Nov 242014

Photo of four UH Hilo alum speaking at the Pacific Islander Youth Career Day at UH Hilo. L-R: Tulpe Insinyot (Kosrae), Andrew Polloi (Palau), Micaela Lewis Aizawa (Chuuk), Jermy Uowolo (Yap). Photo courtesy Pacific Students Media Team.

The Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC) at UH Hilo is embarking on a project to create a Wall of Inspiration of the names and information of UH Hilo alumni from throughout the Pacific Islands. Coordinated by a new Inspiration Team led by Summer Saunders from Palau and Jacob Kom from Chuuk, the goal is to transform the walls of the Center into a living testimony to those who have navigated successfully as Vulcans and have become contributing members of our respective Pacific Island nations and entities including the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI),  Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), Republic of Palau (ROP), Samoa, Tonga, etc. Our hope is to inspire current and future Vulcans of Pacific Island ethnicities to follow in the paths of success guided by the many who have graced the ground of UH Hilo. Continue reading »

Mar 032015

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Ms.​ Emiliana ​Musrasrik coordinator of the IOM-funded Migrant Resource Center (MRC) located in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) ​will give a public lecture focusing on the UN-sponsored International Organization for Migration who’s mission is “committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.” All are invited to join the public talk at the Pacific Islander Student Center located at Campus Center 307.

What: Public Talk
Where: Pacific Islander Student Center (Campus Center 307)
When: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Time: 2:00 – 3:15 pm
Cost: Open to Public


  • Anthropology: ANTH 435: Indigenous Issues in Contemporary Pacific” (Dr. Joseph Genz)
  • Catholic Charities Hawaii – Immigrant Resource Center
  • Kosrae Hilo Organization (KHO)
  • UH Hilo’s Pacific Islands Studies Certificate
  • UH Hilo’s Pacific Islander Student Center
  • UH Hilo’s The Women’s Center

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Feb 182015

The Honolulu Museum of Art School located downtown Honolulu is the site for a weekend of cultural celebrations and a gathering of Micronesian college student leaders. Co-sponsored by community organizations, churches, and school communities, the weekend of March 28 – 29, 2015 is dedicated to a celebration of the Micronesian art and culture on Saturday and a gathering of Micronesian college students on Sunday.

Carrying Culture: Micronesian Cultural Festival

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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This is an all-day cultural festival is the closing celebration of the month-long exhibit: Carrying Culture: Micronesia. The event will include performances, craft demonstrations, vendors displaying/selling Micronesian products, Micronesian film festival, art exhibits, and many from our Micronesian community around the state will be there. The event will be held at the Linekona Building and grounds.

Navigating Success: Micronesian College Student Summit

Date: Sunday, March 29, 2015
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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This event provides an opportunity to bring together Micronesian college students in Hawai‘i to discuss ways to navigate success in higher education while maintaining cultural identities. Participants will share best practices, challenges, challenges, and formulate some state-wide action plans of outreach efforts to the local high schools to help Micronesian youth.

Jan 282015

The UH Hilo Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC), UH Hilo Ka Lama Ku Leadership Program, UH Hil Diversity Committee, Hawaii Community College Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Kapiolani Community College, and the Wo Learning Champions Speakers Bureau have partnered to sponsor a new workshop in the  Annual Ka Lama Ku Student Leadership Conference on Saturday, February 28, 2015, 8:15 – 3:00 pm at UH Hilo’s Campus Center. The workshop, “Carrying Culture: Pacific Women Leadership Challenge” will be facilitated by Dr. Mary Therese Perez Hattori, a Chamorro educator who is on the faculty of Kapiolani Community College and UH Manoa.

While the session is open to all registered participants of the Ka Lama Ku Student Leadership Conference, it is designed specifically to address the unique needs and challenges of the Pacific Islander female students at UH Hilo and Hawaii Community College. An end goal of the workshop is to identify some of the pressing needs of the Pacific Islander female students and to bring those viewpoints to the upcoming Navigating Success: Micronesian College Students Leadership Summit on Oahu on March 28-29, 2015. Interested UHH and HawCC students must pre-register using the online registration form. For more information, contact Vidalino Raatior ( at the Pacific Islander Student Center, 808-932-7718. Continue reading »