An entertainment businessman in Hawai'i, Papali'i Jack Thompson, has been named as Samoa's Consul-General in the American state.
The announcement was made yesterday by Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi in Honolulu.
Papali'i who is more popularly known as Tihati, and his wife Cha own Tihati Productions which is one of Hawai'i's leading entertainment companies, specialising in Polynesian dance and music.
The company employs many Samoans and other Pacific islanders.
Papali'i, the son of the late Jack and Ilaisa Thompson of Swains and Pavaiai, was conferred his matai title by the late Head of State of Samoa Malietoa Tanumafili II.