Le Malae Hot Pineapple and Peach pies are available in Song's mArket on Martin Luther King Way.
Le Malae Seattle Editor and Co owner Suluama Patu Laumea Vivolo has begun to sell her delicious pineapple pies at Sung's new location at Martin Luther King Jr Way So. These pies are a new venture that Le Malae is testing to see if we can market these pies in various cities with each local city making them and selling them in local Polynesian stores.
According to Suluama, she has placed the Richard Parker CD (which she has exclusive US distribution rights) there as well. Her pies and CD are a hit. He posters are right there as you walk in, "You will not miss it.. It is why the Volume sells, the people were going crazy on the Pie tasting.. lol"
"Our Richard Parker CD and LeMalae Pineapple Pie/Peach Pie Advertisement are on the front door, so when customers pull into his parking lot to shop, they will not miss it." Suluama says. "Sung has sold 109 of Richard Parker CD thus far according to my inventory at $17.99. However if you order the Richard Parker CD direct on our Le Malae website (just go to the Le Malae Store) it is much cheaper @$15.00 tax included." She sold 30 during the Thanksgiving week.
We encourage our Samoan community in Seattle to support the Song market and check out our pies. They are the bomb diggity.
Seattle get your christmas trees Here.
The Outdoor Living Nativity pageant for our Seattle/Tacoma Community is coming. Shows will be live on December 13, 14, 2013 at 7pm, 7:30pm and 8pm at the Highline Christian Church 14859 1st Ave. S., Burien, WA. Come and enjoy this live performance.
We also have Christmas Tree on sale for you and your family and to support our Family Mission Team. Be a part of supporting our local ministry. For our Seattle and Tacoma Area: The address is listed on the Flyer on the Outdoor Living Nativity and it will be the same address for the Christmas Tree and Wreath.
Cassie strickland helps Huskies win Pac 12 Volleyball Title and are in Final Four of College Women's Volleyball.
By Suluama Teresa Patu Laumea-Vivolo and Eliza Strickland.
The University of Washingtoeyball competition with the help of Sophomore Cassandra Strickland's outstanding play on both defense and offense. Her 16 digs led then Women's Volleyball team is not only hosting the College Women's Final Four but competing in it. They have entered this final week of College Voll team in its win over USC to grab the Pac 12 title last week.
UW coach Jim McLaughlin was happy with the conference title but already has his eyes on a loftier goal.
“The girls have put in so many days, so many hours, and the investment is so high,” McLaughlin said. “The return you get for all the hard work is maybe the most important lesson you can learn: how to be on a team, work hard and get a return.
“This is a big return......We’ve got to make a couple of improvements and now we’ve got to go play as hard as we can and see if we can win some matches.”
In this season Cassie has played with an amazing level of consistency for such a young player who is not as tall as the others. In the USC game she led the team with a season-high 16 digs and added 5 kills and an ace and 2 blocks in the 3-1 win at No. 4 USC, the first for UW in the Galen Center since 2008. She notched 8 digs, 2 aces, 2 assists, and 2 kills in a 3-1 win at UCLA. She had a very strong match against No. 7 Stanford with season-best 12 kills and 13 digs in a 3-2 win. In a win over Cal she had 8 digs, 2 aces, and 3 kills. She had a great defensive day against No. 16 Arizona State with 13 digs in 3-0 win plus 4 kills. This was a sampling of her play for the team during this years season. All of which has contributed to the Washington Huskies successful season.
As a Freshman last year Cassie was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team as an honorable mention, as she became a six-rotation player in her first season, starting 23 matches and played in 112 of 117 sets. Her 155 kills ranked fourth on the team and her 254 digs ranked second overall. She was one of the top servers in the league as a freshman, firing 30 aces for a 0.27 aces per set average that ranked seventh in the Pac-12. In five matches she achieved double-digit kills and 11 matches with double-digit digs resulting twice in leading the team in kills and seven times led the way in aces.
Her family with patriarch Leota Pita Strickland, father Filipo and his wife now all reside in Seattle/Tacoma, WA. and are providing service for the Samoan community there. We wish her well in this final week of competition for the national title as University of Washington seeks to win the Final Four.
Betty Patu is sworn in as Director in Seattle's School Board for second term.
December 5, 2013
By Suluama Teresa Patu Laumea-Vivolo
The School Board elections for Seattle were hotly contested this year except for one Directorship which was uncontested and that was occupied by Betty Patu who has been a member of the Seattle School Board for a second term of four years. Her work as a Director for the Seattle School District has been documented and well received by the School District as exceptional. Her path to this seat was not easy but since she has been in office her work has been influential in raising the proficiency level of the Seattle School District.
Yesterday Betty was sworn into office with two other Directors Sue Peters and Stephen Blanford, both of them survived contested elections. Betty was actually sworn in by her own son, Paul who after the ceremony said to her. "I am your son and Im proud of you Mom."
After the swearing in the individual members spoke to the audience. Betty first thanked God for her success. She also thanked her husband, Von Paul Patu who had always been her biggest supporter as well as her children and grandchildren. She said she had wanted to change the status quo for her region and was proud that there were very few SE region schools at Level 1 or 2. She said it was worth the hard work to see these outcomes.
We here at the Le Malae Seattle office congratulate Betty for her second term and wish her all the best as she continues to represent not only her school district and the students, teachers and administrators in that district , but she is also a great representative for our Samoan community in the city of Seattle, WA.
Seattle & Tacoma welcomes Co-Editor to le Malae, Elizabeth Mitchell.
I’m originally from the Island of Samoa in the South Pacific. I was born and raised in Vaiala Apia Western Samoa. I lived in Los Angles California for over 25 years. I graduated from Banning High School in Wilmington so Im a Pilot. I studied at Cal State Dominguez Hill University in Carson. California majoring in Accounting. I’m now a resident of Seattle, WA for over 13 years. Before I came to Seattle I was a business owner of the South Pacific Cuisine in Carson Calif. serving the Samoan Community and other local businesses. I’m also a fashion designer and a seamstress. I did that for over 30 years in Los Angles and in the Seattle community for 14 years. I currently work for an apparel company in the Accounting Dept/Production for Waterstone Brand Inc., in Seattle WA.
Ninatash Designs is my local business located in Des Moines, WA. I have created my own fashion line and designs for all various island cultures and especially the Samoan Culture. Ninatash Designs specializes in Polynesian clothing for women, men, and children. I also design Wedding gowns and all other wedding outfits. I’m an Art Designer of Samoan Kuiga's and other cultural items, which I enjoy making because it reminds me of my island home and I also produce Samoan music.
My contact information for Ninatash Design is posted on the Malae Website as: Advertisement for “NINATASH DESIGNS.” I have done a lot of volunteer work for the Church. I served a mission for the Church in Mexico during 2007 for building houses for families that don’t have homes. I served in the youth ministry at church and worked in the day care center for the children ministry. My passion has always been to help others and lend a hand where needed, I do a lot of volunteer work for the community and serve God any way I can.
I describe myself as friendly, outgoing, cheerful and easy going all of the time. I love serving God in any way I can. I enjoy traveling and socializing but I need to have quality quiet time. I love meeting new people and making new acquaintances but I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love being a fashion designer, a seamstress and serving the Samoan community. Cooking, baking, gardening and working out at the gym doing Zumba are some of my favorite things to do. Finally I always remember no matter what success I attain, I need to “Praise God and give him all the glory and honor”
Elizabeth S Mitchell
WASHINGTON SELECTS MARQUES TUIASOSOPO AS INTERIM COACH
December 5, 2013
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington selected former quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo as their interim head coach on Wednesday for the Huskies' upcoming bowl game after Steve Sarkisian left to take the head coaching job at USC.
Washington athletic director Scott Woodward announced the decision following an afternoon team meeting. Tuiasosopo was Washington's quarterbacks coach this past season and met with Woodward earlier in the day when he was offered the interim job.
"I'm humbled and so honored," Tuiasosopo said in an announcement from the school. "It's a great, incredible honor to lead my alma mater in a bowl game. We still have a lot to play for this season. I am excited to go out and get a ninth win."
The 34-year-old Tuiasosopo was a star quarterback at Washington from 1997-2000, leading the Huskies to a Rose Bowl title after the 2000 season.
Tuiasosopo spent the 2012 season on the coaching staff of Jim Mora at UCLA as an assistant tight ends coach before returning to Seattle last year to take the role of coaching Washington's quarterbacks.
Tuiasosopo spent parts of six seasons in the NFL playing for the Oakland Raiders. His first venture into coaching came in 2010 when he joined the staff at Washington as an assistant strength coach.
The decision to elevate Tuiasosopo to the interim job does leave in question the status of defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, who was thought to be a potential permanent replacement following Sarkisian's departure.
There's been talk that Sarkisian wants Wilcox to join him at USC. But Wilcox's contract with Washington includes a $1 million buyout if he leaves for another conference school.
"Whatever decision is made we're going to roll with it," Washington quarterback Keith Price said earlier this week. "We're going to perform at the best of our abilities."
The Huskies are expected to return to practice later this week in preparation for their bowl game. No bowl announcement is expected until Sunday, although the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco seems to be the front-running destination.
Washington is coming off its best season since 2001 winning eight games in the regular season with a chance at a ninth win in the bowl game.
Leroy "Irae" Pagofie still makes music, now in Seattle.
October 26, 2013
By Suluama Laumea Patu Vivolo & Elizabeth Mitchell
Photos by Elizabeth Mitchell and Leroy Pagofie
The Pacific North West cities of Seattle and Tacoma have a Samoan music connection with Laie, Hawaii that is rather obscure because the artist uses his other name now and his presentation has changed from a big funk band of over 8 members to a more compact version with only one man. His stage name he performs under now is Irae (shortened from Iovairae or Jehovahjira). We used to know him as simply Leroy.
The North Shore of Oahu has had many talented individuals emerge from the small communities of Hauula, Laie and Kahuku, but during the late 70s and early 80s, none was as dynamic and "cool" as Leroy Pagofie because Leroy's band Orkhid was without a doubt, the best band in Hawaii.
Iovairae Leroy Pagofie was born in Utulei, American Samoa. He has two sisters and one brother and grew up in Faleniu, Tutuila before moving to Laie, Hawaii. Leroy was an amazing musician and his first instrument that he was known for was the bass. Back when Brothers Johnson and other Funk style bassists began thumping and plucking the bass Leroy was one of the first in Laie to play that style. It didnt take too long before he graduated from playing bass to forming his own band.
Around 1979 he formed a band that was to be the ultimate band from Laie and even Honolulu for its sheer musicality and sound. This was during the era of musicans who actually played their own instruments. There were no Synthesizers or Computers with samplers. This was also the peak of the R&B era with such amazing bands as Earth WInd and Fire. Leroy's band Orkhid was able to duplicate the Earth, Wind and Fire sound note for note. Its a testament to his talent that he was not a student at BYU Hawaii, but he was teaching advanced music students how to play funk music like the sound coming from the mainland.
He was fortunate to have at his disposal a large pool of talent from students attending BYU Hawaii and Kahuku High School. He recruited members of his band that boasted a lead guitarist from New Zealand, a keyboard player from Kauai, a lead singer from San Diego, a drummer from Samoa and a brass section of two trumpets and a trombone; 2 Samoans and a Palagi, all of whom were attending Kahuku HS at the time.
Their first concert was magical. They performed at the PCC Night show amphitheater. it was a free show for the Laie community and student body of BYU Hawaii and it was packed. When Orkhid opened with EWF's "In the stone" the crowd was mesmerized at the opening introduction as Corbin and Eddie Maiava's trumpets and John Tauiliili's trombone soared into the stratosphere with each note and the band recreated that difficult EWF song as if played by the original band. The audience erupted in approval as each note was played to perfection and soon they started dancing in the aisles until the concert was done. We all thought we were listening to a recording. No one in Laie was ready for that sound and Leroy Pagofie, now known as Irae, was the architect.
He was way ahead of his time. In time the North shore would be known for another musical icon, the great Fiji. But there is no doubt, before reggae took over Hawaii, Orkhid was the best band to ever come out of the islands.
In time Leroy moved to the mainland and settled in Seattle, WA with his wife and children. Life became a priority and Leroy let the music slip into the background. They have been there for over 25 years. Leroy has been involved in the Seattle/Tacoma Samoan community for at least 20 years. But inspite of the downsize, Leory has not stopped playing music.
Le Malae caught up with Irae Pagofie, a name he is known for in the Seattle area music scene, at one of his performances at the Billy Baroos Restaurant/Lounge. He was playing to a full house with a set up that had all the sounds of a full band but with today's technology only requires one person to create. As a one man band Irae has eliminated the expense of more musicians. its a way to deal with the economy and still be able to provide quality entertainment. Irae's smooth vocals and jazzy guitar licks are a winning combination at these clubs/lounges where he performs. His regular gig is every Wednesday at the 13 Coins Restaurant from 7:30pm to 10pm. He also plays at Billy Baroos the last Saturday of every month.
Irae has been busy though with a number of very prestigious events in the Samoan NFL community. He was a regular performer at Junior Seau's Annual Luau in San Diego, he performed for Jesse Sapolu's Golf Tournament in Los Angeles, Dan Saleaumua hired him for their Corporate Christmas party and he also performed at Marques Tuiasosopo's wedding and Marques's sister Leslie's wedding.
OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH!
Fighting for her life rosalina vui toala has alot to live for. a touching story of A Samoan ovarian cancer victim.
My name is Rosalina Vui Toala and I'm originally from the island of Samoa in the Pacific. That is where I met my wonderful husband Leuo and started a family. When we had our first two children, Tina and Junior, we decided in their best interest to move to the United states to give them a better future.
We arrived in the U.S. with almost nothing to our name and had to work very hard. I've always worked as a caregiver and Leuo provided for our family by working in warehouses and moving up to management positions in different stores such as Macy's and Sears. He is also a good businessman and aside from helping our family he has always tried to help other family members.
We have now been in the U.S. for almost 20 years and have added two more children to our family, Paul and Jaxon. Currently we are residing in Burien, Washington and are grateful for the blessings of this country. Tina, Junior, and Paul have all gone to college just as we always dreamed and Jaxon is now just starting elementary school. The family is still growing seeing as Tina married Brett two years ago who is now in his third year of medical school.
I am 47 years old and I feel that I still have so much to live for. I want to live to see my kids graduate college and get good jobs and have children of their own. I have now been battling ovarian cancer for over two years. First off I had the cancer surgically removed which was followed by several rounds of chemotherapy which was very hard on my body. I lost nearly 50 pounds and all of my hair. Recovering my health was so important to me though, so I became very dedicated to eating healthy, walking outside daily, and visiting complimentary medicine doctors to boost my immune system and work with my body.
Are you interested in helping Rosalina?
After much research, we have decided as a family upon the "Gerson Therapy" to treat me. It is a revolutionary treatment that works with the body and includes a great deal of supplements (ouch), organic foods (double ouch), and juices. This treatment doesn't cost near as much as chemotherapy (even after insurance's contribution), but it is still a lot of expense out of pocket. As we mentioned the supplements and organic foods add up very quickly because the treatment calls for 13 juices, countless supplements, and up to 5 organic coffee enemas per day. The Gerson protocol needs to be followed for at least 2 years and possibly longer for optimal results. Part of these donations will also be used to fund my stay at the Gerson Cancer Clinic which is required in my healing journey. This is where we could really use your help and generosity. Anything you can give is greatly appreciated and goes directly towards my treatment. Upon successful completion I plan to help others with cancer in their journey towards health and wellness.
With Immense Love and Gratitude!
The standard of care procedures that I received at first helped to slow down the cancer, but it has made an aggressive comeback. The malignancy is spreading in my body and I require additional care. The financial stress of my disease has put a lot of strain on our family and we have worked tirelessly to meet the demands, especially my sweet husband who acquired extra work to support me.
(Her website is http://helprosalinabeatcancer.weebly.com/ if you want to find out more about her struggle with Breast cancer)
Rosalina has a fund drive going to help with her medical bills. By clicking on the picture above or the button below it will take you to her funding page so you may donate to her cause. You can donate any amount you feel comfortable with and you can be anonymous or identify yourself. Its all about helping our sisters and our Samoan family. Faafetai tele.
October 2, 2013
By Suluama Laumea Patu Vivolo and Terry Tavita
Samoans are known to be larger than life and our size hasn't done much to diminish that perception as we are generally bigger than the usual run of the mill person. Genetics has alot to do with this but so does diet and lifestyle. The saying goes that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, which means each person has a different version of what beauty really is. While the Beauty industry has a certain ideal, that ideal is not etched in stone by any means.
As was evidenced by a recent regional beauty pageant, guess who won the title North West Plus America Covergirl 2013? Our very own Samoan sister Tracy Feagiai McNeal! This amazing island sistah lost over 90lbs in her health & wellness journey in 2012 that culminated in her victory. Her journey continues on in 2013 and Samoans and Polynesian women are so very proud of her for proving that there is a place for plus size women in the Beauty industry.
Tracy lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest , specifically Washington State and has become a role model for many Samoan/island women inspired by her Beauty, Size & Fashion. There is a cultural aspect to this story that has become part of the Miss World conversation after last week's competition in Thailand/Indonesia.
Samoan women are setting a new standard in beauty.
Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has waded into the recent Miss World pageant with the lighthearted message ‘big is beautiful’. Said Tuilaepa; “In Samoa, when a girl with big legs, big thighs and big everything walks by, the old women will say, oh, what a beautiful girl. But when a skinny girl with skinny legs and skinny body comes by, the old women will wag the finger, there is definitely something wrong with that girl.
“Different cultures have different perceptions of beauty. Obviously, Miss World and that part of the world prefer the skinny scrawny-looking girl. Us in the Samoa and the Pacific Islands, it’s certainly the big healthy voluptuous girl. There’s plenty of chow in Samoa.” The message from the Miss World pageant, Tuilaepa said is that the Pacific Islands should focus on its own pageant. “Do our own pageants and embrace our own cultural values and descriptions of beauty.” Samoa had a contestant in the recent Miss World pageant but she did not reach the finals. The eventual winner Ms Megan Young of the Philippines weighed just 47 kilograms.
These new ideals of beauty are starting to be embraced by the world and its good to see Samoan women on the forefront of changing attitudes towards physical beauty and its various manifestations. As we know the beauty of a woman is not defined solely by her body but by her heart and soul and how she affects those around her. Tracy Feagiai-McNeal has proven that.
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More Samoans moving to Seattle and Tacoma area.
There are quite a bit of Hawaiian/Samoan people in the Seattle Washington area. Why? Because the cost of living in Hawai'i has become extremely expensive, and these families can no longer afford to live there. Their wages simply do not keep pace with the cost of living in Hawai'i. Ironically, it is Seattle/Bellevue, "investors" who've bought second homes in Hawai'i; these people are largely responsible for driving up the cost of real estate and thus making it next to impossible for local folks (Hawaiian, Samoan, and other ethnic groups) in Hawai'i to buy a home. NO HAWAIIANS, NO ALOHA. Kaua'i, Maui, and Kona are already the playground of the rich. Born & raised locals whose families have lived there for dozens of generations can no longer afford to live in their 'one hanau. Aue no ho'e e.
The 2000 United States census reported that the State of Washington has the third-largest Pacific Islander population in the United States. Although little is published locally or nationally about this population, organizations, schools and government departments have identified Pacific Islanders as having some of the greatest health, economic and education disparities in this country. For example, National Vital Health Statistics data documents clear disparities in mortality rates and the United States census reports wide disparities in poverty and income levels for Pacific Islanders when compared with other racial groups. Exacerbating these grim economic and health realities, education partners in the Northwest, such as the University of Washington, report Pacific Islanders as having the highest drop out rates per capita of all ethnic groups. Alarmed by these devastating statistics, Puget Sound Pacific Island women began to gather to discuss issues and concerns facing their community. A communal desire to address shared concerns through an action plan inspired the women to form an organization. Thus, the Pacific Island Women’s Association (PIWA) was established in May 2004. Recognizing that there are few organizations that advocate on behalf of Pacific Islanders, PIWA led an effort to identify and address critical issues facing the Pacific Islander community in the Northwest. PIWA determined that the best way to identify the concerns of the broader community was to convene a community forum to gather the voices into a report that could be used to educate policy makers, agencies and organizations.
THE SAMOAN COMMUNITY IN THE SEATTLE AREA
Population size and residence
Although the 1990 census shows only 4,130 Samoans in the entire state of Washington, agencies serving Samoans in the Seattle area believe that a more accurate number is more than 10,000. The under-count is likely a result of many Samoan families not responding to the census questionnaire, especially those from Western Samoa who may have been concerned about their immigration status. The Private Sector one "owner" operation of the Polynesian HEAL Foundation Immigration firm since 1987 in the Seattle area, owned by one Samoan dominant young lady Advocate named Suluama Teresa Vivolo-Laumea, she has played a major role in assisting legalizing that dimensions or that proportions of the Samoan community for decades. According to the census, approximately 27 percent of Samoans in the state live in the Seattle area.
Employment and family life
There are two primary reasons Samoans give for immigrating to Seattle: to give their children a better education and because there are no job opportunities in their home country. The majority of Samoan immigrants are young people and less-skilled workers and their children.
In Seattle, Samoans live in family groups. However, instead of families grouping into a village, Samoan families here join churches and look to the church for community support. They are involved in church activities and find groups of church people to work and socialize with. They also center their family activities around the church.
Because of this strong church involvement, the Samoan community in Seattle is fragmented. There are a few community agencies such as Samoan Chiefs Council, Sisters of Samoa, Seattle Samoan Center, and Polynesian Seniors Center. But there is widespread involvement in community activities by family groups.
Marques Tuiasosopo returns to coach at University of Washington
By Suluama Patu Laumea Vivolo
Tuisosopo's back! Coach Steve Sarkisian made that official on Dec. 29, 2012, by hiring Huskies 2001 Rose Bowl MVP Marques Tuiasosopo to be Washington's new quarterbacks coach. The school has a memorandum of agreement in place with Tuiasosopo, the 2000 Pac-10 offensive player of the year who set UW's career record for total offense from 1997-2000. He played quarterback for eight seasons in the NFL through 2008 and has spent last year as tight ends coach at UCLA after having served as a grad assistant for the Bruins the previous year.
"I'm very excited to come back home to coach where I played and to help Coach Sarkisian continue to bring the Huskies back to where we belong: at the top of the Pac-12, in the Rose Bowl and competing for championships," Tuiasosopo said Saturday by telephone. "I'm also happy to be coaching the position I love. "I'm very grateful to Jim Mora and UCLA for giving me the opportunity to get my first full-time coaching job." Tuiasosopo's mentoring of returning, fifth-year senior starter Keith Price and the Huskies' deepening quarterback corps will begin sooner than that. "Marques is a Husky football legend," Sarkisian said, "and we're excited to welcome him back home to Washington. "He brings a high level of expertise about the quarterback position which will be of great benefit to our program." The return of the 33-year-old native of the Seattle suburb of Woodinville means UW offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau moves his position-coach role to wide receivers. Former Huskies wide receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty left this week to become the offensive coordinator at San Jose State.
In 46 games for the Huskies from the 1997 through 2000 seasons Tuiasosopo passed for 5,879 yards and 33 touchdowns while rushing for 1,495 more yards with 21 more scores.
On Oct. 30, 1999, he became the first Division-I player to gain 300 yards passing and 200 yards rushing in a game. He threw for 302 and ran for 207 as UW beat Stanford 35-30. The son of former Seahawks defensive lineman Manu Tuiasosopo played eight seasons in the NFL as a backup quarterback, seven of those with the Oakland Raiders. He was with the New York Jets in 2007. After leaving the Raiders and the NFL following the 2008 season, he was an assistant strength coach for the Huskies during Sarkisian's first two seasons at Washington. UCLA, where Tuiasosopo's father played, hired the younger "Tui" to be its tight ends coach in 2012. Tuiasosopo maintained his Northwest ties by recruiting the area for the Bruins. That's a role he will have with even more vigor now that he's back with his hometown Huskies. "I'm looking forward to coming back to Seattle," he said...
Star Samoan athlete is also scholar/researcher
by Gregg Bell-UW Director of Writing.
The starting linebacker, the first in his family of two parents and four children to attend college, found out April 9th, 2013 he had won Washington's prestigious Brett E. Baldwin Memorial Scholarship for Anthropology. How big a deal is this? The sophomore co-captain of the Huskies' defense last season is the first UW student-athlete to win the scholarship. Last year, as a freshman, he became one of the first Washington football players to present at UW's Undergraduate Research Symposium. Huskies fans still loving and missing Jake Locker, there's a new No. 10 to adore - for far more than just his football.
The Baldwin Scholarship is named after the 1979 UW graduate who died shortly after earning his bachelor's degree in anthropology. The university has been awarding it since 1987, when Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Baldwin established the scholarship in memory of their son.
Timu was selected from a field open to all current and newly admitted undergraduate and graduate students.
"What an honor," Timu exclaimed as he hustled from class that afternoon following another spring football practice in the morning and learning he'd won the Baldwin Scholarship by noon.What an honor, indeed. Yet he's far from done.
Forget the fact the 6-foot-1, 231-pound Timu still has two more seasons to fly around the field at middle linebacker inside coordinator Justin Wilcox's remade, aggressive defense. Forget for now that last year the Huskies made him one of the only sophomore captains they've ever had. Or that he was driven off the Husky Stadium turf in the back of an ambulance while strapped to a board following a scary helmet hit in a game during his freshman season.
On May 17 he will be the featured presenter at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Director of athletics Scott Woodward and coach Steve Sarkisian will be there when Timu and teammate Hau'oli Jamora present their findings of this question they've posed: Why doesn't our society accept football intelligence as correlating into real-world intelligence, though it makes a similar correlation for intelligence in, say, chess?
"We are using anthropological-based research such as interviewing, focus groups, group dialogue, and discourse analysis," Timu said. "We are also analyzing traditional media, using social-media analysis and even video-game analysis."
No wonder UW trusts him to call as its defensive signals, eh?
"Why do people consider chess players to be smarter than football players?" Timu asks. "To me, football and chess are the same thing - except for the physical aspect. In both, you have strategies. You have to anticipate your opponent's next move and weigh the consequences of your move. You have to think to perform."
College sports today take so many shots, often deservedly so. Not even the staunchest supporter of intercollegiate athletics can defend some of what's made news the last few weeks from the nation's campuses.
But college athletics today also has John Timu.
Admit it. You see Timu with his long, braided hair pulled back into a ponytail and poking from his helmet slamming into ball carriers for some of his 91 tackles last season, you see him breaking up passes and having games like his last one - 15 tackles, one sack, 1½ tackles for loss in December's MAACO Bowl Las Vegas against Boise State - and you assume he's all baller, no scholar.
Timu knows what you perceive when you found out he's the youngest of four children by native Samoan parents. He knows what you think when you learn he's a product of an urban high school in Long Beach, Jordan High, that has a student body of 4,200-plus, 97-percent of which is non-white. He knows what you assume when you see he can run - he was a high-school quarterback and safety - and hit, then learn he had scholarship offers from Oregon, Hawaii and Washington entering his senior season at Jordan in 2009... He chose University of Washington. Timu has changed the perception of the Samoan athlete as being one dimensional. Now we have athletes who are students first and athletes second.
Watch out for #4. He's Lyndon Patu-Vivao, and he brings it!
On this past Saturday, Oct. 26, the Billy Baroos Lounge was full with a crowd of older folks from 40-60, who came to enjoy Leroy's music, dance the night away and relax. Le Malae's Editors in Seattle/Tacoma were there to enjoy the evening. It was a mixed crowd of Samoans, Asians, African Americans and Caucasians all vybing to the sounds of Irae.
But as the evening ended and people reluctantly went home, Le Malae's editors were thinking, "if only they could hear how Leroy sounded with his band Orkhid? They would freak out." Maybe there will be a reunion tour one day. We can only hope.
But until that reunion tour you can see him live in Seattle at the above mentioned venues and other events.
Le Malae has also received a scoop on an Album soon to be released by Irae. This will be his first Album and its release is coming very soon as he is in the studio right now recording as this story was released.
What a beauty. Tracy Feagiai-Mcneal is the cover girl for Northwest Plus America pageant.
By Suluama Laumea Patu Vivolo
October 2, 2013
The year 2013 was a great year for Samoan beauty Tracy Feagiai-McNeal. As a US Veteran, IT Engineer, Women Veterans Advocate, Plus Model, & Beauty Queen her plate has been full for quite a long time. She was born in Seattle, Wa to father Tupua Utu Feagiai of Ofu Manu'a and mother Leleai Tauiliili Namulauti of Luma, Ta'u Manu'a. She is the oldest of 5 and spent her childhood being raised in Sasebo Japan & Nanakuli Hawaii while her father served in the US Navy for 23yrs. She currently lives in Seattle, WA with her husband of 11yrs. Tracy served in the US Navy for 7yrs as a Cryptologic Communications Operator & then spent 5 years as a Department of the Navy IT Contractor. She is a committee member of the Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander (NHPI) Health & Fitness Outreach program for Polynesian Youth & is a board member of the "Outreach & Resource Services for Women Veterans" (OARS4VETS) that advocates for women veterans rights, and is currently a full-time student working towards her Bachelors Degree in Political Science.
She competed in the Northwest Plus America Pageant 2013 and won 6 awards including 1st runner up Mrs. Washington Plus America. She is also the 2013 National Miss Plus America Cover Girl. Tracy began her plus modeling career in February of 2013 and was most recently casted to walk in Portland Fashion Week for plus designer "Youtheary Khmer". She has also worked with designers Abi & Lois, Betty Jean Couture, Beauty N Kurves Lingerie, Ink Street Fashion, and Poppy + Bloom.
For Samoan women this is something that has been long overdue. Tracy is helping to set a new standard for what is beautiful. Twiggy has left the building and in her place we have a fuller more exotic model who has the smile, the personality and the curves to amaze. 2013 has definitely been a good year.
White Sunday is a unique Samoan celebration.
October 5, 2013
By Suluama Laumea Patu-Vivolo
White Sunday celebrations are a very special time for bonding between Samoan parents and their children. Its one of the days children look forward to in Samoa because the children are honored & treated "First Class". They are all dressed in new white clothes, the best white shoes, their hair all styled and gel'd and a promise of delicious food after church.
The church meeting though is where the children must "earn" all their adulation and special treatment for it is here that they must recite their Bible verses infront of the Pastor, their parents and the entire congregation. They have worked hard and long to memorize these verses and say it with fervor and energy. In many instances these young children will bring smiles and even laughter but always admiration as they resent their verse with pride and confidence. The Feast after the church meeting is the one the children always look forward to. After the main course the favorite for the children is brought out. The desert, which is rare in Samoa, especially, pies, cakes and ice cream. Its a memory they will cherish for a year as they finish one bowl and ask for more. Happy White Sunday everyone!
In vivid memories for White Sunday while growing up in Samoa, Pua or Plumeria flowers are taken down to make leis and long swags to decorate the Church or Chapel.. Manuia le Aso Pa'epa'e o nai Fanau taeao Samoa ma isi atunu'u o lo'o latou fa'amanatuina mo le Aso Sa a taeao. Fa'amanuia le Atua mo outou uma. E sa le kagi pe'a fai lau Tauloto po'o le Matua..
One of the most precious time in our Samoan community here in Seattle/Tacoma Washington, is White Sunday for our Primary Sunday Program. October month coming up we will be celebrating another 8th years of White Sunday at our Highline Ward Burien, WA.
Samoan Woman runs unopposed in 2013 Seattle School District election
September 14, 2013
By Suluama Patu Laumea Vivolo
They say a journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step. Betty Patu has been on a journey that is both uplifting and productive as she has taken the Samoan spirit of leadership and service to a whole new level. She is currently running for a second term, unopposed, as the representative of the Seattle School Board, District 7.
Her journey began in American Samoa where she grew up until at the age of 9 her father, Talaga Misailegalu took her mother and 14 siblings to Washington State where in 1957, they were the very first Samoans to settle in the Pacific North West. He had moved his entire family there to study theology at the Kirklands North West Bible College.
After he graduated he moved his family to California where he started the First Samoan Assembly of God Church there. Aiomanu Betty moved back to Seattle in 1971 and was hired as an instructional assistant in the Seattle Public Schools Bilingual Program. She stayed in that position until 1987 when she became the Coordinator for the Seattle Public School's Drop-out prevention Program she helped found in 1989 to promote higher education & self-esteem among Pacific Islander students.
Her husband, Paul Patu Sr, is her rock and continues to mentor her political career. Her oldest daughter Virgina, was a Miss Hi You first runner up, she is a successful Model, ran her own Modeling agency in Seattle that links into Ebony magazine, Macy & Nordstrom Dept stores in childrens fashion & models.
Last year Betty was elected to be the Vice President of the Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors. She didnt just start this journey recently, Betty Patu has worked tirelessly for Seattle Public schools for the past 32 years. She has successfully directed award-winning educational programs recognized to increase graduation rates, grow the number of college-bound students and reduce gang violence.
Its a testament to her history of service that in spite of failing to raise more money than her opponent, Wilson Chin in her initial campaign in 2009, she won the election with 68% of the vote which was made possible because of her strong name recognition resulting from her many years of service in various South East Seattle organizations including those that serve Samoans and South Pacific Islanders in Seattle. The Samoan proverb "Ole ala ile pule ole tautua" definitely applies to this Samoan role model.