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As the albacore fishing season nears, boat owners, engineers and captains make ready their vessels.
After a bow collision, the M/V Vincent Gann came up on the drydock for repairs. A team of fabricators, welders and fitters had the purse seiner vessel back in operation in 6 days.
Two 7 meter HTS dishes are installed in American Samoa. Watch a professional team of experts place the dishes that connect a small Pacific island to global information resources.
Performers from New Zealand , Australia , Independent State of Samoa and American Samoa performed at the October 31st to November 2nd Jazz festival in Pago Pago,
The Kingdom of Tonga patrol boat came up at the American Samoa Shipyard for repairs and maintenance. The shipyard crew carefully removed the starboard shaft for replacement of the bearings and seals.
Shipyard crew works tirelessly after nightfall to drydock a miliutary patrol boat.
A longliner comes down the railway after a refit at the American Samoa Shipyard.
The Robert Seamans is an ocean going research and student classroom. Take this tour to discover the world of participatory oceanography learning.
Broadband technology enables remote and developing nations to utilize their existing human, environmental and infrastructure resources to create new economic engines for sustainable growth.
The world's leader of traditional navigation call port in American Samoa
Pago Pago Harbor in American Samoa is the Pacific's largest, safest and busiest port. Fully equipped for ship repair, transshipment and fish offloading, Pago Pago is the central hub of the Pacific fishing industry.
Machine work involves accuracy, patience and the proper tools and equipment. Here, the machinist cuts a flange spacer that fits between the hull tailpiece and the prop coupling ring.
Cape Finisterre's new prop adds efficiency and reduces vibration. American Samoa Shipyard installs the new prop in a team effort.
Pulling the tailshaft from a purse seiner takes skill and team coordination. Watch a :55 second video on how the American Samoa Shipyard crew gets the job done safely and efficiently.
American Samoa Shipyard crew remove Cape Finisterre's prop with extreme care not to damage the tail shaft nut threads.
The American Samoa Shipyard crew bring up the 1600 ton Cape Finisterre purse seiner fishing boat on the drydock. Maintenance and repairs begin immediately.
ShipYard Services serves customers according to their needs and demands. Long term partnerships between customers and ShipYard Services create bonds of mutual trust which lead to productivity and profitability/.
The 2014 Flag Day Fautasi Race in American Samoa.
American Samoa's 1.2Gps satellite broadband and Fiber to the Home (FTTX) system costs almost $100 million dollars US to design and install. Business development may take a leap forward for the isolated US territory in the Pacific.
Pago Harbor is one of the great natural harbors in the world. High volcanic walls shelter large ships and tiny sailboats. Here, the M/V Sili arrives from Manu'a with a boat load of students returning to school.
2,000 years ago Polynesian voyagers in Peru appealed to their sky god, Tagaloa, through a series of earth drawings. The Nazca Line drawings represent traditional Polynesian sacred figures they relied on for safe travel and directional guidance.
Protector and scientist of earth's oceans visits American Samoa. Research on Swains Island and a public lecture in Pago pago reaches out to a global audience to protect our vital ocean resources through participation in his Ocean Futures Society.
First time ever for 4th of July fireworks. No wonder these kids are excited. They have never seen fireworks before.
Stationed at NOAA's Weather and Science Observatory in Tula, American Samoa, Tina was chosen to be one of eight new NASA astronauts. Meet Tina as she talks about the adventure of science and quality of life.
American Samoa's Flag Day Long Boat, or Fautasi, race was won by Fuao from the north shore village of Vatia. This video proclaims the pageantry of long boat racing, the excitement and loyalty to family, village and island in American Samoa.
American Samoa's Marine Protected Areas are federal, territorial, village and privately regulated. Together they comprise a globally leading system of o cean and coral reef protection and preservation.
American Samoa's new Environmental Protection Agency building meets the LEEDS Platinum Designation requirement. Take a tour of the building and see the features that earned the award.
Fascinating lecture on coral resiliency and the role of stress gene activation in heated reef pools normally associated with coral bleaching. Heat tolerant corals in American Samoa pose possible solution for reef preservation in light of global climate change.
The American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources takes the lead in preserving and protecting sharks worldwide. The law protecting sharks is detailed here. DMWR Director Ray Tulafono explains the law and the reason for protecting endangered species for future generation. "Save The Sharks" students shout out at the public hearing!
Tisa talks about 30 years of protecting her marine sanctuary. Amazing footage of sharks, eels and barracuda safely foraging at Tisa's beach. Traditional cultural values guide a responsible effort for saving the environment by one individual in American Samoa.
At an isolated beach in American Samoa there is an infinity of peace and inner calm.
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Florence and Stau's land
In Samoa, the meeting house is the heart of the family, the village and the wisdom of generations. Its geometrical design is of balance, harmony, strength and durability. The builder invokes his knowledge and spiritual powers to create a sacred place.
Color, tradition, culture marked the 2012 American Samoa Flag Day parade. This 2 minute colage highlights the event.
Perfectly flat water was ideal for the high tech Aeto to win the 2012 Fautasi championship. Congratulations to all Aeto fans and all the boats, crews and captains.
First time boat, first time crew, first time captain. And they win in consolation race.
Longboat racing only happens in the Samoan islands. The boats' history originates from the copra days when lighters entered small channels to buy dried coconut from villagers.
The annual longboat, or fautasi, race is a highlight of American Samoa's Flag Day celebation. This year 10 boats will compete.
Smart ensemble with a military touch.
350 pound American Samoan welcomes guests in traditional dance ceremony
The visit to the Robert Louis Stevenson home and rainforest preserve is an adventure and an education in Literature and ethnobotany