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Thursday, August 19, 2004

Lulu was Director of Athletics for the Pago Pago American Samoa team to the Olympics in Greece.

The American Samoa Olympic team poses in front of our flag with the Greek protocol officer. Chris Spaulding - physiotherapist, Lisa Misapeka - hammer throw, Ken Tupua - ASNOC General Secretary, Blanche Lulu Chanel Barber - director of athletics, Kent Soala Yamada - attaché to Gen. Sec., Kelsey Nakanelua - Men's 100m, Jim McGuire - Chef de Mission, and the protocol officer.

The new Miss ASCC, Christine Fatima Langkilde
by Tauva Esera
Samoa News Staff Reporter

Congratulations to 19-year old Christine Fatima Langkilde who was crowned the new Miss American Samoa Community College (ASCC) last Saturday night during the college's annual event, that showcased the quality and the inner and outer beauty of all the young women who were contestants vying for the title which was previously held by Miss Dana Love.
Miss Christine is a graduate of Fa'asao/Marist College Preparatory School and is the proud daughter of Fagafaga Danny Langkilde and Sister Langkilde of the village of Vaitogi.
Held at the ASCC auditorium, the venue was packed inside and out by supporters of the six contestants who cheered on for their own beauty.
Also participating in the event were different crowned Misses from several high schools around the island, and the Miss Island Queen, and the reigning Miss American Samoa, Miss Etelani Atia'e with several members of the Miss American Samoa Inc. (MASI).
ASCC president Dr. Adele Satele Galea'i officially opened the night with her official welcoming remarks in which she also talked about the significance of the event not only to the contestants, but more importantly, to all the young college students to know that everyone has some kind of talent that they should pursue to help others and make it a better world.
Dr. Galea'i's special remarks was followed by the reigning Miss American Samoa, Etelani Atia'e, performing the opening siva Samoa.
While all the young women were equally beautiful and competent in their preparation, the panel of six judges unanimously selected Miss Langkilde with the highest points based on the different categories.
"Tama'ita'i o le Lumana'i" which means "Women of the Future" was the theme of the night. The contestants offered their talents, the quality of their persona, their individualism, and their academic capabilities were presented.
Sponsored by the ASCC student government association (SGA), the 2004 pageant contestants were: Claire Tava'etoto Sagapolutele, Talei Leuga Nu'usa, Anntionette Talalefaleali'ioletuimanu'a Fisher, Jo-Ann Tululautu Toilolo, LaPreal Leilani Sufia and Christine Fatima Langkilde.
Master of ceremony Lui S. Paulo, who is the president of the SGA, announced and introduced the six lovely contestants in their "career wear" as the first category.
According to Lui, this is the first time for this category for it was fitting to indicate what these young ladies are pursuing as their future careers, and how their choice of career may benefit the people in American Samoa.
The other categories were the sarong/lavalava, traditional wear which included the traditional preparations of the Samoan kava by a ceremonial maiden (taupou), and the performing of the traditional dance by a taupou.
The fourth category showcased what these young ladies are inspired to do in life with their own unique talents, and the fifth category was their interview with them showcased in the formal traditional puletasi.
The interview portion of the event asked the young ladies questions pertaining to important issues pertaining to themselves or the young people of American Samoa.
The winning contestant, Christine, was asked what she would do to alleviate the problem of suicide if she was chosen to be the next Miss American Samoa.
Her response was to implement an educational program for the parents to understand their involvement with their children, and she indicated her strong belief that God is our only hope to resolving this problem. Christine received a thunderous round of applause from the audience.
The judges included business entrepreneurs from the local community, and the panel consisted of Tofoitaufa Salavalasi Sandra King, Mrs. Aotearoa T. Hong, Mrs. Rowena I'amanu Amosa, Steven Shalhout and Peter E. Reid III.
Entertainment was provided by several groups and individuals.
Former Miss Dana Love, before relinquishing her crown to her successor made a hearty and emotional farewell speech acknowledging all the people who had assisted her in making her reign as Miss ASCC 2003-2004 a real success and an experience of a lifetime.
Before announcing the new Miss ASCC, the master of ceremony explained that if by any reason the crowned Miss ASCC would not be able to continue her role as given, the first runner up, Miss Jo-Ann Toilolo, would automatically take over the reign.
As the new title holder for the Miss ASCC, Ms. Christine Fatima Langkilde received a scholarship. She will sit in the ASCC board of directors and will participate in all functions held at the college and at selected government events.
Samoa News congratulates Miss Langkilde and wish her the best in her reign.


Langkilde Samoa
New 3-story Langkilde Building planned for Fagatogo

The proposed new three-story Langkilde Development Corporation building in Fagatogo that will house the second McDonald's restaurant in American Samoa, broke ground yesterday at the site where the Langkilde family businesses once stood.
"The new building will be a beautiful addition to the downtown area, to coincide with the American Samoa Government's Fagatogo Redevelopment Plan," said Fagafaga Daniel Langkilde, who was the master of ceremonies during the 45-minute event.
In his introductory remarks, Fagafaga (Daniel Langkilde - Uncle Marcus’ son) welcomed the invited guests which included Governor Togiola Tulafono and Senate President Lutu Tenari Fuimaono, plus acknowledged the McDonalds' Australia corporate people who were in attendance. "We wanted to have the ground breaking ceremony to coincide with them being here and use that as a kick-off point for the project."
Father Kelemete Puaauli of the Catholic Holy Family Parish in Tafuna offered prayers and blessing of the soil, and told the small group that the new structure will house and employ people on island and from aboard, and "this is a great opportunity, great resource for the betterment of lives of each individual."
Fagafaga recalled the history of the family businesses that goes back to 1954, saying that the heavy rains that caused a landslide in May of this year, "completely destroyed the family building."
"The loss devastated the family and it is unfortunate that there was loss of life in the disaster," he noted. "And one of our own family members is still in Honolulu today recovering from injuries sustained that day, and it was a miracle that he even survived."
"We thank everyone for your overwhelming outpouring of support since the disaster and your encouragement for us to rebuild and get back on our feet," he said and thanked the many government agencies, Governor Togiola, the two local banks, and "especially the people of American Samoa for your support."
Fagafaga said construction of the new three-story building is expected to start soon. The building will encompass over 17,000 square feet and includes a parking lot toward the Nia Marie side of the lot.
McDonald's will take up the entire first floor and part of the second floor, which will also house the Langkilde family businesses, "while the third floor will accommodate the many requests we have received for office space."
Fagafaga said the project will be going through the process of obtaining permits, while work is being done to stabilize the hillside across the street where the landslide originated that destroyed the Langkilde business.
During his remarks, Togiola thanked Fagafaga and the Langkilde family "for your perseverance and persistence" to move forward with this latest development.
The Governor recalled that growing up in the territory, the Langkilde name was a prominent one in American Samoa.
"It's a pleasure for me to be the Governor at the time when your generation has risen up to carry on the family tradition, carry on your vision and your commitment to the country, to remain in the business sector and help develop the business infrastructure in American Samoa," Togiola said.
"On behalf of the government, I congratulate you for bringing us here today to witness the growth coming out of the most unfortunate disaster to carry on these traditions," the Governor continued.
Togiola thanked the family for keeping with the "government's vision of appropriate development, which requires not only the government's efforts but that of the private sector."
"You have stepped forward and taken that step with us to offer your own development, to add onto the vision of government and its economic development," he said.
The Fono passed the Langkilde Development Corporation's 30-year lease with the government and Togiola thanked the Fono. "When we sent your lease to the Fono we were really not too confident that we were going to pull that one off, but in the end it had overwhelming Fono support."
Fagafaga provided a brief history of the family businesses going back to a time when the territory's first Governor was appointed by the U.S. Department of Interior.
He said the Langkilde brothers, Alfred, Joseph and Marcus, and their one sister, Magalelei approached the Governor at the time, asking for some leased government land to start a business.
Initially, they were told that the government had no land available at the time to be leased to businesses.
The Langkildes returned later and asked the Governor for the current spot, at the time when the shoreline came all the way up to the edge of the road. The three brothers and sister, reclaimed the area and started their business.
The Langkildes started doing business in the territory in 1954, as a gas station, automotive mechanic shop, and grocery store.
While the mechanic shop was closed in 1962 because Alfred moved to the mainland, the family opened the Tropic Isle Shoppe, a clothing and fabric store, while continuing to operate the gas station and grocery store and they also ventured into other businesses over the years.
In the late 70s, the grocery store became a popular little fast food restaurant called Icewich Fale but eventually transformed into Kilde Sales, which today supplies paper products for the territory, while Tropic Isle Shoppe became a Kelley Tire dealership to complement the gas station.
"And for 49 years, the family businesses have been contributing to the economy of our territory and providing jobs for our people," Fagafaga said.


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