Adjusting Sails: A Letter of Gratitude (Farewell Vid & Desha)

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Jul 162016


For those who have came in contact with the Pacific Islander Student Center or any of its programs here at the University of Hawaii at Hilo in the past four years, the weight of respect, gratitude and trust resonating in the way students speak their names is commonly understood. So many words can describe the imprint they have left on campus and it was truly a sad day when their departure from our UH campus was announced.

(The following is an excerpt from a letter in petition to applying for an award:)

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Introduction: Off We Go

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Jun 142016

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Why PointBreakPacific? A writer’s navigator’s note…

Over the past few months, I have had the privilege to study along some of the brightest minds in the Pacific here at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Between growing up here on the Big Island and moving to the mainland at a young age, I was exposed to the vastness of the Pacific Islander community along with the clusters of PIs throughout the west coast. There is something special about the islands of Oceania. Rich with culture, diversity and community, even away from home the people have managed to thrive and adapt to western cultures while still watering their roots. Still there is so much to learn about our own islands and other islands, and there is still much to be done in the Pacific.

(click here to read a brief overview of what PointBreakPacific is about)

With Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander becoming one of the fastest growing demographics but  Continue reading »

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