Highlights from the Pacific Islander Youth Career Day at UH Hilo on October 25, 2014. Thanks to all who volunteered, participated, and sponsored this successful conference.
“We Are Oceania” is a song composed by a crew of college students at the Pacific Islander Student Center at UH Hilo. It is a guiding anthem to unite all Pacific Islander youth in Hawaii to live with pride, peace, and harmony. Voice & piano by Buster Fritz.
We Are Oceania
We are one people, many cultures
We are one ocean, many islands
We wish no other home than ours.
Our differences enrich us,
Our islands sustain us,
Our ocean binds us together.
Having displaced no one, we welcome you,
Having been divided, we seek unity,
Having been ruled, we seek freedom.
Together, we renew,
Our hearts with love,
Together, we renew,
Our minds and soul,
To be ourselves,
To live in harmony.
Produced, Written, Sung by: Pacific Islander Students at UH Hilo & HCC
Members: John Alokoa, Joseph Anastacio, Bonaventura Ayin, Aku Costa, Axel Defngin, Buster Fritz, Joshua, Joctan Lopes, Erbiland Mandira, Calvin Myazoe, Fagalima Paleafei, Peter Ramofolo, Bill Yang, Vidalino Raatior
Chuuk, Kosrae, Marshall Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Yap
Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia
Project Started: September 2014
Lyrics Completed: October 10, 2014
Recording Completed: October 24, 2014 – Buster Fritz
Some of the participants in the Highly Engaged Learning Position (HELP) placement program at the Pacific Islander Student Center reflected on their experiences working in their fields of studies and their dreams. This video was used at the Dream Big! Take Action! session for the youth.
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: www.careers.pacificstudents.org