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 »

Jan 282015

The UH Hilo Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC), UH Hilo Ka Lama Ku Leadership Program, UH Hil Diversity Committee, Hawaii Community College Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Kapiolani Community College, and the Wo Learning Champions Speakers Bureau have partnered to sponsor a new workshop in the  Annual Ka Lama Ku Student Leadership Conference on Saturday, February 28, 2015, 8:15 – 3:00 pm at UH Hilo’s Campus Center. The workshop, “Carrying Culture: Pacific Women Leadership Challenge” will be facilitated by Dr. Mary Therese Perez Hattori, a Chamorro educator who is on the faculty of Kapiolani Community College and UH Manoa.

While the session is open to all registered participants of the Ka Lama Ku Student Leadership Conference, it is designed specifically to address the unique needs and challenges of the Pacific Islander female students at UH Hilo and Hawaii Community College. An end goal of the workshop is to identify some of the pressing needs of the Pacific Islander female students and to bring those viewpoints to the upcoming Navigating Success: Micronesian College Students Leadership Summit on Oahu on March 28-29, 2015. Interested UHH and HawCC students must pre-register using the online registration form. For more information, contact Vidalino Raatior ( at the Pacific Islander Student Center, 808-932-7718. Continue reading »

Dec 242014

NAPIREThe Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC), Highly Engaged Learning Placement (HELP), Islands of Opportunity Alliance, Pacific Internship for Exploring Science (PIPES), National Science Foundation (NSF), and Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) are co-hosting an Information Session for Pacific Islanders in the sciences who are interested in applying to study in Costa Rica funded by the Native American and Pacific Islander Research Experience (NAPIRE) program.

What: NAPIRE Info Session
When: Friday, January 16, 2015
Where: Pacific Islander Student Center, Campus Center 307
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 PM
Food and drinks will be provided for all who attend. Open to All.


“With funding from the National Science Foundation, the OTS NAPIRE program provides a unique, intensive opportunity for field research to undergraduate students from Pacific Islands, Hawaii, Alaska and mainland USA. The NAPIRE Program is designed to introduce Native American and Pacific Islander undergraduate students to the biodiversity of the tropics.”Visit NAPIRE website now>>

Dec 112014

Anyone interested in working for the Chuuk Department of Education (CDOE) is invited to review the following job descriptions. Paul Hadik from CDOE will be in Hilo on December 17 – 19, 2014, to conduct interviews at the Pacific Islander Student Center in Campus Center 307.  If you are interested in any of these positions, please fill out the Online Pre-Application Form for an actual interview time. Continue reading »