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.

Highlights of the Program

Welcoming: Welcomed at the Hilo International Airport by UH Hilo staff and students and transported to the campus.
Community-building: Lived on campus with other new Pacific Islanders for the entire length of the bridge program.
Orientation: Got an early start on orientation to the academics, resources, and culture of UH Hilo
Supportive: Faculty, staff, and students involvement in supporting participants on their journey.
Fun: The program included a variety of fun activities including picnic, BBQ, sports, etc.
Resources: Workshops that familiarized students with a variety of campus resources including student support services, financial aid, tutoring, advising, student activities
Tours: Campus tours  to know the UH Hilo campus, the town of Hilo, and the broader island community
Academic Advising: One-on-one advising and assistance with class selection and registration
University 101: Guaranteed registration into the First Year Experience course called University 101
Shopping: Opportunities to go to the shopping mall to purchase needed supplies
Employment: Assistance in seeking employment, volunteer opportunities, study groups, tutoring on campus or paid internships both on and off campus
Assessment: Assistance with English and Math assessment to determine placement in appropriate classes
Financial Aid: Assistance in applying for financial aid
Banking: Assistance with opening a local bank account
Assistance with applying for the Hawaii State Identification Card and UH Hilo student identification
Social Security Card: Assistance with applying for a U.S. Social Security card which you will need for employment
Stipend: Earned $300 for successfully participating in and completing the program
Meals: Food provided during the residential portion of the program.
Housing: Participants live at the same residence hall (dorms) during the program.

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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)

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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.