water rates. 


Attorney says ASG hasnt paid PIE in full

The attorney for Pacific International Engineering Ltd says ASG still owes PIE $4,700 from the judgment handed down by the court several years ago.


Pacific reps take their case to White House

US Pacific Island representatives met this week with President Obama’s counselor John Podesta to oppose Obama’s plan to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. 


Teo: Fix problems in schools before raises

The Principal of Leone High School Peni Ben Te’o today wrote to Governor Lolo and Fono leaders to please consider funding to resolve problems in the schools first before they raise their salaries and that of directors.

Senators approve $10,000 hike in allowances

Senators were unanimous in their support of the bill raising the office expense allowances for lawmakers. 

No fast solution for ECE transport

It’s not likely that students attending Early Childhood Education Centers will get government buses to transport them to and from school anytime soon .

Rainmaker Hotel demolition awaits MOU

The demolition of the old Rainmaker Hotel is awaiting approval from the US Department of Interior. 


Governor thanks President Obama

Governor Lolo Moliga has thanked President Barak Obama for issuing the disaster declaration which would authorize federal funding to assist American Samoa with recovery, clean up and mitigation costs as a result of flooding  and mudslides in July and August.  


Expired goods found in Leone store again

Health inspectors are looking into issuing citations against a Leone store after a follow up inspection discovered numerous food items on the store shelves which have passed their expiration dates.


TOFR becomes ODAPM

The Fono has concluded hearings on the Fiscal Year 2015 budget and the joint Senate and House budget committees were scheduled to begin divvying up the spending plan this morning, 


Samoa AG's to start exchange staff

The Attorney General’s Office is sorting out final details for an exchange program with their counterparts in Samoa.


President Obama declares major disaster

President Barack Obama today declared a major disaster exists in American Samoa and ordered federal aid to supplement territory and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, and landslides during the period of July 29 to August 3, 2014.


YWAM demonstrates biogas at PPWA

A biogas system developed by a Samoan missionary school is one way being explored as a solution to clean and sustainable energy for Pacific Island communities.


Amnesty bill clears Fono

The administration’s immigration amnesty bill received unanimous approval from the House of Representatives this morning.  


Two men under 21 face drug charges

Two young men are facing drug charges after they were allegedly caught smoking a marijuana joint in the parking lot of a local bar.


AG connects with ex-territories at SIDS

His attendance at the Small Island Developing States conference gave Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale a chance to meet officials from former US territories which are now semi independent like Palau and the Marshall islands.


Investigators hired from NZ to probe fire

Two investigators from New Zealand have completed their probe of the cause of the fire which destroyed the business building in Fagaalu Monday of last week.  


Members told more action needed on water

The 7th Annual Water Conference and Expo attended by representatives from 21 island nations plus businesses from around the region continues today with workshops and a discussion of a benchmarking report for Pacific Water and Wastewater Utilities (PWWA).


Tafuna Dental Health Clinic closed

The dental clinic at the Tafuna Health Center was closed Monday due to unsanitary conditions.


Lawmakers make their own special requests

One of the budget items under the program for Special Programs that was questioned by lawmakers is the local road maintenance subsidy of $568,000 for Fiscal Year 2014. 


Vui calls challenge personal grudge

Representative Vui Florence Saulo has called a challenge of her nationality by Su'a Lucia Bartley and Mrs. Esther Wall an attack that carries with it a personal grudge.


Cargo flight stuck here for a few days

The weekly cargo flight bringing cargo and mail for American Samoa was grounded at the airport for several days after it encountered mechanical problems.


7th Pacific Water Conference & Expo opens

A conference focusing on the business of water and the need for sustainable supplies amid increasing demand in the Pacific opened this morning at the Lee Auditorium.


$10,000 increases in Fono allowances

The Fono’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget includes an increase in the tax free expense allowances for Fono leaders and members.   


Fagaalu fire still under investigation

Investigations are continuing into the cause of the fire which burned down a commercial building in Fagaalu late night on Labor Day last week. 

House supports bill to hike pay of gov/lt.gov

Today the House Budget Committee continued review of a bill to increase the governor’s salary from $85,000 to $125,000 and the lt. governor's compensation from $75,000 to $100,000. 


Segaula awaits Coast Guard certificate

The new catamaran for the Manu'a islands, the Segaula, is only authorized to carry up to six passengers at the moment.


Administration sets up office for Special Programs

The administration has used part of the funding approved for Special Programs in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget to set up an office that overseas special programs.  


ECE students cannot ride on DOE buses

Beginning yesterday, parents of students in Early Childhood Education have to find transportation for their children to and from the ECE centers as the Department of Education school bus service is no longer available to them.


Halecks happy with Appellate Court ruling

The Haleck family is very happy with the decision handed down by the Appellate Division of the High Court regarding their dispute with ASG over the 26-acre lowland rainforest property in Tafuna known as the Naumati.


Changes would update ASEDA's bond power

Governor Lolo has submitted legislation to the Fono which he says would update the bond issuing capability of the American Samoa Economic Development Authority.


"Keeping the Water Clean"

Representatives from Pacific Island utilities attended a workshop at the American Samoa Power Authority compound this weekend to tackle water quality issues facing insular areas.


Another criminal case dismissed

The High Court dismissed another criminal case today at the request of the government.


Local absentee voting begins Wednesday

Local absentee voting begins this Wednesday for eligible voters who will be off island on November 4th.


Halecks win appeal in Naumati case

The Appellate Division of the High Court has set aside a lower court ruling prohibiting businessman Avamua Dave Haleck and the Haleck family from developing 26-acres of the Tafuna lowland rainforest known as Naumati.


Election Office denies Bartley's challenge

The Election Office has denied the challenge filed by Sua's Lucia Bartley on the eligibility of Vui Florence Saulo to be a candidate in the House of Representatives election for District #15.  


Senators react to PM's "disorganized"

Statements by Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele reported by the Samoa News generated discussion in trhe Senate this morning.  


Local hotel/tour operators featured in NZ

The American Samoa Visitors Bureau will host a travel trade evening in Auckland, New Zealand on September 29th, featuring seven hotel and tour operators from the territory.


One challenge filed in House election

The only challenge of candidates running in the Novemebr general elections which was filed with the Election Office by the deadline on Friday is in District# 15, Tuala –uta. 


LBJ's FY2015 budget remains at $52 million

The chairman of the Hospital Authority Board Leilua Mase Akapo has told the Fono that if the former CEO of the LBJ Hospital had remained, the hospital would go from bad to worse.  


Bar happy with new legal aid service

The American Samoa Bar Association had a chance last week to meet with the off island consultant who is working with the American Samoa Legal Aid to set up free legal aid services for the territory.


Local delegates praise Samoa SIDS

Just like their counterparts from other countries, the group from American Samoa that attended the UN’s Small Islands Developing States Conference says Samoa did a good job in hosting the international event.


Gaoteote: It's a one man show

It was confirmed today that the Board of Directors of the American samoa Visitors Bureau has been operating without a quorum. Board chairman Roy JD Hall Jr, was called in by the joint budget committees to explain issues that lawmakers were not satisfied
Photo: Fatima Langkilde

Red Cross breaks ground for new office

The Red Cross American Samoa Chapter broke ground today for their new home which has been in the making for many years. 

Man gets 28 months for sexual assault of minor

A man who had sex with a 15 year old girl was sentenced to serve 28 months in jail for sexual assault. 

Senate approves amnesty & election bills

The Senate approved in third reading today, the administration bill which would grant amnesty to more than 3,700 foreigners who are in the territory illegally.  


PNRS approves permit for new power plant

The Project Notification Review System Board has approved land use permits for several major projects including one for construction of the new powe plant at Satala.


No change in food index for August

The latest survey of basic food prices by the Department of Commerce showed a slight increase in prices at the end of August.  


Man sent to jail for 8 yrs for assault

A man who fired a shotgun at a minor and later caused a disturbance at the police substation was sentenced today by the High Court to a straight 8 years at the Tafuna Correctional Facility.


ASTCA Board travel questioned

Travel costs for the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority Board came under scrutiny during review of the ASTCA FY2015 budget this week. 

What was learned from SIDS?

One of the forums at the Small Islands Developing States Conference that the Executive Director of the American Samoa Power Authority found informative and helpful in advancing local projects dealt with renewable energy. 


One probable case of CHIK in Manu'a

The latest Chikungunya situation report shows CHIK-related cases have now surpassed 700 and 1 probable case has been reported from Ofu, Manua. 


Agriculture to set up hammer mill

The Department of Agriculture hopes to set up by next month a hammer mill which will produce planting material out of coconut husks.


Casino group here to look for partners

Officials of Gaming Concepts, the group that's managing the White Sands Samoa Casino which had a soft opening in Mulifanua last week are on island to meet with businesses interested in becoming business partners. 


Major changes proposed to statute on titles

Representative Faimealelei Anthony Allen is proposing a major change to the qualifications for succession to a matai title. 


Tongans follow up on trade

A delegation of Agriculture Ministry officials from Tonga are here to follow up on trading ties with American Samoa. 


Reminder: Amnesty is not a blanket approval

The amnesty program is not a blanket approval for those who registered.  


Reminder: Amnesty is not a blanket approval

The amnesty program is not a blanket approval for those who registered.  


Reports on cruise ship vendor sales

Vendors who sell items at the main dock to cruise ship tourists are reported to have earned close to $158,000 in sales during the first 9 months of Fiscal Year 2014.


Want to serve on the sanctuary council?

NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa is seeking applicants for three primary seats on its advisory council.


Immigration says its returning overstayers

The House Legal Affairs and Judiciary Committee has asked for a report of over stayers and those in the territory illegally who did not register under the amnesty program.  


SIDS conference draws to a close

The 3rd conference of SIDS, Small Island Developing States, concluded in Samoa yesterday with the adoption of an outcome statement, the Samoa Pathway.  


Segaula the boat christened

The christening of the new government boat that will be used to ferry passengers between the Manu’a Islands was held this morning at the inter island dock.  


ASTCA chairman comments on ex-CEO

When the Chairman of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority Board, appeared before the House of Representatives in January, he testified that he had full confidence in then CEO of ASTCA, Moefaauo Bill Emmsley. 

Steps taken to prevent repeat of U'una'i debacle

One of Charles “Chuck” Greenfield’s responsibilities as the legal aid consultant for American Samoa is to make sure internal controls are in place to prevent a repeat of what happened to the territory’s former legal aid services program.


Governor seeks disaster declaration

ASG is awaiting a response from President Obama for a disaster declaration in American Samoa as a result of the flooding and rapid runoff caused by heavy rainfall from July 29 to August 3. 

Rep. Vui appeals to lift freeze on increments

Representative Vui Florence Saulo is not letting up in her quest to obtain support from lawmakers to lift the freeze on increments for ASG employees. 


IOC & ONOC inquire about suspensions

A meeting of the American Samoa National Olympic Committee to discuss a petition calling for changes within ASNOC has been tabled after ASNOC's mother organizations enquired about the suspension of sports associations who are behind the petition.


Committee named to review org charts

Governor Lolo Moliga has established an organization chart review committee to look into organizational charts of government departments and agencies.


Leaders told to give youth control

It’s not just the leaders of government, business and non government organizations that are having a say at the Small Island Developing States Conference in Apia.  


Ex-Samoana principal gives his side

The former Principal of Samoana High School Mataese Samuelu has disputed comments made by Director of Education Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau which he says has defamed his character. 


Two cases dismissed at government's request

The High Court dismissed yesterday two criminal cases at the request of the government.


Man admits to stealing safe with $20,000

A man who stole a safe containing more than $20,000 in cash from Tri Marine International had admitted to the crime.


Some dont support total ban of free food

Not all senators approve a total ban on what has been a norm for Election Day in the territory…the distribution of free food. 


Director comments on Samoana principal

Director of Education Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau says the decision to change the principal at Samoana High School was based on the principal's performance and decision making for the past year.  


Free legal aid service to start in Dec

A free legal aid service for American Samoa is expected to start by December of this year.


9 run for Congress, 2 reps unopposed

Nine candidates will be vying for American Samoa’s seat in Congress while 46 are in the running for 20 of the 21 seats in the local House of Representatives.

Ex LBJ CEO considers lawsuit

The former CEO of the LBJ Hospital said he is seriously considering taking legal action against the hospital board for what he believes was the board's attempts to damage his reputation.


Congressman announces he's running

Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin said in a statement released to KHJ News Washington correspondent Matt Kaye today that he will be running for re-election.  


US commits to SIDS goals

The United States has committed to working to advance sustainable development of small island states as a donor, partner and neighbor.  


Territory hosts Pacific Water Conference

American Samoa is hosting the 7th Annual Pacific Water Conference and Expo next week at the Lee Auditorium.


To privatize or not to privatize the shipyard

Chairman of the Shipyard Services Authority and Acting CEO of the shipyard, David Robinson, has mixed feelings about the governor’s plan to privatize the shipyard.


Sustainable development benefits people

From the Small Island Developing States conference, a United Nations official says any partnership for economic development must benefit the people who need it the most.  


Bill seeks to raise salaries of top 2 leaders

If a House Bill introduced this morning is approved, the salary of the governor will be increased by $40,000 while that of the lt. governor will be hiked by $25,000.

Schools reopen today except for ECE & Manu'a

The new school year begins today for all public schools except for schools in Manu’a and Early Childhood Education Centers.  


Paepaetele Mapu Jamias kicks off campaign

Congressional candidate Paepaetele Mapu Saei Jamias assured the crowd at his campaign kickoff on Saturday that he has been to Washington DC many times and he will not be afraid to fight for what is good and right for the people of American Samoa. 


Leptospirosis caused death, not CHIK

Health officials have confirmed that the 28-year-old man who died in July suspected from symptoms of Chikungunya actually died from leptospirosis.


Commercial building in Fagaalu burns

Firefighters have been battling a fire which broke out last night at a commercial building in Fagaalu across from Matafao  Elementary School.

American Samoa promoted at SIDS

Locally packed tuna and brochures promoting American Samoa as a place for investment are on display at the convention complex for the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) conference in Apia.  


Farewell to the Hokule'a and Hikianalia

(free) Sunday school children of the Nu’uuli Methodist Church led by Rev Eteuati Tuioti sang songs at the marina this morning to farewell the crewmembers of the Hokule’a and Hikianalia and wished them a safe voyage. 

Territory benefits from APIPA conference

The acting territorial auditor says having the Pacific Islands auditors’ conference here has benefit American Samoa as it has allowed more ASG employees to gain valuable training that would have otherwise been available to only a few. 

How many deputy directors does DOH have?

While the Department of Health’s proposed budget for the new fiscal year lists about five deputy director positions, Director Motusa Tuileama Nua  clarified that in reality DOH has only one deputy director. 

Defendant in assault case pleads not guilty

A man who assaulted another man with a cue stick last year has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree assault and public peace disturbance in High Court. 

Important announcement from DOE

The Department of Education issues the following announcement concerning the opening of schools:  

ASG takes the day off to celebrate workforce

The parade got rained on but that didn’t put a damper on the Workforce Day celebration at the Veterans Memorial Stadium.


Schools will have internet next week

Internet service provided through the Department of Education's e-Rate program for schools and libraries is now up and running and ready for when public schools start next week. 


Help available for local farmers

Local commercial farmers are being encouraged to apply for assistance under the RTCP or Reimbursement Transportation Cost Payment Program announced by the American Samoa Farm Service Agency.


Team American Samoa meets IOC Pres

Team American Samoa is returning from China this weekend downhearted with no medals but happy with the experience and the opportunity to compete in the Olympic Youth Games.  


Waiting is over for overtime checks

More than 100 ASG employees will have a double celebration at the Amerika Samoa Workforce Day event at the Veterans Memorial Stadium today.

Manu'a faipule thankful for air service relief

News that Polynesian Airlines has been granted approval to provide temporary air service to Manu'a has been welcomed by Manu'a lawmakers.


Hokule'a leaves for Samoa today

Weather permitting, the traditional vessel Hokule'a and sister ship Hikianalia are scheduled to sail to Samoa today for the UN’s 3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States or SIDS.

Governor gives SIDS a miss

Governor Lolo Moliga won't be attending the Small Island Developing States or SIDS conference in Samoa as planned.


Local fishermen receive free equipment

More than a dozen alia boat owners received today from the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources much needed equipment for their boats so they can safely go out and fish.


Sen Tuiasina concerned about Ebola

Senator Tuiasina Esera sounded a warning in the Senate today about the threat of the deadly disease Ebola with the international conference being hosted next door in Samoa.


Less traditional mediation in L&T disputes

Close to 100 land and matai title disputes are pending before the Office of Samoan Affairs for mediation and more and more of them end up in court.


USDOT allows Polynesian to fly to Manu'a

Polynesian Airlines has been granted approval by the US Department of Transportation to provide temporary air service to Manu’a. 


Victim of boating accident was a father of 2

The victim of a boating accident yesterday in Auasi is a father of two and employee of the American Samoa Power Authority.  


DOE memo on fundraisers

The Director of Education has warned DOE employees against conducting “gambling type” fundraisers during work hours and using DOE property.


American Samoa Workforce Day tomorrow

Just like last year, ASG is throwing a big Labor Day celebration for its employees and the private sector is joining in the fun.


Status of Segaula & Manu'a Air questioned

During review of the Department of Port Administration's FY2015 budget, Senator Sao Nua questioned the status of the Segaula aircraft which has been leased to Manu’a Airways.


Clipper Oil takes ASG to court

Another fuel company has taken ASG to court over millions of dollars in taxes and penalties that the government levied on the company.


Saelua: Some charges dont go through BO

A pattern in the operation of enterprise funds is getting the Fono’s attention during review of the Fiscal Year 2015 budget.  


Man dies in boating accident at Auasi

A man died from a boating accident in Auasi yesterday. 


AG: Immigration quota not enforced

It’s the opinion of Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale, that the reason why so many foreigners have been able to remain in the territory illegally is because immigration quotas have not been enforced.  


Governor supports Polynesian application

Governor Lolo Moliga is supporting Polynesian Airline’s application to the US Department of Transportation for an emergency exemption from the cabotage rule, so it can fly to Manu’a. 


OPAD works to improve access & services

Officials of the Office for the Protection and Advocacy for the Disabled have been meeting with government agencies in an effort to improve services for individuals with disabilities.


Death on MJ Souza

A fisherman from Nelson, New Zealand was killed over the weekend while working on the purse seiner that regularly visits the territory.


Employees making use of EEO Office

The Equal Employment Opportunity Office is seeing a number of grievances being filed from both the government and private sector.


Gov tells teachers to work with love

Governor Lolo has urged teachers to conduct their work with love because it is their work in the classroom that will determine the success or failure of American Samoa’s future generations.


Students hang out with Wyland

Students at South Pacific Academy and Pacific Horizons got to hang out with world renowned marine artist Wyland and paint several art pieces to take back to their schools at the Tauese PF Sunia Ocean Center today.


Administrative Services fights for $350,000

An allocation of $350,000 that was not included in the budget proposal for the Department of Administrative Services has now been inserted in the department's budget.


Credentialing problems found at LBJ

One of the corrective actions the LBJ Hospital has put in place in response to citations by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is to improve the credentialing process for medical staff.


Ex-LBJ doc heads primary care at DOH

Dr. Sean Stracensky, who headed the Primary Care Clinic at LBJ until he resigned early this year, will lead a new Primary Care Division at the Department of Public Health.


SSBCI to be launched early November

The Department of Commerce is aiming to have the State Small Business Credit Initiative Program open for business by November.


LBJ's referral program comes alive

The LBJ Hospital’s off-island medical referral program has been re-activated after being dormant for a number of years. 


Samoana gym houses classrooms

Ten classrooms are being constructed inside the Samoana gymnasium for the students’ use when they return to school next week.


Measure seeks Polynesian service for Manu'a

A resolution approved by the House of Representatives today requests the governor to pursue an agreement with Polynesian Airlines to provide air services to Manu'a at this time when there’s no other airline flying there.


Muralist Wyland is back to paint for sanctuary

World-renowned ocean and wildlife artist and muralist Wyland is on island and will be working on a marine-theme mural for the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa this week.


Governor heads Saturday to SIDS

Governor Lolo Moliga leaves Saturday for the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) conference in Apia next week.  


DMWR considers poison for mynah bird

The Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources is awaiting approval of a chemical that it plans to use to control the mynah bird population in the territory. 


Directors learn how to be successful leaders

Cabinet members take part today and tomorrow in a training made mandatory by Governor Lolo on how to become successful leaders.


ASPA to break ground for Satala plant

The American Samoa Power Authority is looking at breaking ground for construction of its power plant in Satala next month.


CMS cites LBJ for nursing deficiencies

Deficiencies in nursing services led the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to place LBJ Hospital in immediate jeopardy.  


Motion to dismiss 1602 suit dismissed

The High Court has denied a request from a 1602 project owner to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed against the owner for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.


Lawmakers upset with DPW budget

Lawmakers were not at all happy to see that so much money in the Public Works proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015 is going to personnel and very little is allocated for materials and supplies to carry out improvements to roads, schools and other public facilities.

Court News

The pretrial conference of a man accused of sexually abusing his two nieces has been set for next month.


Tuimavave Tauapa'i replaced

There’s been a change in the supervision of Capital Improvement Projects and Special Programs under the Governor’s Office.


Governor aims to promote veto override

Governor Lolo Moliga wants a comprehensive public awareness campaign on the veto override constitutional amendment which will be before the voters in the November general elections.  


Role of Pacific island auditors emphasized

Lt Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga told Pacific Island auditors and financial leaders this morning that their work in keeping island governments and organizations honest in the use of public funds is important for the fiscal management and growth of island nations in the future.


ASCC expects to make surplus

The American Samoa Community College looks set to finish Fiscal Year 2014 with a surplus of $1.3 million, an achievement for which ASCC leadership and the Board of Higher Education were congratulated by lawmakers reviewing ASCC’s FY'2015 budget last week. 


Polynesian opens VIP lounge at Fagalii

Polynesian Airlines has opened a new VIP lounge for air travellers between Apia and Pago Pago in time for the touch down of the company's third small aircraft next week.


Other side of the Pacific monument debate

An oceans policy group in Washington is downplaying American Samoa’s concerns over President Obama’s proposed expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. 

Ex-Board member critical of budget

Mrs. Virginia Samuelu, whose name was cited by the Executive Director of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau as a member of the Bureau Board of Directors, says she resigned earky last year. 


Nearly 20% of CHIK cases are 5-18 year olds

The average age of school children reported with symptoms of chikungunya such as fever and rash is 12-years old.

Infection control lacking in Dialysis Unit

Some of the areas the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found unacceptable during its survey of the hospital's dialysis unit are measures to prevent infections, sanitary conditions, the limited space and the set up of the unit.


Movie illustrates beauty of Swians

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The opening of the Jean Michel Cousteau film about Swains Island that was shown today at the Tauese PF Sunia Ocean Center and attended by about 200 local residents.


Manu'a stop over special

The captain of the Hawaiian vessel the Hikianalia said it’s been a privilege and honor to be welcomed by friends and family members in American Samoa.


Smaller planes, more flights

The Executive Director of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau believes changes being planned by Hawaiian Airlines for the near future will improve air service to the territory.

Marist Brothers returning to territory

Pioneers in education in American Samoa, the religious order known as the Marist Brothers will soon be returning to the territory. 

Registration for APIPA conference is this weekend

Delegates to the 25th Annual Conference of the Association of Pacific Island Public Auditors begin arriving in the territory tonight for the weeklong event. 

Boil water notice lifted for some

The majority of residents and businesses from Pago Pago and Atuu no longer have to boil their water before use. 

Sen. Faumuina Tagisiali'i passes away

Senator Faumuina Tagisiaalii passed away in Toledo, Ohio at 7 this morning American Samoa time.  

CMS finds LBJ out of compliance

The LBJ Hospital has 10 days from the date it received the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services full certification survey reports to submit credible evidence correcting 15 CMS violations in order to continue receiving millions of Medicare and Medicaid funding from the federal program.


Petition to remove ASNOC Pres & Sec

Leaders of 11 sports associations have signed a petition calling for the removal of the president and the general secretary of the American Samoa National Olympic  Committee.


DPS faces reduced funding

The Department of Public Safety's budget is reduced by $2 million in the new fiscal year because of a drastic cut in federal grants. 


Faresa Kapisi finishes 8th in preliminary

Track athlete 17-year-old Faresa Pasefika Kapisi came  8th in his first preliminary race at the Olympic Youth Games held in Nanjing China.


DBAS Board tours new bank building

A date for the official opening of the new Development Bank of American Samoa building will be finalized at a meeting of the DBAS Board of Directors. Friday.


BlueSky explains service outage

Blue Sky Communications issued a statement regarding the disruption of phone service this morning.  


Fiji Airways interested in serving AS

The Executive Director of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau David Vaeafe is optimistic that the territory will get improved air services in the near future.


DOE Director asks Fono to increase budget

Director of Education Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau has asked the Fono to increase DOE’s budget. 


Afio Mai & Welcome Hokule'a

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A crew member of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hokule’a and Hikianalia chants a mele kahea for permission to set foot on American Samoa soil during the welcoming of the Hawaiian vessels this afternoon at the Suigaula o le Atuvasa at Utulei Beach.


House confirms Fanene & Tonumaipe'a

All seven members of the ASG Retirement Fund Board have now been confirmed.  


Dive exhibition honors ocean VIPs

The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa unveiled yesterday evening a dive exhibition in honor of world renowned ocean enthusiasts who are on island this week to promote the territory’s ocean treasures and welcome the arrival of the voyaging canoe, the Hokule’a.


Hokule'a Captain overwhelmed

Captain of the Hawaiian voyaging canoe the Hokule’a, Nainoa Thompson said he’s just blown away with the kindness and the aloha shown by the Samoan people to the crew of the Hokule’a and support vessel Hikianalia which are arriving this afternoon.


Visitors Bureau budget scrutinized

Executive Director of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau David Vaeafe faced some tough questioning yesterday concerning the bureau’s $900,000 budget request for Fiscal Year 20l5.


Phone service disrupted this morning

A breakdown in landline and cell phone connections affecting both ASTCA and Bluesky service frustrated customers this morning.


Grant pays rent for displaced families

Five families displaced from their homes due to the landslides and flood late last month are now staying at rental homes being paid for by a homeless prevention grant under the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs.


ASEDA Board members nominated

Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a is being nominated to fill the vacancy on the American Samoa Economic Development Authority created by the passing of his predecessor Falema’o Dr. Phil Pili.  


New businesses on the horizon

Lawmakers heard yesterday about new businesses which will be setting up at the Industrial Park in Tafuna.  


Manu'a first to welcome Hokule'a

Though the Hokule’a wasn’t able to dock in Ta'u, Manu'a the crew was welcomed at sea with ulas, Samoan food and cold coconuts by chiefs and school children who rode out on alia to greet the voyaging canoe.


The three who received $10,000 bonuses

Three individuals are confirmed to have received the controversial $10,000 bonuses that recently came to light. 

Council urges Obama not to expand monument

"Do you really want your legacy to be the President who destroyed the US fishing industry in the Western Pacific?”


Tuaolo: $100,000 not enough for election

Election Commissioner Tuaolo Fruean says $100,000 proposed for the November elections in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget is not enough.  

Fautasi will escort the Hokule'a to shore

The Fealofani Samoa and Iseula fautasi will join several outrigger canoes of the American Samoa Paddlers Association in escorting to our shores the renowned Hawaiian voyaging canoe, the Hokule’a, tomorrow afternoon.


Bench warrant issued for ATM attacker

The High Court yesterday issued a bench warrant for the arrest of a man who failed to make his court appearance on several occasions.


Pacific auditors meet here next week

150 auditors and finance people from 11 countries are meeting in American Samoa next week for the 25th Annual Conference of the Association of Pacific Island Public Auditors.

SIDS main venue

Territory well represented at SIDS

Several directors have been asked to prepare reports to be presented at the United Nations’ Third International Conference of Small Islands Developing States in Samoa next month.


Call to raise pay of ASG workforce

Calls have been made during hearings on the proposed fiscal year 20l5 budget to raise the salaries of the ASG workforce especially those at the bottom of the payscale.


Leilua Mase is now acting CEO of LBJ

The Chairman of the Board of the Hospital Authority Leilua Mase Akapo is now acting CEO of LBJ Hospital.  


Is it 4,000 or 6,000 ASG employees?

Just how many employees does ASG have? 


Two men missing at sea not found

Two men reported missing at sea have not been found.


Governor wants new jail opened in 1 yr

Governor Lolo has urged the company contracted to build a new jail facility in Tafuna as well as ASG officials involved in the project to make sure the new structure is completed within a year’s time.


Fined $300 for breaking niece's arm

A man who assaulted his niece with a PVC pipe, breaking her arm was ordered to complete anger management and fined $300.


Lawmakers question 2% wage tax

Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a says one reason why the government has been slow in paying proceeds of the 2% wage tax to the LBJ Hospital is because businesses are not paying the taxes.  


Stop work order on Fagaalu quarry lifted

The Director of Commerce has temporarily lifted the stop work order imposed against Samoa Maritime Inc., relating to its operation of a rock quarry in Fagaalu.


Bill would ban food on Election Day

An administration proposal that would make it illegal for candidates or their supporters to make customary presentations of money or items of value or give out free food on Election Day is now before the Fono.


Trial for Le'iato title set for September 30

The trial for the paramount chiefly title “Leiato” of Fagaitua is set for next month.


Treasurer admits administration was wrong

Newly confirmed Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a yesterday admitted that the administration was wrong in processing $10,000 bonuses for recently retired employees. 


Judge commands AG release Indonesians

Associate Justice Lyle Richmond yesterday signed a writ commanding the Office of the Attorney General to release the four Indonesian men it put in the Territorial Correctional Facility early this month.


CDC issues travel advisory for AS

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday issued an advisory for travelers bound for American Samoa regarding the chikungunya virus which has affected more than 500 people.


Swains film premieres here Friday

You’ve read and heard about it, now you have a chance to view the film, "Swains Island one of the last jewels of the planet."  


High Court denies reconsideration

The High Court has denied a request from a company that carried out a re-roofing project for the Fono many years ago for a reconsideration of its ruling last year or a new trial.


Increases for directors in FY2015 budget

ASG employees have not received pay increments for the past two fiscal years even though the money had been budgeted. 

Mandatory training for directors next week

Directors and heads of semi-autonomous agencies will be attending a mandatory cabinet leadership training next week.


Proclamation of election issued

The Election Office today issued an election proclamation regarding the date, time, place and purpose of the upcoming 2014 elections as required by law.


Tautai Assoc opposes Monument expansion

More opposition to President Barack Obama's proposal to expand the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument (PRIMNM) was filed last week.


ASG will go after businesses who dont file

Review of the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the American Samoa Government began this morning with Treasurer Ueligitione Tonumaipe’a and Budget Director Cathy Saelua fronting before the joint Senate and House Budget and Appropriations Committee.


Governor gives speech of thanks on TV

In a televised speech on KVZK-TV Governor Lolo Moliga has thanked the people of American Samoa here and abroad for their prayers and well wishes during his recent illness. 


No comment from ex-ASTCA CEO

Moefaauo Bill Emmsley has declined to make a statement at this time about his termination by the board of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority as CEO of ASTCA.


Local divers scour area where plane crashed

Local divers were out Friday and Saturday to scan the area where the small plane that crashed off the airport last month is believed to have gone down.  


Governor explains protocol on Fono requests

The governor has told his cabinet that if a lawmaker wants them to appear in the Fono to explain an issue or provide reports on a certain issue, have that lawmaker make a request to the Governor's Office. 


Case against ex-SLP supervisor dismissed

The government's case against a former supervisor of the School Lunch Program accused of the theft of numerous food items intended for school children, was dismissed by the court on Friday.


Tafuna, Nu'uuli, Pago Pago have most Chik cases

Villages with the most cases of chikungunya are being targeted in village visitations by the Department of health, Environmental Protection Agency, Public Works and the American Samoa Power Authority.      

Immigration Board has little knowledge of amnesty program

  Members of the Immigration Board informed lawmakers yesterday that they have not been privy to some of the specifics of the amnesty program especially when it comes to hearings to review individuals for amnesty.   

Films about sea treasures win international fame

    Two films highlighting American Samoa's ocean treasures and the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa will be featured at the renowned international Blue Ocean 2014 Film Festival in November.  

Defendant pleads guilty in Ofu sex case

A man from Ofu, Manu'a accused of committing sex crimes against women he brought from Samoa as domestic workers has pleaded guilty to several felony charges under a plea deal with the government.


Senators briefed on plan of attack for Chik

How to stop the spread of the chikungunya disease and other mosquito borne diseases was the main focus of a Senate hearing this morning.  


Mileage from all those ASG trips

The government has accumulated close to 2 million in Hawaiian Airlines frequent flyer miles for the use of patients needing medical treatment off island or students on educational trips. 


DBAS issues five business loans

As of last month, five business loans have been made utilizing a $1 million allocation to the Development Bank of American Samoa for private sector economic development.


ASG closes FY2013 with $4.8 m deficit

ASG 's General Fund had a deficit of $4.8 million at the end of Fiscal Year 2013 according to the government's audited financial statements prepared by its independent auditors Moss Adams.

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ASG to pay $177,300 in overtime

Hundreds of employees of the American Samoa Government can expect a paycheck for their unpaid overtime coming their way soon.


indonesians not detained as prisoners

Acting Attorney General Mitzie Jessop says the Indonesian men who were taken under the government's custody last week are not being detained as prisoners.


Moefa'auo is no longer CEO of ASTCA

The Board of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority has voted to end the contract of Moefaauo Bill Emmsley as Chief Executive Officer of ASTCA effectively immediately. 

New Treasurer mulls payroll deductions

New ASG Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a says he will review whether to restore ASG payroll deductions.


Lolo: time is right to give Fono veto power

Governor Lolo says the territory is now at the right time to change the American Samoa Constitution in order to give the Fono veto override authority of legislative measures.


Ground broken for new TCF

The Department of Public Safety held a groundbreaking this morning for its new jail facility in Tafuna.


Fono opposes Pacific monument expansion

The Legislature has added its voice to the band of local opposition against President Obama’s move to expand the Pacific Remote Islands National Monument.  


Lolo has media talk with cabinet

Governor Lolo Moliga told his cabinet yesterday that they are free to speak to the media about their department operations just as long as they are promoting the vision of the administration and not their own.


Three arrests in Gold Conda armed robbery

Police have arrested three men alleged to have been involved in the robbery at gunpoint of the former Gold Conda store in Fagaalu in early May.


Ruth Matagi Faatili confirmed as DBAS Pres

Ruth Matagi Faatili is confirmed to be the President of the Development Bank of American Samoa. 


Ueligitone Tonumaipe'a confirmed as Treas

Ueligitone Tonumaipe'a has been cleared to serve as the next Treasurer of the American Samoa Government. 

Chamber of Commerce opposes monument

The American Samoa Chamber of Commerce has expressed disappointment to US President Barack Obama about the lack of consultation and public hearings in the territory to discuss his proposed expansion of the Pacific Islands Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM).


Attorney petitions for release of 4 Indonesians

An attorney is requesting the High Court to compel the Attorney General's Office to explain why four Indonesian men are held at the Territorial Correctional Facility without cause or why they have not been afforded a hearing before Immigration or the court prior to their arrest.


FEMA estimates of damages is over $2 m

A team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be on island in four weeks’ time to get detailed information of the damages caused by the recent flood and landslides, which an official from FEMA has estimated at over $2 million.


Former deputy comish received $10,000

The former Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety Leseiau Laumoli received a $10,000 bonus when he retired earlier this year.

Eight CIP projects get funding

Eight projects have been approved for funding under the Capital Improvement Project grants from the Department of Interior, Office of Insular Affairs for American Samoa. 


Congressman supports State Dept brief

Congressman Faleomavaega offers his support of the U.S. Department of State’s recently filed brief against the plaintiffs in the citizenship case formally known as Tuaua v. United States.


Restrictions considered to keep out disease

Governor Lolo Moliga has directed the Department of Health and the Attorney General’s Office to review the territory’s travel policies and see whether any travel and health restrictions should be enforced to prevent the entrance of travelers who may be carriers of harmful diseases.


Senate delays vote on Matagi-Faatili

The Senate has delayed a confirmation vote for Ruth Matagi Faatili as President of the Development Bank of American Samoa until more senators are present.

DPS leaders say DHR okayed test

While the leadership of the Department of Human Resources is now questioning the entrance exam for the Department of Public Safety police academy, the official in charge of training at DPS told a Senate hearing this morning that the test was reviewed and sanctioned by a DHR representative assigned to work with DPS.

Gov Lolo asks president not to expand

Governor Lolo Moliga has appealed to President Barack Obama not to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument because the proposal would spell economic disaster to the territory's already fragile economy.


Update on search for bone marrow

The family in search of a bone marrow donor for their three month old baby boy has received support from the Bone Marrow Registry, Hawaiian Regional Office for their search.  


Ex-manager pleads not guilty

The former manager of Polynesian Shipping Services has pleaded not guilty to charges of embezzlement, forgery and stealing during his arraignment in High Court this morning.


ASCC B. Ed students qualify for financial aid

Students enrolled in the American Samoa Community College's Bachelor in Education Program can now qualify for federal financial aid.


Budget Committees will only accept directors

Fono leaders have asked Governor Lolo Moliga to ensure that directors be present when their Fiscal Year 2015 budgets are reviewed.  

New members of the Retirement Fund Board

Three more nominations to the ASG Retirement Board of Trustees were sent to the Fono yesterday for confirmation. 


Voting power for Swains Rep needs more review

A House Joint resolution that would give the Swains delegate voting power in the House of Representatives has been referred back to committee for more review. 


SSV Seamans has arrived

Now docked at the marina in Malaloa is the SSV Seamans a sailboat which serves as a floating classroom and research vessel.

Two months before Farm Fair

The Department of Agriculture will host its annual Farm Fair in November.


New task force named to study airline options

A new task force has been established by Governor Lolo Moliga to identify air transportation options for American Samoa. 

Attorney reacts to State Dept. filing

An attorney representing the plaintiffs in the Tuaua v. United States citizenship lawsuit says they are not suprised with the position taken by the US State Department in its brief filed with the Appeals Court in Washington D.C.


Report raises concerns about weapons plan

The author of the Department of Public Safety's assessment report believes that since a large number of police officers do not have prior experience in handling and using fire arms, their training should be extensive and cover more than what's listed in the proposed training program for DPS.


Burglar jailed for five years

A man who assaulted an elderly Korean woman during a store burglary in Kokoland last year will serve 5 years at the Territorial Correctional Facility.


NTSB issues accident report on plane crash

The father and son team whose plane crashed into the ocean shortly after taking off from Pago Pago International airport last month, had been cautioned about strong nights that ngiht.

FEMA rep hints at possible public assistance

The official from the Federal Emergency Management Agency who inspected damages from the recent floods and mudslides will turn in his final report to ASG on Wednesday. 


Manu'a reps ask Polynesian to fly to Manu'a

At a meeting with the Chief Executive Officer of Polynesian Airlines yesterday, two House Representatives from Manu’a, Talia Faafetai Iaulualo and Fetu Fetui Jr. requested that the Samoa airline provide air services to Manu’a, temporarily.


Residents urged to oppose monument expansion

Residents have until this Friday, August 15 to make comments about President Obama's plan to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.


Sen. Galea'i delves into police academy test

Senator Galea'i Tu'ufuli is not happy with reports in the media that the Department of Human Resources is questioning the validity of the entrance exams for the Department of Public Safety police academy. 

Few departments with budget overruns

The latest financial data from the ASG Treasury shows only a few government departments and programs have overspent their budgets by the end of the third quarter of the fiscal year.


School Lunch takes steps to prevent theft

Changes have been made at the School Lunch Program to improve the federally-funded program's operations to include the accounting of food items for the territory's school children.


Report documents inadequate fire equipment

The limited number of fire trucks to respond to fires in the territory and the condition of equipment used by firefighters are partly being blamed for the fire bureau's inability to put out structure fires.


Aumua Amata meets Co-del

Aumua Amata Radewagen says members of the congressional delegation which made a refueling stop in the territory yesterday are in charge of important issues that affect American Samoa. 


Fono is back in session

The Fono resumed this morning after a three week recess, during which several lawmakers attended church conferences here, Samoa and the mainland.