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 »

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 latere than 2 Continue reading »

Mar 262015

Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC) and Micronesians United – Big Island (MU-BI) are sponsoring a screening of the newly released film, “At Home While Away” on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 5:00 PM at 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 from T & T Electric and Max Yarawamai of the Resort Management Group. | Register Now

Film Synopsis

400pix - download Home While AwayAt 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

Jonathan 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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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
  • County of Hawaii Immigration Information Office
  • Kosrae Hilo Organization (KHO)
  • Micronesians United – Big Island (MU-BI)
  • 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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