kahuku hs football team in salt lake city, utah. August 31, 2013
By Seli Moeai
Photos by Wessai Moeai and Daniel Tapusoa
Kahuku High "Red Raiders" from Hawaii were in town this weekend for a game against the East High "Leopards" of Salt Lake City. It was as with any Red Raider" game a very highly charged intense all out ordeal. The "Leopards" won this one by a score of 35 - 15. But that did little to dampen the spirits of the good 'ol die hard Kahuku fans. According to Daniel Tapusoa on their posts', "they may have won the game, but we win the award for best tail-gate party". Gotta love the spirit of these fans.
Mak Attack takes Utes to 3-0 start. August 31, 2013
by Seli Moeai
Photos courtesy Ute's Alumni Dannette Moeai.
Makenzie Moeai wears number 9 for a reason. It is her tribute in honor of her grandmother, Iva Taulapapa Moeaitino, [for the benefit of the non-Samoan speaking folks, Iva ("I" is pronounced as an "E") Is the pronounciation of the #9] Makenzie, (Mak-Attack), is dedicated to hard work and perseverance as she strives to help her team as best as she can. Mak-Attack's power hitting as a strong outside-spiker has helped lift the University of Utah's Women Volleyball Team of the PAC-12 to a 3 - 0 start for the season.
samoan wards enjoy party.
samoans lift west jordan jaguar volleyball team to victory. August 29, 2013
By Seli Moeai
The recent lull over the Wasatch Fronts, was just that, the calm before the storm. The quiet serene feeling that comes with the orange hues of Autumn has taken a turn into being the hustle and bustle of a new school year as students are reacquainted with old friends and meet new ones. It is also the start of the sports season. There is electricity in the air as Football, Soccer, Volleyball and other sports start. Utah produces some of the finest athletes in the nation. And we have made a commitment to profile and highlight as many of these fine athletes as we possibly can. But all in due time.
Adding to the commotion is the timely arrival of a phenomenal thing, "Le Malae", in the words of Media Guru, Albert Ainuu, "Le Malae" is dedicated to globalizing news and events for our people.
A philosopher Lao Tzu said, "every journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step". So with that in mind, I grabbed my "Note II" and headed over to watch the West Jordan-JAGUARS take on the Granger-LANCERS for the women High School volleyball.
The Lancers fought a hard and valiant fight but the Lady JAGUARS played flawlessly behind the heavy spiking of their strong Outside hitter, Luisa Muti and solid blocking in the Middle by Nia Fifita. Cherish Sosi and Arianna Moeai provided outstanding defense and passing. Maluhia Taula did a super job as libero while Jessica Pilivi solidified the Right Side Hitter position. The Lady Jaguars Sophomores, JV and Varsity all took the wins in this game.
the 1st polynesian 5k run in SLC for diabetes awareness is well attended. August 31, 2013
By Seli Moeai
Early Saturday morning, August 31st. 2013, members of the Polynesian Communities in parts of Greater Salt Lake City came out strong and took the fight to a crisis that has plagued the people of Polynesia descent in the State of Utah.
Pacific Islanders, according to the Utah Health Department, have the highest diabetes-related death rate in Utah. A diabetes rate that was twice as high as the rest of the State.
The people came out to run and help raise awareness by participating in the Health Fair.
"Le Malae" was unable to attend the event due to scheduling complications but was able to use informations from a reliable source, Lita Sagato of the MANA Organization.
"Le Malae" will plan to conduct an in-depth story In the future. In the mean time, "Le Malae" would like to extend a well deserved congratulations to the organizers of the "1st annual MANA 5K & Community Wellness Fair" for this very noble endeavor. According to our source Lita Sagato's postings, "the turn-out was great and the event was a huge success".
Kudos to organizers Lita Sagato, Netta Lealaitafea Moyer, Jacob Fitisemanu and Tufui Taukei'aho.
Salt lake city web page for samoans now operating. taulapapa seli moeai is editor in chief.
Samoans in Salt Lake City now have a new website for their own news. The page is edited by Seli Moeai, a resident of Salt Lake City and dedicated family man as can be seen above. This page will be linked to the "Le Malae, the gathering place" website where various news pages from Samoans living in various cities are all gathered together for Samoans around the world to view and read about whats new and what is happening in your part of the world.
if you have any news or event that you want covered by this news media outlet, please contact Seli Moeai through the contact page in here and we will try to have a reporter come out. We need at least 2 weeks advance notice to make sure we can cover your event.
Seli Moeai is from Faleniu, American Samoa. He was Student Body President at Mapusaga High School in the 70s. He also served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Samoa, Apia Mission. He is recognized as someone with deep convictions and humility but also very knowledgeable about what we Samoans need to be focusing on as a people in these trying times. His family, including brothers and sisters, are well known as talented in many areas including entertainment and sports.