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August 21, 2016 (HONOLULU, HI)

For a second straight year Toa Samoa defeated Mate Ma`a Tonga in the Western Union Ohana Cup held this past Saturday at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. Toa Samoa’s 40-6 victory came a bit easier than their hard fought 20-4 win over Mate Ma`a Tonga during last year’s Western Union Ohana Cup.

Samoa’s leading scorer with two tries was Johnny Samuelu and Siosaia Tautalanoa scored the only try for Tonga in their loss.

Early in the evening the New South Wales Police team edged out a hard fought victory over a spirited Hawaii Chiefs squad 26-20. The Canada Wolverines put up a great fight but came up short against a tough Fiji Bati team, losing 26-12.

The sixth annual Western Union Ohana Cup, A Rugby League Festival is a Grand Pacific Events production and was made possible by the generous sponsorship of Western Union and the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

A portion of this years proceeds, benefitted R.E.A.C.H. (Resources for Enrichment, Athletics, Culture and Health), an initiative created by Hawaii’s Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui.

For highlights from the game as well as other information about the 2016 Western Union Ohana Cup please log onto

For additional information about Grand Pacific Events please contact Kelly McGill at (808) 392-8454; by email at or on Facebook at

 About Western Union

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About Hawaii Tourism Authority

Established in 1998, the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) is the lead state agency for tourism. Among its responsibilities, the HTA’s is charged with: (1) Setting tourism policy and direction with the goal of contributing to the ongoing, sustainable growth of Hawaii’s economy (2) Developing and implementing the State’s tourism marketing plan and efforts (3) Managing programs and activities to sustain a healthy visitor industry (4) Developing and implementing the Hawaii Tourism Strategic Plan (5) Coordinating tourism-related research, planning, promotional and outreach activities with the public and private sectors. For more information, visit:

About R.E.A.C.H.

Resources for Enrichment, Athletics, Culture and Health (R.E.A.C.H.) is an initiative of the Office of Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui (OLG) working in collaboration with the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) and the Office of Youth Services (OYS) within the Hawaii State Department of Human Services.

The purpose of this statewide initiative is to provide an organizational framework and a funding base for public schools to offer after-school programs for middle and intermediate school students so they can stay on track toward high school graduation and be better prepared for future success. The after-school programs offer instruction and activities from three general areas: academic enrichment, arts and culture, and athletics. For more information, visit:

About Grand Pacific Events

Grand Pacific Events (GPE) creates sporting opportunities for international rugby competition in Hawaii in addition to providing venues and occasions for enthusiasts to watch the sport live and in person. GPE specializes in the management, logistics and promotion of Premier Rugby events in Hawaii. For more information please contact Kelly McGill at (808) 392-8454; by email at or Facebook at

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