Reflection on Life of Mrs. Pohakalani Mauga

A story that KHJ News broadcast in February of 2014, a year after Mrs Pohakalani Mauga stepped into the role of being the wife of the lt. governor of American Samoa, shows her involvement with community efforts to fight cancer.

A disease which at the time she had recovered from, but unfortunately returned and claimed her life a week ago.

A territorial memorial service for Mrs Pohakalani Mauga will be held at the Lee Auditorium on Sunday and the public is invited to attend.

Mrs. Mauga was a private person and we were indeed happy when she agreed to be interviewed.

Our story from February 2014 said:

The lieutenant governor’s wife is still hopeful American Samoa will one day have a treatment center for those diagnosed with cancer.

This is one of the projects Mrs Pohakalani Mauga, a cancer survivor, continues to look into.

An honorary member of the American Samoa Cancer Coalition, Mrs Mauga said it will be expensive to build a treatment center for cancer and it’s going to take some time.

But they are working with neighbor hospitals like Tripler in making sure cancer patients get the treatment they need.

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According to the local cancer registry data, 304 new cases of cancer were diagnosed between 2004-2010; 182 of them were women and 122 men. 85% of women and 87% of men died in the same year of diagnosis.

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