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(Image 1) The Picture Lady, Miulan Nihipali (Image 2) Tina Mata'afa-Tufele for tautalatala.com
(Image 1) Afimutasi Gustav Hannemann (Image 2) Ma'a Tanuvasa, Dick Tomey and Jesse Sapolu

AFIMUTASI GUSTAV HANNEMANN FUNERAL SET FOR JAN 17 & JAN 19 IN HONOLULU

(O'AHU)--Late director for the American Samoa Government Office-Hawai'i Afimutasi Gustav Hannemann will be remembered and bid farewell during funeral services Saturday, Jan. 17 and Monday, Jan. 19. He died late Friday night, Jan. 2 at the age of 78.

Funeral services were later announced on the Facebook accounts of former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, Afimutasi's younger brother.

"Services for our beloved loved one Afimutasi Gus Hannemann will be held on Saturday January 17 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Hawaii Kai Ward Chapel," reads Mufi's post.

The LDS Hawai'i Kai Chapel is located at 219 Lunalilo Home Road. Viewing will commence at 10 a.m. with funeral services starting at 12 p.m.

As a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Afimutasi will be interred Monday, Jan. 19 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. The burial service starts at 11:30 a.m.

Family and friends are welcome to attend both services. Aloha attire and flowers are accepted.

Afimutasi's death was reported the morning of Jan. 3, 2015, by Samoa News in American Samoa. Wife Lydia by his side, the late ASG-Hawai'i office director and former Fono Representative for Ituau County in American Samoa died at Straub Clinic.

Hawai'i TV station KITV4 reported he died of natural causes.

Afimutasi was "fiercely proud of his culture and heritage," the Hannemann family said in a statement broadcast by KITV 4 Jan. 4.

"There was no task too difficult to undertake if it meant making a difference in the lives of the Samoan community," the statement reads. "The Hannemann family conveys its deepest gratitude to all who will miss his presence as much as we will."

Tautalatala.com extends our heartfelt condolences to the Hannemann family for their loss. Fa'afetai tele lava mo lau tautua Afimutasi. Ia manuia lau malaga.

POLYNESIAN FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME DEDICATES EXHIBIT IN LA'IE JAN 24; INDUCTS 2015 HONOREES JAN 23 IN WAIKIKI

(O'AHU)--The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame dedicates its all-new exhibit at the Polynesian Cultural Center in La'ie Saturday, Jan. 24.

The dedication follows the Jan. 23 induction of Class of 2015 Hall of Famers Luther John Elliss (Samoan ancestry), Manase Jesse Sapolu (Samoan ancestry), Raymond Frederick Schoenke (Hawaiian ancestry), Mosiula “Mosi” Faasuka Tatupu (Samoan ancestry), Mark Pulemau Tuinei (Samoan ancestry) as player inductees; Russell Ross Francis is a contributor inductee. The induction will be held at the Sheraton Waikiki.

The six inductees were selected from a list of 25 finalists, determined earlier by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee, states an October 2014 PFHOF press release.

In January 2014, the PFHOF enshrined Junior Seau, Kevin Mawae, Kurt Gouveia, Jack "The Throwin' Samoan" Thompson, Herman Wedemeyer, Olin Kreutz and Ken Niumatalolo, the inaugural class.

In December 2014, the PFHOF announced its inaugural recipient of the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award, University of Oregon junior quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Football Hall of Fame Co-Founders Jesse Sapolu and Ma’a Tanuvasa made the announcement during a Dec. 9, 2014 press conference. The award, presented by Starwood Hotels and Resorts, recognizes the most outstanding Polynesian college football player who epitomizes great ability and integrity.

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