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News from Samoa / Re: education in Samoa
« Last post by US Dad on May 01, 2015, 10:02:46 PM »
Good Evening All,

Hope everyone is doing well. I wanted to ask anyone that has returned to the US from teaching in Samoa, how this effects your success in gaining a teaching position here in the US?? For example, if one has a teaching degree here and goes to AmSamoa and teaches for a year, returns to the US and wants to be an educator here in the states, does that experience help??  Thank you very much.
Jobs in Samoa / Re: Finding job abraod?
« Last post by aakicee on April 11, 2015, 05:31:23 AM »
same problem here...
Samoan Sports and Celebrities / Re: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
« Last post by Sumer on March 19, 2015, 12:51:32 AM »
Rock is such a good actor.
i like him very much...
Things to do / Re: Pago Pago Yacht Club
« Last post by ipacific on February 23, 2015, 06:39:32 AM »
Pago Pago Yacht Club is located at Utulei Beach at the entrance of the beautiful Pago Pago Harbor. The water sports center of American Samoa includes Optimist, Laser and Hobie Cat sailors who compete locally and internationally.The Yacht Club welcomes new members to join and invite visiting members from other countries to drop in.The Yacht Club has a superb panoramic harbor ocean view with a full diners Cafe and Bar facilities that caters to all the athletes, members, and the community.
Email Address :
Phone number :
(684) 633-2465
Postal Address :
Pago Pago Yacht Club
Box 1507
Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799
Things to do / Re: ANy one in Pago Pago Yacht club I can contact via email?
« Last post by Unicorn988 on February 23, 2015, 03:31:56 AM »
I assume they would be at the yacht club. Their names are David and Mary Berg from the US....???
Visitor's Fale - Amerika Samoa / Re: Really want to learn samoan!!(online)
« Last post by hahaha on February 18, 2015, 11:24:31 PM »
I have not ever heard of a samoan church in ohio there are some samoans that go to church but not many and there is know such thing as a samoan class here in ohio. I think that is something they should make.???
Samoan Sports and Celebrities / Re: Samoans in the NFL
« Last post by swera on January 15, 2015, 02:21:29 AM »
I appreciate that, still lots of work to do!
Samoan Sports and Celebrities / Mariota and Apisa kindred Hawaiian/Samoan spirits
« Last post by ipacific on January 11, 2015, 09:54:04 PM »

Marcus Mariota has a kindred Hawaiian/Samoan spirit in Bob Apisa


The godfather of the Hawaiian pipeline that brought us Marcus Mariota and his football wonders had a great New Year's Day.

Bob Apisa, age 69, sat in front of a big TV at home in Granada Hills on Thursday, surrounded by family — even grandchildren —and watched in wonder as his school and his legacy had an unforgettable day.

His school, Michigan State, won, beating Baylor in the Cotton Bowl.

And when Mariota led his Oregon Ducks to a dazzling 59-20 victory over Florida State in the Rose Bowl, it was the cherry on the hot fudge sundae. It was a further fulfillment of Apisa's pioneering work for Samoan and Hawaiian players in college football.

Apisa, the Rose Bowl and Hawaiian players are joined at the hip. If Apisa allows himself a moment of credit for Mariota even being here, playing on the mainland, winning the Heisman Trophy and leading his Ducks to the national championship game, it is justified.

"I was so proud of him," Apisa said after the game. "It never ceases to amaze me how composed he is. When he won the Heisman, it brought tears to my eyes. It wasn't because he is an Island kid, but because of how well he represents America."

Apisa is part Samoan, on his father's side. So is Mariota.

Apisa left what is now American Samoa in 1952. He was 7 and his father was taking a military post in Hawaii.

"We didn't have electricity in Samoa then," Apisa said. "I left in a boat, looked back and saw all the kerosene lamps, lighting the island.

"When we got to Honolulu, about two weeks later [it is a 2,500-mile trip north], we came in at night and I was amazed at the electricity, of how aglow the city was."

He spoke no English, but he flourished, becoming a high school football star and a target of coach Duffy Daugherty's pioneering attempt to lure hefty Hawaiians to Michigan State.

When it came time to decide on college, Apisa narrowed his choices to Penn State, USC and Michigan State. He went to the room to sign his papers, expecting all three schools to be represented. Only MSU was there. The USC assistant coach had missed his flight.

Apisa wanted to be a running fullback. In those days, they actually let the fullback carry the ball. Except at some places.

"Had I gone to USC," Apisa says now, "I would have been a pulling guard in the backfield for Mike Garrett."

Instead, he became an All-American, with one major goal.

"I wanted to play in the Granddaddy of Them All, " he said.

And so he did. Jan. 1, 1966. Unbeaten, No. 1-ranked Michigan State versus UCLA.

He had reached his goal, the Granddaddy of Them All. The score was 14-12, UCLA. There were 31 seconds left. Michigan State needed a two-point conversion to tie or the Bruins would win. And everybody in the place, including UCLA's defense, knew where the ball was going.

"We had it on the left hash mark, which was good, because I had a bad knee and could only go right," Apisa says. "I could see UCLA's defense leaning my way. Terry Donahue was right there on the defensive line. They knew."

Apisa made it to the one-yard line, got spun around by one defender and then, as he tried to twist the final yard, got demolished by Bruin linebacker Bob Stiles. Apisa weighed 225, Stiles 175.

Stiles made the stop and became player of the game. He also was knocked unconscious. UCLA had the victory and Stiles and Apisa had a shared spot in Rose Bowl lore that will last forever.

Forty-nine years later, the consensus best college football player in the land, like Apisa a Hawaiian with Samoan blood running through him, created his own Rose Bowl legacy. Mariota passed for 338 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 62 more and another touchdown. He was as masterful as a Heisman Trophy winner should be in a big moment.

And afterward, he continued to make Apisa proud.

On the huge victory stand in the middle of the Rose Bowl field, they handed Mariota the trophy as the most valuable offensive player and he couldn't turn around fast enough to hand it to the platform full of teammates who stood behind him.

When the ceremony ended, the man who runs this college football playoff, Executive Director Bill Hancock, stopped Mariota to shake his hand.

"He immediately made the conversation about me," Hancock said. "He told me he was honored to meet me."

If Mariota frustrates sportswriters seeking jazzy quotes that are seldom forthcoming, he just keeps making the man who gave the first real prominence to the Hawaii football pipeline increasingly proud.

Apisa knows just how special Mariota's Rose Bowl day will come to be in his life, and how memories and associations from it will last forever.

Apisa eventually settled in the Los Angeles area and worked as an actor for years, including may appearances on "Hawaii Five-0" and "Magnum, P.I."

One day, about 30 years ago, Apisa and his wife were at lunch at a restaurant in Santa Monica. The owner was mingling, introducing himself to people.

He got to Apisa and said, "Hi, I'm Bob Stiles." Apisa responded, "I'm Bob Apisa."

A Rose Bowl collision became a friendship. They talk. They carry each other's cellphone numbers.

Thursday, Mariota didn't have a moment. He had a game. He will remember it forever.

And eventually, he will meet and get to chat with a blood brother who gave him the chance for it all to happen.
News from Samoa / New Tuna Cannery to Open in American Samoa
« Last post by ipacific on December 29, 2014, 04:08:22 AM »
Bellevue, Washington, company to open tuna cannery in American Samoa


PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) - A Washington state company is making a $70 million investment in a tuna cannery in the U.S. territory of American Samoa.

The canned tuna products from American Samoa will carry the "Made In USA" label, said officials with Tri Marine International. Based in Bellevue, Washington, Tri Marine took over the lease of a government property three years ago after another cannery closed.

Tri Marine's cannery plant is expected to employ some 1,500 workers when fully operational and is operated by the company's Samoa Tuna Process Inc., located on seaside village of Atu'u. American Samoa's economy is dependent on the tuna cannery industry.

"We are $70 million confident of our investment in the cannery project," Tri Marine Chief Executive Officer Renato Curto said.

"Ultimately, our decision to invest came down to our belief that tuna is a good, nutritious product, that tuna stocks can be sustainably managed for the long-term and that processing in the islands is the right thing to do," he said.

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga said the territorial government stands firm in its support of Tri Marine, especially on this latest investment that will boost the local economy and provide more jobs to residents looking for work.

The investment will allow the company to "remain competitive in this very competitive global industry," Moliga said.

Outgoing chamber of commerce chairman Lewis Wolman said that besides the large workforce, the new cannery will have direct impacts like buying products from local vendors and supporting the shipping industry. But it will also have significant indirect impacts, such as the purchases made by workers from their paychecks.

An inauguration ceremony is planned for Jan. 24.

The new cannery will focus on the U.S. market, where tuna products from American Samoa are duty-free, said Curto, adding that this helps offset the higher cost of processing in the territory as compared with industrialized centers in low-labor-cost countries like Thailand, Philippines and China.

"We are targeting retail and food service clients who want to know where their tuna was caught, who caught it, how it was caught and where it was processed," Curto said.

The company plans to produce private label and its own brand of tuna markets. The brand is made by Tri Marine subsidiary, The Tuna Store, and it is already on shelves under the name Ocean Naturals.

In additional to the new cannery, Tri Marine's Samoa Tuna Processor Inc., a cold storage facility, opened last year. The facility can receive fish directly from the fishing boats. Curto said catch from the boats can be sized and separated by species before being processed by local plant or exported as whole fish.

Tri Marine also owns a fleet of 10 U.S.-flagged purse seiners based in Pago Pago to supply tuna to the cannery, he said. Curto said the company has invested well over $200 million in American Samoa between its fleet and facilities.

There have been some concerns by a few American Samoa officials that Tri Marine's new cannery will compete with the company's SolTuna Inc. cannery operation in the Solomon Islands, a South Pacific country with a land mass of 11,000 square miles.

But Curto said SolTuna, which is a partnership between Tri Marine and the Solomon Islands government, produces products for other markets, which includes the South Pacific region and Europe where products from Solomon Islands have duty-free access.

Construction on a new unloading dock is underway at Tri Marine International’s Samoa Tuna Processors Inc., plant under construction in the U.S. territory of American Samoa.
Samoan Sports and Celebrities / Re: Marcus Mariota Pays Tribute to Samoa, Poly Roots
« Last post by ipacific on December 29, 2014, 03:37:05 AM »
Marcus Mariota wearing Samoan and Hawaiian leis after winning Heisman Trophy.
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