Delegation from American Sāmoa makes stop at UH Hilo to discuss veto override amendment

Edwin Kamauoha, deputy legal counsel to the governor of American Sāmoa, says it’s important to Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga that local residents living abroad, particularly students attending college, understand the amendment.

By Susan Enright.

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Visitors from American Sāmoa stand with UH Hilo Samoan Club officers (l-r) Vice President of the Club Siigavaa Taumaivale; Gabrice Fuimaono, dance instructor; Dr. Daniel Aga; Deputy Edwin Kamauoha; Club President Fa‘ailoilo Ma Sun; and Secretary Jaison Rego.
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Group photo of delegates and UH Hilo students, staff and faculty who attended the event. Click to enlarge.

A committee from American Sāmoa appointed by Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga to promote support for a veto override amendment traveled to Hawai‘i earlier this month to explain the proposal to American Sāmoa voters in the 50th state. Two members of the committee made a stop at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo on Oct. 8.

The two who visited UH Hilo are Daniel Aga and Edwin Kamauoha.

Kamauoha, the deputy legal counsel to the governor, says it’s important to Governor Lolo that local residents living abroad, particularly students attending college, understand the veto override amendment. He says the governor also wants off island voters to feel they are part of the community when it comes to matters dealing with American Sāmoa. He says the committee’s main target groups in Hawai‘i are college students and the military community.

A group of about 70 gathered at UH Hilo for the session, mainly students and some community members.

Ginger Hamilton, director of UH Hilo Minority Access and Achievement Program, says the session with the delegates was very informative and engaging, and included interactive time with students.

“The delegates shared historical and current information about the political process,” says Hamilton. “Some of the students revealed their disenchantment with the government and there was lively discussion. The students had a lot of questions of the delegates.”

“Dr. Aga commented that he was very impressed with UH Hilo and our students,” says Hamilton. “He and Deputy Kamauoha were aware of the success of our graduates back in American Sāmoa, and believe that UH Hilo provides the supportive environment necessary for their success.”

Chief Muaau officiated the event with proper protocol.

(l-r) Dr. Daniel Aga, Chief Muaau, Deputy Edwin Kamauoha, Ginger Hamilton, Gail Makuakāne-Lundin, Rev. Sunia, Mrs. Sunia, and sister-in-law.


About the author of this story: Susan Enright is a public information specialist in the Office of the Chancellor. She received her bachelor of arts in English and certificate in women’s studies from UH Hilo.

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