Waerin Edwin

Meet Waerin Edwin, a Chuukese, President of the Chuukese Student Association at UH Hilo, non-violence advocate, political science major. She was born and raised in Guam, moved to Hilo at a young age, attended High School School, graduated from Hawaii Community College before starting at UH Hilo.

Film Screening: “Breadfruit & Open Spaces”

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As part of the HELP Symposium celebration, the Pacific Islander Student Center will be screening the film, “Breadfruit & Open Spaces,” a documentary film about Micronesians reaching out to Guam by filmmaker and UH Manoa faculty, Dr. Lola Quan Bautista. The public is invited.

What: Film Screening: “Breadfruit & Open Spaces”
When: Thursday, April 1, 2014
Time: 11:30 AM (Bring your lunch)
Place: Pacific Islander Student Center, Campus Center 307

The Film

Breadfruit & Open Spaces explores the journey of a group of Pacific Islander immigrants from the Federated States of Micronesia who are now living on Guam. This half-hour documentary profiles their struggle to hold their ground and find a voice on a new island, while maintaining ties to their families on their home island of Chuuk. The film is shot in an intimate, backyard style and gives a rare look into the personal lives of Pacific Islander immigrants who work and attend school on Guam and enjoy living in open spaces where families gather and traditional foods are grown. Read more

Chuukese Students to Host April Island Time

Island-Time-ChuukThe Chuukese Student Association (CSA) comprising of Chuukese students from UH Hilo & HCC, and their adviser Prof. Craig “Uncle Craig” Severance   invite you to join them for some… Chuukese Time.

When: Friday, April 4, 2014
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Pacific Islander Student Center, Campus Center 307
Cost: Free. Open to the public.
Following in the great tradition of previous Island Time events hosted by students from American Samoa, Yap, Marshall Islands, Kosrae,  Pohnpei, and most recently the Palauan students, the CSA members will share about their beloved State of Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia.  They will talk about Chuuk, demonstrate the practice of pounding breadfruit or taro, display some Chuukese artifacts, and answer your questions.

About Island Time

Island Time is a monthly social / cultural awareness event at the Pacific Islander Student Center at UH Hilo. Each month’s Island Time is hosted by one of the Pacific Islander-serving student organizations an an informal way for our students at UH Hilo to introduce their organization and some aspect of their home islands and culture with the campus community and the general public. For more info, visit: http://hilo.hawaii.edu/pisc/programs/IslandTime.php

Francis X. Hezel, SJ to Speak at UH Hilo

Francis X. Hezel, SJ – Jesuit author, educator, consultant, and expert on Micronesian history will visit the Big Island as a guest of the East West Center at UH Manoa and the Pacific Islander Student Center at UH Hilo. He will give two public lectures on campus and meet with the Micronesian diaspora.

Making Sense Micronesia_BookCoverLecture 1: “Making Sense of Micronesia: The Logic of Pacific Island Culture” 

Recommended for service providers, teachers, social workers, health-care providers, faculty, staff, students. This talk is co-sponsored by the Micronesians United – Big Island (MU-BI) organization.

Abstract: Who are these Micronesians in Hawaii? Why are they here? Why do Micronesian women and youth seem so silent? Why do these people, unfailingly polite for the most part, laugh openly when others embarrass themselves? What does a smile mean to an islander? What might a sudden lapse into silence signify? Why are they so lavishly generous with food and material possessions but seem guarded or event absent from school functions? These questions are common in encounters with an unfamiliar Pacific Island culture. This talk is intended for Americans who find themselves in contact with Micronesians — as teachers, social workers, health-care providers, or simply as friends—and are puzzled by their island ways. It is for anyone struggling to make sense of cultural exchanges they don’t quite understand.

When: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: Campus Center 301
Cost: Free (free parking passes for those who pre-register)
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Lecture 2: “Women’s Roles in Micronesia: Then and Now”

Co-sponsored by HIST 411 – Family & Gender in Oceania class and the Women’s Center at UH Hilo.

Abstract: Women’s power was once real but understated. Because of changes in the family brought on by monetization of the economy beginning in the 1960s, women’s power has been diminished and they today face serious abuse problems they had never faced before. (Note: Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? learn more>)

When: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Where: Campus Center 301
Cost: Free (free parking)
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About the Speaker

fran-hezel-sjSince arriving in Micronesia in 1963 as a young Jesuit, Fr. Hezel has tirelessly served Micronesia in a number of ways. He was the founder / director of the widely popular Micronesian Seminar (www.micsem.org), which is a nonprofit organization that serves the people of the four Micronesian countries that emerged with the dissolution of the former trust territory: the US Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas and the three nations that are self-governing in free association with the United States: the Republics of the Marshall Islands and Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia. The Micronesian Seminar engages in a wide variety of educational initiatives, conducts research on historical as well as contemporary topics, sponsors seminars and conferences, and is much concerned to stimulate reflection and public debate on current issues. Its extensive library, film, video and photograph collections are invaluable resources for researchers from around the world.

A self-taught historian, Hezel has published a half dozen books and well over sixty articles on Micronesia and his influence on Micronesian studies has been described as formidable. He is frequently consulted within and beyond Micronesia by government officials, educators, researchers, and development specialists. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Guam and Fordham University, his alma mater. Most recently, Hezel has been conducting research with Micronesians now living in the United States.

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Palauan students to host Island Time

Island-Time-PalauNgelekel Belau, the registered student organization for Palauan students from UH Hilo & HCC, and their advisers Andrew Polloi and Zach Street,  invite you to join them for some… Island Time.

When: Friday, March 14, 2014 (changed from March 9th)
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Pacific Islander Student Center, Campus Center 307
Open to the public with limited seating. Please register online
Following in the great tradition of previous Island Time events hosted by students from American Samoa, Yap, Marshall Islands, Kosrae, and Pohnpei, the Palauan students are ready to share about their beloved country of the Republic of Palau.  They will talk about  Palau through their eyes as the next generation of Palauan leaders, demonstrate some cultural practices, display some Palauan artifacts, and answer your questions.You may want to watch the 1996 documentary, “Islands on the Edge of Time,” by award-winning filmmakers Mary Beth Brangan & James Heddle. It provides a view into the struggle of the Palauan people to manage development while holding on to their own values and natural resources: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqILy_5xHqk#t=1103

About Island Time

Island Time is a monthly social / cultural awareness event at the Pacific Islander Student Center at UH Hilo. Each month’s Island Time is hosted by one of the Pacific Islander-serving student organizations an an informal way for our students at UH Hilo to introduce their organization and some aspect of their home islands and culture with the campus community and the general public. For more info, visit: http://hilo.hawaii.edu/pisc/programs/IslandTime.php

 

International Nights 2014

news-intl-nights-2014The International Student Association at UH Hilo presents their annual International Nights 2014 on Friday & Saturday, February 7 & 8, 7:30 pm at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center. This popular annual event showcasing performances from around the world including the Pacific Islands typically sell out every year so advance purchase is recommended. The $10 general admission tickets ($5 for students, children, and senior citizens) can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office on campus between 9:00 am-1:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday.

For more information, visit the International Student Services & Intercultural Education website: http://hilo.hawaii.edu/international/

“The Land of Eb” Film Showing at UH Hilo

The Land of Eb posterThe Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC) at UH Hilo is pleased to announce the on-campus screening of the acclaimed film, “The Land of Eb,” written and produced by John Hillo, directed by Kona-based filmmaker Andrew Williamson, starring Jonithen Jackson (http://thelandofeb.com/) from the Marshallese community in Kona, Hawaii.  All three men will be at the screening to talk about the film and answer questions.
When: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: ROOM CHANGED to Science & Technology Bldg., Room 108
Free | Open to the Public | Limited space so Register Today

The Land of Eb relates a compassionate portrait of the Marshallese diaspora in Kona, Hawaii from the point of view of a hard-working and loving family man. Jacob forgoes cancer treatment in order to provide for his family when he’s gone. An insightful and ultimately joyful reminder of the lasting effects of the nuclear age.” – Toronto International Film Festival

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HELP Wanted: Jobs for Pacific Islander Students

logo-HELPThe Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC) is pleased to announce the opening of our Highly Engaged Learning Positions (HELP) initiative for the 2013 – 2014 academic year. Funded by UH Hilo’s AANAPISI Grant administered by the PISC, HELP is a part of the student employment initiative to support Pacific Islander students earn an income in a field related to their major.

HELP funding enables students to create meaningful employment opportunities that impact their education while fulfilling a need in the Pacific islander community on campus, on the Big Island, or throughout the Pacific region. Students of Pacific Island ethnicity (Marshallese, Micronesians, Palauans, Samoans, Chamorros, etc) who are enrolled at UH Hilo at least half-time with a minimum of 2.0 cumulative GPA can submit a HELP Application & Proposal to the PISC.

If approved, the HELP project will be set up as an actual paid position for the student at the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii (RCUH). HELP funding recipients (aka  HELPers) will earn $8.45 hourly wage and can work up to 10 hours a week in the position. All HELPers are required to present their research, projects, findings at the annual HELP Symposium during the Fall term.

Forms

Samples of Previously funded HELP Proposals

The following are some of the HELP proposals that were funded during the Spring and Summer 2013 terms. They are provided here as resources for potential HELPers.

For more information, contact Vidalino Raatior (raatior@hawaii.edu), Director of the Pacific Islander Student Center at UH Hilo.

Island Time: Pohnpei Kaselehlie Club

Come join the Pohnpei Kaselehlie Club members as they introduce you to their cultures in Pohnpei, FSM. For more information about the Island Time program, please click here.

Host: Pohnpei Kaselehilie Club
Date: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013
Place: PISC, Campus Center 307
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Fee: Free

About Island Time

An informal social gathering every 1st Friday of the month, 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the Pacific Islander Student Center co-hosted by one of the seven Pacific Islander student organizations at UH Hilo. The featured student organization officers will introduce the club’s mission and share some aspects of the culture including but not limited to food, traditions, or ceremonies.

Fall 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013 – Come to the first Island Time of the year hosted by all Pacific Islander student organizations to welcome our newest Pacific Islander students.
Friday, October 4, 2013 – Kosrae Hilo Organization
Friday, November 8, 2013 – Pohnpei Kaselehlie Club

Spring 2014

February 7 & 8, 2014 – International Nights @ Performing Arts Center (more info)
March 7, 2014 – Ngelekel Belau
April 4, 2014 – Chuukese Student Association

How Students Achieve Academic Success

Do you ever wonder….

What successful Vulcans do to maintain academic success at UH Hilo?
How do they deal with difficult professors & tough classes?
What’s their study patterns?
How do they manage time between life and academics?

Wonder no more! Come and listen to a diverse panel of highly successful UH Hilo students (Mark Bigler, Rachel Greenbach, Kehau Hagiwara, Grace Ualesi, Zachary Tman) who will answer the above questions and discuss THEIR strategies for academic success. The panel comprises of Kilohana tutors, PISC tutors, PALS Peer Advisors, Poli Science major, Marine Science major, Geology major, Biology major, Females, Males, FSMer, Marshallese, Samoan, Californian, Hawaiian, etc.

When: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: Kilohana (basement of the library)

This event is co-sponsored by the Pacific Islander Student Center, Kilohana: The Academic Success Center, and Minority Access & Achievement Program.

Pacific Islander students who attend this event and complete the short survey at the end will receive a printing card (P-Card) worth 20 pages of free printing at the PISC.