American Samoa

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Samoan repatriation

When American Samoa closed down its borders due to the pandemic, many nationals were stranded abroad. Reporter Ku'uwehi Hiraishi joins us to discuss the challenges American Samoans are facing amid repariation efforts.

Reality Check: Fixing Hawaii's food system


American Samoa’s repatriation system picked up five COVID-19 cases so far among the more than 160 residents in quarantine here in Honolulu. This is American Samoa’s first attempt to help residents get home since the pandemic closed its borders more than 10 months ago.  

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HONOLULU — Hawaii is assisting about 800 residents of American Samoa traveling through Oahu to their island home, which was cut off by the coronavirus.

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Updated 2/10/20, 8:13 a.m

HONOLULU — Growing up in American Samoa, Filipo Ilaoa's neighbors were his cousins on a plot of land full of banana and breadfruit trees shared by his extended family and overseen by a chief elected by his relatives.

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Hawaii Businesses affected by Hong Kong protests; Rural Wahiawa hospital tailors services to community; Concerns on birthright citizenship in American Samoa; Kona garden reopens

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SALT LAKE CITY — People born in the territory of American Samoa should be recognized as U.S. citizens, a federal judge in Utah decided Thursday in a case filed amid more than a century of legal limbo but whose eventual impact remains to be seen.

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The government of American Samoa declared that the U.S. territory has an outbreak of measles, a move that will lead to the closure of public schools starting Monday and a ban on gatherings in parks.  

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The Pacific Climate Change Conference got underway in Wellington this week, as the remnants of Cyclone Gita arrived to lash the west coast of New Zealand. Several small island nations suffered severe damage from the storm and, as we hear from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute, recovery is expected to take months, if not years.

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Part of the immigration debate this election year has been a proposal to eliminate the right of any child born in the US to automatic citizenship. Birthright citizenship applies in all fifty states and every US territory, except American Samoa.  Last week, the Supreme Court declined to hear a case that might have changed that... We have more from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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U.S. Department of the Interior / Flickr

The government of American Samoa announced plans to send a representative to the United Nations Decolonization Committee's Pacific Seminar this week. The unincorporated US territory is one of six Pacific entities on the Decolonization List and, as we hear from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute, there could be two more.