Govt. meets with students, state officials and sports figures

Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga‘s itinerary in Hawaii include visits with students attending university in the Aloha State, and meetings with federal and foreign officials.

On Sunday, January 15, the Governor, First Lady Ella and several ASG officials attended the Congressional Christian Church with several Samoan students from the University of Hawai’i – Hilo.

The service was conducted by Rev. Sitau Ofoia and following the service, the Governor hosted a luncheon for the gathering.

A press release said, “Here, Governor Lemanu had the opportunity to personally engage in conversations with the future leaders of American Samoa.”

On January 17th, Governor Lemanu met with East West Center President Suzanne Vares-Lum and members of the Pacific Island Development Program. Key issues that were discussed include educational studies, vocational training, scholarships as well as providing the resources and opportunities to better equip our posterity.

Governor Lemanu and his delegation also met with Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Director General Richard Lin at the Saofaiga O Ali’i conference room.

They talked about fisheries, scholarship opportunities for Pacific Island countries, policies and agricultural economic development.

The next day, Governor Lemanu met with Honolulu Mayor Mitch Roth to discuss ways to collaborate in helping Samoan people who reside in Hawaii. He also sought Mayor Roth’s assistance with the American Samoa Heritage Week scheduled for the summer.

The delegation from American Samoa also met with by Jesse Sapolu and officials of the Polynesian Bowl, then attended the Hall of Fame reception where Polynesia’s greatest football players, coaches and contributors were honored.

Last Thursday, ASG hosted a meet and greet with students of Samoan descent attending the University of Hawai’i-Manoa and Chaminade University.

Chief of Staff Loa Tuimavave T. Laupola delivered special remarks. Key topics discussed were the expansion of the ASG Scholarship and programs, currently made available to them. The meeting took place at the Hale Hoaloha building at Chaminade University.

Photos: Governor’s Office