Summer Bridge 2014 Highlights

The Pacific Islander Summer Bridge (PISB) program occurred two weeks before the start of the Fall 2014 term was a success.  Specifically designed for new Pacific islander students at UH Hilo, the program included a variety of learning activities, workshops, lectures, tours, and fun social events all designed to help new students to make the appropriate transition to college life at UH Hilo. Participants stayed at the dorms for the duration of week-long program. Read more

Pacific Islander Youth Career Day 2014

The Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC), Micronesians United – Big Island (MU-BI), and the Hawaii County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney  (Mitch Roth) are co-sponsoring the first Pacific Islander Youth Career Day on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at UH Hilo. This is a conference aimed at motivating, inspiring and informing high school students of Pacific Island ethnicities on Hawaii Island about career opportunities and college readiness resources. For more information and to register as a participant, volunteer, or sponsor, please visit the conference website:

Big Island HITESOL

The Big Island chapter of Hawaii Island TESOL has partnered with the Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC) for their Fall event on Thursday, November 6, 2014, 4:00 – 5:30 pm at UH Hilo’s Campus Center 301. TESOL, which stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, turns the table and learns from our students!

HITESOL invites faculty and staff from UH Hilo, Hawaii CC and the Department of Education to join the event for an illuminating look at education from the perspective of Pacific Islander students. A panel of students from the Pacific Islands who attended elementary, junior high, high school or college in the U.S., mostly in Hawaii, will share the challenges they faced in school and explain how teachers can help fellow Pacific Islander students succeed. A question and answer session will follow the student panel presentation.

For more information, contact the HITESOL officers: Julie Mowrer ( or Carrie Mospens (


4:00 – 5:00 PM– Student Panel Presentations

5:00 – 5:30 PM – Question & Answer (Light refreshments will be served during the Q & A)

Register Now

Use this online form to register for the event. When submitted, your registration is automatically emailed to Julie and Carrie.




Felicia Andrew, Aspiring Palauan Nurse

Felicia Andrew, Palauan student attending University of Hawai’i at Hilo, majoring in Nursing.  Tintin reflects on her family’s love and support.

Summer Saunder’s Cherished Memories

Summer Saunders, Palauan student at University of Hawai’i at Hilo, reminisces on her experiences at UH Hilo and her new life away from home. Program Assistant for the Pacific Islander Summer Bridge 2014.