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Governor declares Manu’a Islands Cession Day

American Samoa’s Governor Lolo M. Moliga has declared by July 16th, 2013 Manu’a Islands Cession Day.

Whereas, on April 17, 1900 and July 14, 1904, the Chiefs of Tutuila and Manu’a respectively, by virtue of their offices as the hereditary representatives of the people of these islands, for and on behalf of the people, entered into agreements of cession whereby the islands of Tutuila, Aunu’u and Manu’a were ceded to the Government of the United States of America, with all sovereign rights thereunto belonging, to be annexed to said Government, and designated as Tutuila and Manu’a; and Whereas, the Chiefs of Tutuila and Manu’a, for and on behalf of the people of their islands agreed for themselves, and their heirs and representatives by Samoan custom, to owe allegiance to the Government of the United States of America; and Whereas, the Government of the United States agreed to establish a good and sound government, protect traditional rights and property of the Samoan people, and promote the peace and welfare of the people; and
Whereas, the agreements of cession were confirmed by the raising of the Flag of the United States, at the United States Naval Station, Tutuila, and at Fale’ula, Ta’u; and Whereas, by entering into the agreements of cession our forefathers united as one people of Tutuila and Aunu’u with the people of Manu’a, resulting in all of us today being the people of American Samoa; and Whereas, the people of American Samoa and the United States of America have adhered faithfully to the purposes and obligations of the agreements of cession.

Now, thererfore, in honor of these historical events, and in celebration of our solidarity as the people of American Samoa, I, Lolo M. Moliga, Governor of American Samoa, proclaim that Manu’a Islands Cession Day be celebrated on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013, for the observance of appropriate ceremonies, commemorating the raising of the Flag of the United States of America over American Samoa and Manu’a. I further call upon the government and people of American Samoa to unite together as one, as we are people with shared traditions and values, as we face a future together with peace and harmony in our hearts, our minds and our spirits.

In witness whereof, I hereby affix my Signature and Seal of Office on this 9th day of July, in the year of our Lord, two thousand thirteen.
Lolo M. Moliga Governor of American Samoa.

American Samoa’s Humpback whale season

American Samoa’s whale season kicks off this month, as Humpback whales from Antarctica migrate north to the warmers waters of the Pacific Ocean to breed. The American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) say the waters around American Samoa constitute an important breeding ground for humpback whales, visiting from July to November each year. The huge and gentle marine mammals are more frequently sighted from September to October, which are the peak months for breeding. Sightings of mothers and their calves and small groups of adults are reported all around Tutuila Island, especially in small coves. The humpback whale population in Oceania that covers American Samoa has been deemed endangered, although other populations have been increasing in other parts of the world.

This precarious status was due to whaling that occurred from the 1880’s to 1900’s and in 1996 it was estimated that 95 percent of the Oceania humpback whale population had been decimated. DMWR say the recovery status is uncertain and because of this a consortium of scientists from different countries conduct an annual joint survey of humpback whales in American Samoa. It has been estimated that over 150 humpbacks visit American Samoa during the annual breeding season. The group studies detailed habitat use of the humpbacks and collects photo-identification images that will be compared with those collected from other countries. The images are important in determining the spatial extent of movement. DMWR say data collected so far indicated a high exchange rate or movement of humpbacks from our waters with those in Samoa, Tonga, French Polynesia and the Cook Islands. DMWR advise it is important that we protect these humpback whales during the breeding season and encourages the public to enjoy their presence from a distance and not to disturb or go near them.

Cousteau expedition to Swain’s Island

Jean Michel Cousteau, son of the famous ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau will visit American Samoa next month to undertake an expedition to Swain’s Islands. The expedition at the invitation of National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa and the Jennings Family from Swains Island will take place from August 24th-27th. The visit will have two missions, the first is to survey the brackish water lagoon in the center of the island to see if it holds any traditional Polynesian voyaging artifacts and this will be done of a group of marine archaeologists using side sonar equipment. The second mission is to assess the potential economic potential of the islands diverse marine life. Jean Michel, founder of “Ocean Futures Society” whose mission is to protect and educate the world of our oceans vital importance to the survival of all life on our planet, is known for his multi-year documentary film series ‘Ocean Adventures’ with PBS.


Sea Princess makes second visit to Pago Pago

Princess Cruises’ ship, “Sea Princess” makes its second visit this year to Pago Pago Harbor, American Samoa next month. The cruise ship arrives on Friday August 23rd from Kauai, Hawaii at 8.00am before departing later that afternoon at 5.00pmfor Suva, Fiji Islands. The ship is on a 105 night cruise around the Pacific Islands, starting and ending in Sydney, Australia. Carrying up to 1990 passengers and 911 crew, that ship last called into Pago Pago in May this year, and will make a third visit to American Samoa in September. Disembarking passengers and crew will spend the day in port sightseeing, dining out and shopping.
American Samoa holiday travel packages
Listed below are holiday packages to American Samoa departing from Samoa. Bookings can be made directly with the travel company offering the deals below whose contact details are listed.
Moana O Sina from NZD$499 per person and includes return flights Apia, Samoa to Pago Pago, American Samoa and two nights accommodation in a regular room, share twin. Bonus – continental breakfast daily, laundry service and high speed wi-fi internet. Booking and travel period valid to March 31st 2014.
Tradewinds Hotel from NZD$599 per person and includes return flights Apia, Samoa to Pago Pago, American Samoa, two nights accommodation in a king room, share twin and a full day Mt Alava Wilderness hiking tour with a local guide and lunch. Bonus – continental daily breakfast, return airport transfers and internet access. Booking and travel period valid to March 31st 2014.
Sadie’s by the Sea from NZD$659 per person and includes return flights Apia, Samoa to Pago Pago, American Samoa two nights accommodation in a standard room, share twin and a half day whale watching tour. Bonus – use of snorkeling equipment and kayaks and light refreshments aboard your whale watching tour. Booking period valid to October 31st 2013, travel period August 1st to October 31st 2013.
Turtle & Shark Lodge from NZD$689 per person and includes return flights Apia, Samoa to Pago Pago, American Samoa and two nights accommodation in a 1 bedroom upstairs apartment overlooking the golf course. Bonus – breakfast starter pack on arrival. Booking and travel period valid to March 31st 2014.
For bookings contact Air New Zealand Holidays, phone 0800-737-767 (within New Zealand only), visit their website, or visit your local Air New Zealand Holidays Store.

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