Student Forum: Pacific Islanders & Mauna Kea / TMT

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Apr 292015

MAUNAKEAThe Pacific Islander Student Center and The Advising Center at UH Hilo are co-sponsoring a special forum for Pacific Islander students focusing on the Mauna Kea / TMT controversy. Facilitated by Kurt Dela Cruz from The Advising Center, the discussion will be set within the larger context of the Pacific Island region indigenous struggles, educational pursuits, progress / culture dynamics, and other topics of interest to Pacific Islander students at UH Hilo. All invited to join us. Registration is highly recommended.

What: Pacific Islanders & Mauna Kea / TMT
When: Monday, May 4, 2015
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Where: UH Hilo, Campus Center 307

For more information, please contact Vid Raatior (, 808-932-7795), Director of the Pacific Islander Student Center.

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Pacific Way Filmmaking Workshop

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Apr 012015


Filmmaker Nathan Fitch who will be at UH Hilo to screen his new film, “At Home While Away,” will lead a 2-day Pacific Way Filmmaking workshop for the Pacific Students Media team and other Pacific Islander students interested in becoming a part of the team. The hands-on Pacific Way Filmmaking workshop will occur at the Pacific Islander Student Center starting at 2:30 pm on Saturday, April 18, 2015 until 7:00 pm at the conclusion of the film screening and panel discussion. It starts again at 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on Sunday, April 19, 2015. Interested Pacific Islanders must complete the online application no later than April 10, 2015. Very limited space so apply early. Continue reading »

Multicultural Film & Panel Discussion

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Mar 262015

400pix - download Home While AwayIn celebration of the annual Multicultural Festival sponsored by URH, the Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC) and Micronesians United – Big Island (MU-BI) are co-sponsoring a free screening of the newly released documentary film, “At Home While Away” about the lives of 8 Micronesians in the US.

What: At Home While Away showing
When: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM
Where: UCB 100

The free screening will be introduced by Nathan Fitch, the filmmaker who will be part of the panel after the showing to answer questions. Joining him are the two Big Island residents featured in the film; namely, Thomas Raffipiy (UH Hilo alum and T & T Electric General Manager) and Max Yarawamai (Founder of the Resort Management Group). Bring your family and friends to the showing and then proceed to the free dances and food at the Multicultural Night at the Campus Center. | Register Now

Film Synopsis

At Home While Away tells the stories of eight migrants from Micronesia, who have traveled many thousands of miles to seek a better life for themselves, and their families. Told in their own voices with beautiful cinematography, the documentary presents a contrasting view to the negative media coverage of the Micronesian experience in Hawaii, and the US mainland. At Home While Away asks viewers to consider the definition of success, from a prospective that places great value on family, and community.  Language: English | Length: 55 minutes | Cost: Free  | Download Poster

About the Filmmaker

Nathan Fitch is a filmmaker and photographer based in New York, and a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective. A former Peace Corps volunteer in the FSM, Nathan holds an MFA from Hunter college, and has had his work published by The New York Times Op Docs, TIME Magazine, NPR and WNYC, to name a few. Nathan was awarded 2nd prize in Picture of the Year International for his short film about the effects of Hurricane sandy upon a community in Coney Island, and the prestigious Welfare and Scholarship award. Nathan is in production on his first feature film ISLAND SOLDIER, which is supported by Pacific Islanders in Communications, and the Guam Humanities Council.

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