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Got Haka?

For the record, I wasn’t there. I don’t know anyone who was involved in the incident nor do I claim to be an expert in the haka. I don’t even do it well. What I do know and understand is … Continue reading

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Fuimaono-Sapolu’s big risk for island rugby

People are getting sick of me talking about rugby so I’m going to talk about something else that just happens to be rugby related. Please forgive me but I feel compelled to speak out on this subject simply because it … Continue reading

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Pacific Island rugby is more than a game

I knew nothing about Samoa, my people, my culture or my language. I most certainly knew nothing about rugby. The move to Samoa as a teen provided me with a required crash course in all five subjects. Before the move … Continue reading

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How should we unravel this mess?

There is a Samoan proverb that illustrates a very important concept that I often overlook in my day to day dealings with others: “O le upega e fili ile po ‘ae talatala I le ao.” The literal translation in English … Continue reading

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Today, I’m fighting back

I’m battling the bulge…and I’m losing the war. I know we all like to tell ourselves that age is only a number but when it comes to eating, dieting, weight loss, health, age is a telling factor. Just a five … Continue reading

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What’s wrong? Are you…? Seriously?

When I was a kid it happened often. There was no way of stopping it because I had no control over it. But eventually I grew out of it and I thought I was done with it for good. But … Continue reading

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Your ears are your finest feature

“One of my most memorable vacations was a trip my wife and I took to Scotland,” I said after putting some deep thought into a question that was presented to me recently about favorite trips. “That’s great, but you should … Continue reading

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