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  • 10/29/2020 | Sāmoa

    If you haven't seen it, check out the Matou Gagana YouTube Channel. It's a YouTube Channel with videos about Gagana Sāmoa (Sāmoan language). They also have an app called “Matou Samoan Language”.

  • 10/24/2020 | Sāmoa

    A great photo and article about the ʻAlia from The Museum of Sāmoa Facebook page. The photo includes a rare look inside the cabin between the double hull. This would be the primary shelter for the Sāmoans during their voyages and migrations throughout the Pacific Ocean. The article also lists the names Kalia (Tonga) and Ndrua (Fiji) as their cultures had similar watercraft including this ship size/class (large double hull).

    The Last ‘Alia, Samoa, c.1912-13 A photo of the fatafola (main deck) and fale fa’amanu’a (open cabin) of a traditional...

    Posted by The Museum of Samoa on Tuesday, October 20, 2020

  • 01/18/2020 | Sāmoa

    NASA Astronaut Christina Koch posts on Facebook of Amerika Sāmoa and Sāmoa from above earth.

    Talofa, American Samoa! I will never forget my Samoan friends and the island where I lived when I got the news that I...

    Posted by NASA Astronaut Christina Hammock Koch on Friday, January 17, 2020

  • 07/28/2011 | Samoa

    Samoan Movie The Orator - O Le Tulafale is scheduled to premiere at the Venice International Film Festival.

    Keep up to date and show your support on O Le Tulafale facebook page.

  • 06/28/2011 | Samoa
    In this video, Fareed Zakaria from CNN speaks to the world about the date change in Samoa and possible economic reasons for the change.

  • 02/12/2011 | Samoa
    Samoa and Fiji are among the Pacific Island Teams participating and will challenge each other in the quarter final in the 2011 USA Sevens Ruby Tournament at Las Vegas

  • 02/02/2011 | Samoa
    American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition helping to support the Samoan community with cancer.

  • 01/31/2011 | Samoa
    Congratulations to Troy Polamalu NFL Defensive Player Of The Year and all the other Polynesians making their mark on the National Football League

  • 01/05/2011 | Samoa
    whitcombe media features videos also known as witty productions in American Samoa. Their youtube channel can be viewed with this link

  • 12/27/2010 | Samoa
    Planing has begus for a Climate chage conference in american Samoa as a joint effort by the department of commerce, Coral Reef Advisory Group and the coastal Zone Management Program as posted here by Radio New Zealand

  • 10/10/2010 | samoa
    As written here, Lotu Tamaiti translated as children's church (day), church (day) of the children, or children's service, is refered to as " White Sunday " in Samoa. 

    This is an annual church event observed by almost all of the churches in Samoa and Samoan communities, which all children (and women) wear white attire.  This year celebrates the event on 10/10/10.  Along with their church services, special, reading and plays are performed by the children. 

    Manuia le aso Lotu Tatmaiti!  Manuia le aso Lotu Tatmaiti! 

  • 08/01/2010 | Samnoa
    As written in this article, American Samoa bgins installation of emergency siren system.

  • 07/26/2010 | Samoa
    As written here, Hawaii Five-0 casting Samoans and other Polynesians

  • 07/13/2010 | Samoa
    As written in this article, Samoa (Independent State of Samoa formally know as Wester Samoa or Samoa i Sisifo) is set to see increasing tourism from New Zealand

  • 07/08/2010 | Samoa
    As written here, Planning for Samoan Heritage Week in Honolulu.

  • 02/14/2010 | Samoa

    Manu Samoa wins 2010 USA Sevens in Las Vegas over New Zealand All Blacks as documented in this USA Sevens article.  For Manu Samoa, (Samoa's Rugby Team) the USA Sevens Cup also ranks them second in the World Setries Standings.

    Samoa Rugby Union - Official Manu Samoa Website

    ManuSamoa.net - Supporters of Manu Samoa Website

  • 02/11/2010 | Samoa
    February 11 2010 will be remembered by many as the Season Premiere of Survivor 20 :  Heros vs Villains  which was filmed in Samoa while many Samoans are watching the skies in preparations for tropical Cyclone Rene which is headed towads the islands of Samoa

  • 02/03/2010 | Samoa
    Samoa Sports Central is a blog based website that offers information on Samoan athletes in a wide range of sports. 

  • 01/22/2010 | Samoa

    Survivor 20 : Heros vs. Villains will air its first episode on CBS February 11 2010.  Survior 19 : Survivor Samoa both Survivor Samoa and Survivor Heros vs Villians were both filmed on location in Samoa.

    CBS Survivor website

    Survivor 19 : Survivor Samoa website

    Survivor 20 : Heros vs Villians website

    Answers to general questions about the Survivor show production

    Life at Ponderosa After a contestant gets voted out of the game

  • 01/17/2010 | Samoa
    A great report by Scott Pelley on 60 Minutes about High School Football in Tutuila, American Samoa.

  • 11/14/2009 | Sāmoa
    As written in this article the Samoa Packing cannery is begining to shut down with a closing date of September 30.

  • 10/26/2009 | Samoa
    Samoa National Central Bureau is the office which marks Samoa joining Interpol, the international police organization as written here.

  • 10/20/2009 | Sāmoa
    As noted in this article, Habitat for Humanity in New Zealand offers to rebuild in Samoa

  • 10/11/2009 | Sāmoa

    Lotu Tamaiti translated as children's church (day), church (day) of the children, or children's service, is refered to as " White Sunday " in Samoa. 

    This is an annual church event observed by almost all of the churches in Samoa and Samoan communities, which all children (and women) wear white attire.  Along with their church services, special, reading and plays are performed by the children. 

    Although religious based, which is strong in modern Samoan culture, the day can also be considered a national children's day, a celebration of the children of Samoa, faith, life, and hope for the future.  All of which can be related many cultures children's day observances regardless of race and religous beliefs. 

    White Sunday is much welcomed in Samoa after the tragety of this months earthquake and tsunami which affected all Island of Samoa, others in Tonga and the Pacific. 

    Manuia le aso Lotu Tatmaiti! 

  • 10/01/2009 | Sāmoa
    Many international organizations have prepared to offer assistance in rebuilding the locations of Samoa which were affected by the Samoa Earthquake and Tsunami.

    Here is some information for those interested in helping Samoa.

    Donations to the Red Cross help not only Samoa but other areas including Tonga, Indonesia, and the Philippines who were affect by this and other recent natural diasasters this week.
    American Red Cross
    1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767)
    As writtten in this article, the American Red Cross is one of many organizations to assist with Samoa

    New Zealand Red Cross
    As written in this article the New Zealand Red Cross is one of many organizations to assist with Samoa

    Samoan Solutions
    Non-profit organization in the San Francisco Bay Area has information on assistance to Samoa from the Bay Area.

    Sacred Center Tattoo
    702 740 0589
    Is accepting non monetary donations (non-perishable food, clothes, etc.) in the Las Vegas Area

  • 09/30/2009 | Sāmoa

    The recovery in Samoa from the earthquake and later tsunami begun immediately aft class="linkgold12" er the tsunami receded September 29, 2009.  Along with reports from American Samoa's main island of Tutuila "President Obama Declares a Major Disaster Exists in American Samoa" in a video clip from ABC news on YouTube  as well as White House statement was released by the U.S. white house which was followed up by the US Red Cross

    Along with Red Cross response, United Nations, New Zealand Red Cross and internatinonal community has already begun to support recovery in Samoa (independent nation) with devastation reported on it's Main Island of Upolu.  Australian aid has also begun as shown by this video.    

    Although reports focus on Pago Pago, Fagatogo and Leone on Tutuila and Aleipata on Upolu, all the Islands of Samoa (up to 60 villages reported) along with Niuatoputapu in Tonga were affected by the earthquake and Tsunami. 

    Social networking sites such as facebook have allowed for communication between people living in Samoa to communicate with other across the globe when phone lines were busy yesterday and today. 

    The Red Cross is also urging residents of Samoa to register in their safe and well website, which others with internet access may locate family members and friends.

    Eye witness Account of Samoa Tsunami

    ABC News video of Samoa Tsunami

    FM104 KNWJ from American Samoa a radio broadcast over the internet on the internet throughout the day.

  • 09/29/2009 | Sāmoa

    A 7.9 Earthquake (later reported as 8.3 earthquake) aprox. 120 miles southwest of Samoa at a depth of over 21miles.  The earthquake struck today at aprox 6:48am Samoa time zone   ( 7:48am HST 10:48am PST, 1:48 EST,  17:48 GMT).  The earthquake was felt on the islands of Samoa and triggered:

    tsunami warning for Samoa islands, New Zealand, Tonga, and Fiji,

    tsunami watch across the Pacific including Hawaii, Papua New Guinea and other small Pacific islands.

    It has been reported that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration( NOAA ) does not initially expect the earthquake to produce a tsunami that would hit the west coast of North American or Alaska.

    Reuters Samoa Earthquake Article
    New York Times article
    Associated Press from Yahoo News

    It is also reported that a 10 foot tsunami hit the islands of Samoa including Pago Pago and Leone on Tutuila, and Aleipata on Upolu, and many other Pacific Islands including Niuatoputapu of Tonga felt the effects of both the earthquake and the tsunami.

    USA today Amercisan Samoa Tsunami article
    CNN Article about Tsunami
    Eye witness account of the Tsunami
    View Photos of Samoa Tsunami
    Video footage from the Samoa Tsunami
    FM104 KNWJ from American Samoa a radio broadcast over the internet on the internet throughout the day.
    93 KHJ radio from American Samoa

  • 09/18/2009 | Sāmoa
    Survivor Samoa Season Premiere was an entertaining season opener for the dramatic, team based game show.  Set in Sāmoa, the shots on location are impressive with natrual beauty.  Athough refered to as an Island by Survivor Samoa, there is actually no island by the name of Samoa, it is the name for the island group inhabited by the people of Samoa for a minimum estimate of 4,000 years.  After historical and political division the islands of Samoa are now known as Samoa (the independent nation formerly known as Western Samoa) and American Samoa.  Survivor Samoa is reported to be film on location in the Island of Upolu.  Sāmoa and Galu are mis-pronounced throughout the program, the scenery and filming in Samoa is nothing short of positive for the Samoan people and economy which caters to tourism.

    Survivor 19 : Survivor Samoa website

    Answers to general questions about the Survivor show production

    Life at Ponderosa After a contestant gets voted out of the game

  • 09/09/2009 | Sāmoa

    As written by Reuters, The United States Mint mint has launched the American Samoa quarter coin.  This coin is U.S. currency in honor of the U.S. territory of American Samoa and features artwork inspired by the Fa'a Samoa "The Way of Samoa" and Aganu'u Samoa "Samoan Culture".   

    The independent nation of Samoa (formerly known as Western Samoa) has its own currency which consisting of paper bills and coins which have Samoan artwork printed on them.

  • 09/08/2009 | Sāmoa
    The New York Times is another major news source that has written an article about Samoa's switch to driving on the left side of the road. 

  • 09/03/2009 | Sāmoa
    CBS the network for the Survivor game show series will begin to air the Survivor Samoa episodes on Thursday 17, 2009.

    Survivor 19 : Survivor Samoa website

    Answers to general questions about the Survivor show production

    Life at Ponderosa After a contestant gets voted out of the game

  • 08/25/2009 | Sāmoa

    As written here in an online article from the Wall Street Journal news of Samoa's Driving Shift is gaining international attention. 

     Although a relatively small and independent nation made up from the “western” islands of Samoa, the change from driving on the right side of the road to the left side of the road is making waves throughout the Pacific and beyond.  Listed in the article are other nations that have made a similar shift in driving and most recent is Ghana in 1974.  It should be expected that such a change is has supporters for change as well as tradition with regards to driving on the roads.  As September 7th nears more news coverage should be expected which cause also be great promotions for tourism in Samoa depending on how the media edits the footage of the Islands of Samoa and the Samoan people. 

  • 08/11/2009 | Sāmoa
    As seen in this article the American Samoa Department of Marine Resources wants an assessment of bottom fish resources.  This a a positive initiative to combat overfishing from occuring. <</html>

  • 07/23/2009 | Sāmoa
    The Manu’a Islands in American Samoa will recieve their first resident doctor, Dr. Malouamaua Puleisili Tuiolosega as written in this article.  The Dr. Tuiolosega will bring permanent local heathcare.

  • 07/22/2009 | Sāmoa
    Check out this video on You Tube about Samoan Language Week 2009 New Zealand.

  • 07/17/2009 | Sāmoa

    As written in this article, a Samoan culture and language school is growing in Hawai'i.  The Le Fetuao Samoan Language School currently based in Salt Lake (Oahu, Hawai'i) is held on Saturdays at the Island Family Christian Church in Salt Lake with free lessons in Samoan language and culture.

    The Le Fetuao School web site is located here: 


    Other references to this School are here:

    Samoa News article

    Honolulu Advertiser article

    Voice of Kapolei article

  • 07/12/2009 | Sāmoa
    As written in this article Samoan groups arrive in Fiji for Pacific Youth Festival officially opened last week on Saturday at Albert Park in Fiji.

  • 07/09/2009 | Sāmoa

    As written in this article, a New Zealand Climate Expert warns about climate change in the Pacific as rising temperatures may feed storms, and effect food sources as well as possible rising sea levels.  It will be up to the Pacific Islanders to prepare themsleves not only to be self sustainable but ready and adaptive for such changes.

    This news comes during the same time that climate change is one of many topics of the G8 summit in Italy.  Countries participating in the G8 include the G8 countries (Canada, the Russian Federation, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States), G5 countries Brazil, People's Republic of China, India,
     Mexico and South Africa and the European Union.

  • 07/07/2009 | Sāmoa
    As seen here, American Samoa and eLandia has officially Inaugurated the fiber optic cable connecting American Samoa and Samoa with Hawaii and the world telecommunications and internet systems.  The cable provides numerous advantages and another option over the previous satellite dish connections.

  • 07/06/2009 | Sāmoa
    As written in this article, all American Samoan high school class rooms are to have to have internet access.  Hopefully this will include all of american Samoa high school classes room like those in remote areas and islands such as Manu'a High School

  • 07/05/2009 | Sāmoa
    As written in this article, Pacific Small Island Developing States talking to UN Security Council about climate change. 

  • 07/04/2009 | Sāmoa
    As written in this article, Aumua Amata Coleman, known to be a American Samoan congressional candidate, is bidding to Guam to find work for more than 2,000 workers set to be laid off as the cannery in American Samoa will close.  Hopefully the workers will find other employment opportunities not only in other Pacific Islands such as Guam but by creating employment opportunities in American Samoa.

  • 07/03/2009 | Sāmoa
    As written in this article, on September 7, 2009 Samoa is set to switch the side of the road that people drive on.

  • 06/29/2009 | Sāmoa
    As written in this article, Jack Thompson, June Jones, Samson Satele, Tony Tuioti, Ta'ase Faumui and others are among those helping to support the Samoa Football Academy.

  • 06/24/2009 | Sāmoa
    As written in this article, the TV show Survivor may film two seasons in Samoa which should bring a boost to Samoa's economy as well as exposure for tourism.

    Survivor 19 : Survivor Samoa website

    Answers to general questions about the Survivor show production

    Life at Ponderosa After a contestant gets voted out of the game

  • 06/18/2009 | Samoa
    Wahoo or Pa'ala and Yellow Fin Tuna or Asiasi are among those packed at the tuna canneries of Samoa. As the closing of the tuna cannery in Samoa will have a huge economic impact on Samoa, this also comes at a  time of increase awareness.  Actor Ted Danson, known most for his TV roles in shows like "Cheers" is taking an active role in increased Ocean Life and environmental awareness as seen in this video from CNN.  He is also promoting a video for which we narrates a documentary called "The End of the Line" seen on this website.  

    As Samoa's tuna cannery's may be reaching the end of the line, Samoa and others can use this as a turning point for fish conservation before it truely becomes the End of the line for Tuna in Samoa.

  • 06/08/2009 | Sāmoa
    As seen in this video, aquariums have been used for educational study and tourist attraction.  As mentioned in the video the closing of the historic Hovden Cannery lead to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  As American Samoa is closing a cannery and increasing the development of a tourism trade, an aquarium could be one possible solution to utilize the land of the cannery, create jobs,  provide a tourist attraction, increase education and awareness of marine life in Samoa.

  • 05/30/2009 | Sāmoa
    As this article states, Samoa new has fiber optic cable connecting it to American Samoa and Hawaii.  The cable under the ocean will bring increases telecommunication capabilites to Samoa over current systems.

  • 05/29/2009 | Samoa
    As written in this article along with Samoan Language Week the demand for teaching Samoan Language at an early age is rising in Auckland.

  • 05/19/2009 | Sāmoa

    The rumors have been confirmed as this article states, the next season of the tv series survivor will be filmed in Samoa.

    Survivor 19 : Survivor Samoa website

    Answers to general questions about the Survivor show production

    Life at Ponderosa After a contestant gets voted out of the game

  • 05/02/2009 | Sāmoa
    As written in this article a COS cannery plant is scheduled to close in september with over 2,000 employees.

  • 04/18/2009 | Sāmoa
    As noted here on April 17th 1900 the U.S. was the date the U.S. formally raised the first American flag over the politically divided islands east of 171 degrees west longitude known as "Eastern Samoa".  With the U.S. naval intrests in Pago Pago Harbor Samoan Ali'i (High Chiefs) signatures on the Deeds of cession, the result was U.S. government rule over the U.S. territory, American Samoa administered by the U.S. Navy by Governor Benjamin Franklin Tilley.  The years following have been an example of maintaining the traditional culture, language, land, and Matai (chief) system, intergrated with terriorial rule.  American Samoa's Flag day is filled with celebrations from local villages as well as villages from Samoa (Independent State of Samoa, formally Western Samoa), and include guest from all over the Pacific.  American Samoa Flag Day festivals are also celebrated in American cities with Samoan communities.    

    Read more about this year's celebration here

  • 04/16/2009 | Sāmoa
    As written in this article Samoa will soon test and later have a fiber optic connection for their telecommunications via undersea cables. 

    Samoa has been connected for years to the internet via satellite but the fiber optic cable is a huge step toward increasing the connection of Samoa with the world and offering the benefits of high speed internet connections as well as other telecommunications that many take for granted.    

  • 04/13/2009 | Sāmoa

    In the film industry it takes a full crew to create a great production, much of whom goes unoticed until the credits at the end of the movie.  Among the crew are the stunmen and stuntwomen who take the co-ordinated hits, falls, and explosions to ensure safety of the cast.

    This article is a great bio about Tanoai Reed a Samoan stuntman working in Hollywood.  Hollywood saw a resemblance to another Samoan, "The Rock" Seuli Dwayne Johnson, and which helped Tanoai to work on films with him as noted by the article.

  • 04/08/2009 | Sāmoa
    As written by Samoa News commercial products sold at and or produced by American Samoa where on display at the Sheraton Waikiki for the Department of the Interior Conference on Business Opportunities in the Pacific Islands.  As the picture shows,  Samoa's ( Independent State of Samoa )  product, Vailima Beer and American Samoa's canned Wahoo.

    Comment on this blog directly or share your thoughts at the Pasefika Forum about commercial products produced by American Samoa or Samoa.

     Write an educational article about commercial products produced by American Samoa or Samoa at the Pasefika Wiki.

  • 03/28/2009 | Sāmoa
    Apia, Samoa will host it's 3rd Tatau Convention in 2009 scheduled for 11/21/2009 - 11/27/2009 in honor of the 10th Anniversary for the passing of Tufuga Ta Tatau Paulo Suluape hosted by Tufuga Ta Tatau  Petelo Suluape and the people of Samoa.

  • 03/25/2009 | Samoa
    Congradulations to Zak Feaunati picked to play Jonah Lomu in Clint Eastwood Film about Rugby as writtened in this article.  Many Pacific Islanders are making their way into film and many movies are now only filmed in Pacific Island locations but also based upon Pacific Island subject matter.  Let us hope that this positive trend continues to gain exposure for the Pacific Island community, showcase the awesome landscapes of the Pacific Isles and share the hospitality of the people toward all.

  • 02/25/2009 | Sāmoa
    As written in this article Samoa is is on track to having fiber optic cable to boost their telecommunications including internet services.