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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
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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.
Samoan Sports and Celebrities / Marcus Mariota Pays Tribute to Samoa, Poly Roots
« Last post by ipacific on December 29, 2014, 03:29:09 AM »
Heisman Winner Marcus Mariota Pays Tribute to Poly Roots


Wearing both a Hawaiian and a Samoan lei, a grey-suited Marcus Mariota held his Heisman Trophy and tearfully thanked those who helped him to win it.

The first-ever Hawaiian, and the first Oregon Duck to win the highest collegiate football honor was also the first Heisman winner to say 'thank you,' in Samoan during his acceptance speech.

Raised in Honolulu, where he attended St. Louis Prep - an all-male Catholic school - the 6-foot-4, 219-pound quarterback thanked players, coaches, teachers and his parents, Toa Mariota and Alana Deppe-Mariota, for keeping him "always mindful and faithful."

"I hope and pray that this is only the beginning," Mariota said, before turning to his fellow Polynesians.

"To young Poly athletes everywhere," he said. "You should take this as motivation and dream big and strive for greatness."

In 2014, Mariota - a redshirt junior with another year of eligibility - threw for 3,783 yards and 38 touchdowns with just two interceptions. He's earned 10, 125 and 101 touchdowns over his college career, with just 12 interceptions.

Mariota will lead No. 3 ranked Oregon versus No. 2 ranked Florida in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. That game will also pit last year's Heisman, Jameis Winston, with this year's winner, Mariota.
Samoan Sports and Celebrities / Marcus Mariota wins Heisman Trophy
« Last post by ipacific on December 29, 2014, 03:11:56 AM »


NEW YORK (AP) -- Marcus Mariota, the prototypical 21st-century quarterback, took an old-fashioned approach to become Oregon's first Heisman Trophy winner.

The Ducks' understated star won the Heisman on Saturday night going away, capping a three-year climb to college football's most prestigious individual award.

"I'm humbled to be standing here today," Mariota said, reading an acceptance speech he had a hard time getting through without choking up.

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Marcus Mariota spoke of the aspirations of Polynesian youth, ended his acceptance by saying "fa'afetai tele lava" and during a pre-announcement interview spoke about the brotherhood of Hawaii football players wherever they play in college.

A pinpoint passer with wide-receiver speed, Mariota came into his junior season as the favorite to win the 80th Heisman and delivered a performance that turned the presentation ceremony at a theater in Times Square into a foregone conclusion.

Mariota received twice as many points as second-place finisher Melvin Gordon, the record-breaking running back from Wisconsin. The other finalist, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper, was third.

Mariota received the second-highest percentage of possible points (90.92) in Heisman history, behind only Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith, who had 91.63 in 2006. Southern California tailback Reggie Bush received 91.77 percent of possible points in 2005, but his victory was later vacated for violating NCAA rules.

The first Hawaii native to win the Heisman has accounted for a Pac-12-record 53 touchdowns (38 passing, 14 rushing and one receiving) while directing the Ducks' warp-speed spread offense. He also led Oregon to a spot in the first College Football Playoff.

It will be a matchup of Heisman-winning quarterbacks in the Rose Bowl semifinal Jan. 1 with Mariota and the second-seeded Ducks facing Florida State and Jameis Winston.

Mariota has been making a whirlwind tour up the East Coast collecting trophies. First stop, Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, to pick up an armful of hardware. Next stop, Baltimore for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. He took a train to New York on Saturday morning. It was his first time on a train and his first time in the Big Apple.

"It's breathtaking, really," he said of the city hours before being announced as the winner. "I've never been around so many skyscrapers and lights and people. It's definitely been a different feel, but it's cool."

In an era when so many Heisman winners seemingly come from out of nowhere - the last two were the first freshmen winners - Mariota's rise was slow and steady.

Three of the last four Heisman winners were in their first seasons as starters, including Cam Newton, who won the award in his only season at Auburn after transferring from a junior college. Before Newton, three straight sophomores won the award (Tim Tebow of Florida, Sam Bradford of Oklahoma and Mark Ingram of Alabama). Tebow was the first sophomore winner.

Like Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Winston, the previous two winners, Mariota started as a redshirt freshman. It didn't take long for him to establish himself as a star, but unlike Johnny Football and Famous Jameis, Mariota wasn't the face of college football in his first season.

In his second season he was even better, putting up numbers that rivaled those of Heisman finalist quarterbacks Winston, Manziel, AJ McCarron and Jordan Lynch, but when it came time to vote for the Heisman, Mariota was forgotten. He didn't even finish in the top 10 in 2013.

This season Mariota was the man to beat from the start and nobody could touch him. Except for a blip in early October, when the Ducks lost to Arizona, Mariota exceeded the hype.

He leads the nation in passer rating (186.2), is fifth in total offense (342.5 yards per game) and has led the Ducks to a Pac-12 title with a chance to play for their first national championship.

Of course, patience and poise have defined Mariota's career. He didn't start for his high school team until he was a senior - then led Saint Louis in Honolulu to a state title.

A quiet leader with a nice-guy reputation, Mariota brought no off-field baggage to this Heisman ceremony. After a season beset by off-field troubles, including a school hearing into sexual assault allegations, Winston wasn't a finalist this time around.

Mariota has another year of eligibility, but he's been in Eugene, Oregon, for four years and is on target to graduate soon. He has yet to declare for the NFL draft, but he has likely played his last home game at Autzen Stadium.

Mariota passes the NFL eye test, too. He could have been a high draft pick last year, and his stock has only gone up this season.

Oregon's only Heisman finalists before Mariota were quarterback Joey Harrington in 2001 and running back LaMichael James in 2010. For Harrington, Oregon, with Nike's help, put up a billboard in Times Square to promote their Heisman candidate.

Oregon didn't need a billboard to get the word out about Mariota. His play provided all the publicity he needed.

Samoa Quake and Tsunami News / Re: Western Samoans thankful for gift
« Last post by tazy on November 15, 2014, 04:27:21 AM »
I feel sad when I read about Samoa Quake and Tsnunami. My hart goes out to Samoa. Again I say be imoveable in righteousness. Love you Samoa....!!!
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