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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
Alex and Calixto visited from Brazil and Spain. We couchsurfed them and took them hiking. The Lonely planet guide for Samoa took us to a secluded waterfall. By the end of four days they had earned their American Pacific University environmental certificate.
Little Al Laban is a bluesman. 26 years in Long beach California took him through the clubs, corner shops and blues houses where he honed his skills in the style of Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.
Tagaloa, the Polynesian creator god, formed the earth in Ta'u on the eastern end of the Samoan archipelago. The ancient village of Saua, where the first kava ceremony was celebrated, is ancient and mystical. Join a hike to the sacred waters of Laufuti Waterfall and the rainforest lands of ta'u in the manu'a group.
In American Samoa the green grocer is along the roadside. Fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish and materials for matmaking abound from the earth
In American Samoa gridiron football is king. Played with emotion, power and skill; fans and family cheer for their brothers, sons, school.
Along the rugged north shore of Tutuila, sea terns soar in the currents. Behind them, the Pola, stands majestically.
Le Tausagi is a collaborative group of professional environmentalists in American Samoa. They are energized to protect the environment through teaching and public activities.
Along Tutuila's rocky north shore we encounter fruit bats, isolated beaches, nesting sea terns, strand rainforest flora, vibrant coral reef life and the bat cave. For added excitement; cliff jumping!
High school age students learn both scientific and cultural stewardship of their Pacific coral reef environment
We left the bustle of Sadie's in two kayaks. On Pago Harbor is breathtaking. We crossed the harbor entrance where generations of Polynesian canoes crossed before us. At an isolated beach we were, for minutes, transported in time and imagination.
Ancient nomads discovered the Southeast Asia oceans and begin a 6,000 year old adventure of migration, voyage and discovery.
Samoan culture depends on the wisdom of the orator, the meeting house where chiefs meet to discuss matters of village importance and the malae, or village green, where the orators announce the events of meeting decisions.
Nite Life in American Samoa rocks. At Ocean's the party starts early and ends late. And you can meet a surprise somebody.
A Samoan music form of expression through clapping, body slapping, voice and actions
The Fa'aluma as court jester, provocateur, peacemaker, artist. Here in part 3 we see all of those roles acted out. The flamboyant opening sequences signal what seasoned guests will certainly know as the classic mock confrontation turned amiable reconciliation. During it all the performers stick to the routine never missing a beat; even when their leader struts and paces to the delight of his totally absorbed audience.